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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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22 items

Text - Early long cane use: a study

Vision Australia, Kooyong

4 page PDF

Historical information

Article on long cane use by Bronwen Scott from Vision Australia. Taken from the journal AER Journal: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness. Volume 3, Number 1, Winter 2010, p26-29.

Text - RVIB Chronic

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v.

Historical information

This staff newsletter aimed to keep staff members up to date with what was happening around RVIB, with its often informal manner and chatty style. A Rebel Chronic was produced at times, which consisted of two A3 folded pages.

Inscriptions & Markings

Also titled: The RVIB Chronic, The newsletter of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, The Rebel Chronic

Text - Radio club papers

Vision Australia, Kooyong

3 log books and various loose papers including a brief history, radio licences, rosters and Wireless Institute of Australia Victorian Division membership cards.

Historical information

The RVIB Radio Club was established initially as an entertainment for the RVIB 18th Box Hill Scout group, however anyone who was interested was welcome to join. In 1966 a licence application was submitted and approved, with the call sign allocated initially being VA1277 and used by the group in their initial transmission of September 25, 1967 . An appeal was made to change this to VK3VIB however this was rejected. An alternative call sign of VK3AVI was approved however, and first used on October 23, 1967. The club fostered an interest in radio communications and some later obtained licences of their own. The Radio Club lasted for 20 years and eventually concluded on November 16, 1988 with the equipment donated to the Kooyong Radio Club. A potted history of the club has written by Alex Paterson.

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.

Text - Carols by Candlelight [program] (1981-2004)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

30-60 pages, illustrations

Historical information

Carols by Candlelight programs from 1981 until 2004, when the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind merged with two other blindness agencies (RBS and VAF) to become Vision Australia. Hosted by Brian Naylor from 1981-1988, then Ray Martin from 1989 until 2004. Scanned: 1981, 1982

Text - Do you know what this is?

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 page

Historical information

A leaflet produced to raise awareness of white canes. On the front a man's hand holds a white cane. Inside the leaflet reads "Bear in mind the white cane is a symbol of the visually handicapped" and was produced by the White Cane Committee, 247 Vulture Street, South Brisbane, Q, 4101.

Inscriptions & Markings

Illustration of a hand holding a white cane on the front page

Text - RVIB Client newsletter

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v.

Historical information

Bi-annual newsletter that aimed to provide RVIB clients with an understanding of the programs, services and publications available at RVIB.

Inscriptions & Markings

Also titled: RVIB Volunteer update.

Text - Royal Blind Society at a glance

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 Microsoft Word document

Historical information

3 page discussion of the main facts about the Royal Blind Society of New South Wales, including a brief history, staffing and volunteer numbers, structure and the services it provides.

Text - Auxiliary newsletter: Out and About

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v. in various pagings

Historical information

Out and About was produced to keep RVIB auxiliaries informed of news, activities and events that occured across the state, and to recognise individual auxiliaries and their members undertaking the valuable work of raising funds for RVIB. Produced six times a year, changing to monthly and possibly quarterly. A photocopied issue of the original 1956 newsletter is included.

Inscriptions & Markings

Also titled: RVIB Auxiliary newsletter

Text - Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight souvenir program (2005-2017)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

40 pages, illustrations

Historical information

In 2005, Carols by Candlelight concerts began to be hosted by Vision Australia - an amalgamation of three state based agencies (RVIB, RBS and VAF). From 2005-2008, Ray Martin was the host, with Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic taking over the role from 2009 onwards. These Carols programs contain the Christmas songs, photos of the performers and advertisers wishing Christmas cheer and support for this iconic event.

Image - Vision Australia Kensington plans

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Historical information

Diagrams of seating and layout for the opening of Vision Australia's office in Macaulay Road, Kensington in 2009.

Image - Vision Australia Kensington exterior artists view

Vision Australia, Kooyong

4 digital files depicting artists view of Macaulay Road office

Historical information

Artist impression of the new building for Vision Australia's office in Macaulay Road, Kensington in 2009.

Text - Out and About: RVIB Auxiliaries newsletters 2003 (March, June,December)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

32 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. Presentation of lifetime achievement awards by Governor John Landy, launch of the Feelix Early Childhood Braille Book Library, staff profile of Patsy Vizents, RVIB Gold Ball, RVIB for Sight Week, reports from Auxiliaries around the state and obituaries.

Text - Workplace Innovator Agreement Making Partnerships Programme certificate

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x col. A4 certificate

Historical information

A paper certificate stating that "The Hon Joe Hockey MP, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, recognises Vision Australia for outstanding innovation in agreement making and improving workplace arrangements for the benefit of all". Above this writing is a large Australian coat of arms in colour with the words "Workplace Innovator/ Agreement Making Partnerships Programme". At the base of the certificate is "Australian Government, Workplace Authority" and a much smaller coat of arms in blue.

Text - The RVIB Talking Newspaper newspaper

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v. (in various pagings)

Historical information

To enhance communication between RVIB head office and the various talking newspaper sites around Victoria, a newsletter was established. Articles from on technical issues, information sessions, what newspapers were being recorded and profiles of clients were distributed to keep the group informed.

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 - The eye: keeping you in the loop

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v. in various pagings

Historical information

The RVIB staff newsletter was produced to keep staff members informed of what was occuring around the RVIB. It contains articles on events, courses and information on various individual staff members and volunteers. Title was produced monthly until it's conclusion.

Inscriptions & Markings

Also subtitled: RVIB Staff newsletter

Text - Out and About: RVIB Auxiliaries newsletters 2005 (March, June, Spring)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

20 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. The final meeting of the Central Council of Auxiliaries at the home of Trudi Westh, and the winding down of the Leongatha, Essendon, Korumburra, Greensborough, Wodonga and Koo Wee Rup branches, the launch of the RVIB history book 'Lighthouse on the Boulevard' and an interview with RVIB client Karen Nelson about her upcoming book on her life story.

Text - Out and About: RVIB Auxiliaries newsletters 2001 (September and December)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

29 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. In the September newsletter, the Rebecca Ryan concert was advertised, the closure of Rochester, Quambatook and Berwick is mentioned, as well the 70th anniversary of Korumburra and Leongatha, Portland, Traralgon and Winchelsea, a list of service badges and certificates and the passing of various members is also listed. For December, a temporary editor was appointed and a new design began to emerge. The Carols by Candlelight concert and changes to staffing at RVIB were the focus of this newsletter.

Text - Royal Blind Foundation 1883-2006

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 Microsoft Word document

Historical information

A brief overview of the history of the Royal Blind Foundation of Queensland from it's inception to it's merger with Vision Australia in 2006.

Text - Newsletter for ophthalmologists

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v.

Historical information

As a way of increasing communication between opthalmologists and RVIB, a newsletter was developed the services and support that the RVIB delivered.

Text - Out and About: RVIB Auxiliaries newsletters 2002 (March, June, December)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

34 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. In the 2002 newsletters, celebrations were held for Barwon Heads (60 years), Cohuna, Wodonga, Murtoa, Yarrawonga (70 years), news from around Victoria as well as events and staffing changes at head office, and memories of those Auxiliary members who had passed in the year. Interviews with Elizabeth Davies from Sorrento Auxiliary, retiring staff member Carol O'Reilly, departing Dimboola Auxiliary members Ern and Ena Rudolph, For Sight Week, 'See the World through their eyes' corporate breakfast and High Tea at the Windsor campaigns are also mentioned.