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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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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

Object - RVIB Carols by Candlelight candle holder with candle

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 silver plated candle holder with candle

Historical information

Metal candle holder with white candle given out as a souvenir of the 2000 Carols by Candlelight concert to official guests. The words 'RVIB Carols by Candlelight 2000' are engraved on the lid.

Inscriptions & Markings

RVIB Carols by Candlelight 2000

Object - Tree of Life plaque

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 metal plate framed by wood

Historical information

"This 'Tree of Life' is dedicated to the memory of Mercy Dickinson who some thirty years ago had an inspiration to form the Blind & Vision Impaired Pottery Group. Mercy's contribution to the Blind & Vision Impaired Community is symbolised by the tree and it's branches, which are forever blossoming and showing new growth. This Plaque was officially unveiled by the Hon Matt Foley Minister for Employment, Training & Youth and Minister for the Arts. 3rd February 2004"

Inscriptions & Markings

RBF (with braille lettering below) Royal Blind Foundation Queensland "Tree of Life"

Object - Mat making needle

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 long, curved, thick metal needle

Historical information

This mat making needle was used by visually impaired workers in the mat making workshop at the Royal Victorian for the Blind Institute during the binding of mats in conjunction with a leather sewing palm to protect their palms.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Made in England'

Object - Ceremonial trowel

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 silver plated trowel with handle inside box

Historical information

Sir Edward Mitchell was the chairman of the Edward Wilson trust, which enabled the building of the Braille Library during a time of great economic turbulence due to the last months of World War 1. This commemorative trowel was given to him in thanks for his (and the trust's support) of the project, which would ultimately provide a great resource to blinded soldiers who were prepared and able to learn Braille. In addition to the area housing the Braille collection itself, an entrance hall, reading room, secretarial office and hall also provided space for reading, administration of the collection and opportunities for social or recreational activities.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Sir Edward Mitchell K.C., K.C.M.C. on the occasion of his laying the foundation stone of the new library for the Victorian Association of Braille Writers October 28th 1918. (Inside box lid: By Special Appointment Harrison Bros & Howson, Sheffield, England Cutlers to His Majesty)

Object - Braille clock

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Wooden clock with metal hands, indicators and name plate

Historical information

Wooden clock with embossed metal to mark hours as well as tactile hands. A metal plate fixed to the top has Braille as well as print. Door at the rear opens to reveal the clock's inner workings. Four metal balls on the base sit on two runners.

Inscriptions & Markings

St Dunstans 1915-1965 (also written in Braille)

Image - Association for the Blind offices in Kooyong aerial view

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Photograph in brown frame

Historical information

Aerial view of Kooyong. The Kooyong Tennis Centre, Glenferrie Road, train station, Talbot Crescent, Monash Freeway and parklands are clearly visible. Few trees are lining the roadway around the sporting fields, the Glenferrie Road building has not expanded and the Blind Cricket pavilion is not yet built.

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.

Image - Boy threading to a cord

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

A schoolboy sits at a table, with a tin of cut plastic straws in front of him as he threads them on to a plastic cord. This activity is used by many teachers to enhance fine motor development.

Image - 1988 Access to Communication Award

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 digital image

Historical information

In 1988, the Kelaston Community Day Centre won an award for providing accessible communication for deaf clients. These awards were developed to encourage and recognise programs that provided accessible communication for a wide variety of groups.

Inscriptions & Markings

1988 Access Communication Award Presented to the Kelaston Community Day Centre A project of Deafness Foundation (Victoria) Sponsored by the Quota Club of Moorabbin

Object - Foundation writer

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Stainless steel braille writer in the shape of a typewriter. The braille writer consists of a heavy moulded machine with 6 black plastic keys.

Historical information

The American Foundation for the Blind developed this new model in their experimental shop in 1932 and contracted with the typewriter manufacturer to produce the machines and continued production until 1947. It's sleek silver look was a change of look from the previously manufactured Hall Braille Writer, and improvements included a carriage return, the ability to add spaces between lines and a back space key. It was found in the Braille and Talking Book Library in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia and was used by either staff or volunteers at Vision Australia Library.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of writer: "American Foundation for the Blind Inc. New York." "Manufactured for the Foundation by L.C. Smith & Corona Typewriters, Inc." On back: "Licenced by Underwood Elliot Fisher company/ Serial no. 5-2422.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

Col. transparency of John Cook at a function

Historical information

John Cook presents at a function.

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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.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x black photograph album with coloured embossed cover containing photographs, a newspaper clipping and card.

Historical information

Sister Elizabeth Lindsey worked at the RVIB Nursery since it's inception in 1933. During her time there, she took photographs of the children, whom she had care of, documenting their life at RVIB as well as the wartime displacement to Olinda when the army took over the St Kilda Road building. Adopting one of her orphan charges, Sister Lindsay left RVIB in 1945.

Object - Nine men's Morris

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 wooden board in green/black box + 1 large print booklet and 17 pegs.

Historical information

This game of strategy was played in the Roman Empire and medieval England. Each player has nine pegs and must use these to first fill the board then move their pieces to create a 'mill' (three linked points). For each 'mill' created, an opponent's piece can be removed. In this version of the game, a rule booklet in large print is provided with the tactile board and black/white pegs. RNIB catalogue number: GB32.

Image - Proposed Gymnasium Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind

Vision Australia, Kooyong

4 architectural plans

Historical information

In 1951 plans were made for the construction of a gymnasium to be situated in the grounds of St Kilda Road. These 4 plans specify the building construction notes, present front and east elevations, and show how part of the hall could be transformed into bedrooms in the future. There are 2 copies of each plan, consisting of identifical copies of the east elevation and different notes printed/handwritten on the front, side and top elevations. These were presented to the RVIB Board in Feburary 1951, according to the stamp on the back.

Inscriptions & Markings

Percy E Everett Chief Architect

Text - White Cane Day Organising Committee Information

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 x White Cane Day Organising Committee information leaflets

Historical information

The Organising Committee for White Cane Day created a leaflet (or booklet) of information on each of the organisations involved. These two versions represent the original and final versions of this document.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

Object - Association for the Blind Centenary [bronze medallion]

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Bronze coloured medallion with illustrations, in box with accompanying leaflet

Historical information

In 1995, the Association for the Blind celebrated it's centenary with the release of a bronze coloured medallion that was available for purchase. On the front is a cameo of a woman wearing a pendant and an old fashioned ruffled blouse. Around the outside is written 'Tilly Aston' and '1873-1947' . On the reverse is brailled 'They're sowing the tiny seeds of action!' on the outer rim and in the middle is the figure '100' with a small spray of laurel each side. Beneath this are the words 'Association for the Blind Centenary 1995'. The medallion is inset to a blue velour box, with a white lining on the lid and a round circle in gold with 'Association for the Blind Centenary', '100' and '1895-1995'. A small yellow paper leaflet briefly describes the setting up of the Association for the Advancement of the Blind by Tilly Aston.

Inscriptions & Markings

Box - Association for the Blind centenary, 100, 1895-1995

Object - Unilock word building device

Vision Australia, Kooyong

60 plastic tiles with braille and large print in maroon box with pink lid

Historical information

This letter outfit (RNIB catalogue no. 9096) is primarily intended for teaching blind and partially sighted children the rudiments of spelling and word building.There are 60 letter squares in the set, and on each of these appears a printed letter, both capitals and lower case, the capital being at the top with the braille equivalent in the middle of the tile. The letters can be joined together by pressing the projecting tab on one square into the slot on the right hand side of another. The blue plastic base board is divided into 5 rows and can be used to store words created.

Object - Hand frame with grid

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 wooden back board with metal hand frame and paper clip

Historical information

Braille hand frames and styluses were the primary way to produce Braille for over a century. The stylus was used to make a separate indentation for each dot, and the hand frame to keep dots within the same cell. Braille rows are produced from right to left. The process was very time consuming. Volunteer transcribers for the library could take an average of ½ hour to produce one page of Braille using this method. For example: “Oliver Twist” required approximately 600 sheets equating to 300 hours of work! This wooden slate, which was used to make the system portable, served as a firm base needed to sustain puncture pressure. The frame can also be slotted into both sides of the slate, thereby ensuring that the lines of Braille were straight across the page. The metal clasp at the top of the frame held the wooden which kept paper from slipping.

Object

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Linen cloth with crocheted edging

Historical information

Believed to have been made by Tilly Aston, this tray cloth is an example of the type of skills the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind school taught its female students. Handicrafts was a possible method of income, and the emphasis was on producing usable pieces rather than highly decorative ones.

Text - Sixth National Print Awards Gold Medal: Category 2

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 framed cream coloured page with gold coloured medallion, multi-coloured ribbon and gold brooch and 1 unframed.

Historical information

The National Print Awards recognition excellence in the field of printing. In 1989, a gold medal was awarded to the Royal Blind Society in Category 2: Two and three colour printing.

Inscriptions & Markings

National Print Awards The Sixth National Print Awards Gold Medal Royal Blind Society Category 2. Two and three colour printing Presented by The Advertising Print Production Association The Printing & Allied Trades Employers' Federation of Australia and The Graphic Arts Service Association of Australia (Signature) Chairman National Print Awards 8th March 1989, Melbourne

Object - Brown case for Braille writer

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Brown painted metal case with green felt lining and leather handle

Historical information

This brown painted metal case was used to carry and store a Braille Writer. It has metal caps on the corners and is lined with green felt. The handle on the front is leather. Two steel catches on the front hold it closed.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marked on hinges 'U.K Patent No. 427897 and others'.

Object

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Wooden white cane with crooked handle with metal tip

Historical information

Another example of a painted white cane, made from a tree branch stripped of lateral buds, but with a metal tip indicating its primary use as a navigation device rather than a support stick.

Image - Leatherwork jig

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital images

Historical information

Leatherwork was offered to clients at the Ballarat office of Vision Australia, involving the use of jigs to help align punch marks. This jig was donated by "G.A. Arnold P/L 98-106 Moray St, South Melbourne" and its users were advised to "Clean and oil weekly" according to the 2 metal plates attached to the base plate that the jig was affixed to. A small metal bar runs across the middle of the base plate, to assist in correct alignment, with a black ball handle situated above a metal rod to allow users to push downwards on to a secondary rod (held in place by a cylinder) at the end of which is a punch. The cylinder that holds the punch in place is attached to a broader black metal attachment that is screwed into the base plate. The punch remains at the centre, however this image was taken before the centre's refurbishment.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Merv Matthews makes a basket whilst another man looks on.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 photograph in various tones

Historical information

Tilly Aston as a young woman in her 20s. She is wearing a cream blouse with a star badge and a rose corsage. Her hair is up and has flowers arranged in it. Pioneering activist Tilly was the first Australian woman who was blind to attend university, but due to the lack of braille texts she had to abandon her studies.

Image - The William Buckland Trust 1968

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

The William Buckland Trust (now Foundation) provides support for disadvantaged Victorians through support for four key areas. The growing need for space at the Association for the Blind's offices in Kooyong was constraining the amount of people who could benefit from it's programs. With the assistance of the William Buckland and Hecht Trusts, the adjoining blocks of flats fronting Glenferrie Road were acquired and eventually demolished to make way for the Vision Resource Centre. The support from the Buckland Trust in 1968 was not forgotten however, and this plaque acknowledges the support gained in purchasing the land.

Inscriptions & Markings

This historic plaque recognises the outstanding contribution that the Buckland Foundation made to the purchase of the site on which the Vision Resource Centre now stands. The purchase of this building was made possible by a substantial gift from the William Buckland Trust 1968. The Buckland Foundation's continuing support of the Association for the Blind is gratefully acknowledged. November 1994.

Text - Minutes of the White Cane Day Committee 1980

Vision Australia, Kooyong

21 pages

Historical information

Minutes of the second White Cane Day organising committee, led by Bryan Sitlington, which decided to concentrate activities on to a single day.

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'.