Stories Organisations Projects About Login

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] .

Leave a comment

1414 items

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph

Historical information

Tilly Aston stands between two other women, next to the railing of a ship with mountains in the background.

Text - Royal Blind Society vision and mission

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 A4 cream coloured page with maroon writing

Historical information

The vision and mission of the Royal Blind Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maroon coloured frame around page

Text - 68th annual report 1961-1962 Braille library of Victoria.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

32 pages

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: list of life-governors, office bearers, minutes of the annual general meeting, record of voluntary transcriber's work, honour list, balance sheet, donation and subscription list.

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 - Newspaper clippings 9 (1974-1975)

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 folder with newspaper cuttings

Historical information

To keep current with media articles on how vision impaired people, blindness organisations and their activities were reported in the press, books of newspaper cuttings were created. News stories were taken from local, regional and national papers covering a variety subjects.

Object - Blue travel clock

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal clock housed inside blue travel case

Historical information

A silver, square clock with words"1MHOF swiss". Raised, golden dots indicate time blocks. Stored in a blue box, this travel clock could be propped up when the case was opened.

Inscriptions & Markings

1MHof

Text - Association for the Advancement of the Blind Finance and Executive minutes from 10/1/1940 to 10/5/1944

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 paper register

Historical information

At the front of the minutes is an index of names for some of the people referred to in the minutes of the Finance/Executive Commitees, with relevant page numbers. Held at the office of the Association for the Advancement of the Blind, these minutes contain information on bank balances, correspondence received and replied to, receipts expenditure, accounts and other business discussed. This included the introduction of monthly socials at Kooyong (p.29), ordering copies of a photograph of Tilly Aston for display in the offices, Braille library, Home, Hostel and paying for a small copy requested by the sitter, as a gift from the Association (p.196).

Object - Fitover glasses with case

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 pair of black fitover glasses with soft case

Historical information

The Fitover sunglasses are designed to be worn directly over your prescription glasses. This wrap-around style blocks light from above and both sides which can benefit, alleviate and prevent many symptoms of common eye diseases by providing 100% UVA/UBA protection from harmful UV rays. This pair and case is labeled with the RSB logo and 'Royal Society for the Blind'.

Inscriptions & Markings

On both glasses and case: RSB The Royal Society for the Blind (with logo)

Object - Cricket ball, white

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 white plastic cricket ball with metal bells

Historical information

A hard white plastic ball is currently (2015) used in Australia and it is slightly larger and has holes in it so sound can be released from the bottle tops and led weight. This ball has been in use since the beginning of the 2003/2004 season.

Object - Erika Picht mini brailler

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal braille machine with red base and 7 white wood keys

Historical information

A small, writer for note paper or index cards, designed by an East German company production started in 1980 and continued in the former DDR until 1989.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of Philip Gould

Historical information

Portrait of Philip Gould, most likely provided by his management company for the Carols by Candlelight progam.

Image - NDS 40 years - Vision Australia

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Historical information

As part of it's member recognition program, National Disability Services (formerly known as ACROD), presented a plaque to Vision Australia recognising their 40 years of membership. It reads: NDS National Disability Services - 40 years - Presented to Vision Australia. Recognising 40 years of membership with National Disability Services, December 2012. www.nds.org.au

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Col. photograph and negative of Robin Pleydell

Historical information

Association for the Blind treasurer Robin Pleydell at Kooyong

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 x col. photographs

Historical information

039 - Rex Hollioake, appeal chairman, shows Minister for Health Rob Knowles and another man the plans for a redeveloped Kelaston. 043 - Minister for Health Rob Knowles with Terry Fraser, Kelaston manager, and John Cook, Association for the Blind CEO.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 B/W photograph

Historical information

RBS client, Patricia Hodges, uses a white cane to walk up the pathway to the front doors of RBS Enfield office.

Inscriptions & Markings

Patricia Hodges, 22 years, (visually impaired) Royal Blind Society 1989

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W digital image of two Braille writers

Historical information

Two sighted women sit on the front porch of a house, transcribing the books in front of them into Braille, using a stylus and frame.

Text - RVIB Kiata Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Letters -- newspaper clippings -- various loose papers

Historical information

The Kiata RVIB Auxiliary was formed on September, 1949. 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 - 1984. Correspondence to and from RVIB head office ranging between 1990 - 2000.

Image - Aerial view of Elanora Nursing Home

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Photograph mounted on board

Historical information

Aerial view of Elanora Nursing Home. Mair Street and the train line are clearly visible.

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.

Text - RVIB Heywood Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Index cards--various loose papers and letters

Historical information

The Heywood RVIB Auxiliary formed in 1944. This small collection contains correspondence to and from RVIB head office between ranging between 1990 -1996. 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.

Text - RVIB Cobram Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 minute book --1 account book --bank statements

Historical information

The Cobram RVIB Auxiliary formed we believe in 1958. This collection of papers includes the minute books from 1959 until 1993. The index cards were maintained by RVIB and contain the amount of donations made by the Auxiliary between 1976-1994. A meeting was held May 1993 however only the secretary attended so on discussion with the President it was decided to disband.

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 - History of the Australian Blinded Soldiers Association

Vision Australia, Kooyong

8 scanned pages. (Physical copy not yet located.)

Historical information

A brief overview of the formation and conferences held by the Australian Blind Soldiers Association from 1921 until 1967, by Alan Foster McConnell.

Image

Vision Australia, Kooyong

B/W photograph of Hubert Opperman looking at a wicker basket made by a blind man.

Historical information

Association for the Blind board member Hubert Opperman in his role as the Australian Minister for Immigration, visited the new Day Centre of the Jewish Blind Society at Stamford Hill, London. He discusses handwork with Mr Lew Dobrin and an instructress Mrs K. Amaral.

Object - Apple IIe personal computer

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Beige plastic CPU and keyboard

Historical information

The Apple IIe was one of the first computers to become popular among blind and vision-impaired users due to its Textalker screen reader and Echo II synthesizer.

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 - Royal Blind Society of NSW Council meeting minutes: 26/6/1989 - 25/1/1993

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume

Historical information

These minutes contain information on attendees, meeting chairs, apologies, matters arising out of minutes, correspondence, subscriptions, donations and general business. Reports are also included from Honorary Treasurer, Finance, Corporate Services, Accommodation Services, Rehabilitation, Library Services, Marketing, Mitchell Manufacturing, Administration Support, Information Technology and Personnel. 30/9/1989 presents a detailed report from the General Manager regarding the proposed sale of Mitchell Manufacturing with the approach from Australia Foundation for the Disabled. 30/11/1989 the General Manager announced the decision to Mitchell Manufacturing staff that afternoon and he reported that so far the transfer had preceded smoothly and that staff now seemed to accept that they would benefit from it. 25/3/1991 The Chairman, Mr. Cribb reported that the Library staff had moved into the new building.

Object - Association for the Blind Regional Chairperson Blind Members badge

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 plastic name badge

Historical information

To identify committee members, a name badge was struck.. Names were printed in black on a white background, with the logo of the Association for the Blind - in blue - to the left of the name. The words 'Association' and 'for the Blind' sit above and below the symbol respectively, whilst 'Regional Chairperson' and 'Blind Members' occupy the right hand side.

Text - Deed of Agreement for the Kooyong Clubhouse for the Blind, 1926

Vision Australia, Kooyong

2 pages

Historical information

This agreement between the Association for Advancement the Blind and Trustees (namely William Henry Paterson, George Arnot Maxwell and Bertram Grosbie Goold) lays out the terms and conditions surrounding the Association's access and usage of the Kooyong Clubhouse for the Blind and Cricket Oval. The agreement is Dated 19th July, 1926, and is signed by the three Trustees.

Text - Sydney Industrial Blind Institution annual reports 1906-1911

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 volume, illustrations

Historical information

Annual reports for the SIBI in a bound volume.