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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 [email protected] .

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1400 items

Text - RVIB Ararat Auxiliary papers

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Letters -- index cards and various loose papers

Historical information

The Ararat RVIB Auxiliary was formed on November 20, 1930. 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 -1999.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph in various tones

Historical information

Tilly Aston, possibly in her thirties, holding a bunch of slighly drooping roses in one hand as she rest upon a table, and a fan in the other. She sits in a chair, leaning forwarded, head tilted towards the flowers, dressed in a black evening gown with elaborate jet beading on the bodice and neckline, and black lace cuffs paired with long white evening gloves. Despite her dress, her hair is held back in a simple clip and she wears small silver sleeper earrings.

Image - Launch of Kodak partnership with Vision Australia

Vision Australia, Kooyong

3 digital images

Historical information

Graeme Innes (Chair of VA Board), Greg McKibbin (Kodak) and another man at the launch of the partnership with Kodak for Carols by Candlelight. 1. The trio holding glasses of champagne with bookshelves in the background. 2. Greg McKibbin speaking at a lectern. 3. The trio are sitting. Mr Innes is opening a paper hat and both he and the unidentified man are listening to Mr McKibbin recite a joke from the VA cracker he has just opened.

Image - Low Vision Clinic assistance

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 digital image

Historical information

Plaque recognising the funds donated by AFB supporters as part of the Vision Victoria Appeal, that helped build the Vision Resource Centre at Kooyong 1987-1989.

Inscriptions & Markings

In recognition of the assistance given the to the Low Vision Clinic by the many generous friends of the Association for the Blind

Object - Braille teaching cube

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 bright yellow Braille keyring cube with black dots on it

Historical information

This small Braille teaching cube attached to a keyring can be used to make the shapes of Braille characters. The surface of cube is studded with large black rivets and when the three main parts of it are rotated, the shapes of a single braille character can be seen and felt. The cube features raised dots in 3 independently revolving sections. These can be turned to form different Braille letters for teaching purposes.

Text - 72nd annual report 1967 Association for the Blind of Victoria.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: President's report, objectives, finance report, accounts, hospital homes, community centre, accommodation, future programme, welfare, auxiliaries, life governors, public appeal.

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 - National Information Library Service Vision

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 digital image

Historical information

The duplication of services between state based blindness and low vision agencies was not viable in the long term, with telecommunications and technology improving rapidly in the late 20th century. In 1999, a decision was made to merge the library and alternative production services of the RVIB and RBS, as a precursor to a possible larger merger in the future. Thus the National Information Library Service (NILS) was created. As part of establishing a new culture between staff who had retained their positions, a vision, mission and values statement was created under the new service name.

Inscriptions & Markings

National Information Library Service Mission statement: NILS provides a recognised and specialised gateway through which people who are blind, vision impaired or who have a print disability access dynamic information and recreational reading. Vision: to enable unhindered access to knowledge, information and recreational reading for people who are blind, vision impaired or who have a print disability. Key strategic themes: Know our clients current and future needs and expectations. Explore opportunities for collaboration with other agencies, government and enterprises to source, organise and make available materials and resources of an acceptable quality. Optimise digital technology for the production and delivery of materials in an equitable, cost effective and timely way, identify opportunities for innovation by anticipating social and technological trends in the wider community. Enhance our internal capability. Establish and develop a positive and healthy NILS culture. Values: our values inform our policy, work practices, recruitment and service delivery ethic. Integrity - we are open and honest with all our stakeholders. Excellence - we strive to be superior in all we do. Innovation - we learn continuously in order to lead the way. Responsiveness - we actively listen to all our stakeholders. Equity - we focus on inclusiveness and participation for all our clients and staff. A joint venture between the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind and the Royal Blind Society of New South Wales.

Text - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind annual report 1979-1980

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: List of patrons, president, vice president, honorary officers, board, consultant medical staff and officers of the institute, President's report, Children's services, Rehabilitation and training centre, Welfare services throughout Victoria - social centres, Aids and equipment, Employment services - industry and occupation centres, Vocational development, Financial statement 1979-1980, Library and communication services - tape reading and tertiary resource, Talking book library service, Braille production and raised line drawing, Public education activities, Auxillary and support groups, When you make or amend your will. Events that occurred in 1979 : Interest free loans up to $3000 per person were available. In 1979-1980 360 blind people and their families benefitted under this scheme and this means that $250 000 of institute funds are kept in circulation. The aids and equipment shop, introduced Kurzweil reading machine - one of the foremost organisations in the world to provide such equipment to blind people. Some years ago lhe late Mrs Cecelia Tye left her property at Romsey, now 6 buildings are used as an educational camp and two will be used for self-contained accommodation. The new building will start and finish by end 1980 and the new holiday house at Barwon heads opened.

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.

Text - 77th annual report 1972 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, welfare, hospital homes, day centres, auxiliaries, volunteer service group, senior staff, life governors.

Object - Louis Braille bust

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Sculpture of man on wooden plinth

Historical information

A bust of Louis Braille was gifted to the Victorian Association of Braille Writers in 1929 by the sculptor Guilliame Daniel Duprat. The bronze bust sits upon a blackwood plinth, with an inscribed nameplate below the chest, and a revolving medallion at the base of the stand.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

3 col. images of stained glass window in St Kilda Road building

Historical information

During the construction of the St Kilda Road building for the Asylum and School for the Blind (later known as the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind), the Melbourne firm of Ferguson and Urie were commissioned to create a stained glass window for the main staircase. This consisted of six panes, with a different emblem in each: three yellow lions (Royal Coat of Arms), a harp with a figurehead (Kingdom of Ireland), a red lion (Wales), a Tudor rose (England), a shamrock (Ireland) and a thistle (Scotland).

Text

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Paper register

Historical information

The Association for the Blind, Blind Members' Council meeting minutes 25/3/1991 to 7/2/1994. 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, Date of next meeting. 27/7/1992 Mr Ian Moore reported where possible a volunteer driver will be provided to transport members to and from day centres. Where a volunteer driver is not available a taxi will be arranged at the member's expense, with financial hardship cases assisted. 4/3/26/4/1993 a tactile map of AFB Centres has been produced with the assistance of Mr. Danby for members' information. 31/5/1993 it was reported a donation by Mr John Wicking of $50,000 was received to enable the History of the Association to be written by Mr John Wilson.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of Jennifer Murphy

Historical information

Portrait of Jennifer Murphy, most likely supplied by her management company for inclusion in the Carols by Candlelight program

Inscriptions & Markings

30% P.8

Object - University of Melbourne diploma belonging to Hugh Jeffrey, 1938

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 plastic frame with paper certificate

Historical information

Certificate awarded to Hugh Jeffrey in 1938 upon his being awarded the Diploma in Music (Instrumental School Pianoforte Teaching). The certificate features elaborate script and the University of Melbourne logo at both the top centre and in the red seal at the bottom left hand corner. Signed by the University Chancellor (illegible) Dated 23rd August 1938.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x col. photograph

Historical information

Front of the Day Centre attached to Kelaston nursing home.

Image - The Forest Hill Lions Club Perpetual Trophy

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Image of award

Historical information

A brown wooden award with two columns supporting an upper platform, upon which rests a wreath on a block of wood. Between the columns another block of wood, with the Lions International badge upon it, acts as a base for a circle containing a picture of two crossed rifles upside down with a target between them. Winners inscribed on individuals metal plates: 1973-74 H. Glen, 1974-75 P. Teague, 1975-76 H. Glen, 1976-77 S. Harkensee, 1977-78 J. Scholtz, 1978-79 J. Bloomer, 1979-80 J. Musgrove, 1980-81 R. Teague, 1982 M. James, 1983 S. Harkensee, 1984 H. Parson, 1985 M. James.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Forest Hill Lions Club Perpetual Trophy

Object - Association for the Blind 100 years badge

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Large badge with blue background and yellow and white writing

Historical information

Metal badge with blue background and yellow text 'Open Your Eyes to the' around the top edge of the badge, with white text 'Association for the Blind' around the lower edge of the badge. In the middle are two circles with '100 years' and '1995-96' in yellow writing on a yellow vertical striped background. This badge was produced to commemorate the centenary of the AAFB/AFB and raise funds and awareness.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x col. photograph

Historical information

Kelaston Nursing home resident, Mrs Alexander, enjoying lunch in the garden.

Text - In Appreciation certificate register

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v.

Historical information

An exercise book recording all certifications of appreciation given to individuals or businesses for their assistance to RVIB. Covering the period 17/4/1986 to 17/6/1997, the name of the individual/organisation, reason for certification and date have been recorded. This is the only record book that provides insight into the rationale behind these certificates, which were often provided to recognise multiple years of volunteer work for or significant financial contributions to the organisation.

Object - Sonic sensor

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 red and white sensory with black dial and white button

Historical information

Small red and white plastic object with sensors in one end and a white switch and black knob on the other end. A black strap is attached to the base and the letters 'RNIB' are inscribed on the red plastic.

Inscriptions & Markings

RNIB

Text - Sydney Industrial Blind Institution annual reports 1945-1950

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume, illustrations

Historical information

Annual SIBI reports bound in a cloth covered volume

Text - RVIB Jeparit Auxiliary papers

Vision Australia, Kooyong

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

Historical information

The Jeparit RVIB Auxiliary formed on June 7, 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 1973 - 1985. Correspondence to and from RVIB head office ranging between 1990 - 2006. Includes a brief background of the Auxiliary.

Text - RVIB Dunolly Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Letters -- index cards and various loose papers

Historical information

The Dunolly RVIB Auxiliary formed on November 3, 1932. This small collection contains index cards which were maintained by RVIB and contain the amount of donations made by the Auxiliary between 1976 - 1991 as well as the presentations delivered by RVIB employees to Auxiliary meetings between 1973 - 1984. Correspondence to and from RVIB head office ranging between 1989 - 1999. Includes a brief background of the Auxiliary.

Image - Proposed additional nurses bedroom to "Myer Home" existing nursery, Blind Institute, St Kilda Rd

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 architectural plan

Historical information

In 1949 an architect produced this plan to detail the addition of a bedroom for the nursing staff, who looked after children in the Blind Babies nursery. The plan shows a layout of the RVIB site, including the 'Myers Home' (the name of the nursery) where young children were cared for. The south and eastern elevations are detailed, as well as a plan of the nursery, which had 4 bedrooms, a living room, a dinning room , bathroom, 2 kitchen areas and the proposed additional nurses bedroom next to Bedroom 4.

Inscriptions & Markings

Percy E Everett, Chief Architect

Text - RVIB Anglesea Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

7 minute books -- 3 attendence books-- 3 index cards -- 8 RVIB badges, 10 Vision Australia badges -- 1 banking statement, 2 deposit books, 1 cheque book -- various loose papers and letters --1 RVIB Anglesea linen banner.

Historical information

The Anglesea RVIB Auxiliary formed on June 29, 1960. This collection of papers includes the minute books from 1960 until 2010, missing 1968-1972 and 2006-2010. The index cards 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. A brief summary of the Anglesea auxiliary history had been hand written by Secretary Mrs Elsie Samuel in 1986. Mrs Eva Brown had been a long servicing President of the Anglesea Auxiliary from 1960 - 1983, she then continued as Vice president until her death in 1985.

Object - Jumbo watch

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 jumbo black and white watch

Historical information

This ARSA low vision jumbo quartz unisex watch is black mat aluminium with black face of 34 mm and 12 white figures and black leather strap. Auguste Reymond has now been the leading Swiss manufacturer for forty years in the field of Braille and low vision watches, distributing ARSA timepieces all over the world, in cooperation with all major associations dedicated to the support of the visually impaired. All timepieces are genuine Swiss made watches, assembly by hand in their premises.

Artwork - Portrait of John Moule

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 art original in old gold frame

Historical information

Framed portrait of John Moule who was President of the Vision Australia Foundation, from 1992-1999. It is part of a series of paintings commissioned by the VAF Board to commemorate the work of past presidents of the organisation. Mr Moule is standing with his arm on a dresser, and holds a pair of glasses. He is dressed in a navy blue suit, with a blue kercheif in his breast pocket,, a white collared shirt and a blue, white and black striped tie. On his lapel is a small gold badge. The plaque at the base of the painting reads 'Mr John A. Moule AM / President 1992-1999 / Vision Australia Foundation'.

Inscriptions & Markings

The plaque at the base of the painting reads 'Mr John A. Moule AM / President 1992-1999 / Vision Australia Foundation'.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Playing lawn bowls at Kelaston.

Inscriptions & Markings

June 1981