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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

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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B/W photograph of children singing at Carols by Candlelight

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Children hold candles as they sing along at a Carols by Candlelight concert.

Inscriptions & Markings

B7487

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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

1 x col. photograph of Marina Prior

Historical information

Marina Prior holds a microphone and sings to crowds at the Carols by Candlelight crowds in this undated photograph.

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'.

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2 x col. photographs

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039 - Rex Hollioake, appeal chairman, shows Minister for Health Rob Knowles and another man the plans for a redeveloped Kelaston. 043 - Minister for Health Rob Knowles with Terry Fraser, Kelaston manager, and John Cook, Association for the Blind CEO.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 certificate of appreciation

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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

1 x B/W photograph

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A mid-twenties male uses a white cane to navigate a footpath on a busy road.

Inscriptions & Markings

File: Skills Training - O&M A white cane provides blind people with early warning of obstacles. Using a white cane for mobility.

Text - The White Cane Day: a brief history

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 page

Historical information

A brief history of White Cane day outlining the use of the white cane in the United States and Australia.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph

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Mrs Ada Piper of Ballarat with her letter acknowledging and congratulating her on receiving the Order of Australia medal for services to the community.

Artwork - Portrait of Bruce Small

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 art original in gold frame

Historical information

Framed portrait of Bruce Small who was President of the Association for the Blind 1955-1964. It is part of a series of paintings commissioned by the VAF Board to commemorate the work of past presidents of the organisation. Mr Small stands in his Gold Coast mayoral robes, which consist of a dark blue velvet with ermine trim and a white ruffled shirt.. He wears a mayoral chain of office around his neck and glasses, with his hands clasped in front of him. Sir Bruce Small joined the Vision Australia’s General committee in 1944 and became President of the organisation in 1955. He developed an efficient team with Sir Hubert Opperman (for many years the world’s number one cyclist), whom he brought in as Vice President and Mr. Pat Lightfoot, himself president for many years. Sir Bruce had to leave school at an early age after the death of his father in order to support his family. The lessons he learned from this episode in his life created a man of quick wit, with a razor sharp mind and the skills of a gambler - attributes that enabled him to achieve his goal of “aiming for the stars”. This was put into effect when he proposed a plan for 3 new Vision Australia nursing homes in 5 years at Ballarat, Bendigo and Brighton at a cost, which at that time seemed impossible but which was finally achieved between 1957 and 1959, through astute financial management. Sir Bruce also supported the concept of organisational decentralization and made amendments to the constitution, which enabled the associated branches of the Vision Australia (then the Association for the Advancement of the Blind) to form local committees. This was in order to generate local interest in the blind people in the community and engage them in fund raising and running of the nursing homes. Although he resigned in 1964 when he moved to Queensland he still retained an interest in Vision Australia. Sir Bruce had always pushed for a symbol for Vision Australia which would be recognized by the public and serve a useful purpose. This took the form of a beacon which was erected at Brighton, overlooking the sea, having a twofold purpose – a reference point and guiding light for small craft, and symbolically for blind people a guiding light to direct them to a safe harbour. Sir Bruce switched on the guiding light at in 1969 having already donated the cost of $3000. Prior to joining Vision Australia, Sir Bruce had operated the Malvern Star bicycle business in Glenferrie Rd. He promoted and expanded the business making Malvern Star the industry leader in Australia. This was aided by his friendship with Sir Hubert Oppermen, who promoted Malvern Star bikes through his role as world’s number one cyclist. In 1967 he became Mayor of the Gold Coast and, in 1972 he was elected to the Queensland Parliament representing the seat of Surfers Paradise.

Inscriptions & Markings

The plaque at the base of the painting reads 'Mr Bruce Small / President 1955 - 1964 / Association for the Blind'.

Object - Talking disc for the deaf-blind

Vision Australia, Kooyong

White plastic disc with black indicator arm

Historical information

A plastic device to enable a sighted person to communicate with a person who is Deaf-Blind in either standard Braille or Moon. The centre radius of the disc has the ordinary alphabet printed in black. Moving outwards from the centre, are the corresponding letters embossed in Braille, then on the outer edge are the corresponding letters in Moon. The user moved the indicator arm around the disc until the desired letter and corresponding symbol was positioned under the cut-out in the centre of the arm. The deaf-blind person could then touch the disc to determine the letters being communicated. Numbers and punctuation are not included.

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B/W photograph of Hubert Opperman, Matron Rosewall and Kitty Rose

Historical information

Board member Hubert Opperman speaks with Matron Rosewall and Katherine 'Kitty' Rose at Mirridong, the Association for the Blind's home for the elderly blind in Bendigo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mr Hubert Opperman visits Bendigo Home. Also pictured Matron Rosewall and Mrs G.R.Rose

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2 x B/W photographs

Historical information

An unknown QIIB worker at a brush making machine.

Text - Association for the Blind annual review 1997/98.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

36 printed pages with illustrations

Historical information

The annual report outlines the achievements of the year, financial position and client stories. Other articles outline the extensions at Elanora and Kelaston, the introduction of the first RPH service in Mildura and gaining funding to run Disability Information Victoria on behalf of the State Government.

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5 x col. photographs

Historical information

Welfare worker Lilian Dethridge was farewelled and her contribution recognised on February 7, 1985. Presentations were made by Mr John Conaughton (Chairman of the Committee of Management), Mr Foley (administrative officer when Mrs Dethridge began), Mrs Tweedie (a painting) and cook Mrs Venville (flowers).

Inscriptions & Markings

February 7 1985 Lilian's farewell

Image - Talking Book Library opening 1992

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal plate

Historical information

Commemorative plaque for opening of the Talking Book Library in 1992.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Talking Book Library was officially opened on November 12 1992 by His Excellency the Governor of Victoria the Honourable Richard E. McGarvie (followed by brailled version of above)

Text - Association for the Advancement of the Blind Home Committee April 1930 - December 1936

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 paper register

Historical information

Minutes of the monthly meetings of the AAB Home Committee held at 7 Mair Street, Brighton to discuss items related to the running of the Brighton home for the Blind (later named 'Elanora'). A brief index of names preceeds the minutes. Agenda topics included Accounts, Matron's Report, Applications for Admission and Official Visitors, infirmary rules (p.13), potential removal of residents due to improper conduct (p.31, 46 & 112) and applications for position of Matron (p.147).

Object - Small cane basket with solid base

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 cane basket with chipboard base

Historical information

Basket weaving and brush making was a source of income for those who worked in the workshops at RVIB and other institutions in New South Wales and Queensland. A diverse range products could be produced with cane, such as cane chairs, cots, washing baskets and trolleys, and the Institution sought to highlight these in the annual report. Over time the demand for, and supply of, cane changed - particularly during World War 2 when Asian sources were under attack or destroyed. At home, other materials such as plastics as well as the ability to import cheaper pre-produced products further reduced the demand for workshop pieces. Generic style basket could have been used as a rubbish bin or pot plant holder. It has a wide opening, with a combination of two weaves for decoration. The base is a piece of chipboard for strength, and has a decorative covering.

Text - 78th annual report 1973 Association for the Blind of Victoria.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: branch committees, President's report, finance report, balance sheet, this was 1973, auxiliaries, volunteer service group, senior staff, hospital homes, life governors.

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 Charlton Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 minute books -- 2 account books-- 1 petty cash book -- 22 donation receipt books -- 1 deposit book --1 silver cake lifter -- 3 photos including members -- 1 leather book mark -- 12 RVIB badges including Governor and Secretary -- various loose papers-- newspaper clippings -- banking records and letters.

Historical information

The Charlton RVIB Auxiliary was formed on August 2, 1932 and concluded on June 23, 2004. This collection includes the minute books from 1958 until 1996. The index cards were maintained by RVIB and contain the amount of donations made by the Auxiliary between 1976-1990, as well as the presentations delivered by RVIB employees to Auxiliary meetings between 1978-1985. A report of the Charlton Auxiliary outlines the history from 1932 -1992 for their 6oth anniversary which noted that unfortunately the minute books from 1932 -1958 had been destroyed. A silver cake lifter had been presented to the auxiliary for 70 years of service 1932-2007.

Text - Letter regarding Consolidation of titles at Kooyong

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 photocopied letter

Historical information

Letter regarding the consolidation of land titles at Kooyong.

Text - Order of Australia folder

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 plastic folder

Historical information

This folder is contained in a plastic slip-cover and labelled 'Harold Hugh Jeffrey'. The folder itself is padded and covered with a grey suede-like material, featuring a velcro tab to keep it closed, with gold-tipped corners and the emblem of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General embossed in gold on the front. It opens to reveal on the right a laminated certificate appointing Hugh Jeffrey as a member of the Order of Australia, signed by Bill Hayden. On the left side is a slip pocket containing four items, A booklet entitled A Guide to the Wearing of Insignia, a booklet entitled Order of Australia, a pamphlet entitled Order of Australia and a booklet entitled Commonwealth of Australia Gazette Special: The Order of Australia Insignia Ordinance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Harold Hugh Jeffrey

Object - Reversi

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 wooden box with 64 red/white reversible pieces

Historical information

A strategy board game invented in England in the 1880's, it involves placing coloured discs in lines and capturing (or flipping) opponent discs that stand in the way. Sold these days under the name 'Othello' (which links the changing relationship between discs to the Shakespearian play), the red side of the disc is smooth and the white is ridged. RNIB Catalogue no. 9434.

Text - The Australian tactile art prize exhibition

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v. unpaged with list of opening bid prices and three leaftlets

Historical information

An annual tactile art exhibition held by the Royal Blind Society of New South Wales encouraged artists to create artworks that were meant to be touched by admirers. In 1999, more than 230 artists submitted entries, with then 66 finalists showcasing their work at Customs House. This program provides information on each of the 66 works selected for exhibition, as well as an information and advertising leaflets from Robert Mac G Design, who created the three prizes for the winning artists. Most works were available for purchase, as indicated on the 'Opening bid for silent auction' sheet, with all proceeds going towards providing services to the 15,000 clients of RBS.

Text - Association for the Advancement of the Blind monthly meeting minutes from 17/8/1936 to 17/7/1939

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 the unsuccessful application for a mouth organ band (p.14), rescinding of this motion (p.20) and formation of the Harmonica Band (p.33 & 35), as well as a leaflet for the Association's Summer Concert (p.146).

Object - Association for the Blind Regional Chairperson Blind Members badge

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 plastic name badge

Historical information

To identify committee members, a name badge was struck.. Names were printed in black on a white background, with the logo of the Association for the Blind - in blue - to the left of the name. The words 'Association' and 'for the Blind' sit above and below the symbol respectively, whilst 'Regional Chairperson' and 'Blind Members' occupy the right hand side.

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.

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5 col. photographs

Historical information

Images taken at the 1996 Christmas social function at Vision QLD/QBIC Industries

Inscriptions & Markings

1 - Henry Chichowski, QBIC Manager 1996 2 - Anne Milbus and Terry Boyle, Board Directors, 1996 3 - Christmas Social 1996, QBIC employee Ley Bond (?), second from right, next to his mother and father 4 - Val Millican and Kevin O'Mahoney, 1996 5 - Parents at social function 1996

Text - RVIB Tatura Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Newspaper articles --letters -- index cards and various loose papers

Historical information

The Tatura RVIB Auxiliary formed on April 28, 1932. 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 ranging between 1990 -1999.