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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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1052 items with images

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 x B/W photographs

Historical information

An image of the extension work done at Kelaston in 1983 for the development of a low vision clinic, and the temporary premises in Mair Street that was utilised whilst the Howitt Street building was unavailable.

Object - Carols by Candlelight matches

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 box of white headed matches

Historical information

Rectangular box of matches sold at Carols by Candlelight. White box with 'Carols by Candlelight 1990' in blue lettering, with a Hungry Jacks logo in the centre. On the reverse side, also in blue lettering, 'Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Carols by Candlelight 1990'.

Inscriptions & Markings

Carols by Candelight 1990 Hungry Jacks logo

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 x col. photographs

Historical information

041 - Gift of a table to Tinker for $100,000 donation from Werdouna Charitable Fund. L to R: Peter Duffy (manager Australian Timber), Vern Robson (Chief Commissioner, City of Ballarat) and Rex Hollioake (appeal chairman). 042 - Donation of $100,000 from the Timber Charitable Fund to the Kelaston Centenary Appeal. L to R: Clark Chester, Hugh Morrow, Neil Titheridge, Peter Duffy, Rex Hollioake and Jim Selkirk.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 B/W photographs

Historical information

Joan Johnson outside the RBS offices in Enfield, using her white cane to walk along the path.

Inscriptions & Markings

Joan Johnson uses the white cane to warn of obstacles in her path. Royal Blind Society 1989

Text - Minutes of the White Cane Day Committee 1981

Vision Australia, Kooyong

22 pages

Historical information

Minutes of the third White Cane Day organising committee, led by Bryan Sitlington.

Text - Sydney Industrial Blind Institution annual reports 1912-1918

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume, illustrations

Historical information

Annual reports of SIBI, including an illustrated booklet for the NSW Training Centre for Blind Soldiers. During and after the Great War, the services of the Institution were pushed to the limit by the rising numbers of blinded soldiers returning from the battle front.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the inside of the cover is a signed affidavit relating to a will made in 1924.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Col. photograph of John Cook with Vision Australia Foundation banner and an elderly woman with a white cane in the background

Historical information

Vision Australia Foundation Chief Executive Officer John Cook in front of the Foundation's banner, whilst an elderly blind woman looks on.

Inscriptions & Markings

990203MR10

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

3 x col. photographs

Historical information

In 1985 the Kelaston Auxiliary celebrated it's 60th anniversary. A special event was held at Kelaston, with Mrs Di Jones congratulating Mrs Hamill (the oldest past auxiliary member), who later cut a cake marking the event.

Inscriptions & Markings

1985 Auxiliary's 60th anniversary

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of Beeb Birtles.

Historical information

Portrait photograph of Beeb Birtles most likely supplied for Carols by Candlelight program.

Object - Braille Lite

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 beige rectangle with 7 raised buttons, a long space bar and refreshable braille display in black, held in a black plastic carrying case + printed instruction book

Historical information

The Braille Lite harnessed the advantages of a computer to write in Braille and provides responses either in Braille or synthetic voice. Weighing around a kilogram, it was considered a lightweight notebook that also could be connected to other computers and stored Braille in it's inbuilt hardware.

Inscriptions & Markings

Braille Lite (R) Sticker attached over 'Blaze Engineering'.

Image - RVIB Maintenance drawing

Vision Australia, Kooyong

9 pages of plans

Historical information

A series of maintenance drawings were made or copied by an architectural firm. These plans include: 1 - St Kilda Road Property - a site map of the buildings and grounds with the names of the various areas added. 2 - St Kilda Road Central Building (copied from a RAAF drawing) showing rooms on the ground floor. 3 - St Kilda Road Central Building (copied from a RAAF drawing) showing rooms on the first floor. 4 - St Kilda Road Central Building roof plan. 5 - St Kilda Road Factories showing the layout on the ground floor. 6 - St Kilda Road Factories showing the layout on the first floor. 7 - St Kilda Road building showing all three floors of the building rented out to Alfred Hospital. 8 - St Kilda Road caretaker, factory, fundraising and rehabilitation training buildings. 9 - Raleigh Street, Prahran hostel layout for both girls and boys.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

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

Object - Seven day pill reminder

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Plastic box with seven compartments

Historical information

A seven day reminder pill box, a clear rectangular plastic box with the letters in blue "SMTWTFS". Braille is included to indicate the letter of each day.

Inscriptions & Markings

A single letter on top of each compartment in large font: S M T W T F S

Text - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind [presents] Carols by Candlelight (1969-1980)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

37-47 pages, illustrations.

Historical information

In 1969, 3KZ advised that would hand over organising the event to RVIB, and negotiations began with Channel 0 and Radio Australia. In 1970, Carols by Candlelight® was televised for the first time on Channel 0. Channel 9 took over in 1979 and has continued ever since. In 1979, Brian Naylor took over from Philip Gibbs who had hosted since 1952. Scanned: 1979, 1980

Text - White Cane Day [information sheet]

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 page

Historical information

Brief information sheet produced by the White Cane Day committee, comprising of representatives from various organisations. It gives a brief history of the day and the committee that was formed to celebrate this.

Object - VALA award

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 wooden shields with engraved bronze coloured relief

Historical information

A brown wooden award depicting two hands holding a square, whilst another hand holds a small piece of the square. The words 'VALA Award' are located in the right-hand base corner of the image. On one of the awards is inscribed '1976 Association For The Blind' on the upper side of the relief image. This award was presented by the Victorian Automation in Libraries Association for the Vision Hotline that was developed by the Association, which allowed people with visual impairments to obtain information and advice.

Inscriptions & Markings

1986 Association for the Blind (engraved at the top of b/c 1010698)

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

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 plastic name badge with white background and black writing

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.

Object

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Image - Association for the Blind (Geelong branch) Branch Chairman [and] Auxiliary President

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Image of honour board with names of the people who were Geelong Branch chairmen or Auxiliary Presidents

Historical information

The Geelong branch committee was established in 1976 to manage the Geelong Centre then based in Pakington Street, Newtown. One early decision was to call the Centre "Illawarra", meaning 'high place above or overlooking the sea'. The branch committee disbanded in 1993. The auxiliary was established in 1963 to increase services for blind and vision impaired local people by raising funds for Vision Australia Foundation, then known as the Association for the Blind. Over the next 39 years, until is disbanded in February 2002, the Illawarra Auxiliary (renamed in 1976) raised many thousands of dollars to achieve this aim. Branch Chairman: 1976-79 Mrs L.W.M. Heath, 1980-82 Mr R. Averay, 1982-85 Mr L.W.M. Heath, 1985-88 Mr P.P. Larcey, 1988-91 Dr. B.J. Landsell, 1991-93 Mr F. Francesevic Auxiliary President: 1964-66 Mrs K.S. Nall, 1967-69 Mrs G.S. Gray, 1970-72 Mrs L.M.W. Heath, 1973 Mrs E. Currell, 1974-75 Mrs L.W.M. Heath, 1975-78 Mrs E. Snibson, 1979-84 Mrs I.E. Backwell, 1984-86 Mrs D.P. Smith, 1986-89 Mrs E.E.A. Donaldson, 1989-93 Mrs B. McKane, 1993-99 Mrs J. Backwell, 1999- Mrs B. McKane This photograph was taken of the honour board that previously hung in the Geelong Centre.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of man using a white cane

Historical information

An elderly man walks with a white cane along the path outside the RBS offices in Enfield, followed by an O&M instructor.

Inscriptions & Markings

90002 FF/3

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of blind man using relief map

Historical information

A blind man feels model buildings on a relief map of the Sydney CBD whilst two others look on.

Inscriptions & Markings

Learning layout of City of Sydney by raised map Orientation - historical RBS XI

Object - Donation tin - rectangular RVIB tin

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 x metal coin collection tins with printed sides

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. These boxes were designed to be reused, with a pop out section in the base.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: The Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind St Kilda Road The only Institute in Victoria for teaching blind adults trades & professions educating & maintaining blind children & babies (Lighthouse with words radiating out from light) Modern cottage homes Pensions - after care & sick fund Prevention of blindness lectures, etc. Free wireless radio for needy cases Boat shed & club house Professions & trades Blind babies nursery Wireless sets Social club Happiness for the blind every day & night Musical education Higher education Domestic science classes for blind women & girls A free education Maintenance of blind children The Lighthouse! As a thanksgiving for sight Please place a coin in this box and help to keep the Beacon Light flashing for the Institute's Blind Adults, Babies and Children Side: (Picture of two girls playing with dolls house) Our blind babies and pupils will probably spend 70 years in our Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind St Kilda Road As a thanksgiving for sight please help make their years very happy ones by placing a coin in this box! Reverse front: (Drawing of a man holding his hand to his eyes as a blast occurs in front of him, pushing small objects towards his body.) It might hit You or Me! Please! Will You? As a thanksgiving for the sight you and your dear ones possess, please place a coin in this box to assist the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, St Kilda Road, and its Blind Adults, Children and Babies! Reverse side: (picture of workshop at RVIB) One of our many spacious workshops provided by public subscription! The Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind is faced with the problem of employing and otherwise assisting its blind workers. It gives them charitable allowances in addition to their earnings, amounting to approximately 15,000 (pounds) every year, to enable them to support their wives and families! No profits can therefore be made! This 15,000 (pounds) is distributed because the great handicap of blindness prevents blind persons from earning as much as their more fortunate sighted fellows. Please! Ask Storekeepers for our Baskets, Mats, Brooms, etc. And as a thanksgiving for Your Sight place a coin in this box for our blind adults, children and babies! Embossed on the top of the box is Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind

Object - Talking compass

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 semi-transparent light-blue oval shape compass with blue nylon, plaited wrist strap

Historical information

The C2 Talking Compass is a miniature hand-held battery-operated eight-point compass with digitized voice output. At the top of the compass there is the speaker and the activation button. A three-position slide switch on the side is used to switch the compass off (central position) and select one of the two in-built languages or voices. The compass pronounces the eight compass points in clear digitised speech. It represents an excellent mobility tool for an active blind or vision-impaired person. Unobtrusive, light-weight and reliable, it augments it's user's orientation sense, and contributes to his or her safety and self-confidence. The compass relies on 2 x 12V batteries. Weight: 61 grams.

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.

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.

Text - Life Governor of the Association of Blind

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 cream coloured sheet with decorative border on top right hand side and lower right hand corner, and the black and white symbol of the Association in the lower right hand corner consisting of a half circle with a flame and another half circle in black

Historical information

To recognise the efforts made towards to the successful running of the Association for the Blind, certificates were awarded bestowing Life Governorships on individuals who had made significant contributions such as Mae Palmer of East Hawthorn became a Life Governor on 24th March 1969 for her contributions. This certificate is signed by President H. M. Lightfoot and Secretary J. W. Wilson.

Inscriptions & Markings

Association for the Blind Life Governor This is certify that ... was elected a Life Governor on the ... day of ... 19..

Object - Apollo Brailler Mark II

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Black and green metal object with covering box

Historical information

Designed by Nimoka (Nippon Moujin Youga Kaihatsu), it was produced between 1979-2005. A heavy Braille writer for its size, the Apollo provides a standard typewriter style albeit with the oblong keys sitting to the left hand side of the brailler. The design easily fits within a small musical instrument style case, and consists of a rectangular shaped structure made out of metal base with black coloured keys and a grey coloured soft plastic cover. Underneath a battery compartment (which powers a bell) is kept closed with a capped screw.

Inscriptions & Markings

Apollo Brailler Mark-II (Serial number) 834400

Text - QCCI certificate of membership

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 page

Historical information

Certificate of membership of the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the Queensland Foundation for Blind People Inc.

Object - Cricket ball, black nylon

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 black nylon cricket ball with metal bells

Historical information

The black nylon blind cricket ball was in use since 1974 until the end of the 2002/2003 season. It was hand woven around a wire frame and have lead for weight and bottle tops for sound placed inside.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 x B/W photographs

Historical information

Sir Henry Bolte and the audience at the opening of the day centre at Kelaston, the Association for the Blind's home in Ballarat.