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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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1171 items

Object - Picht braille typewriter

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Steel Brailler, black with gold decorative lines in a wooden box

Historical information

Oscar Picht invented this braille writer in Bromberg, Germany, where he was the Director of the Provincial School for the Blind. Seven keys facilitate the typing of Braille. All in a wooden box with a metal handle on the front and a hook and eye on either. The box looks handmade and was the property of Alfred W Phillips of Ascot Vale in 1934.

Inscriptions & Markings

Picht, the makers' name is painted on the front.

Image - New verandah & draining to court for the Royal Victorian Institute for Blind

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 architectural plans

Historical information

In 1924 plans were submitted to the RVIB board for the addition of a new veranda and associated drainage pipes located in the courtyard behind Ormond Hall. Hand written notes on the plan indicate that the tender for materials from Pollards was 330 pounds, asphalt 35 pounds totally a cost of 365 pounds. And that additional costs of 120 pounds, comprising of 20 for G Lavatory (?) and J Famdy (?) 100 pounds.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stephenson & Meldrum, Architects Collins Court 374 Little Collins Street Melbourne Phone: 6990

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.

Object - The Visible

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Cast iron Brailler. The body of the Braille writer is painted in black with silver and gold painted inscriptions. Seven metal oval keys are situated at the front of the machine. The roller for turning the paper is made from turned wood.

Historical information

Alfred Wayne & Co. produced a number of braille writers over the years, including The Visible.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marked: Painted on front of machine: "The visible/manufactured by/Alfred Wayne/Handsworth/Brimingham. England

Text - Newspaper clippings 16 (1984-1985)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 red 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

No. 2 6/9/84 - 30/4/85

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x col. photograph

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

1985

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 letter with newspaper cutting pasted to top left edge

Historical information

Harry van Assche was the organiser of the RVIB's auxiliaries during the 1930's and until his death in 1942. In this letter to the Auxiliary Secretary's, Stan Hedger (Superintendent and Secretary for the RVIB) advises of Mr van Assche's death and the alternative arrangements to keep the work ongoing. Attached to the top of the letter is a newspaper article from The Sun (22/7/1942) paying tribute to this work. The letter reads: Dear Auxiliary Secretary, You will all be distressed and grieved as we are over the untimely death of our beloved friend, Mr van Assche, and I am enclosing a tribute to his memory. I think I was in a better position than anybody connected with the Institute for knowing his real worth and of the noble way in which he faced life anew in his brave unflinching determination to conquer disabilities of blindness. How well he succeeded is evidenced in our wonderful Auxiliary movement, in the multitude of friends he made wherever he went, in his never complaining attitude towards his affliction. We are heartbroken over what to me is an irreparable loss, for in my life-long experience among the blind, I have never met his peer. Other representatives will carry the torch lit by him (and he would not have liked to have thought we would fail him), and we feel that Auxiliaries will continue to do their best in memory of one who did his best for those who were sightless like himself, and for the cause for which they have so wonderfully worked in response to his appeals. Mr van Assche's Secretary and friend, Mr Webber, will act for the present, and I am sure you will all do your best to encourage him and those who may accompany him, in their desire to express the gratitude of everyone connected with this Institute for your loving kindness to Mr van Assche and to our blind babies, children and adults, who now depend upon you even more. With our kindest thoughts, Yours faithfully, Superintendent & Secretary

Object - Stand magnifier

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Clear plastic tube with magnifier at one end and attached to a red cord

Historical information

A stand magnifier or loupe is a small magnification device used to see small details more closely. Unlike a magnifying glass the loupe doesn't have a handle, but stands on the page to enlarge text or images. The lens is cylindrical and protected by casing.

Object - Swish bat

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 light brown, wooden rectangular paddle or batting surface with a short handle

Historical information

The wooden bat is used to play the game 'Swish' which is a fast, invigorating game, and was developed by blind people in Australia and has been played here for many years. It is played on both a recreational and competitive level; and allows blind, vision impaired and sighted people to compete on almost equal terms. Swish is like table tennis, but instead of hitting a ball over a net, the ball is hit under a net and must travel along the surface of the table. The net is at a height that so that those players with various degrees of sight do not have an advantage over blind players. The ball has bells in it to make it audible and it is about the size of a tennis ball and made of plastic with holes in it. Swish is either played as a doubles or singles competition. The game can be played from one game to the best of five, and the first to eleven or the advantage of 2 after eleven.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of Santa playing with the Salvation Army Band

Historical information

Santa joins the Salvation Army Band on stage at Carols by Candlelight.

Inscriptions & Markings

23%

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of Tony Borg

Historical information

Portrait of Tony Borg for 1981 Carols by Candlelight program

Inscriptions & Markings

Tony Borg. 30%

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

3 x col. photographs

Historical information

In 1985 the Kelaston Auxiliary celebrated it's 60th anniversary. A special event was held at Kelaston, with Mrs Di Jones congratulating Mrs Hamill (the oldest past auxiliary member), who later cut a cake marking the event.

Inscriptions & Markings

1985 Auxiliary's 60th anniversary

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

Col. photographs and negatives of John Cook

Historical information

Portrait photographs of John Cook in his office

Text - RVIB Chronic

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v.

Historical information

This staff newsletter aimed to keep staff members up to date with what was happening around RVIB, with its often informal manner and chatty style. A Rebel Chronic was produced at times, which consisted of two A3 folded pages.

Inscriptions & Markings

Also titled: The RVIB Chronic, The newsletter of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, The Rebel Chronic

Object

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal cartridge covering magnetic tape spool

Historical information

A cartridge designed to be played on the Clarke & Smith MK1 Talking Book player. Each cartridge houses the complete mechanism, track change linkages, replay heads and tape spools, which are stacked on top of each other within the housing. When one track was finished, the user was required to lift the metal cassette, turn it over, and replace it on the turntable. The bulky cartridges were distributed by post or train in strong 'Globite' cases made with reinforced corners and strapped.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Doves of Venus

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

Col. transparency of John Cook at a function

Historical information

John Cook presents at a function.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W image of a group of blind workers

Historical information

In this undated image, a group of approximately 26 people (mostly female) sit or stand in front of the RVIB building in St Kilda Road. Dressed uniformly but in a variety of poses and expressions, the group pose for the photographer.

Object - Maths trainer

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 square light brown wooden box with block inserted

Historical information

A hollow wooden box with an 8 pointed hole cut in top. A wooden block fits into the hole. The block is rectangular and one end has a straight bar along one side, the other end has two pointed parts on one side. There are no accompanying instructions.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W image of John Wilson showing to his medal to an elderly woman

Historical information

John Wilson shows his Member of the Order of Australia medal to R.J. Stacey (name on the cane that the woman is holding).

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Playing lawn bowls at Kelaston.

Inscriptions & Markings

June 1981

Text - Hire-purchase agreement between Association and J. W. Wilson

Vision Australia, Kooyong

5 pages

Historical information

This agreement between the Association for Advancement the Blind and J. W. Wilson, Secretary lays out the terms and conditions the hire-purchase of a motor vehicle at 16 pounds per month totalling 1039 pounds. The agreement is Dated 18th November 1953, and is signed and Sealed by members of the General Committee and J. W. Wilson.

Object

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph in various tones

Historical information

May Harrison was the first librarian for the Victorian Braille Writers Association, as well as it's first Honorary Secretary, one of the first two people taught Braille by Tilly Aston and let the Association use the front room in her St Kilda as the first library. Here transcribers were taught and showed their exercises, as well as blind people visiting to collect or return materials. This lasted for two years, until a larger premises was required, but Mrs Harrison retained the position of librarian and played an active role in the Association until she died in 1912. In tribute to her dedicated work, a Memorial Fund was established and a tablet placed in the Braille Library.

Object - Carols by Candlelight pin

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 metal pin

Historical information

Carols by Candlelight is a Melbourne institution, and these pins were sold to concert goers as a way of raising funds. The pin consists of a silver candle and candlestick with a red flame, surrounded by green holly leaves and red berries. Beneath the candlestick are the words 'Carols by Candlelight' in silver against a blue background.

Object - Quantum Information Technology [plaque]

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 wooden shield with engraved gold coloured plate, with blue Vision logo

Historical information

As a way of recognising contributions by agencies and individuals outside of the organisation, commemorate plaques were struck and presented as part of an awards ceremony.

Inscriptions & Markings

Vision Australia Foundation. QuanTum Information Technology. In recognition of your outstanding contribution towards vital services for people who are blind or have severe sight loss. August 1999.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of Collette Mann

Historical information

Portrait of Collette Mann, most likely provided by her management for the Carols by Candlelight program.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of Carols by Candlelight stage

Historical information

The Sydney Myer Music Bowl comes alight with the 3KZ Carols by Candlelight concert, date unknown. On the stage it musicians and a choir seated in a Calvary Cross arrangement that rises towards the ceiling of the Bowl.

Inscriptions & Markings

KZ2031

Text - Letter from State Savings Bank of Victoria to Association for the Blind, 1943

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 page

Historical information

This letter was sent by The State Savings Bank of Victoria to General Secretary for the Association for the Blind, dated 9th March, 1943. It reads "Dear Sir, re: Mortgage: The Trustees of Recreation Ground for the Blind to this Bank. With reference to your letter of 1st instant, we herewith return agreement - the Trustees to the Association - which has been duly noted. Yours faithfully, G. Cartwright, Acting Secretary.

Text - Royal Blind Society of New South Wales annual reports [1953-2004] (loose copies)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Various pagings, illustrations

Historical information

The Sydney Industrial Blind Institute received permission to become the Royal Blind Society of New South Wales in 1952. These annual reports chronicle the work of the society until it's amalgamation with two other state based agencies to become Vision Australia in 2005.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 B/W photograph

Historical information

A group of ladies site around a table, rubbing make up products into their face. One lady, in the foreground, is receiving a facial massage.

Inscriptions & Markings

12 A recreation - William Street