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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

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

A small gift box and card is presented to a man, most likely at Kooyong, by another unidentified male.

Object - RVIB 50 year and Life Governor badges

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal pin with gold lighthouse with shining light

Historical information

To honour the commitment of its staff, badges were awarded to commemorate years of service or honorary positions. These consisted of a circle with a gold lighthouse on a contrasting background. Around the outside, 'Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind' was written in gold' against various backgrounds, with '50 years' or 'Life Governor' at the base of the badge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind 50 years Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Life Governor

Object - Blue travel clock

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal clock housed inside blue travel case

Historical information

A silver, square clock with words"1MHOF swiss". Raised, golden dots indicate time blocks. Stored in a blue box, this travel clock could be propped up when the case was opened.

Inscriptions & Markings

1MHof

Image - Vision Australia Foundation recognition plaques

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 / Victorian Actors Benevolent Trust 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

2 x B/W photographs

Historical information

An unknown QIIB worker using a brush making machine.

Object - Lucky Envelopes Instant Bingo dispenser

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Wooden box with brown veneer and metal shutes for money inserted and tickets dispensed, with separate locks for doors in top for envelope restocking and base for money collection.

Historical information

During the 1970's RVIB conducted fund raising through the use of Instant Bingo machines in Melbourne's pubs and clubs. For 20 cents per card, a Lucky Envelope would be provided and amounts from $1 (if all the numbers were green), $2 (gold), $5 (blue), $10 (grey) or $25 (red) could be won. Machines were emptied/refilled by RVIB volunteers and the profits gained were expended by the Institute for services to the blind.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph in various tones

Historical information

Tilly Aston wearing a dark coloured plain dress with lace cuffs and a hat adored with flowers and ribbon on the side. She stands with her arm holding the back of a chair, and in her hand she holds a purse. Around her neck rests a multi-swirled scarf and around her neck lays a necklace with a single bead. Unknown date, however this portrait was taken at the Gainsborough studio, which was also used for another portrait shoot.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gainsborough ... embossed upon lower left corner

Text - Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight souvenir program (2006, 2008, 2012)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

various pages

Historical information

Large print and Braille versions of the Carols by Candlelight programs that accompanied the event, listing the Christmas songs and names of the performers for this iconic event.

Text - RVIB Merry Makers Auxiliary papers

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Letters -- newspaper clippings -- photo -- various loose papers.

Historical information

This is a very small collection from The Merry Makers RVIB Auxiliary as it was noted that 'the books will now be placed in our museum for safe keeping'. Correspondence to and from RVIB head office ranging between 1980 -1987.

Text - Out and About: RVIB Auxiliaries newsletters 2004 (March, July, October,December)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

30 pages of text and images

Historical information

RVIB Auxiliaries raised monies for the organisation at a grassroots level, via a variety of meetings, fundraisers and events. To keep them in touch with head office and to let branches what other branches were doing across the state, regular newsletters were sent out. Celebrations for Ocean Grove (60 years) Heathcote (70) Sale (73), Frankston (75) Auxiliary Christmas party at Ormond Hall, information on volunteer Lyn Annetta and past student Joan Delahunty, and the work of the Hamilton Auxiliary producing a talking newspaper 'Talking Spectator'.

Text - 73rd annual report 1968 Association for the Blind of Victoria.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

16 pages

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: branch committees, President's report, finance report, balance sheet, hospital homes, community centre, welfare, volunteer service group, auxiliaries, life governors, guiding light appeal.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W negative of John Wilson with three other men

Historical information

John Wilson with three unidentified men, drinking tea.

Image - Tilly Aston - H.M. Lightfoot Centre

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

Tilly Aston was a writer, educator and social reformist for blind and visually impaired people. Her desire to overcome the limitations in her own life, and that of others, led to the establishment of the Victorian Braille Writers Association (later the Braille Library of Victoria) and the Association for the Advancement of the Blind (later Association for the Blind). When the Kooyong site of the AFB required redevelopment due to the success of activities at Paterson Hall, a new building was constructed and named the H.M. Lightfoot Centre. As part of their contribution to acknowledging the work of Miss Aston, as well as two of the men who later worked with her, this plaque was struck and presented by the Blind Members' Council of the AFB.

Inscriptions & Markings

"All noble things we do and dare, Must be fruitful, sometime, somewhere" Tilly Aston 11.12.1873 to 1.11.1947 Founder of The Association for the Blind Ltd. A gift to the H.M. Lightfoot Centre from The Blind Members' Council November 1991

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.

Object - Taylor slate

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 silver rectangular metal mathematical slate including tray

Historical information

The Taylor Slate was developed by Rev. William Taylor in England in the mid 19th century it was in common use until the early 1970's and enabled blind or vision impaired students to do maths calculations by arranging metal pegs in the slate. The main part of the slate is a metal sheet with 432, 8 sided holes which small metal pegs are inserted. The pegs have different shapes on their ends. These are used to represent different numbers and symbols depending on the way the pegs are placed in the slate and which combinations of pegs are used.

Object - Dominoes for the blind

Vision Australia, Kooyong

28 dominoes in blue and white metal hinged box

Historical information

Set of plastic dominoes with raised black dots and white ridge dividing each title for easier tactile reading. On the base of each domino is a black, non-slip surface. The double-six dominoes (as they are called) is the most common set sold and still can be purchased from RNIB today.

Text - RVIB Inglewood Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 index cards -- newspaper clippings--various loose papers and letters.

Historical information

The Inglewood RVIB Auxiliary was formed on March 21, 1957 and concluded February 14, 1998. It was noted that a collection of books, badges, receipt books etc would be forwarded separately after the notification of the closing of the auxiliary, however as yet these have not been located. The members were saddened with the loss of their President Mrs Jean Catherine Appleby in 1980, who was killed in a car accident and Mrs Myrtle Bradley was then appointed as the new President. The small collection includes correspondence to and from RVIB Head Office dating from 1980-1989.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

Col. photograph of John Wall, treasurer at the Association for the Blind

Historical information

Portrait of John Wall, who was treasurer for the Association for the Blind between 1970-1989. This photograph was taken for an annual report based upon the ruled lines on the back of the photograph.

Inscriptions & Markings

John Wall, treasurer 1970/1989

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

Artwork - Portrait of David Robertson

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 art original in gold frame

Historical information

Framed portrait of David Robertson who was the first President of the Association for the Advancement of the Blind, from 1895-1899. It is part of a series of paintings commissioned by the VAF Board to commemorate the work of past presidents of the organisation. Mr Robertson sits with his hands resting upon a wooden cane. He is wearing dark spectacles, a gray suit and waistcoat, white shirt with starched collar and pleated front, and a red and blue striped necktie. On his left lapel is a blue and red medal. David Robertson was educated at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind and was trained as a basket maker. He was one of eight foundation members of the Association for the Advancement of the Blind (now Vision Australia Foundation ) which was formed in 1895 in order to encourage blind people to manage their own affairs and build their self esteem. He was appointed the inaugural president and served as such from 1895 to 1899 and again in 1913 as well as acting as vice president from 1900 to 1902 and in 1911 and 1915. Known as a level headed and wise peacemaker he was elected chairman of the first interstate conference of blind people, which took place in Melbourne in 1913. From this evolved the Federal Council of Organizations of the Blind, which undertook to consider all matters affecting blind people.

Inscriptions & Markings

The plaque at the base of the painting reads 'David Robertson / Inaugural President of / Association for Advancement of the Blind'.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photographs of crowds watching Carols by Candlelight.

Historical information

Brian Naylor hosts this undated Carols by Candlelight performance at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

Text - The Australian National Council for the Blind minutes 20/10/1951 to 5/8/1968

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 book

Historical information

Formed in 1951, this register contain the minutes of the Executive Committee. The meetings were held in the premises of various blindness agencies around Australia. The Australian National Council for the Blind (ANCB) was formed in 1951. 11/11/1953 The Secretary reported that the ANCB had been admitted to full membership of the World Council for the welfare of the Blind and welcomed to being a body whereby matters appertaining to Blind welfare work throughout the world may be referred to the various organisations in Australia through this source.

Image - Conversion to Administrative offices / Conversion to Rehabilitation centre

Vision Australia, Kooyong

7 architectural plans and 1 letter

Historical information

Over 1962-63, plans were drawn up for the conversion of the main building into administrative offices and a rehabilitation centre. As the children were now located at the school in Burwood, and with funds achieved from the sale of the old factory buildings to the Alfred Hospital, the St Kilda Road building could expand room for its office workers and provide greater floor space to rehabilitation staff.

Inscriptions & Markings

John F D Scarborough and Partners, Architects

Object - Dolls house

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Wooden dolls house with two doors

Historical information

Dolls house used by children who resided in the RVIB nursery. Possibly made by R.F. Tuney, as the design resembles one used at Narbethong House and a picture taken at RVIB nursery refers to children playing with the Sunbeam House, however no name plate indicates this.

Text - Certificate of Appreciation - International Year of Volunteers

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 apricot coloured sheets with blue and black writing

Historical information

Awarded to Vision Australia in recognition of voluntary service to the community by the Victorian Government and signed by Steve Bracks (Premier) and Christine Campbell (Minister for Community Services). Certificates presented to VAF Kooyong and Ballarat held.

Text - Newspaper clippings 8 (1974)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 blue 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.

Object - RVIB Rifle Club badge

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal pin with enamel

Historical information

This badge has 'Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind' written in gold against a dark blue background around an oval shape, with the words 'Rifle Club' in the same lettering at the base. Inside the oval, on a light blue background, is a lighthouse and a rifle either side of it, the butts crossing at the apex. In the 1960's, the RVIB approached engineer George Glover to produce equipment to allow blind people to shoot, based upon that made available at St Dunstan's Hospital in the UK. The rifle range opened in February 1966 at the rear of St Kilda Road with 30 members, and soon became involved in matches with sighted rifle clubs in the area. The club had many successful years, competing against teams from Canada and New Zealand in 1968, and had the support of ICIANZ which provided them with free munitions as well as teams to compete against. In 1977, George Glover passed away and some of the skills required for maintenance of the equipment was lost, however the club continued until the late 1980's/early 1990s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Rifle Club

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.

Text - Fund raising agreement with E.I. Parkins

Vision Australia, Kooyong

4 pages

Historical information

This agreement between the Association for the Blind and Emma Irene Parkins lays out the terms and conditions of a fund-raising initiative to be driven by E.I. Parkins, with the aim of selling entry tokens for a "Name the Home" competition at 2 shillings apiece. The first prize was a Ford Falcon Sedan. The agreement is Dated 1st day of July 1962, but Signed and Dated by CEO J. W. Wilson and E. I. Parkins on 28/03/1962. There are 2 copies of the agreement, one containing hand-written annotations in pencil.