Recognition and awards

Fred Hollows featured on an Australian $1 coin. Photo on coin: Steve Keough

Fred Hollows featured on an Australian $1 coin. Photo on coin: Steve Keough

Professor Fred Hollows believed in “equity between people” and was committed to ending avoidable blindness and improving Indigenous health in Australia. This timeline and list of things named after Fred show how the world has recognised the man and his work.


  • Featured on a new Australian $1 coin – the coin is part of the Royal Australian Mint’s Inspirational Australians series; it is uncirculated and aimed at collectors


  • Nominated most inspirational Australian ‘doer’ in an AGL Energy survey, ahead of heart specialist Dr Victor Chang (2nd) and cricketer Glen McGrath (3rd)


  • Voted one of our top 10 favourite Australians for the joint National Portrait Gallery/ABC ‘moving’ portraits exhibition My Favourite Australian


  • Named one of The Bulletin magazine's 100 Most Influential Australians


  • One of five people awarded 'Hall of Fame' status at the inaugural NSW Aboriginal Health Awards (NSW Health), for “his many accomplishments” including “establishing the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern (and later throughout Australia) and the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program (NTEHP)”


  • Albert Schweitzer Award of Distinction, Chapman University, USA

  • Rotary Award for World Understanding (Rotary International's highest honour, other recipients include Pope John-Paul II, Perez de Cuellar, Vaclav Havel and the International Red Cross)
  • The Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists Medal for years of distinguished meritorious and selfless service (presented the evening before Fred died)
  • Posthumously named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International


  • Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Queensland University of Technology


  • Humanist of the Year
 (Council of Australian Humanist Societies)
  • Named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorates of Medicine and of Science, UNSW
  • Appointed Companion, General Division of the Order of Australia (AC)
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Science, Macquarie University
  • Named Eritrea's first honorary citizen


  • Australian Human Rights Medal (Australian Human Rights Commission)
  • Australian of the Year (National Australia Day Council)
  • Advance Australia Award for Medicine and Overseas Aid (Advance Australia Foundation)


  • Advance Australia Award for Aboriginal eye care (Advance Australia Foundation)

Things named after Fred


  • The Fred Hollows Award – commissioned by the Eritrean Development Foundation (EDF), the Award honours the legacy of Fred Hollows and his commitment to eradicating treatable blindness in Eritrea and throughout the world

Colleges and schools

  • Fred Hollows College  – University of Western Sydney, Blacktown Campus, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Hollows House – Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, Mindarie Keys, Perth, WA, Australia
  • Fred Hollows Kindergarten – Asmara, Eritrea, Africa


  • Hollows House – a special needs house at Charingfield Ltd (one of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney’s Aged Care Facilities)


  • Fred Hollows Suite – a dedicated suite at the Bourke Riverside Hotel, Bourke, NSW, Australia


  • The Fred Hollows Lecture – instituted in 1999 to recognise Professor Fred Hollows' work among Indigenous people, and his work in raising the profile of ophthalmology. The lecture is given at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologist's Annual Scientific Congress and traditionally covers a topic of applied public health research with a community focus


  • The Fred Hollows IOL Laboratory – opened in 1994 at 13 Fred Hollows Street, Asmara, Eritrea, Africa
  • The Fred Hollows Operating Theatre – in 2005, the Canberra Eye Hospital in the ACT, Australia, named an operating theatre after Fred, who performed surgery there soon after he came back from the United Kingdom in the 1960s

Parks and gardens

  • Fred Hollows veggie patch, NT, Australia
  • Fred Hollows Reserve, Randwick, NSW, Australia
  • Fred Hollows Memorial Garden – a sensory garden opened in February 1994 by the Blacktown City Council at Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside, NSW, Australia
  • "Fred Hollows Vision" Rose – a specially propagated rose that was named 1998 Rose of the Year


  • Fred Hollows Street, Asmara, Eritrea, Africa
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