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Vision Australia Kooyong, Victoria

Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia. We work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life. Vision Australia is a not-for-profit organisation with client numbers of 50,000 and we are also a major participant and partner in the international blindness community. We provide services and support for clients through 28 Vision Australia centres in NSW, ACT, Queensland and Victoria. Clinics are also held in 29 other locations and there are outreach services to the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Contact Information

location
454 Glenferrie Road Kooyong Victoria 3144
phone
+61 1300 847 466

Contact

Opening Hours

By appointment only.

Location

454 Glenferrie Road Kooyong Victoria

The Vision Australia Heritage collection consists of materials created, produced by or awarded to Vision Australia or its historical organisations that document that history of blindness organisations from the 1860's and their impact upon individuals. It has over 10,000 items including photographs, annual reports, tactile art, building plans and programs.

Significance

This unique collection contains materials that provide a significant interpretation of changing social attitudes, items created or used by blind or vision impaired individuals, as well as rare pieces that are the only known examples of this type within Australia.

David Glauser 1 August 2017 10:53 AM

https://victoriancollections.net.au/?q=glauser&view=58d0907cd0d0103314f35dd3 Dear Sirs, We would be most grateful if due credit for this typewriter was also given in this description to my father, Jean Maurice Glauser who in collaboration with Edward Pyke developed this writer. My father's company J M Glauser and Sons Scientific Instruments Ltd worked closely with the Royal Institute for the Blind for many years on this and other aids for the blind and designed this and other equipment. It would be a great shame if my father's contribution to facilitate the quality of life for the blind was not adequately mentioned? The typewriter was acknowledge as a major advance and is even mentioned in the Courier Mail of October 24th 1935 as the first typewriter imported into Queensland for a young blind student named Miss Mercy Griffin who was studying for University and was an accomplished musician. We have further details should you wish of this and other Braille equipment my father designed and manufactured. Your kind consideration of my family's request will be much appreciated. Yours sincerely, David Glauser Perth Western Australia

Vision Australia 8 August 2017 1:50 PM

Thanks David. We have updated records on both the JMG Stenotype and Pyke-Glauser Braille writer to reflect their wonderful heritage. We would love further details on these items. Can you please send us a message at [email protected] .

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1293 items

Object - Clarke and Smith talking book machine with tapete

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Clarke and Smith talking book cassette cartridge player consisting of plastic rectangular case with buttons for navigational controls, light green front and top of machine and darker green on sides, power cord and 5 buttons. Also includes tapete "Words for murder perhaps" by Edward Candy and ready by Stanley Pritchard.

Historical information

In 1965 the Clarke & Smith Talking Book Cassette Cartridge made it's debut at the Olympia Show. Popularly known as a 'tapete', it weighed considerably less than the earlier book cassette cartridges and allowed for up to 6 tracks (13 hours recording time) to be played.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 col. photographs

Historical information

Exchanging information has always been a necessary component in improving the types of services offered to people with disabilities. In December 1997, a group of Indonesian students visited QBIC to understand and improve their knowledge of how Australian services are provided.

Inscriptions & Markings

Visitors to QBIC. Party of students studying disability services from Indonesia Dec 97.

Object

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Brown coloured plastic rectangular Brailler with covering vinyl bag with handle.

Historical information

American Printing House pocket brailler consisting of a rectangle shaped structure made out of a brown coloured plastic with 7 keys and 3 buttons and a mustard coloured vinyl cover with attached handle and a power cord. Braille letters are achieved by punching the various keys. Serial number: Louisville 1354.

Image - Mrs Janet Conn

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

"RVIB is grateful for Mrs Janet Conn for her generous support of our work with children who are blind or vision impaired. Mrs Conn's donation was made in loving memory of her late husband, Mr Charles Conn. June 1999." Beneath this script is the Braille text.

Text - Sydney Industrial Blind Institution

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Cream page attached to cardboard with col. illustrations

Historical information

To recognise the achievements of those who undertook and completed a transcription course, this certificate was awarded to "a duly qualified Braille writer and competent to transcribe Books for the Blind", by the Sydney Industrial Blind Institution. These volunteers were involved in the expansion of the library as they created Braille from the print version of texts. 20/10/1917 - Elizabeth Harris. Signed by the President Thomas Anderson Stuart illegible date (1921-1932) - Mollie Turner. Signed by the President Sir Alfred Meeks.

Inscriptions & Markings

Frame with garden decorations around writing, and a white flower/waratah/blue bird/Braille board sits amongst wattle in various corners. A B/W image of the Sydney Industrial Blind Institute building in William Street sits above the main text, whilst two women reading or using Braille and a building labelled 'Library for the Blind' sit to the left and right of the frame.

Text - Royal Children's Hospital certificate of appreciation

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 certificate of appreciation

Historical information

Royal Children's Hospital, Patron Her Majesty the Queen, certificate of appreciation presented to H. M. Lightfoot Centre in grateful recognition of the your generous support. Signed by Rosemary Derham, President, on April 19, 1983, certificate no. 945. This was mostly liked given in response to the funds donated by the Centre in response to the Good Friday appeal.

Inscriptions & Markings

Symbol for the Royal Children's Hospital (a boy and girl dressed in Roman togas stand looking at a pelican nesting on a shield with a golden lion, two snakes twined around staffs and white stars on a blue background) at the head of the page. A gold and red border is present around the edge of the page.

Image - Vision Australia Foundation Calendar 2001

Vision Australia, Kooyong

12 images used in the 2001 calendar

Historical information

In 2001 Vision Australia clients were asked to submit artwork for consideration of inclusion into the annual Vision Australia Foundation calendar. These 12 images were selected from the many that were submitted.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of children singing at Carols by Candlelight

Historical information

Children hold candles as they sing along at a Carols by Candlelight concert.

Inscriptions & Markings

B7487

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

Col. photograph of performers at Carols by Candlelight

Historical information

Performers say goodbye to the Carols by Candlelight audience at the conclusion of the 50th anniversary concert, including Brian Naylor, Tony Barber and Humphrey B. Bear.

Object - 3RPH radio badge

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Small blue and white badge

Historical information

Circular metal badge. Convex in transverse section. Front of badge has a white background with blue graphics and writing. Marked: On front of badge: "INFORMATION / 3RPH 1629 / RADIO" A blue figure speaks into a microphone beneath a curved arc of lines representing sound waves.

Inscriptions & Markings

INFORMATION / 3RPH 1629 / RADIO

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

4 B/W photographs

Historical information

Two people wait in a line to board to double-decker bus in Sydney, holding their white cane and feeling the side of the bus. A female in a white coat looks on from the side of the bus near the person about to board. A man and a woman use their canes to alight from the bus, with the guidance of a woman in a white coat.

Inscriptions & Markings

1967 - Mobility - historical - Bus orientation Bus orientation, locating doorways, safe ways of mounting steps, RBS V NB: Inefficiency of short collapsible cane in descending bus steps. Women aged 67 with some peripheral vision. RBS IV Learning bus orientation with long cane. Man aged 65 (light perception only) RBS VI Mobility training for doorways and seating arrangement in bus. Annual report 1968 Royal Blind Society of New South Wales

Text - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind annual report 1966-1967

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: Office bearers of the institute/officers, President's report - 100 years, Residence nursery and school for blind children - in 1866 first nine blind children were accommodated in temporary premises in Commercial Road Prahran, the budget was $822 pounds, now the facility in Burwood can house 70 children and the, budget is $160,000, New found confidence after rehabilitation, Blind welfare work increases, Our factory now serves industry, Employ opportunities are widening, Our loyal auxiliaries and other supporters, What of the future, Income and expenditure, Where there's a will there's a way to help blind people. Events that occurred in 1966 : Millet broom making was discontinued and mat and industrial brush making and packing and assembly began, the Governor of Victoria and Lady Delacombe brought their dog to visit the children at the school, the Institute began two vital new projects - providing a residential geriatric facility and to establish the RVIB foundation for research and education.

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Col. photograph of Carols by Candlelight performer on stage

Historical information

An unknown singer on stage at Carols by Candlelight.

Object - Coin holder

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 black pentagonal shaped coin holder

Historical information

This coin holder has five holes for holding coins, and was designed to assist vision impaired people to store and find coins.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pop Coin

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of man holding a white cane and using a sighted guide

Historical information

Ettore Cipellone with RBS Northern Region Team Leader Bill Casey.

Image - Amy Dawn Memorial Hall

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal plate

Historical information

Plaque from RBS.

Inscriptions & Markings

Amy Dawn Memorial Hall

Text

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 certificate

Historical information

Certificate reads "Awarded to Association for the Blind Bicentennial River Run 1988. By the Australian Bicentennial Authority which was established to plan and coordinate a nationwide program of celebrations in 1988 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of permanent European settlement in Australia" Signed by the Chairman: Victoria Council (illegible) and Executive Director (illegible), dated 30th July 1987. All text on this certificate is located on the bottom half of the document. The top half is populated by a repeated stylised graphic of a map of Australia, in various shades of green and gold. There is also a gold version of the same logo, labelled with "Endorsed Bicentennial Activity" , situated above the official signatures.

Text - RVIB Ashburton Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Letters -- bank book--various loose papers

Historical information

The Ashburton RVIB Auxiliary was formed on May 29, 1941. This small collection contains correspondence to and from RVIB head office ranging between 1980 -1988.

Image - Christian / Tyler plaques

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

To honour the contributions of donors, plaques were often installed in buildings. Initially these were made of metal, but later other materials such as glass and plastic were used. Unfortunately buildings do not stay in their original condition, nor are they necessarily meet the needs of changing organisations, and these plaques were removed during to the organisation moving into new premises. It is unknown to which organisation these donors contributed to, however given the wording, it could be the RVIB.

Inscriptions & Markings

In Memory of Margaret Victoria Christian A Generous Benefactor To the Institute To the Memory of the late Winifred Tyler

Image - Vision Australia Kensington plans

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Historical information

Diagrams of seating and layout for the opening of Vision Australia's office in Macaulay Road, Kensington in 2009.

Object - Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board Blind Person's Tramways Pass 1980

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 near square travel pass with pale green cloth cover and black text

Historical information

The travel pass was used by Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board to ascertain that the bearer was indeed a blind person and entitled to free travel. This example was numbered 1641 and was issued in the name of Mr N.L. Walker. It outlines that the Pass is issued on the condition that the holder opens and shows same to the Conductor on each trip whether requested to do so or not.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the rear is the symbol of the MMTB

Object - Skip-Bo cards

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Skip-Bo playing cards with braille embossed on top left-hand and bottom right-hand corners in white cardboard box

Historical information

A set of Skip-Bo cards with printed instructions. On the box is marked 'Brailled Skip-Bo Card Game 10509'. This is an example of how popular card games can easily be made accessible by the use of Braille for those without vision.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Katherine Rose with Mrs Delacombe and Sir Rohan Delacombe, Governor of Victoria, at the opening of the new wing at Mirridong, named in her honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mrs Katherine Rose meets Lady Delacombe & Gov. of Victoria Sir Rohan Delacombe prior to opening of K. Rose Wing.

Object - Perkins Brailler

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal Braille writer with nine grey keys, carriage return key and paper rollers on either side, with grey vinyl cover, and photocopied instruction booklet.

Historical information

Wanting to improve upon the limitations of existing Braillers, the Perkins School for the Blind resolved to develop a new machine that would produce uniformity in embossing, was lightweight and was easy to use. By the 1940's, David Abrahams (a teacher at the school) had developed his prototype, but manufacturing restrictions created by World War 2 halted proceedings. In the waiting period, students at the school used the prototype and Abrahams perfected his device. During the post-war era, Howe Press agreed to take on production of the Perkins Brailler and it became of the most popular and commonly used Braillers around the world since it's commercial release in 1951. Also included is a booklet of photocopied instructions with honeycomb binding.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Perkins Brailler' embossed on front of machine and in silver on cover. Sticker on top of machine reads "This equipment remains the property of Braille and Talking Book Library 31-51 Commercial Road, South Yarra 3141 Phone: (03) 267 6022." Metal plate attached to front below keys "Designed by David Abraham, Manufactured and Distributed by Howe Memorial Press, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, Mass. U.S.A." Stamped on base of front: G0345

Text - Sydney Industrial Blind Institution annual reports 1935-1940

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume, illustrations

Historical information

Annual reports from SIBI in single bound volume.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 x B/W photographs

Historical information

An unknown QIIB worker at a brush making machine.

Text - 1999 Australian Direct Marketing Awards - Bronze Award

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x A4 sized paper

Historical information

The award reads as follows: "1999 Australian Direct Marketing Awards, Bronze Award (bronze coloured 14 sided figure logo) Addressed Mail - Small Flat Mail (category), Feely Book Mailer (title) Bristow & Prentice Response Advertising (agency) RVIB (client) Streetfile (sponsor) (signature) Chairman Presented by the Australian Direct Marketing Association and Australia Post."

Object - Audio record: The sky and the forest by C.S. Forester

Vision Australia, Kooyong

19 vinyl records :12 in., 33-speed ;in paper sleeves,

Historical information

In this example, nineteen 33-speed gramophone records are needed for a single title. Labelled with His Master's Voice, and recorded solely for the use of the blind by the Sound Recording Committee by Arthur Bush, they were dispatched via post to members who were in possession of commercial record players. Australian blindness agencies were purchasing overseas titles to expand their libraries for a growing number of users.

Inscriptions & Markings

Reference number JG5433-JG5451

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

6 x col. photographs

Historical information

Day centre participants enjoy an Easter Bonnet tea party. Ballarat 019 - Mrs Muir (blue flowers) and Miss Stoke (red trimmed sun hat) Ballarat 020 - Mr Joe Dean (tall orange and blue and green hat) Ballarat 021 - Mrs Blake (rabbit on hat) Ballarat 022 - Mrs Bennett (blue pinafore) and Mrs Joan Perry (white, yellow, pink flowers) Ballarat 025 - Mrs Davis (Daisy hat) Ballarat 026 - Mr Norm Batten (sun hat with yellow streamers)

Inscriptions & Markings

1981

Image - Jack Gatenby

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal plate

Historical information

This plaque commemorates a donation was made by a volunteer who assisted with the day centre. At present, it is unknown what this was attached to.

Inscriptions & Markings

Donated by Volunteer Jack Gatenby For the enjoyment of Day Program Members December 1995