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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 heritage@visionaustralia.org .

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1233 items

Object - JMG Stenotype Braillewriter #17

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal portable braille writer in a wooden box

Historical information

This portable braille writer was made for the Royal Institute for the Blind, England. It embosses a roll of paper tape. A folding arm, which extends 29 centimetres beyond the width of the braille writer, holds the tape. The braille writer has six conventional keys and a spacing key. The bottom of the wooden carrying case serves as a base and is lined with green felt. It was manufactured by J.M. Glauser and Sons, who produced several braille writers in the period 1930-1950.

Inscriptions & Markings

"JMG No. 17" is stamped on top of the machine.

Object - Tellatouch

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Beige vinyl machine with leather carry strap

Historical information

The Tellatouch was developed in the American Foundation research laboratory and resulted from one of the first AFB research projects, a major effort in the mid-1940s to help deaf-blind people. The device helped end social isolation for hundreds of deaf-blind children and adults. The Tellatouch provides a means of communication between a sighted (or blind) person and a deaf-blind person who can read braille. The keyboard has three rows of ten keys each and a standard braille keyboard on the fourth row. At the rear of the machine is a round metal plate with the braille cell in the center. The deaf-blind person rests a finger on the braille cell. Pins rise to form the equivalent of the letter key that is struck. The body of the device covered in beige vinyl, with a hinged lid at the front which lifts up to reveal the keyboard. The lid is secured with a metal latch at the front.

Text - Royal Blind Society of NSW Council meeting minutes: 20/1/958 - 3/9/1963

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

These minutes contain information on attendees, meeting chairs, apologies, correspondence, subscriptions, donations, legacies and general business. Reports are also included from Auxiliaries, Auditors, Library and Home teacher, Directors, The Black and White committee, Victor Maxwell House, Helen Keller Hostel, The Victor Maxwell Kindergarten, The Sandy Robertson Kindergarten, Alexis Albert House, Silver Lighthouse committee, 'Heathfield' and other Woollahra properties. 20/1/1958 it was noted that considerable developments were taking place with respect to the recording of books on discs to tape and the Society will adopt system of recording set out by R.N.I.B. 24/2/1958 an order for 100 small silver plated lighthouses had been decided on to be presented to outstanding benefactors of the Society. 15/8/1959 'Lighthouse', home for aged Blind women was opened. 5/9/1958 The President welcomed the first 6 residents to Alexis Albert House, home for aged Blind men. 6/9/1958 The Newcastle Blind Centre was opened. 23/9/1963 it was unanimously resolved that 5 Lots comprising of the estate left by the late Mrs F. I. Skovronksi were to be sold.

Text - Mitchell cycles advertising leaflets

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 x A4 col. pages of advertising material

Historical information

In 1974, the Royal Blind Society established within it's manufacturing division a facility to build high quality tandems for blind and partially sighted members of its sports club. By the end of 1978, the manufacturing division expanded and a new series of high quality, hand built racing cycles were developed to suit the individuals needs of the cycling enthusiast. A demand in the bicycle hire industry prompted the development of a strong universal bicycle and the new 24" Mixti family cycle was born. By 1979 the Royal Blind Society was manufacturing both family bicycles and tandems for the bicycle hire industry in N.S.W., Victoria and the A.C.T. Both cycles received an enthusiastic reception, so much so, that in 1982 they were the first bicycle manufacturer to win an Australian Design Award. In these two advertising leaflets, the specifications for the Ladies, Family and Gents bicycles are supplied along with images of each bicycle.

Object - Buy A Candy Cane for the Blind badge

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Large badge with orange background and white writing

Historical information

Metal badge with orange background and white text (Buy a Candy Cane), with blue and pink 'candy canes' as graphics in background. There is a stylised sketch of a person with a white cane above the letters 'RVIB'. Possibly produced as part of White Cane Week celebrations, it was most likely used to raise funds and awareness.

Inscriptions & Markings

Buy a Candy Cane RVIB

Text - Newspaper clippings 2 (1927-1946)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 red covered notebook

Historical information

Newspaper clippings from a variety of Australian and New Zealand newspapers regarding blindness, the work of Auxiliaries, RVIB, Sydney Industrial Blind Institute, blind entertainers, guide dogs and the activities, accidents and experiences of blind people in the community.

Image - Braille Library Presidents board

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Wooden board with gold lettering

Historical information

An honour board listing the current and past presidents of the Braille Library of Victoria, formerly known as the Victorian Association of Braille Writers.

Inscriptions & Markings

President J.H. Cockayne Past Presidents Thomas Luxton 1895-1900 Sir Malcolm Mc Eachern M.H.R. 1901 Hon. Thomas Luxton M.L.C. 1902-1910 Cr. J.G. Davey, Lord Mayor 1911-1912 Cr. A.J. Weller, JP 1913-1919 W.H. Mac Lennan 1920-1921 F.E. Pettifer, JP 1922-1928 Malcolm M. Brodie 1929-1946 A. Harold Gaze, C.B.E. 1946-1953 A. Lawrence Keep 1954-1963 Dr. R Graeme Orr 1963-1970 F.H. Bathurst 1970-1984

Text - RVIB Portland Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Letters -- index cards -- newspaper clippings -- bank statements -- various loose papers

Historical information

The Portland RVIB Auxiliary was formed on July 14, 1931. 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 1973 - 1985. Correspondence to and from RVIB head office ranging between 1990 -2008 and also includes a brief history of the Auxiliary. A survey from RVIB head office in 1999 reveals the average age group of the committee and members was 70-80 years old.

Text - Life Governor certificate

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x cream coloured page with brown writing and images (front view of St Kilda Road building across top, and pictures of children playing with boat, male working on carpet, female weaving rug and a nurse holding two babies along left-hand edge)

Historical information

Life Governor certificates were given to those who supported the RVIB either through certain levels of financial contribution or by activities undertaken to support the institute. This is to certify that Mrs. Eileen Kempster has been appointed a Life Governor of the Institute. Charles Bennett, President S. Hedger, Executive Director

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Babies, Children and Adults St Kilda Road, Melbourne Patron: His Excellency The Governor of Victoria General Sir Dallas Brooks, K.C.B, C.M.G., D.S.O Patroness: Lady Brooks President: Dr Charles Bennett Vice-Presidents: G.H. Grimwade, Esq. G.E. Newton, Esq. Hon. Treasurer: Percy W. Briggs, Esq. Members of Board: Harold E. Brookes, Esq, JP C.L. Kimpton, Esq. Mrs C.H. Tutton W.H. Cowper, Esq Joseph Taylor, Esq E.V. Willis, Esq. Leighton Irwin, Esq. F.F. Knight, Esq. Superintendent & Secretary: Stannus W. Hedger, M.B.E. Secretary: Kenneth R. Bunn Recreation, Industry, Education, Nursery

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of John Wicking and Arthur Wilkins after their investiture on Australia Day.

Historical information

John Wicking and Arthur Wilkins smile happily after their investiture at Government House.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sharing a joke. John Wickham [sic] (left) President of the Association (1973-1984) and Arthur Wilkins, Manager, Kooyong Centre (1968-1976).

Text - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Burwood register

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v.

Historical information

Young clients with vision impairment or blindness require various types of educational support. This register provides listings of the name, address, date of birth, H.O.D. date, referred by whom, diagnosis and assessment programme recommended by the RVIB Visiting Teachers.

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."

Text - Royal Blind Society letterhead

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x A4 letterhead with RBS logo

Historical information

Letter paper used by staff at the Royal Blind Society of New South Wales. A cream A4 sheet with the words 'ROYAL BLIND SOCIETY' at the top of the page, and 'ROYAL BLIND SOCIETY A VISION TO SHARE' around the RBS logo as a background in the middle of the page. Around the edge are four lines (3 thin, 1 thick) which form a border with two rectangle boxes in the corners of the page.

Text - Association for the Blind 99th annual report 1994

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: "President's Report: A Season of Celebrations", "A Future in their Fingers: 1894-1994", "Pride and Problems", "The Next 100 years", "Volunteer Report: Service Since Day 1", "Blind Member's Council: Keeping the focus Sharp", "Once in a Century Appeal, CEO's Report: New Beginnings", "Services: Vision and Hearing Assessment, Rehabilitation, Confident Living, Resident Care, Telephone Support Programs, Information Radio, Vision Information Line, Newsline, Training" "Treasurer's Report: Satisfying Results"

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Street view of the ceremony held at Mirridong for the Katherine Rose wing. No individuals are identified, however decorations and the large crowd indicate that that was taken at that time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bendigo 5123

Image - Mrs James Angus

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal board

Historical information

Commemorative plaque for Mrs James Angus, who was the inaugural Combined Auxiliary President from 1927-1930.

Inscriptions & Markings

To the Memory of Mrs James Angus President of the Combined Auxiliaries 1927-1930 Erected by The Board of Management of the R.V.I.B. and Members of its Auxiliaries

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of man using a white cane

Historical information

RBS client Frank Knox navigates his way along Sydney's footpaths with O&M instructor Lori Lerner.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo for page No. 11 - 1986 Use this for circle photo's.

Object - Wooden puzzle

Vision Australia, Kooyong

7 wooden pieces

Historical information

A series of small cubes of wood joined in different ways are arranged together to form a large cube (7.5 cm)

Image - Dickinson Centre opening

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal plate

Historical information

Plaque commemorating the opening of the Dickinson Centre, named in honour of Harold and Mercy Dickinson, both totally blind since childhood, who never let challenges stand in their way. Mercy was the first woman who was blind to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Queensland, and received her Masters Degree in the Education of Blind People with Additional Handicaps in New York, and an Honorary Doctorate for Education from the University of Queensland in 1994. Mercy and Harold established the Queensland Training and Placement Centre for the Blind, the first establishment of its kind in Queensland. Harold, who was a prolific writer, was appointed the Director and Mercy was the first volunteer at the Centre. Together they gave a lifetime of dedication and commitment ensuring that people who were blind or had low vision had the same opportunities as those with sight. The Centre later merged with other organisations and in 2006 became part of Vision Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Dickinson Centre This refurbished centre was Officially opened on 9 November 1990 by The Hon. Ben Humphreys M.H.R. Federal Member for Griffith and Minister for Veterans Affairs and Blessed by Br. Alan Barnabas S.S.F. So named by the QLD Foundation for Blind People Inc (Est. 1956) to Honour The Contribution Made by Harold and Mercy Dickinson 1990 Committee of Management Don Cameron President Mercy Dickinson Vice President Rex Stevens Secretary Moira Solomon Treasurer Del Donaldson Bruce Miller Bob Faulconbridge Justice Bill Pincus Jenny Finch Ken Scells Garry Macdonald Kevin Standish Ian Stewart David Henderson Patron: His Excellency The Governor of QLD Sir Walter Campbell A.C. Q.C.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Col. photograph of 1981 Carols by Candlelight crowd

Historical information

Candles light up the night sky as crowds watch the performance at the 1981 Carols by Candlelight concert.

Text - RVIB Kongwak Auxiliary papers

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Letters -- index cards -- newspaper clippings -- various loose papers

Historical information

The Kongwak RVIB Auxiliary was formed on November 29, 1955. 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 1973 - 1985. Correspondence to and from RVIB head office ranging between 1990 -2008 and also includes a brief history of the Auxiliary.

Object - SEDAa collection box

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 plastic money collection box with metal chain attached

Historical information

A plastic moulded yellow Labrador puppy in white harness with raised nose sits on a blue hollow drum, waiting for coins to be inserted into its head. On the drum, a paper label reads "please help me become a .... seeing eye dog 1800 037 773". A golden Labrador puppy and the Seeing Eye Dogs Australia logo of a paw print with an eye in the middle completes the wraparound label. This type of fundraising tin is designed to stand on counters and be secured to a desk via the metal chain at the back of the collection box.

Object - Royal Victorian Institute for Blind Babies, Children and Adults

Vision Australia, Kooyong

6 black and white photographs ; in white frame

Historical information

Six photographs set into a white, wooden frame, each with their own description at the base of the picture. Image 1 is of two girls, one with a doll in a pram and the other holding a doll. Image 2 has four children with a large doll dressed as a sailor. The caption runs under both pictures: "They love their dolls." Image 3 is of a girl in a pinafore washing doll's clothes in a bucket on a table which also contains a miniature clothesline, iron and washing basket, the caption reads "Washing day for the dolls". Image 4 shows children touching the tactile picture of Prince Charming and Snow White on a horse, with the caption "They follow by touch the story of the seven dwarves." Image 5 is of a baby in a chair with a cushion and a blanket "The Institute's youngest blind boy". Image 6 shows Matron holding two babies, with the caption "The Institute offers them it's care from 'the cradle to the grave".

Inscriptions & Markings

Descriptions below each photograph

Object - Playing cards with large print

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Playing cards with William Grant's Scotch Whiskey printed on back and numbers and suit in large print in paper packet.

Historical information

A 52 playing card set (plus two jokers) with large print numbers and suit types.

Object - Unilock word building device

Vision Australia, Kooyong

60 plastic tiles with braille and large print in maroon box with pink lid

Historical information

This letter outfit (RNIB catalogue no. 9096) is primarily intended for teaching blind and partially sighted children the rudiments of spelling and word building.There are 60 letter squares in the set, and on each of these appears a printed letter, both capitals and lower case, the capital being at the top with the braille equivalent in the middle of the tile. The letters can be joined together by pressing the projecting tab on one square into the slot on the right hand side of another. The blue plastic base board is divided into 5 rows and can be used to store words created.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W scanned newspaper image

Historical information

As well as being an activist, Tilly Aston was also a published author and wrote several books during her lifetime. In this scanned image, from The Weekly Times newspaper, she holds her hand to her face and wears a flounced blouse with a multi-strand pearl choker and a heavy bangle which appears from underneath a decorated cuff. Her hair is swept up in a top knot and a large black bow, turned sideways, rests upon her left side. The photograph was printed as part of an article on the 'Principle Prize Winners of Prahran Competitions'.

Inscriptions & Markings

Miss Tilly Aston (1st original story)

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 - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind annual reports 1910-1914

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume, illustrations.

Historical information

From it's beginning in 1867, the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind grew in size and its number of employees and benefactors. These bound volumes of annual reports contain the information sent to subscribers of the Institute and outline the notable events and difficulties facing the blind and the RVIB.

Object - Rain warning device

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 plastic box with metal plate

Historical information

A battery operated device that is rectangular in shape with a sensor plate on top and an on/off switch on one end. At the other end is a round lid that screws off to allow a battery to be inserted. Marks: A price sticker reads: $49. It was designed so that when placed outdoors would emit a noise at the first drop of rain, enabling vision impaired people to retrieve their washing from the line.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rain warning device Made for the Royal National Institute for the Blind by Data Acquisition Ltd

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x col. photograph

Historical information

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