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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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1197 items

Artwork - Portrait of Thomas Marks

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 art original in gold frame

Historical information

Framed portrait of Thomas Marks who was President of the Association for the Advancement of the Blind 1900, 1935-1937. It is part of a series of paintings commissioned by the VAF Board to commemorate the work of past presidents of the organisation. Mr Marks sits at a table, wearing black tails and pants, a white pleated dinner shirt and black evening dress bow-tie. One hand rests next to a cup and saucer, the other rests on his lap. Tom Marks was educated at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind. He was a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of the Blind (now Vision Australia) at its establishment in 1895. He went on to serve as President of organisation in 1900 and was later appointed as a part time paid secretary – an office he occupied from 1904 to 1927. He again served as President from 1935 to 1937 during which time he celebrated his 80th birthday. As the living conditions of many blind people were deplorable at this time – they were often confined to a room or shed without any social contacts – it was realized that support for blind persons was needed to serve as a refuge for the oppressed, a home for the indigent, a rest home for the sick and a convalescent home to provide both respite care and permanent accommodation. Mr Marks had a reputiation of having good contacts and being able to use people with more knowledge than himself. An able musician, Tom Marks was often employed in the homes of wealthy families. As a result he met Mr and Mrs Grimwade who were already supporters of Vision Australia. They organized a gymkhana to raise money for the nucleus of a building fund. From this time Tom Marks was involved in the finances of the centres at Brighton, Ballarat and Bendigo, which were the ultimate result of the fund. He was also part of a team that negotiated the financial agreement between the RVIB and Vision Australia over fund raising and the allocation of money, which lasted from 1930 to 1939.

Inscriptions & Markings

The plaque at the base of the painting reads 'Mr Thomas Marks / President 1900, 1935-1937/ Association for Advancement of the Blind'.

Object - Sarawak Society for the Blind

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 plastic stand with engraved silver plate of a collage of images of rural village scenes, with yellow and black insignia for the Sarawak Society for the Blind Sibu branch rests in the middle.

Historical information

To share information and gain first hand knowledge, organisations sometimes undertook study visits to various countries. In appreciation for the hospitality and information gained as part of this, the Sarawak Society for the Blind - Sibu branch presented a commemorative plaque to RVIB.

Inscriptions & Markings

With compliments from Sarawak Society for the Blind (State) 1st August 1994

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 x col. photographs

Historical information

An older female holds an award for running, whilst two young women look on. This photograph is believed to have come from the Mt Eliza office.

Text - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind annual report 1981-1982

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: List of patrons, president, vice president, honorary officers, board, consultant medical staff and officers of the institute, President's report, Executive director's report, Children's services, Rehabilitation and training centre, Welfare services, Employment services, Vocational development, Library and community services, Public relations activities, Financial statement, Auxiliaries and support groups, Auxiliaries annual report, Auxiliaries contribution, Services and facilities, When you make our amend a will - bequest. Events that occurred: a biennial survey was conducted to ascertain how many blind people use the services, and this year it was the first time the Burwood school had a composite 2 and 3 classes comprising 6 sighted and four blind children.

Text - 89th annual report 1984 Association for the Blind of Victoria.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: President's report, finance report, balance sheet, auditors' report, centres and services, service highlights, low vision clinics, education and training, radio for the print handicapped, telecommunications, blind members, honorary service group.

Image - Queensland Training and Placement Centre for the Blind Inc

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Historical information

This honour board lists the individual award winners at the Queensland Training and Placement Centre for the Blind. Brian McGhie Award: 1974 Colin Ingram, 1975 Andrew Fox, 1976 Mateo Bertolani, 1977 Kevin Schwartz, 1978 Robyn Jones, 1979 Thu Minh Lam, 1980 Ross Hamilton, 1981 Wayne Evans, 1982 Gary Dale, 1983 Ian Gimm, 1984 David Ball, 1985 Paul Logan, 1986 Martin Rankin. Sophie Halstead Award: 1976 Renee Robertson, 1977 Veronica Hughes, 1978 Annette Anderson, 1979 Diane Chawner, 1980 Wai Lam, 1981 Lan Lee Lam, 1982 Antonia Muller, 1983 Elizabeth McKennariey, 1984 Tania Persig, 1985 Annette Gardner, 1986 Gail Suthers. Eric Watson Orientation and Mobility Award: 1983 Edward Van Doorn, 1984 Robyn Grundy, 1985 Vanessa Hinton.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brian McGhie Award - 1974-1986 Sophie Halstead Award - 1979-1986 Eric Watson Orientation and Mobility Award - 1983-1985

Object

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 wooden tablet with 4 engraved gold coloured nameplates

Historical information

Bequest Honour Board. Many projects which provide invaluable assistance to children and adults who are blind or vision impaired have been funded by the generosity of the following people. Mr Leslie John Beard. Mr Oriel John Grattan. Vica & Mitia Yavitch

Inscriptions & Markings

Bequest Honour Board. Many projects which provide invaluable assistance to children and adults who are blind or vision impaired have been funded by the generosity of the following people. Mr Leslie John Beard. Mr Oriel John Grattan. Vica & Mitia Yavitch.

Text - Tilly Aston Customer Council minutes 11/11/1997 - 6/7/2004

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 book

Historical information

Minutes contains welcome of new members, and work undertaken with 3RPH, public transport, schools, library and other groups on improving services for blind members.

Text - The Association for the Blind, Blind Members' Council meeting minutes 5/11/1982 to 24/2/1986

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 book

Historical information

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. Some highlights include: 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.

Text - RVIB Kiata Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Letters -- newspaper clippings -- various loose papers

Historical information

The Kiata RVIB Auxiliary was formed on September, 1949. 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 - 1984. Correspondence to and from RVIB head office ranging between 1990 - 2000.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

Object - Noughts and crosses set

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Light wooden block with darker wooden discs and crosses

Historical information

This wooden set could be used by sighted people as well as those who are blind or visually impaired. A universal game played in ancient Egypt and Rome, noughts and crosses has also become known tic-tac-toe (popularised in the USA) and there are 362,880 possible ways to play the game.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

6 col. photographs

Historical information

QBIC Sales Manager Herb with staff in hardware stores, promoting the great range of products produced at QBIC.

Image - Association for the Blind Vision Resource Centre honour board

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Historical information

The building a Vision Resource Centre at Kooyong was made possible through donations made by a large number of people. To honour this commitment, a board was constructed listing those individuals and businesses who had contributed. During the various refurbishments of the Kooyong site, this board was taken down and is no longer retained.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Vision Resource Centre was made possible by the vision and generous support of the Victorian community, including many individuals, Business leaders, Trusts, Blind members, volunteers and staff. The Association for the Blind gratefully acknowledges the financial support of all contributors, including the following major donors and supporters:" thereafter follows a listing of 93 names

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x col. photograph

Historical information

Anna Bligh, Queensland Minister for Disability Services, with a Vision Queensland client.

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.

Object - Carols by Candlelight wooden box

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 dark brown wooden box with hinged lid and green lining on base

Historical information

This wooden box and other small gifts were given to performers at Carols by Candlelight as a small thank you for donating their time and talents at the concert. The Carols by Candlelight logo of two candle adult shaped figures stand beside a smaller candle child shaped figure, with the words 'Carols by Candlelight 2001' arching over the top of the figures and 'RVIB' at the base of the figures.

Inscriptions & Markings

Carols by Candelight 2001 RVIB

Text - The Association for the Blind, Blind Members' Council meeting minutes 20/6/1975 to 17/7/1981

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 book

Historical information

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 nominees, Nominations, Reports from Finance, Welfare, Brighton, Ballarat, Kooyong, Regional Centres, Nursing homes, Blind Members' auxiliary, Social activities, General business, Guest speakers. The AFB Blind Members' Council Annual Reports are also included beginning with June 30th 1977. Some highlights include: 25/5/1976 it was reported that the newly formed Tandem Bicycle Club would be holding their meetings at Kooyong the first Sunday of each month. 30/6/1978 it was reported that in April the Kooyong complex of buildings was named H.M. Lightfoot Centre after the immediate past President of AFB. The Council has been successful in having included in the learner driver book of road rules a question on the significance of the white cane. 30/7/1979 The Chairman, Mr Sitlington, represented Blind Members at the opening of the Ballarat Day Centre, Kelaston, in April. 30/6/1980 it was reported that the BMC welcomed 119 new members during the past twelve months. The Chairman, Mr Sitlington, represented Blind Members at the opening of the new George Vowell Nursing Home and Day Centre. 20/2/1981 a letter from the Chairman of VicRail, Mr Reiher, giving assurance that audio announcements will still be made in conjunction with the computer board.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

Col. photographs of transparencies taken at Carols by Candlelight

Historical information

Various crowd pictures enjoying the 1980 Carols by Candlelight performance

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 certificate of appreciation

Historical information

Certificate reads "Certificate of Appreciation: May it be known that this certificate has been presented to The George Vowell Centre by Karingal Lioness Club in appreciation of the invaluable services and cooperation extended." Signed by the President Stephanie Johnson and Secretary Patricia Goodwright on 20th December 1985.

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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

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

5 col. photographs

Historical information

Staff photos of: Kerry Carr (cleaner/gardener), Keith Smith (production manager) and Tom Chawner with Joe Seeto.

Inscriptions & Markings

Former workshop supervisor Tom Chawner with Joe Seeto (retiring on grounds of ill health)

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

Image - Association for the Blind offices in Kooyong aerial view

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Photograph in white frame

Historical information

Aerial view of Kooyong. The Kooyong Tennis Centre, Glenferrie Road, train station, Talbot Crescent, Monash Freeway and parklands are clearly visible. Few trees are lining the roadway around the sporting fields, the Glenferrie Road building has not expanded and the Blind Cricket pavilion is not yet built.

Text - 85th annual report 1978-79 Braille and Talking Book Library

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: notice of meeting, back to braille beginnings, so much per visit, one for the books, candid camera at Christmas, global gesture at 'white cane week', high interest in the bank account, book of the year dinner has a personality all its own, our beloved country, the president's report, the braille and talking book library expresses appreciation, annual report of directors.

Text - Newspaper clippings 4 (1979-81)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 red covered notebook with newspaper cuttings

Historical information

To keep current with media articles on how vision impaired people, blindness organisations and their activities were reported in the press, books of newspaper cuttings were created. News stories were taken from local, regional and national papers covering a variety subjects.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W image of women playing organ

Historical information

A blind woman plays the organ with one hand, whilst the other reads Braille music from a sheet in front of her, on the stage at Ormond Hall.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

Col. transparencies of the Carols by Candlelight stage and crowds

Historical information

Carols by Candlelight crowds watch the stage, ablaze with light, with the Melbourne skyline in the background.

Text - 1994 TDK Australian Audio Book Award

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x A3 sheet

Historical information

To encourage the development of audio books, a series of awards were established by the National Library of Australia in 1988, and sponsored by TDK from 1991 until their demise in 2000. Open to both commercial and non-commercial publishers, it aimed to recognise the quality achievements by individuals and publishing houses and to promote the inclusion of audio books into the mainstream market. In 1994 the winner of the Unabridged Fiction Category was "White Eye" by Louis Braille Books.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photograph of a two people and a cart in a city street "Lighting up" by Harold Cazneaux between header and recipient

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

Paper register

Historical information

Association for the Blind,Tilly Aston Customer Council minutes 20/10/1998 - 26/8/2002. Minutes contains welcome of new members, and work undertaken with 3RPH, public transport, schools, library and other groups on improving services for blind members.