The Royal Australian Mint has released the third coin in its ‘Inspirational Australians’ AUD$1 coin series celebrating the life and work of Professor Fred Hollows. This series recognises individual achievements and commemorates unique Australians who have made an extraordinary contribution to our society.
A skilled ophthalmologist, Fred Hollows migrated from New Zealand in 1965 to Australia and immediately set about improving aboriginal health services. He also worked in developing countries, performing cataract surgery using an implanted intraocular lens and taught local technicians to do the same. Fred’s name lives on through The Fred Hollows Foundation and through the restored vision of millions of people worldwide.
Previous inspirational Australians recognised through this series include Mary MacKillop for her determination to provide education to all Australians and Steve Irwin for his dedication to wildlife conservation. Coins in the Inspirational Australians Series can be purchased online at www.ramint.gov.au or by phone on (AUS) 1300 652 020.