Fred Hollows examining an Indigenous Australian’s eye during the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program. Photo courtesy of Stephen Ellison/Outline and the Hollows Foundation.

Prof. decried our savage complacency!

He insisted that humans all, had a right to be

Equal, happy and healthy; regardless of diplomacy,

He ruffled Authority’s feathers and ransacked the pharmacy.


Next, he turned to Africa, mate,

“Where the Ethiopians did to Eritrea

What Saddam Hussein did to Kuwait.”

Prof. Hollows’ skills and dedication met their metier.


Desbele, he trained to be an eye doctor,

He who had been a frontline soldier for fifteen years.

Others were to follow in the footsteps of their mentor

As one doctor for eight thousand blind, doesn’t suffice.


Prof.’s dream of building a lens factory

In Eritrea, to give sight to the blind of Africa

Is now, finally, a reality.

He’ll be glad in heaven, this noble son of New Zealand and Australia!


The 1990 Australian of the Year, you beauty!

Humanist of the Year 1991, the tributes rolled on.

Prof. was awarded the Human Rights Medal for 1990

And Companion of the Order of Australia in 1991.


4 thoughts on “A TRIBUTE TO PROF. HOLLOWS (Part 2)

  1. Eloquent and illuminating poem.

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