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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 heritage@visionaustralia.org .

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1293 items

Image - Vision Australia ambassador Jess Gallagher

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 digital image

Historical information

To promote the work of Vision Australia, ambassadors were created to draw attention to the need for services for the blind and vision impaired. Jess Gallagher is a summer and winter paralympian who is legally blind, runs her own business, and has made various public appearances in her role including this promotional shot on radion 3MMM.

Text - Letter from V.S. Hollow to the Association for the Advancement of the Blind and reply

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 white page and 1 blue page (cc)

Historical information

Letter reads as follows: Sir, M.A. Aston Estate To enable me to completed the Declaration required by the Commonwealth Bank please let me have: - 1. Full names of Messrs, Paterson and Worrall 2. Amount of stock held Yours truly, V.S. Hollow Handwritten in blue pen at top: Bickford Trust Handwritten in black pen at base: 12.15pm Stamped at base: 16 Feb 1951 A carbon copy of the response reads: 16th February 1951 Mr V.S. Hollow, M.A., LL.B., Solicitor 140 Queen Street Melbourne C1 Dear Sir, M.A. Aston Estate Your letter dated 20th December was hand delivered to me at 12.15 today. In answer thereto, I have to advise: 1. Mr Paterson is William Henry Paterson. Mr Worrall is Albert Victor Worrall. 2. The stock comprises two blocks 300 (pounds) and 200 (pounds) totalling 500 (pounds). Yours faithfully, General Secretary

Inscriptions & Markings

In top left hand corner: V.S. Hollow, M.A., LL.B. Solicitor, etc. Commissioner for Affidavits, High Court, Vic., Qld., Sth A., W.A., Tas., NZ. Telephones: Office MU 1926, Private XA 1933 On the right hand corner: 140-146 Queen Street, Melbourne, C1

Text - Sydney Industrial Blind Institution annual reports 1941-1944

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume, illustrations

Historical information

Annual SIBI reports in a single bound volume

Text - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind annual report 1960-1961

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: List of RVIB president, office bearers of the institute and officers of the institute, Programme and achievements - future programme is in your hands, Activities, Programme maintained - ninety six years of service, Recent years, Resident nursery and school, Other children's activities, Deaf blind children, Higher education, Employment, Finance, Rehabilitation, Recreation and social activities, Talking book library, Public appeal - Aug 1962, Appreciation, 3KZ Christmas day appeal, Concerts, Board of management, 35th annual report of council of auxiliary. Events that occurred in 1961 : School started a scented garden, library now has been consolidated and a new physical education block opened with an indoor heated pool, fully equipped gym, showers and dressing room.

Object - Donation tin - round Vision Australia

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 metal coin collection tin with paper wrap

Historical information

Coin collections have a long and varied history. Coins were often collected in churches in a box located near the entrance/exit, and later via a collection plate that was passed amongst the congregation Funds were used to repair the church or feed the poorest of the parish. The donation of coins is and was considered part of religious life and mentioned in Christian, Jewish and Islamic texts. With the need and expansion of charitable works occurring outside religious life, charity boxes began to spread into hospitals, orphanages and asylums. The need for non-fixed boxes grew with the rise in charities and their activities outside a fixed building. Collection boxes could be large (and therefore hard to move) or could be held by individuals acting as collection agents, working at a specific location, moving between dwellings or at events. In this example, the Vision Australia tin could be used gathering coins at events such as Carols by Candlelight or other special marketing days.

Inscriptions & Markings

Paper wrapper around tin: Help me to break down the barriers and achieve greater heights Vision Australia blindness and low vision services Paper on top of tin: Thank you for your support Vision Australia blindness and low vision services

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Alf Crossthwaite, worker at Queensland Industrial Institute for the Blind, holds a tower of waste paper baskets outside the workshop.

Inscriptions & Markings

F37828, Blind Institute, 8.5.1961, Alf Crossthwaite makes WPB at Blind institute.

Object - 10th Prahran Royal Blind Institute Boy Scouts flag

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Green flag with yellow stitching in frame

Historical information

Framed green flag with yellow stitched writing (10th Prahran Boy Scouts Royal Blind Institute) and a stitched Boy Scout emblem in the centre. In 1921, the new superintendent (S. Hedger) introduce a new range of activities for the children at the school, including the development of a Scout group.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x col. photograph

Historical information

Mrs Camfield, nursing home resident, picking blooms from the garden at Kelaston.

Inscriptions & Markings

1985

Text - Do you know what this is?

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 page

Historical information

A leaflet produced to raise awareness of white canes. On the front a man's hand holds a white cane. Inside the leaflet reads "Bear in mind the white cane is a symbol of the visually handicapped" and was produced by the White Cane Committee, 247 Vulture Street, South Brisbane, Q, 4101.

Inscriptions & Markings

Illustration of a hand holding a white cane on the front page

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x col. photograph

Historical information

Award presented to unknown female with four staff members looking on. Dianne Kerr is second from right.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photographs of John Cook

Historical information

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

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 col. photograph

Historical information

Tim Quinn presents Peter Lynam, CEO of Vision Queensland, with a cheque.

Text - Association for the Advancement of the Blind Home Committee November 1941 - May 1950

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 paper register

Historical information

Minutes of the monthly meetings of the AAB Home Committee held at 7 Mair Street, Brighton to discuss items related to the running of the Brighton home for the Blind (later named 'Elanora'). A brief index of names preceeds the minutes. Agenda topics included Accounts, Matron's Report, Applications for Admission and Official Visitors, appointment of a special nurse (p.39), an Adventist service conducted in the home being too large and needed to reduce number (p.92), and that bread for tea should be buttered late in the afternoon and not be in a melted condition (p.154).

Image

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.

Text - Association for the Blind 89th annual report 1984

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: President's report, Finance report with Balance sheet, Auditors' report, Centres and Services by Region, Service highlights, Low Vision Clinics, Education and Training, Radio for the Print Handicapped, Telecommunications, Blind Members, Honorary Service group.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

3 col. images of stained glass window in St Kilda Road building

Historical information

During the construction of the St Kilda Road building for the Asylum and School for the Blind (later known as the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind), the Melbourne firm of Ferguson and Urie were commissioned to create a stained glass window for the main staircase. This consisted of six panes, with a different emblem in each: three yellow lions (Royal Coat of Arms), a harp with a figurehead (Kingdom of Ireland), a red lion (Wales), a Tudor rose (England), a shamrock (Ireland) and a thistle (Scotland).

Text - Certificate of Quality Assurance System registration, April 2003: 557 St Kilda Road

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 certificate

Historical information

Certificate reads "Certificate of Registration. Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Limited, 557 St Kilda Road Melbourne, VIC 3004 Australia (refer to Schedule of Addresses dated March 20 2003 for additional certified sites) complies with the requirements of AS/NZS ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Systems Requirements for the following capability: This registration covers the Quality Management System for the provision of case management, production, resources, and support services including education, course development and provision of training, rehabilitation, employment, technology, information and fundraising for people who are blind or vision impaired. The registration also includes the provision of commercial products and services through RVIB Enterprises." Signed: Alex Ezrakhovich, General Manager Certification. Certificate #: QEC12897. Issue Date: 1st April 2003. Certified Date: 29th December 1999. Expiry Date 19th March 2006.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

6 x B/W photographs

Historical information

On June 1, 1986, snow fell in the grounds of Kelaston. A few residents put on their coats and enjoyed the snowy site. Ballarat 010 - (L-R) Mr Balharrie, Mrs Kath Grist, Matron, Miss Wells, Mr Elburn, Mrs Hill and Mrs Sanders. Ballarat 033 - (L-R) Mr Balharrie, Miss Wells, Mr Elburn, Mrs Grist, Matron, Mrs Hill and Mrs Sanders.

Inscriptions & Markings

June 1981

Text - Association for the Advancement of the Blind Finance and Executive minutes from 10/1/1940 to 10/5/1944

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 paper register

Historical information

At the front of the minutes is an index of names for some of the people referred to in the minutes of the Finance/Executive Commitees, with relevant page numbers. Held at the office of the Association for the Advancement of the Blind, these minutes contain information on bank balances, correspondence received and replied to, receipts expenditure, accounts and other business discussed. This included the introduction of monthly socials at Kooyong (p.29), ordering copies of a photograph of Tilly Aston for display in the offices, Braille library, Home, Hostel and paying for a small copy requested by the sitter, as a gift from the Association (p.196).

Object - Threepence stamp

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Rectangular postage stamp

Historical information

Rectangular paper stamp with a dark blue background and white graphics and print. Graphic consists of a lantern. with beams of light extending outwards. Marked: On front: "PRICE THREEPENCE / ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE BLIND / Homes & Help.

Inscriptions & Markings

Association for the Advancement of the Blind Homes & Help Send donations to 10 Queen St Melbourne C1

Text - Association for the Blind Certificate of Honour

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Historical information

Initially donations were thanked by individuals or via typed notes. The next step was the use of pre-printed certificates of honour, which could then have the donor's name hand-written or typed in. These examples are interesting as they show the use of the initial draft of the guiding light symbol, of a black outline flame and semi-circle on a white background, and the continuance of the circle, but in white on a black background. Light blue flowery motifs vertically fill the top left hand side and horizontally the bottom right hand side of the page. Signed by the President (unknown/John Wicking) and Secretary (John Wilson) they were presented to staff of the Association for their contribution of $11,000 for the Guiding Light Appeal in 1968, the staff of the Blind Citizens Community Centre for their $5000 contribution in 1974, and the staff of Mirridong for their $1500 contribution in 1974.

Text - RVIB Northcote Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Letters -- and various loose papers

Historical information

The Northcote RVIB Auxiliary was formed on October 25, 1932. This small collection contains index cards which were maintained by RVIB and contain the amount of donations made by the Auxiliary between 1976 - 1988 as well as the presentations delivered by RVIB employees to Auxiliary meetings between 1980-1982. Correspondence to and from RVIB head office ranging between 1980 - 1987.

Text - Sydney Industrial Blind Institution annual reports 1901-1903

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume, illustrations

Historical information

Annual reports for the Sydney Industrial Blind Institution, including a price list and catalogue of items manufactured by the workers.

Text

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Paper register

Historical information

Vision Australia Foundation,Tilly Aston Customer Council minutes 12/9/2002 -27/6/2005

Object

Vision Australia, Kooyong

White metal cane with rubber on handle and tip

Historical information

Ideal because of it's light weight, metal canes were developed, some with a rubber grip that could slide down the cane and allow the user's hands to hold the cane comfortably. This cane has a noticably small crook which, given it's long length, was presumably not used by the owner to hold it. The tip of the crook and end of the cane are enveloped in plastic protectors.

Text - Newsletter for ophthalmologists

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v.

Historical information

As a way of increasing communication between opthalmologists and RVIB, a newsletter was developed the services and support that the RVIB delivered.

Object - Helen Keller medallion

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Silver medallion

Historical information

Produced by Lions International to commemorate the 100 years since the birth of Helen Keller, who was a pioneer in changing attitudes and rallying support for the blind and vision impaired community in the United States of America, as well as around the world.

Inscriptions & Markings

Helen Keller in profile with the words 'Helen Keller Centennial 1880-1980' on front side. "While they were saying among themselves it can not be done it was done' - Helen Keller (script on back)

Object - Braille hand frame

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 wooden back board with metal hand frame

Historical information

Braille hand frames and styluses were the primary way to produce Braille for over a century. The stylus was used to make a separate indentation for each dot, and the hand frame to keep dots within the same cell. Braille rows are produced from right to left. The process was very time consuming. Volunteer transcribers for the library could take an average of ½ hour to produce one page of Braille using this method. For example: “Oliver Twist” required approximately 600 sheets equating to 300 hours of work! This wooden slate, which was used to make the system portable, served as a firm base needed to sustain puncture pressure. The frame can also be slotted into both sides of the slate, thereby ensuring that the lines of Braille were straight across the page. The metal clasp at the top of the frame held the wooden which kept paper from slipping. Sometimes the board was labelled with organisational labels. In this example, the Rules of Membership for the Victorian Association of Braille Writers was attached, which included the costs of being a transcribing member and the length of the loan period. It is signed by Millicent Ritchie (Hon. Secretary) and Minnie H Crabb (Asst Sec and Librarian) at the base of the sheet.

Object - Signature guide

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 plastic plate with rectangle hole

Historical information

To assist with blind and visually impaired people signing documents, a signature guide creates a rectangular block of space that fits most signature areas on paper. This example was produced by RNIB and provides directions on usage.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signature Guide Cat No. 9020 Have window placed over signature space hold card firmly in place with your hand write your signature within the opening of the window