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Certificate awarded to Len Uren as a practising dentist, February 1921

AR00286.025

Certificate awarded to Len Uren as a practising dentist, February 1921

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Physical description

A dentist registration certificate printed on a cream piece of paper in black ink with a decorative border on the left side. The certificate has printed and handwritten text that partially reads, 'No. 160 / "The Dentists' Art, 1919" / TASMANIA / We do Certify that Leonard Sydney Uren / residing at 60 St Georges Terrace. Hobart is registered / under "The Dentists' Act, 1919" as a certified Dentist, and is entitled to / practise Dentistry until and inclusive of the 31st day of December next. The certificate is dated 26th of February 1921 and signed by the Chairman and Registrar of the Dental Board of Tasmania. The certificate has slight blotches and stains throughout.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises a number of objects belonging to Leonard Sydney Uren (1894-1984), a member of the First Australian Imperial Force during World War 1, and later a well-respected dentist based in Penrith, NSW between the 1920s and 1970s. The collection includes personal correspondence, photographs, ephemera and memorabilia relating to the professional and personal aspects of Uren's wartime service, and lends insight into the acquisition of skills which would support his later career. All objects in this collection survive in a good state of conservation.

The 'Len Uren collection' allows for an exploration of the experiences of Australian servicemen during the 1915 Gallipoli landings and on the Western Front during World War 1. This collection illustrates the personal tragedies of war, as well as the professional opportunities offered by the AIF which shaped the lives of ex-servicemen. This collection offers access into the social and labour history of World War 1, and the transformation of professional dentistry in Australia during the early to mid twentieth-century.

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