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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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1414 items

Image - Retrieving Braille from the shelves to pack into cane storage baskets for dispatch

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 B/W digital image

Historical information

Hard copies in album #60 and #61. Retrieving Braille from the shelves to pack into cane storage baskets for dispatch.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x col. photograph

Historical information

Award presented to unknown female with four staff members looking on. Dianne Kerr is second from right.

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 - RVIB Colac Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Various loose papers and letters

Historical information

The Colac RVIB Auxiliary formed on August 7, 1929. 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 1990 -2006

Object - Melbourne Red Cross Younger Set Memorial Swish trophy

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 pewter cup resting on top of a plastic platform with an engraved plate

Historical information

A metal cup engraved with 'Melbourne Red Cross Younger Set' sits on top of a plastic base, which has a dark coloured plate attached to the front side. On the front plate is engraved "Memorial SWISH - Trophy, Commemorating Annual Contests between the R.V.I.B. and Younger Set Teams". On the rear side are engraved the winners of the trophy: 1975 - RVIB, 1976 - RVIB, 1977 - RVIB, 1978 - MRCYS. The Melbourne Red Cross Younger Set were an auxiliary of RVIB that helped provide awareness and raised funds for services. Swish is a form of table tennis that is played without sight. The ball contains a bell and is hit with a rectangular bat under the board that acts as a net. This cup represented the annual game between the Auxiliary and RVIB players.

Inscriptions & Markings

Memorial SWISH - Trophy, Commemorating Annual Contests between the R.V.I.B. and Younger Set Teams 1975 - RVIB, 1976 - RVIB, 1977 - RVIB, 1978 - MRCYS

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B/W copy of newspaper photograph

Historical information

The AFB were aware that accommodation options for blind people were limited and sought to open a hostel to assist with this.The first hostel opened in Lara Street, South Yarra but could not meet demand. In 1926, a suitable property 'Egremont' at 54 The Avenue, Windsor, came on the market. The price was £2650. Lack of funds to purchase seemed an insurmountable barrier. With assistance from the Trustees of the Edward Wilson Estate and the Felton Bequest a deposit of £650 was raised. In a huge step of faith the Committee took out a mortgage of £2000. The interest on the mortgage and its repayments weighed heavily on the Committee. The Avenue, as 'Egremont' was commonly termed, was also a seven roomed house. Mr Paterson and the Architect, Mr Parkes of Oakley and Parkes, immediately began planning an extension, fourteen single bedrooms were added. They were filled from the Waiting List. A Windsor Auxiliary was formed and worked to reduce the mortgage of £2000. An active programme of dances, card evenings, theatre nights and the like took place under the leadership of Mrs. Robertson. The Auxiliary also took an interest in the boarders, arranging entertainment and social activity. £1500. was still owed in 1930. Living side by side is no easy task for a group of people, and the Hostel meeting minute books are filled with stories of disputes over wireless sets, telephones, hot water bottles and wardrobes. In 1958, with rising costs and the growth of aged care centres, the Hostel was closed and the house sold to a succession of private buyers. In 2016 it still stands and has been refurbished as a guest house.

Inscriptions & Markings

The hostel for blind women at 54 The Avenue, Windsor was established in 1926 to provide a place where sightless women may live together to their mutual advantage under proper and sympathetic supervision. The Windsor Hostel was sold in 1958. This building still stands today and has been refurbished.

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B/W photograph

Historical information

A man is learning to use a Hoover long cane with the assistance of a woman wearing a white coat.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mobility training - the long cane or Hoover cane Newly blind man aged 45 (light perception) learning to use correct grasp of Hoover long cane

Text - Certificate awarded by the Australian Bicentennial Authority.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 certificate

Historical information

Certificate reads "Awarded to Association for the Arthur Wilkins Northern Suburbs Day Centre. By the Australian Bicentennial Authority which was established to plan and coordinate a nationwide profram of celebrations in 1988 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of permanent European settlement in Australia" Signed by the Executive Director (illegible), dated 2nd July 1987. All text on this certificate is located on the bottom half of the document.

Inscriptions & Markings

The top half is populated by a repeated stylised graphic of a map of Australia, in various shades of green and gold. There is also a gold version of the same logo, labelled with "Endorsed Bicentennial Activity" , situated above the official signatures.

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Vision Australia, Kooyong

12 B/W photographs

Historical information

October 15, 1979 was the very first publicly proclaimed White Cane Day in Victoria. Announced by Premier Hamer, onlookers were invited to learn more about the various societies in Victoria that assisted the blind and vision impaired. Barry Humphries was the guest of honour, and spoke with a small group before venturing out with his own white cane to test out Melbourne’s wet streets. Caravans were set up along Swanston Street to distribute information. The RAAF Central band played and a square dance exhibition by The Lightfooters (a group ofvision impaired dancers) in Bourke Street.

Object - Donation tin - round RVIB circa 1990's

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 metal coin collection tin with handle and paper wrap

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. In this example, the RVIB tin could be used gathering coins at events such as Carols by Candlelight, White Cane day or other special marketing days.

Inscriptions & Markings

Your Donation Supports the Work of The Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind RVIB lighthouse logo 557 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Telephone 9529 3544

Text - Master client register

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v.

Historical information

This register provides master listings of RVIB client file numbers with names, addresses and destinations for paper files. To co-ordinate allocation of client numbers, number ranges were divided amongst regions. These were then allocated and advised back to Head Office. Information contained in the register is restricted to the following headings used: date, file number, client name, client address, region, issued to/by, remarks. This register provides a master listing of all regions from 8/6/1994 to 1999.

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Col. photograph of Carols by Candlelight stage before performance.

Historical information

A rare shot of the Carols by Candlelight stage, possibly during rehearsals, date unknown.

Artwork - Portrait of William Quayle

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 art original in brown frame

Historical information

Framed portrait of William Quayle who was President of the Association for the Blind in 1905. It is part of a series of paintings commissioned by the VAF Board to commemorate the work of past presidents of the organisation. Mr Quayle sits on a wooden chair, wearing a gray three piece suit, white shirt and black bowtie. A small pink flower sits in his lapel and the chain from a fob watch is tucked into his waistcoat. Mr Quayle was born on the Isle of Mann, and the Manx Society of Victoria made a donation towards this painting, which was unveiled by his granddaughter. Coral Graham lent family portraits for the artist to construct this likeness.

Inscriptions & Markings

The plaque at the base of the painting reads 'Mr William Quayle / President 1905 / Association for Advancement of the Blind'.

Object - Young Tilly Aston badge

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 plastic badge with image of Tilly Aston

Historical information

Badge of Tilly Aston replicated from a photograph of her during her teenager/early adulthood. Rectangle in shape with a bronze background.

Object - Patience board

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Wooden board with card dividers with accompanying printed and braille booklet.

Historical information

This wooden board has two differently designed sides: one with four strips running the length of the board and the other with seven strips of wood running across the width of the board. These strips and various ridges around the edge and in the 'lanes' assist players as they play card games. The attached booklets describe the sides as Squares (4 strips) or Streets (7 strips), which could be used to play a variety of card games described. On the Squares side: Carpet, Count Nogo, Frames and Poker Patience and on the Streets side: Triangles and Henley could be played in addition to the traditional game of Patience. The board was designed to be used with a distinct sized card (RNIB no. 9087) that could fit between the strips.

Text - John Wilson Award citation - Elizabeth Inez Lindsey

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 A3 cream page in gold frame

Historical information

In 1980 the John Wilson Award was given to Elizabeth Inez Lindsey. The citation reads: The Committee, Blind Members and Staff of the Association for the Blind pay tribute to, and record for posterity, the sustained love and devotion of Elizabeth Inez Lindsey to the blind children entrusted to her care between 1935-1945 as the first Matron of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Nursery, and her continuing influence for good in their lives hereafter. In particular, at his request, we recall her greatness of heart in applying for the guardianship of Barry Farnsworth, despite his serious disability, and her acceptance of him into her own home where she lavished affection and cared for him physically, mentally and spiritually as long as she was able and thereafter to this day continued faithfully and unwaveringly to serve and protect his interests. We present our respects to Sister Lindsey who has consistently reflected, in and through her life of service, enduring love and compassion and now honour her in the presentation of the John Wilson Award.

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).

Text - Australian and New Zealand Association of Teachers of the Blind register of professional members

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 book

Historical information

This A-Z register lists professional members from 1957 to 1966 of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Teachers of the Blind.

Text - 1996 TDK Australian Audio Book Award

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 x A3 sheet

Historical information

To encourage the development of audio books, a series of awards were established by the National Library of Australia in 1988, and sponsored by TDK from 1991 until their demise in 2000. Open to both commercial and non-commercial publishers, it aimed to recognise the quality achievements by individuals and publishing houses and to promote the inclusion of audio books into the mainstream market. In 1996 the winner of the Unabridged Non-Fiction Category was "Home Before Dark" by Louis Braille Books.

Inscriptions & Markings

Illustration of wattle by an unknown artist between header and recipient

Text - AFB Bendigo Branch Committee minutes: 16/9/1991 - 9/10/1995 (later Loddon Mallee Regional Committee)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

Held at the 'Mirridong' Home for the Blind, McIvor Rd, Bendigo which was also the Bendigo Regional Centre, these minutes contain information on attendees, meeting chair, apologies, confirmation of minutes, reports including from Auxiliaries and the Building, house and grounds, matters arising from reports, recommendations, Life Governors awards, general business and the date of the next meeting. 11/9/1995 it was noted regarding the naming of the Region, consistency is required when referring to 'Loddon-Mallee' unless specifically referring to the nursing home. Some minutes now include the joint names from late 1995-1996. Includes 'Mirridong' Home for the Blind Residential Services Business Plan 1995-1996.

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Col. photograph of performers at Carols by Candlelight

Historical information

Performers say goodbye to the Carols by Candlelight audience at the conclusion of the 50th anniversary concert, including Brian Naylor, Tony Barber and Humphrey B. Bear.

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 George Ronald Rose became a Life Governor on 22nd August 1967 for his invaluable contributions to the Bendigo Mirridong home, particularly securing the support of the Lions Club in the building of the home in 1957. 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..

Text - Malcolm Brodie

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 white page attached to cardboard

Historical information

Reproduction of a tribute to Malcolm McCaul Brodie, who died in 1946, by his friend and work colleague William Tainsh. Mr Brodie was a passionate supporter of the Braille Library and joined the Board in 1923, occupied the position of Honorary Secretary before becoming Vice President in 1925, then President in 1929 until his death in 1946. Mr Brodie was the grandson of John Alston who made the first Braille bible.

Object - Silver Braille fob watch

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Silver fob watch with raised dots to indicate number position.

Historical information

This timepiece uses raised dots to indicate the position of the numbers, which the wearer could then use to orient themselves and tell the time from the metal hands. The 12 position is indicated by three dots, with the 3,6,9 positions by two dots. The user would start with a finger at the centre of the face and work outwards to the end of each hand to determine position and hence be able to figure out the time. Since the watch is designed and made for touching, the metal hands are particularly robust.

Image - Queensland Foundation for Blind People opening

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Wooden board with nameplate attached

Historical information

Commemorative plaque for the opening of the Kent Street building in 1997.

Inscriptions & Markings

This plaque was unveiled by Her Excellency The Governor of Queensland Leneen Forde, AC to mark the official opening of the new premises for the Queensland Foundation for Blind People Inc Kent St, Annersley on 1st July 1997

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.

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)

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Col. photographs of performers at the 1984 Carols by Candlelight concert

Historical information

Various performers on stage at the 1984 Carols by Candlelight concert.

Inscriptions & Markings

84011-12 (7021) 84014-3, 60/133, 6, Community Support 45% (7113) 84012-22 (7119)

Object

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Text - Register of Inmates : No 1

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 v. (unpaged)

Historical information

In 1866 William Bridgeford became the first pupil to be enrolled in the Victorian Asylum and School for the Blind. Originally details were required to be entered by hand, however in 1867, a form was used to record this information and stuck to the pages of the register. This register contains the handwritten entries of admission of: registration number, name of pupil, admittance date, where pupil had been sent from, religious denomination, father's name and address and mother's name and address (if different). Admission forms recorded the following information: name, sex, birth date and location, current residence, religion, trade, name/age/trade/nationality/religion and address of parents, cause and length of blindness, family history of blindness, health of applicant, occupation and income of applicant's parents and ability to pay. The register contains entries from No. 1 William Bridgeford to No. 99 Robert Munro. Limited searching is available to the poor condition of this register.