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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

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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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1414 items

Text - RVIB Woomelang Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Index cards --various loose papers and letters

Historical information

The Woomelang RVIB Auxiliary formed on May 6, 1957. This small collection contains index cards which were maintained by RVIB and contain the amount of donations made by the Auxiliary between 1976-1995, as well as the presentations delivered by RVIB employees to Auxiliary meetings between 1978-1985. Correspondence to and from RVIB head office 1990 - 2004.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 x B/W proof sheets from the 1992 Carols by Candlelight launch

Historical information

These proof sets cover the launch of Carols by Candlelight. In one set, Marina Prior and Santa launch the Carols ticket sales, whilst in the other a group of people stand outside RVIB St Kilda Road building, with glasses in their hands. Rhonda Burchmore and Geoff Harvey smile and laugh for cameras.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W copy of newspaper photograph

Historical information

Four ladies sitting in a row all wearing glasses and knitting whilst Tilly Aston stands and the end assisting one of them.

Inscriptions & Markings

Expert knitter. Blind War Workers. Poetess has formed little band of blind women and girls who knit for Red Cross. Miss Aston assists, instructs. Experts describe work as of highest class. Blind are supplying fighting forces with socks and scarves.

Image - RVIB production line for toys

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 B/W photograph

Historical information

Three workers wearing RVIB white aprons on a production line for toy trucks. The two men seated either side of the table, add wheels to the cabin bases, whilst a third man holds the completed truck (cabin and trailer) at the end of the line.

Inscriptions & Markings

3060

Object - Guiding Light plate

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 metal plate with engraving

Historical information

The plaque believed to have been attached to the Guiding Light structure, which was installed at AFB's Brighton office due to the efforts of President Bruce Small. Although removed some years ago, the structure was a symbol used by the Association for the Blind as a visual way to represent it's work within the community.

Inscriptions & Markings

"This Guiding Light symbol of the Association for the Blind was donated by Bruce Small, Esq. Member of Committee 1944-1954. President 1954-1964. Honorary Counsellor 1964-"

Object - Lavender braille writer

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Beige coloured plastic rectangle object with covering box

Historical information

Designed by Raymond Lavender, American Printing House for the Blind, it was produced between 1962-1982. A modernized Braille writer, the Lavender allowed the paper to exit through the cover in a way similar to a typewriter. The keys are rectangular and the design is compact with no protruding parts. The cover, which is an integral part of the design, snaps on the case. The case and cover are made of Cycolac, a high impact resistant plastic. After the writer was in use for some time, it was discovered that the plastic material tended to warp and production was discontinued. (Information from the American Printing House for the Blind website). Lavender Braille Writer consisting of an oblong shaped structure made out of a beige coloured metal base with cream coloured keys and a beige coloured hard plastic cover. Braille letters are achieved by punching the various keys. A metallic handle is included.

Image - Illawarra sporting trophies

Vision Australia, Kooyong

3 digital images

Historical information

Sporting trophies from various competitions staged at or between Illawarra, the AFB Geelong office, and others.

Inscriptions & Markings

Illawarra Bowling Association, Mixed Pairs Championship, Runners Up - 1987/88 Jack Shearn & Anne Stewart Illawarra Bowls Club, R/Up Club Championship 89/90 Ann Stewart Illawarra Bowling Ass. 'Andy Ellis Aggregate' 1990/91 Anne Stewart Perpetual Trophy, Illawarra vs Newcomb S.C. Indoor Bowls Tournament, Nowell Plumridge Memorial Trophy Illawarra Cup

Artwork - Portrait of John Moule

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 art original in old gold frame

Historical information

Framed portrait of John Moule who was President of the Vision Australia Foundation, from 1992-1999. It is part of a series of paintings commissioned by the VAF Board to commemorate the work of past presidents of the organisation. Mr Moule is standing with his arm on a dresser, and holds a pair of glasses. He is dressed in a navy blue suit, with a blue kercheif in his breast pocket,, a white collared shirt and a blue, white and black striped tie. On his lapel is a small gold badge. The plaque at the base of the painting reads 'Mr John A. Moule AM / President 1992-1999 / Vision Australia Foundation'.

Inscriptions & Markings

The plaque at the base of the painting reads 'Mr John A. Moule AM / President 1992-1999 / Vision Australia Foundation'.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

Paper register

Historical information

The Association for the Blind, Blind Members' Council meeting minutes 5/11/1982 to 24/2/1986. These meetings were held at the Kooyong office and the minutes include Present, Chair, Apologies, Minutes, Matter arising from minutes, Correspondence, Life governors, Election of members, Nominations, Reports from Regional Blind Members groups, White Cane Day October 15th promoted. Date of next meeting. 3/12/1982 the film, 'A world that is dark', which was made by AFB for television release is now available on video. 31/8/1984 the Blind members' brochure includes sections titled 'Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' which outlines the history, present position and the aims for the future of the AFB, 'Information about Blind Members' and Blind Members' Council', List of AFB homes and centres' and 'An invitation from Bryan Sitlington to be a Blind Member accompanied by an application form. It will be available to all visually impaired people, their family and friends, AFB staff and suitable for distribution at doctor's surgeries. 14/12/1984 it was reported 29 new Blind members were elected at the September meeting and the 1,000th member was among them. 8/6/1984 Mr John Blanch reported that the General Committee had approved, although rather reluctantly, Mr John Wilson's resignation and had appoint Mr John Cook as his successor. 13/9/1985 Mr John Blanch reported that following Mr Pat Lightfoot's resignation he had contacted Mr John Wicking to offer him the position of sighted representative on Blind Members' Council. John Wicking had been approached for role on the BMC however he was unable to attend Fridays. It was moved to move the meetings to the last Monday of the Month, after approaching John Wicking again. Council members agreed that if John Wicking took the position it would be good as would have been held by Pat Lightfoot and John Wicking, both past Presidents of AFB. Mrs Margaret Canavan and Mr Alan Cooper had been selected to attend a garden party at Government House with Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburg on Thursday March 6.

Object - Beaded bag

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Beaded bag with flowers

Historical information

Tilly Aston was also a talented crafts person. This open-weave evening purse was made by her in the 1920s, and features delicate, milky-white beads threaded on wire with green and pink glass beaded flowers.

Object - Time capsule 1868

Vision Australia, Kooyong

4 newspapers, 1868 circulating Commonwealth coins, 1867 Asylum and School for the Blind Annual Report and an illustration of the proposed building in St Kilda Road.

Historical information

In 1868, with the laying of the foundation stone, a time capsule was placed containing four newspapers of the day (Saturday 25 January, 1868 - The Age, The Argus, The Sun and The Telegraph: St Kilda, Prahran and South Yarra Guardian), the first Annual report of the Victorian Asylum and School for the Blind (1867), 11 coins from the Victorian regency and an illustration of the proposed building at St Kilda Road. In 1991, this time capsule was opened as part of 125 year celebrations. An undated note also describes a piece of parchment in the time capsule, which contained a list of names of committee members and relevant people involved in the construction of the building, such as Crouch & Wilson; however no image of this has been located.

Image - H & L Hecht Trust

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 black and white photographs with central panel of text in grey frame

Historical information

Portrait of Hans and Letitia Hecht with a description of the Trust they founded. Between them is a page outlining the work of the Trust they established. The description reads: "H. & L. Hecht Trust. Thanks for Sharing Our Vision. The Association for the Blind thanks the H. & L. Hecht Trust for their generous support of our Western Metropolitan Regional Low Vision Clinic. The trust was established by the late Hans Hecht, an immigrant from Germany who arrived in Australia in 1900. He married Letitia Robinson in 1911. A successful importer and manufacturer, he set up the H. & L. Hecht Trust to give something back to the community for the help he and his wife had received. Hans Hecht died in Melbourne in 1965, aged 84. Letitia died two years later aged 87. Their kindness lives on in the support which their trust has given for the work of the Association for the Blind through their trustees: Mr D W Rogers, Sir Peter Derham, Perpetual Trustees Victoria Limited."

Object - RVIB 50 year and Life Governor badges

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal pin with enamel

Historical information

To honour the commitment of its staff, badges were awarded to commemorate years of service or honorary positions. These consisted of a circle with a gold lighthouse on a contrasting background. Around the outside, 'Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind' was written in gold' against various backgrounds, with '50 years' or 'Life Governor' at the base of the badge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind 50 years Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Life Governor

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x col photograph

Historical information

Committee member Jenny Haynes receives a cheque from Charmaine Clarke, donating $1200 from a charity ride.

Object - William Hector MacLennan memorial tablet

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Brown wooden memorial tablet with inset of copper and photograph

Historical information

To commemorate the contribution of Mr MacLennan, this tablet was commissioned and on display in the foyer of the Braille Library in Commercial Road. It consists of a wooden frame, with a copper inset of Scottish thistles (to the left and right) and gum leaves and nuts (above and below) surrounding a sepia photograph of Mr MacLennan. A blue glass plate below the photograph reads "The social, friendly, honest man/ What e'ver he be/ 'Tis he fulfils great / Nature's plan / And none but he. Burns". To the left and right of this are accompanying blue glass plates with interwoven lines. At the base of the tablet is another blue glass plate: "To perpetuate the memory of the late/ William Hector MacLennan/ Who died on Sept. 18th 1929/ He was one of the founders of this Association/ and President of the Social Committee from its inception/ 1894-1929".

Object - Keeler ophthalmic testing set

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 maroon case with two blue velour inserts

Historical information

Testing of eye conditions requires the services of eye specialists, who often had to travel around a wide area. This kit is incomplete, but demonstrates how optometrists needed a wide variety of instruments to diagnose sight conditions. Although incomplete, it also contains a booklet for the Standard Testing Set 1H-1 produced by the same company (Keeler) and briefly describes some of the instruments in the case.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Note this side up' in Dymo tape on outside.

Object - Taylor slate

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 silver rectangular metal mathematical slate including tray

Historical information

The Taylor Slate was developed by Rev. William Taylor in England in the mid 19th century it was in common use until the early 1970's and enabled blind or vision impaired students to do maths calculations by arranging metal pegs in the slate. The main part of the slate is a metal sheet with 432, 8 sided holes which small metal pegs are inserted. The pegs have different shapes on their ends. These are used to represent different numbers and symbols depending on the way the pegs are placed in the slate and which combinations of pegs are used.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photographs of John Cook

Historical information

Portrait of John Cook, probably taken for the Association's annual report

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 x col. photographs of Carols by Candlelight in 1978.

Historical information

The 1978 Carols by Candlelight crowd and stage in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Inscriptions & Markings

7122 - 78467D 7123 - 78466B

Text - RVIB Admissions and Discharges register

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v.

Historical information

With the growth of the Institution, demographic details needed to be recorded along with basic client information This register contains the handwritten entries of registration number, date, name in full, year of birth date classification of gender and age range (5-10 years, 10-15, 15-25, 25-35 or 35 and over), religion, birthplace, previous address, cause of blindness, terms of admission, name and address of parent or guardian. Discharges were also recorded with the registration number, date of discharge, name in full, classification (same as above) and remarks. All entries are recorded according to the date of entry and at each financial year the number of indoor pupils, outdoor pupils and journeymen would be tallied. This register covers the period 1/7/1893 to 30/6/1967. Extremely limited name searching is available for this register, due to its poor condition.

Text - Association for the Advancement of the Blind monthly meeting minutes from 17/8/1936 to 17/7/1939

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 paper register

Historical information

Minutes of the quarterly meetings of the AAB Committee held at the Kooyong Club House. Minutes contain matters discussed from correspondence and via individual committee members. These include the unsuccessful application for a mouth organ band (p.14), rescinding of this motion (p.20) and formation of the Harmonica Band (p.33 & 35), as well as a leaflet for the Association's Summer Concert (p.146).

Object - Solitaire

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 wooden board in blue box 32 black pegs, 1 green peg and 1 printed/Braille booklet.

Historical information

Also known as Peg solitaire or Brainvita, this one player game was a favourite in the court of Louis XIV. This board is based on the English design with peg holes in the shape of a cross. European boards are circular with peg holes placed to the edge. Regardless of shape, the game is played the same. Pegs are placed in the board, leaving an empty spot in the middle. Using this space, a player must move any peg left, right, up or down over an adjacent peg, thereby landing in the space and removing the peg that has been passed over. Pegs are progressively moved (and removed) from the board until the single remaining peg is placed in central spot initially left vacant. RNIB Catalogue no: 9197.

Text - Newspaper clippings 19 (1967-1971)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 folder with newspaper cuttings

Historical information

News stories from fundraising events including The Guiding Light Appeal.

Inscriptions & Markings

Various articles from 1967 - 1971

Text - Association for the Blind General Committee minutes from 31/5/1976 to 29/10/1979

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 paper register

Historical information

Held at the office of the Association for the Blind, these minutes contain information on attendees, meeting chair, apologies, confirmation of minutes, reports, matters arising from reports, recommendations, general business and the date of the next meeting. This included a renovation to provide offices at 21 New Street so that more beds could be added to Elanora, establishment of the John Wilson Award, and acceptance of the recommendation that the Association be a resource centre for small self-help groups.

Text - RVIB Barwon Heads Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Various loose papers and letters, including a Lifetime Achievement Award

Historical information

The Barwon Heads RVIB Auxiliary formed on September 11, 1942. This small collection contains index cards which were maintained by RVIB and contain the amount of donations made by the Auxiliary between 1973-1978, as well as the presentations delivered by RVIB employees to Auxiliary meetings between that time. In 2003, the RVIB awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to the Barwon Heads Auxiliary for their continued support of the organisation.

Text - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind annual report 1962-1963

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: List of office bearers of the institute and officers of the institute, Confidence mobility, Annual report of the RVIB babies, Children and adults - 97 years of service and programmes - special appeal, Residence rehabilitation training centre, Conference mobility, Ten pin bowling, Deaf blind centre, Resident nursery and school, Worldwide literary competition, Higher education, Employment, Welfare, Recreation, Finance, Appreciation, Auxiliary, 3KZ Christmas appeal, Vice regal patronage, My friend the long cane - a new method of self-help for blind people, They're the workers, 36th annual report of the council of auxiliary. Events that occurred in 1962 : Hon. H.E. Bolte, Premier opened the appeal and announced a special grant of $20,000 pounds from the state government. Lieutenant General Sir Henry Wells accepted the board's invitation to become chairman of the appeal, at the Burwood school Cheng Ann Cheok a 15 year old Singaporean boy arrived to further his education and study music, he hopes to adopt music as his career. Through the kind offices of Dr Edward J. Waterhouse director of Perkins school for the blind of Boston and the generosity of its Board of Trustees a scholarship will be provided to the Institute for an Australian teacher to be trained as a specialist teacher within their school.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x col. photograph

Historical information

Sister Pat Parker during the lunchtime break at Bairnsdale, on a day centre trip to Lakes Entrance.

Image - The Dickinson Honour Board

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Historical information

This board was created to honour the work undertaken to administrate the Foundation by it's board and voluntary members. It is inscribed as follows: "The Queensland Foundation for Blind People Inc, (formerly the Queensland Placement & Training Centre for the Blind Inc) est. 1956. The Dickinson Honour Board. Foundation Director - H.C. Dickinson M.B.E. Presidents: H.W. Thiele, T.M.Bryce, K.W. Hooper MLA, B.T. Turnley OBE, D.M. Cameron MP. Vice-Presidents: K.W. Hooper MLA, A. Hartshorn AM, K.M. Dickinson AM, T.M. Bryce, S. Cliffe, M. Dickinson AM. Secretaries: M.M. Bird, J. Maclean, J. Cummins, L. Smith, M. Orr, I. Bauman, W. Hooper, L. Eadie, C. Guthrie, R. Pearl, R. Stevens, D. Donaldson, P. Caulley, J. Mitchell. Treasurers: G.E. Ross, M.N. Solomon, J. MItchell. Meritorious Service: C. Alroe, J, Ball, E. Bebb, T. Blackford, C. Boyle, T. Boyle, E. Brown, B. Coleman, S & L Cowen, T. Davidson, D. Drake, V. England, F. Feint, S. Granata. G. Hannam, S. Hanarahan, E. Heap, A. Henderson, D. Henderson, A. Horn, C. Hudson, H. Jahoda, J. Johns, E. Laws, M. Loxton, P. Ludlow, E. Morgan, T. Mulroney, T. McLearie, R. Newitt, N. Noad, D. Pauls, B & E Perry, E. Person, M. Persse, M. Porteous, N. Price, R. Prineas, P. Robinson, S. Russ, K. Scells, E. Searle, N. Shannon, E. Squires, I. Stewart, J. Thomas, E. Turnball, J. Vaughan, M. Wilde, J. Warren, J. Shaw, A. Brown, P. Ruhle, R. Mulholland, N. Crossman, E. Power, A. Power, S. Boucat, K. Fitzgerald, A. Hartshorn, D. Cameron. Trustees: M.M. Bird, F.R. Taylor, B.T. Tunley OBE, K.W. Stone OBE, S. Jones BEM, H.C. Dickinson MBE, K.E. Scells, R. Stevens Life Members: M.M. Bird, J. Light, A.J Lobb, A. Hartshorn, M. Dickinson AM, E. Searle, D. Henderson OAM, M. Solomon, D, Cameron

Object - Child's white cane

Vision Australia, Kooyong

3 metal/plastic pieces joined together with an elasticized cord

Historical information

This shorter white cane for a child with detachable, rotating ball tip, is more than just a stick that is used to alert others that they are blind or an early warning signal that a pathway is blocked. A cane actually allows a child who is blind access to four major developmental areas that are impacted the most due to the disability. A cane is a developmental tool that is imperative in neuro-development, sensory development, physical development, social development and emotional development of a child.

Image - Proclamation

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 digital images

Historical information

Copies of the Proclamation of understanding between the Association for the Blind and the Seimei Association for the Welfare of Aged Blind, Inc., in both English and Japanese. These agreements were a symbol of the exchanges of each organisation, and the growing trend of agencies to link more to compatriots overseas as telecommunications improved.

Inscriptions & Markings

Proclamation Whereas the Association for the Blind, Melbourne, Australia & The Seimei Association for the Welfare of the Aged Blind Inc, Oume City, Japan, are organisations which: - promote the welfare of people who are blind or visually impaired especially the elderly; - provide welfare programs, accomodation, medical and nursing assistance, and support to people who are blind or visually impaired; - strive to overcome problems associated with blindness, whether physical, psychological, educational, social or economic; - provide appropriate rehabilitation services to enable people to use their capabilities and to develop their skills so that they can participate as fully as possible in the community; - promote the interests of people who are blind or visually impaired and provide information to the general community; and - provide at all times services to a high professional standard with a spirit of care and understanding. Therefore let is be known publicly that the Association for the Blind and The Seimei Association for the Welfare of Aged Blind, Inc. formally establish a sister organisation relationship for the attainment of these common aspirations for people who are blind or visually impaired, especially the elderly. In Witness Thereof the Association for the Blind & The Seimei Association for the Welfare of the Aged Blind, Inc. cause their representatives to set their hands hereto on the 8th June, 1985. (Diana Jones) For the Association for the Blind, Melbourne Australia (signature) For The Seimei Association for the Welfare of the Aged Blind, Inc., Oume City, Tokyo, Japan