The Australian and New Zealand Association of Radiology was founded in 1935 by a dedicated group of radiologists who wanted to ensure the specialty was formally recognised and its practitioners properly trained.

In 1949, the Association became the College of Radiologists (Australia and New Zealand). The College continued to grow and evolve and in 1998, the organisation took on its current name, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.

The J P Trainor Archive Trust

The J P Trainor Archive Trust was established through a generous donation by the family of John Patrick Trainor of Watson Victor Ltd, the first company to sell X-ray equipment in Australia.

The J P Trainor Archive Trust oversees and contributes financial support to the Trainor Owen Collection.

The Trainor Owen Collection

The Trainor Owen Collection is an archive, museum and library recording the history of our professions in Australia and New Zealand. It contains materials about:

  • The history of RANZCR and its predecessors
  • The history of clinical radiology and radiation oncology in Australia and New Zealand, including significant individual contributions
  • Developments in clinical radiology and radiation oncology equipment and treatments.

Contact or visit the Collection

The Trainor Owen Collection welcomes written enquiries and research visits.

Please contact us if you would like to make an appointment to visit.

You can also visit the Trainor Owen Virtual Museum, which showcases the collection in digital form, at www.ehive.com/collections/5079/trainor-owen-collection

Support the Collection

You can support the Trainor Owen Collection by:

  • Donating relevant material such as paper documents, electronic records, books, prints and photographs, or small objects or apparatus
  • Making a financial donation
  • Volunteering to help with documenting objects or collecting oral histories.

Archives Projects

RANZCR Recalls

In 2014 the Trainor Owen Collection embarked on a project to capture the memories and experiences of College members who have contributed significantly to the development of the specialisms and the College.

This oral history project is called RANZCR Recalls and it focuses on:

  • The history of radiology and radiation oncology and the people connected to the professions
  • The development of equipment and techniques related to radiology and radiation oncology
  • The history of the College.

Listen to interviews from this project via our RANZCR Recalls media site channel.

Transcripts of the interviews are available from the Archivist by request.

Do you have a story to tell?

If you would like to participate in the project, contact the Archivist.