Through the decades: the 1950s
1950: Arnold Cook returns to Australia with his UK-trained Guide Dog ‘Dreena’. Arnold Cook was the first Guide Dog handler in Australia.
1951: Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is established in Perth, with financial assistance from the Claremont Apex Club.
1952: ‘Beau’, the first Australian-trained Guide Dog, is matched with a handler, Mrs Elsie Mead.
1957: Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of New South Wales is formed, along with a new national Guide Dogs association.