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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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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 [email protected] .

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1414 items

Image - 1988 Access to Communication Award

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 digital image

Historical information

In 1988, the Kelaston Community Day Centre won an award for providing accessible communication for deaf clients. These awards were developed to encourage and recognise programs that provided accessible communication for a wide variety of groups.

Inscriptions & Markings

1988 Access Communication Award Presented to the Kelaston Community Day Centre A project of Deafness Foundation (Victoria) Sponsored by the Quota Club of Moorabbin

Image - Man using Opticon

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

1. Male sits at a desk with a Wang computer terminal in front of him and Optacon device to his left. The Optacon was a device that allowed printed material to be turned into Braille through the use of a small camera connected to a vibrating array that produced the Braille. To his right is a cassette recorder, another computer and recorder, whilst a long cane rests against a wall. The man is possibly wearing a sonic guide and listening to the cassette whilst he types on to the screen. 2. Male sits in an office with an Opticon to his left, which he is using, and a manual typewriter in front of him. The typewriter has the camera of the Opticon clamped into position over the typewriter. Behind the man is a reception desk, with a bell and small switchboard visible on upper counter of the desk, and a coffee mug, portable cassette recorder, telephone books and piles of paper stacked neatly under the upper counter.

Inscriptions & Markings

15 - Group with 13, 14 please - no caption available 12 - Group with 13, Optacon caption

Object - National Federation of Blind Citizens of Australia award: Hugh Jeffrey

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 wooden shield with engraved gold plates

Historical information

"National Federation of Blind Citizens of Australia Ltd. NFBCA David Blyth Award 1994. Presented to: Hugh Jeffrey. In appreciation of his outstanding contribution through dedication, tenacity and by example, as a leader of blind people and as an advocate for the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to be accorded to blind people everywhere." Gold coloured disk with NFBCA logo is located above the citation, which is written in Braille on the back of the shield.

Object - Association for the Blind H.M. Lightfoot Centre badge

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 plastic name badge

Historical information

To identify AFB staff, a name badge was struck.. Names were printed in black on a white background, with the logo of the Association for the Blind - in black and blue - to the left of the name. The words 'Assocation for the Blind' sit below the symbol, whilst 'H.M. Lightfoot Centre' is located beneath the wearer's name. This badge was donated by Winsome Baker.

Text - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind annual report 104th 1969-1970

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: List of RVIB president, vice president, board of management, medical staff and officers of the institute, honorary officers and consultant medical staff, The president's report, Nursery and school, Employment - the means of independence, Training and rehabilitation centre the rebirth of confidence and skills, Multi handicapped children, Our senior blind citizens the aged are not forgotten, Finance, Our auxiliaries and other helpers, Welfare -an increasing need, Melbourne traditional carols by candlelight, Services and facilities, When you make or amend your will. Events that occurred in 1969 : Alexander Mair died, he was a member of the board of management since 1952, RVIB faced a deficit, to date they did not have to restrict the scope of any of the services available to blind people and it was hoped with increasing support from all sections of the community that they would not have to do so, after 31 continuous years radio station 3KZ decided to discontinue its association with the Melbourne traditional Christmas festival carols by candlelight but in doing so offered the RVIB the rights to continue. It was the first time RVIB hosted and they offered thanks to television channel 0 and radio station 3AW.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x col. photograph

Historical information

The last day for Mrs Kathleen Reynolds, Director of Nursing at Kelaston Nursing home.

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 - River Run trophy

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Image of award

Historical information

A metal cup with handles and lid sits on top of a plastic mound. Inscribed on the cup are the words "River Run, Winner of Perpetual Trophy, Health Fitness & Vitality, Presented by Golden Bowl Sports Centre". At the base of the award are listed the names of past winners: 1978 Rob Wallace, 1979 Eric Sigmont, 1980 Rod Pitt, 1981 Robert Gilfillin, 1982 Eric Sigmont, 1983 Max Little, 1984 Dennis Clark, 1985 Michael Hillardt, 1986 Robin Rishworth, 1987 Malcolm Norwood.

Inscriptions & Markings

River Run, Winner of Perpetual Trophy, Health Fitness & Vitality, Presented by Golden Bowl Sports Centre

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W scanned image of the Brass Band of the RVIB (taken from an annual report)

Historical information

In this scanned image from an annual report, the RVIB Brass Band holds their instruments at the ready. This 12 piece band was made up of blind students and workers, and had two drummers holding the beat for 10 brass instruments.

Object - Variety on parade! ticket

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 rectangular shaped concert ticket with black ink text

Historical information

Funds were raised for RVIB in the during the 1940's and 1950s by putting on concerts called 'Variety on Parade'. The ticket reads 'As a Thanksgiving for sight! Proceeds in aid of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Babies, Children & Adults, St Kilda Road, Prahran, Melbourne'. It was held at the Public Hall, Buckrabanyule on Tuesday 2nd Sept. 1952 at 8pm. Admission was 3/6 and it was advised that 'New! Non-stop Variety Entertainment of Music, Mirth and Sensational Acts' would be experienced.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ticket no. 56 Ticket no. 57

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of Denis Walter.

Historical information

Denis Walter sits, possibly in the grounds of the RVIB facing St Kilda Road, strumming a guitar. Portrait most likely taken for Carols by Candlelight program.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

48 col. photographs of the 1994 Carols by Candlelight launch

Historical information

Launch of the 1994 RVIB Carols by Candlelight concert at the Channel 9 studios in Richmond. Hosted by Pete Smith and including entertainment from the Boys Choir and Peter Cupples.

Inscriptions & Markings

H550, H551, H552

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

Object - Donation tin - rectangular tin RVIB wrapper around Blind Babies tin circa 1980s

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 older Blind Babies tin has been wrapped with a modern RVIB wrapper, which could be used at Carols by Candlelight, White Cane day or other special marketing days.

Inscriptions & Markings

Your Donation Supports the Work of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind RVIB lighthouse logo 557 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Telephone 9577 3341

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photographs and negative print of John Cook

Historical information

John Cook sitting at his desk.

Inscriptions & Markings

J. Cook 28/6/91 on back of triple print.

Text - Association for the Blind Certificate of Honour

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Historical information

The Guiding Light symbol appears on the next issue of certificates from the Association, using the sphere and triangle shapes that would also become part of name badges and other items around the organisation. These certificates reflect the financial support of the Reach Out Appeal by the Mirridong Social Club in 1981 (signed by Kitty Rose and John Wilson), Elanora, Head Office and George Vowell Centre staff in recognition of their services to residents and blind members in 1982 (signed by John Wicking and John Wilson).

Text - RVIB Cobden Auxiliary papers

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Index cards -- various loose papers and letters

Historical information

The Cobden RVIB Auxiliary was formed on April 28, 1958 and believed to have concluded in 2002. The small collection includes correspondence to and from RVIB Head Office dating from 1990-2002, a list of members in 1996 and The Constitution of the Cobden Auxiliary of RVIB -1998.

Image - 1997 Carols by Candlelight

Vision Australia, Kooyong

5 coloured slides

Historical information

Stage shots and a woman holding a child during the 1997 Carols by Candlelight held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled 66.6139-66.6146 12/97.

Text - 85th annual report 1980 Association for the Blind of Victoria.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: President's report, finance report, auditor's report, balance sheet, nursing homes, social work, rehabilitation, low vision clinic, honorary services, auxiliary income, blind members, sport and recreation, life governors.

Text - Association for the Advancement of the Blind quarterly meeting minutes from 18/9/1933 to 17/8/1936

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 election returns (p.67), additional area at the Kooyong cricket ground so that two matches could be played at once (p.71), and the death of Mr Fred Tilley and injuries to Mrs Driscoll and Miss Stephens due to an accident at Kooyong outside the club house (p.83).

Object - Victorian Railways Blind Person's Permit 1981

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 rectangular travel pass with red cloth cover and black text

Historical information

The travel pass was used by Victorian Railways to ascertain that the bearer was indeed a blind person and entitled to free travel. This example was numbered 1741 and was issued in the name of Mr N.L. Walker. It outlines that the pass is used by a blind person for free travel on suburban journeys and half price fares on country or intersystem journeys.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

4 x colour photographs

Historical information

James Thompson and Rachel Beer look at a display in the Katherine Rose wing at Mirridong Nursing home.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rose (2)

Image - Top Opp

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal plate

Historical information

Part of the AFB network of fundraising involved the use of opportunity shops in various locations. The Top Opp was a large contributor and the work of those who volunteered is acknowledged in this plaque.

Inscriptions & Markings

Association for the Blind gratefully recognises the financial contribution made by the Top Opp at the Chadstone Shopping Centre through the efforts of its many volunteers August 1995

Object - 1934 Melbourne University examination badge

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 coloured badge

Historical information

Hugh Jeffrey attended the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University, graduating in 1940. This examination pin was given to him in September 1934. It is a copper badge with its frame shaped like a shield. Inset into the shield is an Australian coat-of-arms granted by King George V, with a white and blue torse supported by a kangaroo and emu on a grassy field. It features the Commonwealth Star on top, and the motto "Advance Australia" underneath. It is engraved with "Hugh Jeffrey" acoss the top, with "University Exam" on the left of the outlying shield, and "Sept. 1934" on the right. It features a loop on the top with a short fine chain and safety pin.

Inscriptions & Markings

Advance Australia Hugh Jeffrey University Exam Sept. 1934

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

Image - RVIB Enterprises sign

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

Undated cardboard hand-made sign listing the variety of products made by RVIB workers available for purchase at the show. Given the taped over word before 'show' this sign was most likely utilised across a number of shows (Melbourne and regional).

Inscriptions & Markings

RVIB Enterprises Quality Products Made By Workers of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Industrial Division. Show Special Prices On. Baby Gates Tissue Box Covers Door Stops Pot Plant Stands Folding Tables Ludo Mops Chopping Boards Hat Boxes Bread Boards Dominoes Solitaire Toy Boxes Jarrah Outdoor Settings Tapestry Frames Hookey Boards Treated Pine Out Door Settings Chinese Checkers Wall & Mantle Clocks Building Blocks Tapestry Frame Stands

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

3 x B/W photographs

Historical information

Peter Lynam (Cheif Executive Officer) and John Puttick (Chairman of the Board) are two office bearers of the newly formed organisation Vision Queensland.

Object - Erika Picht mini brailler

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal braille machine with red base and 7 white wood keys

Historical information

A small, writer for note paper or index cards, designed by an East German company production started in 1980 and continued in the former DDR until 1989.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

8 B/W photographs of clients, staff and volunteers at Mirridong

Historical information

Photographs taken of various activities that occurred at the Association for the Blind's nursing home in Bendigo - Mirridong. These include clients sitting outside (for possibly the opening of a new wing or a street parade), staff participating at a local fete, volunteers/staff playing games with residents, reading newspapers, receiving visitors and awards for gardening activities.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

Image of boys and men around and in a grassed area at RVIB, that is bordered by wooden railing. A single-storey bluestone building and two wooden buildings surround the grass. Some children rest on the railing whilst others play in the grass or walk around the area. Three adults talk amongst the boys.