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Expression Australia East Melbourne, VIC

Expression Australia is a not for profit organisation established in 1884 and is the primary source of reference, referral, advice and support for deaf and hard of hearing adults in Victoria. Expression Australia works collaboratively with a variety of mental health, legal and employment providers, support agencies, education and government departments with the aim to achieve access and equity for Deaf and hard of hearing people in Victoria.

Part of our work at Expression Australia includes providing information, resources and workshops to the wider community about Deaf and hard of hearing people and the day-to-day challenges they face. Expression Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that receives approximately 45% of its operating costs from state and federal governments. The remaining 55% of operational funding is derived from the Society's fundraising initiatives and service fees where applicable.

*Used with a lower case “d”, the term “deaf” includes all who are hard of hearing, hearing impaired or signing deaf.

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Level 4 340 Albert Street East Melbourne Victoria 3002 (map)
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+61 (03) 9473 1111

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9 am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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Level 4 340 Albert Street East Melbourne VIC

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247 items

247 items

Newsletter - Our Monthly Letter Vol 9. 1912

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Green bound book of newsletters; 30cmHx21.5cmW

Historical information

Newsletter of the Adult Deaf & Dumb Society of Victoria

Significance

The significance of these newsletters is in the detail of information they contain about the people and activities of the Deaf community in Victoria and interstate.

Annual Report - 54th Report of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria 1938

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Green Cover, Size 21.5Hx13.5W, 22 pages

Historical information

The Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria, now known as Vicdeaf, (the Victorian Deaf Society), was founded in 1884 as the Victorian Society for Promoting the Spiritual and Temporal Welfare of the Adult Deaf and Dumb. The provisional committee being Mr W Bates, Mr J M Bruce, Mr J D Gowan, Mr Edwin Newbiggin, Mr C M Officer, M. L, A., and the Rev. W. Moss. The Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission's objects were: 1. To provide the means for religious worship and instruction for the adult deaf and dumb of Victoria 2. To visit the deaf and dumb in their homes, especially when sick or in distress 3. To assist the deaf and dumb of good character in obtaining suitable employment 4. To provide technical and other education for the adult and dumb 5. To give pecuniary assistance to adult deaf and dumb who are in need

Significance

The Annual Reports of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society are historically significant providing insight into the history of the evolving Deaf Community in Victoria. They are a annual 'snapshot' of the year with references not only to the progress of the Society but also to the significant people and events within the Deaf Community.

Book - Signs for Our Time

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Blue cover, 21cmHx14.5cmW, 192 pages

Historical information

Written by Barry R. and Jan E. Knights and Edited by Brian E. Reynolds 1989

Photograph - Church for the Deaf and Dumb - Jolimont Square, East Melbourne

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

16cmHx27cmW and 21cmHx19cmW

Historical information

The Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria had long wanted its own place of Worship which was realised when this Church built specifically for the Deaf was completed in the Grounds of Jolimont Square, East Melbourne in 1930. This interdenominational chapel was designed by architects Gawler and Drummond for the Society and completed in 1930 in an unusual Romanesque style, although on a much reduced scale from the original design.

Significance

These photographs are significant as this Church was the first in Australia built speciffically to accommodate the requirement of the Deaf community.

Manuscript - Victorian School for Deaf Children - Report on Overseas Tour by H F Powell 1964

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

33cmHx20.5cmW, 54 pages

Historical information

By H F Powell Superintendent and Secretary of the Victorian School for Deaf Children 1965

Newsletter - Our Monthly Letter Vol 8 1911

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Green bound book of newsletters; 30cmHx21.5cmW

Historical information

Newsletter of the Adult Deaf & Dumb Society of Victoria

Significance

The significance of these newsletters is in the detail of information they contain about the people and activities of the Deaf community in Victoria and interstate.

Bulletin - Vicrod Forum - Update on Disability Services in Victoria

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

30cmHx20.5cmW, 40 pages

Historical information

Forum Update on Disability Services in Victoria. Vicrod is the Victorian division of ACROD (Australian Council for Rehabilitation of the Disabled - now NDS ) March 26th 1991

Significance

Significant as it contains the "Foreward to CSV's (Community Services Victoria) 1989/90 Annual Report and their review of "Programs for People with Disabilities". This report gives an outline of where CSV was heading at that time and consequently the external climate in which the Australia Council on Disability was operating.

Book - Rigister of Baptisms

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Green cover 20.5cmHx33.5cmW

Historical information

Register of Baptism in the Deaf Society Church Jolimont in the Diocese of Melbourne 1968-1980

Significance

Significant as a record of Marriages in the Deaf Church Jolimont.

Booklet - The After-School Problems of the Deaf and Dumb

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Grey Cover; Size 20.5cmHx13cmW, 24 pages

Historical information

This booklet published by John Patrick Bourke (1882-1960) challenged the leadership of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria and its treatment of the Victorian Deaf. Bourke had lost his hearing as a young man. Before he became deaf he was educated and trained as a teacher and so had quite a different perspective of the Deaf community coming into it as a well educated adult. This book was controversial at its time of publication in 1933.

Significance

This booklet is significant as it provides an insight into the Victorian Deaf community in the 1930's and its struggle to forge an identity within a parochial environment.

Newsletter - Our Monthly Letter Vol. 12-13 1915-1916

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Green bound book of newsletters; 30cmHx21.5cmW

Historical information

Newsletter of the Adult Deaf & Dumb Society of Victoria

Significance

The significance of these newsletters is in the detail of information they contain about the people and activities of the Deaf community in Victoria and interstate.

Report - Weekend Family Congress October 12-14 1984

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Yellow cover, 29.5cmHx21cmW, 30 pages

Historical information

Report and evaluation of the October 1984 Congress held at Lady Northcote Camp Bacchus Marsh and run by Victorian Federation of School Parent Assocations (Hearing Impaired Children)

Folder - Papers - ADSV Register of Board Members 1902-1980s

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Green foolscap folder with typed pages

Historical information

This register list the Board Members of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society from 1902 until the early 1980's. The register also includes the Auditors, Executive Director/Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Director Welfare Services, Senior Welfare Officer, Welfare Officer, Social Worker, Lakeside Lodge Matron, Hostel Housekeeper, Secretary, Welfare Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Chief Welfare officer, Welfare officer, Principal, Blackburn Superintendent, Blackburn Matron and Housekeeper.

Significance

Signifacant as a record of some of the key personnel of the Adult Deaf Society Victoria over a 80 year time span.

Newsletter - Vicdeaf News October 2001

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Blue cover, printed in Braille; Size 29.5cmHx20cmW, 47 pages

Report - What's Happening in the World of Deafness - Recent Trends and Developments

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Blue cover, Size 27.5cmHx21cmW, 21 pages

Historical information

Written by Barry R. Knights

Annual Report - 49th Report of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria 1933

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Green Cover, Size 21.5Hx13.5W, 28 pages

Historical information

The Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria, now known as Vicdeaf, (the Victorian Deaf Society), was founded in 1884 as the Victorian Society for Promoting the Spiritual and Temporal Welfare of the Adult Deaf and Dumb. The provisional committee being Mr W Bates, Mr J M Bruce, Mr J D Gowan, Mr Edwin Newbiggin, Mr C M Officer, M. L, A., and the Rev. W. Moss. The Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission's objects were: 1. To provide the means for religious worship and instruction for the adult deaf and dumb of Victoria 2. To visit the deaf and dumb in their homes, especially when sick or in distress 3. To assist the deaf and dumb of good character in obtaining suitable employment 4. To provide technical and other education for the adult and dumb 5. To give pecuniary assistance to adult deaf and dumb who are in need

Significance

The Annual Reports of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society are historically significant providing insight into the history of the evolving Deaf Community in Victoria. They are a annual 'snapshot' of the year with references not only to the progress of the Society but also to the significant people and events within the Deaf Community.

Book - Certificate of Applied Social Science - Interpreting Deaf/Hearing Impaired

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

29cmHx21cmW; 377 pages

Historical information

Prepared by Special Projects Unit Richmond College of TAFE - Submission for Accreditation (1985)

Newsletter - The Gesture - The Voice of the Deaf and Dumb of Australasia July-August-September 1912

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

No. 16; Pink Cover; Size 29Hx14W; 24 pages

Historical information

"The Gesture" was an independent organ of the Deaf and Dumb having no direct connection with any single organisation. Its aim was to help all agencies established to promote the advancement of the Deaf and Dumb. The aim was to be the "Voice" of the Deaf and Dumb of Australasia". To educate the public as to the real condition and needs of the afflicted brothers and sisters, to bring prominently before the hearing and speaking community the peculiar difficulties and obstacles that Deaf Mutes have to encounter in the battle of life. The magazine was named "The Gesture" with the single object of impressing upon the minds of the hearing friends the uncontrovertable fact that whatever the system of instruction the Deaf Mute invariably resorts to the manual alphabet and the language of gesture as the only expedient means of communication with those similarly afflicted.

Significance

The "Gesture" is significant as the first national newsletter of the Australian Deaf.

Newsletter - The Victorian Deaf News July-August-September 1937

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Vol. 2 No. 6 1937; Size24.5cmHx19cmW; 16 pages

Historical information

Published by the Deaf Committee of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria

Significance

'The Victorian Deaf News' Newsletter is a significant publication as an historical record giving and insight into the people, activities and events of the Deaf Community in Victoria.

Papers - Medical Interpreting

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

White A4 binder with Papers

Historical information

Vicdeaf papers relating to the funding of Medical Interpreters 1975-1985

Annual Report - 42nd Report of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria 1926

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Gold Cover, Size 21.5Hx13.5W, 42 pages

Historical information

The Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria, now known as Vicdeaf, (the Victorian Deaf Society), was founded in 1884 as the Victorian Society for Promoting the Spiritual and Temporal Welfare of the Adult Deaf and Dumb. The provisional committee being Mr W Bates, Mr J M Bruce, Mr J D Gowan, Mr Edwin Newbiggin, Mr C M Officer, M. L, A., and the Rev. W. Moss. The Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission's objects were: 1. To provide the means for religious worship and instruction for the adult deaf and dumb of Victoria 2. To visit the deaf and dumb in their homes, especially when sick or in distress 3. To assist the deaf and dumb of good character in obtaining suitable employment 4. To provide technical and other education for the adult and dumb 5. To give pecuniary assistance to adult deaf and dumb who are in need

Significance

The Annual Reports of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society are historically significant providing insight into the history of the evolving Deaf Community in Victoria. They are a annual 'snapshot' of the year with references not only to the progress of the Society but also to the significant people and events within the Deaf Community.

Booklet - Fine Papers - Number 1

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Green cover, 30cmHx21cmW, 16 pages

Historical information

This collection of papers funded by the International Literacy Year Small Grants Program,Victoria and published by Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council Inc.

Book - No Longer by Gaslight - The First 100 years of the Adult Deaf Society of Victoria

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Crimson Cover iv, 185 p. : ill., facsims., ports. ; 26 cm. (missing pages 92-100)

Historical information

This Book celebrates the history of the first 100 years of the Adult Deaf Society of Victoria, and was written by John Flynn who in his introduction states "This book attempts to trace the story of the men and women, both deaf and not deaf, who worked and planned so that deaf people should have a caring Organisation available to them on leaving school".

Significance

This Book celebrates the history of the first 100 years of the Adult Deaf Society of Victoria. The work is significant as it brings together material from a number of different collections into an accessible and comprehensive volume detailing the Society's history spanning the years 1884 to 1984. The book is no-longer in print.

Book - Learning Australian Sign Language, Introductory Auslan Level 1, Student Workbook

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Black A4 Binder with Student Workbook, 30.5cmHx20cmW, 18 pages

Historical information

Produced by La Trobe University Language Centre

Book - Technical Signs for Mathematics, A Sign Reference Book for People in the Mathematics Field

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Blue cover, 24cmHx16.5cmW, 93 pages

Historical information

Written by Pam Spicer and Ian Rogers, a publication of the NSW Department of Technical and Further Education 1989

Newsletter - Auslan Interpreting Industry Forum Victoria (AIIFV) - Issue 2 September 2012

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

30cmHx21cmW, 1 page, 2 copies

Annual Report - 38th Report of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria 1922

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Pink Cover, Size 21.5Hx13.5W,20 pages

Historical information

The Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria, now known as Vicdeaf, (the Victorian Deaf Society), was founded in 1884 as the Victorian Society for Promoting the Spiritual and Temporal Welfare of the Adult Deaf and Dumb. The provisional committee being Mr W Bates, Mr J M Bruce, Mr J D Gowan, Mr Edwin Newbiggin, Mr C M Officer, M. L, A., and the Rev. W. Moss. The Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission's objects were: 1. To provide the means for religious worship and instruction for the adult deaf and dumb of Victoria 2. To visit the deaf and dumb in their homes, especially when sick or in distress 3. To assist the deaf and dumb of good character in obtaining suitable employment 4. To provide technical and other education for the adult and dumb 5. To give pecuniary assistance to adult deaf and dumb who are in need

Significance

The Annual Reports of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society are historically significant providing insight into the history of the evolving Deaf Community in Victoria. They are a annual 'snapshot' of the year with references not only to the progress of the Society but also to the significant people and events within the Deaf Community.

Book - Closed Captioning for Australian Television

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Cream Cover with black spiral binding, 26cmHx21cmW

Historical information

Closed Captioning for Australian Television a Discussion Paper prepared by the Australian Centre for Visual Television April 1980

Video Cassette - Carol-Lee Aquiline and Steve Ripley (actors from "Children of a Lessor God") speaking to Princess Elizabeth Junior School (P.E.J.S.) Parents August 1984

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Black video cassette cover containing one video cassette; Size 20.5cmHx14cmW

Manuscript - Survey of Year 1960 Australian Deaf School Leavers

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

Green cover,29.5 cmHx21cmW, 51 pages

Historical information

Printed and Published by The Australian Federation of Adult Deaf Societies.

Photographs - c. 1950s - Horace Bedggood Hostel

Expression Australia, East Melbourne

18cmHx24.5cmW and 15cmHx24.5cmW

Historical information

The Adult deaf and Dumb Society had long seen the need for a hostel to provide accommodation for Deaf Adults and the appeal launched in 1951 was brought to furuition in 1959 with the Horace Bedggood House (Men’s Hostel) opened at Jolimont Square.

Significance

These photographs are significant as they show a major undertaking of the Adult Deaf and Dumb Society of Victoria - Horrace Bedggood House a Hostel for Deaf Adults.