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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

Object - Clarke & Smith talking book player

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Metal record player housed in a brown wooden carry case, with a speaker grill in the front, two plastic dials on the side and an electric cord extending from the back of the case.

Historical information

The first tape based talking book machine from the late 1950s, produced by Clarke & Smith, that allowed the listener to hear up to 20 hours of recordings. Although bulky (each tape cartridge alone weighed over 2 kgs), the MK1 was the first magnetic, multi-track tape produced and considered quite novel for it's time. The cartridge designed to be played on the Clarke & Smith Model12 Talking Book gramophone was designed to house the pick up mechanism (the phono cartridge which contains the stylus) in the lid, so that visually impaired people could just close the lid to play the record. Initially these players designed to handle only 24 rpm, but soon added 33 rpm and 16 rpm options via the dial located on the left hand corner of the disk base. Directions for using as well as reminders to use on alternating current only are located inside the lid. On the side of the player are two plastic dials: one for turning on and volume, the other for tone.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufactured for Nuffield Talking Book Library

Image - Illawarra images

Vision Australia, Kooyong

6 digital images

Historical information

Illawarra was the name given to the Geelong office of the Association for the Blind. These physical photographs were unfortunately too damaged to be retained in the collection, so a digital image was taken. 1. 1977 - Unnamed people undertaking carpentry at Illawarra. 2. 1970 to1980's - The Illawarra building in Pakington Street, Newtown. 3. A seascape mural with raised sea animals and corals was presented by the Embroiders Guild for the benefit of AFB members. An unknown female is feeling the mural. 4. 1970 to 1980's - A fragrance garden at Illawarra completely maintained by the Geelong Pelargonium Society, enables AFB members to enjoy the plants by their distinctive perfumes of lemon, lime, nutmeg and peppermint. A female stands in front of a garden bed and smells a pelargonium leaf. 5. To encourage independence from costly and impersonal health services, diabetics attend Illawarra to learn self-management of their condition at home. A dietitian speaks with diabetics on treatment. 6. 1976 - The Geelong office of the AFB at Illawarra.

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

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

Object - Blinded Soldiers Bowling Club Victoria cup

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 silver mug with metal badge

Historical information

A metal mug with an enamel badge for the Blinded Soldiers Bowling Club Victoria. Logo is blue, gold, white and red and features a gold torch with red flames against a blue and white background.

Object - Commemorative plaque : Glover.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 wooden shield with engraved silver plate

Historical information

At the top of the shield is a Lions International symbol consisting of two lions heads facing outwards either side of the words 'Lions International' and the letter 'L' in between them. At the base of the shield is a blue and gold coloured badge, consisting of two rifles crossed in front of the RVIB lighthouse, with the words 'Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Rifle Club' around the outside. Between the two symbols is engraved "In memory of the late George Glover Past President-Lions Club of Bennettswood - Patron and Life Member of the R.V.I.B. Rifle Club. George developed and donated equipment in order that the blind may enjoy rifle shooting and compete with others. His work done will continue to serve." n the 1960's, the RVIB approached engineer George Glover to produce equipment to allow blind people to shoot, based upon that made available at St Dunstan's Hospital in the UK. The rifle range opened in February 1966 at the rear of St Kilda Road with 30 members, and soon became involved in matches with sighted rifle clubs in the area. Passionate about the sport, Mr Glover continued work and supporting the club until his death in 1977.

Object - 2nd World Blind Bowls Tournament

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 silver plated cup with plastic insert

Historical information

A silver plated cup with five leaf clover and small flower in in the middle, as well as handles with engraved leaves. Inscribed on the mug is: 2nd World Blind Bowls Tournament. G. Hoppitt. Leicester 1981. A plastic cup rests in the middle of the trophy, possibly a candle holder. This may have been a souvenir for participation, as the name G. Hoppitt does not appear on the list of results for gold and silver according to the IBBA (International Blind Bowls Association) website.

Inscriptions & Markings

2nd World Blind Bowls Tournament G. Hoppitt Leicester 1981

Image - Ethel Sheil Unit

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

In recognition of the support from Ethel Sheil, the Royal Blind Foundation of Queensland named an area in her honour at the Kent Street offices.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ethel Sheil Unit In gratitude for her generous financial assistance

Image - The Senatorial Suite

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

In recognition of the support from various Qld senate parties, the Royal Blind Foundation of Queensland named a meeting room in their honour at the Kent Street offices.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Senatorial Suite" In a display of genuine unity, Queensland's 12 senators of four political persuasions contributed equally toward part of the cost of the 1990 restoration of our premises. This is, in all likelihood, the first occasion in our nations history of such a unified act of giving of this kind. This room was officially named "The Senatorial Suite" on 20 March 1991 by Qld's longest serving current senator, Senator Mal Coulson.

Image - Street sign for the Association for the Blind

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

A metal street sign with a black background and white writing and a white pointing tip at the end, indicating which direction the Association for the Blind was located.

Inscriptions & Markings

Association for the Blind

Image - Tilly Aston - H.M. Lightfoot Centre

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

Tilly Aston was a writer, educator and social reformist for blind and visually impaired people. Her desire to overcome the limitations in her own life, and that of others, led to the establishment of the Victorian Braille Writers Association (later the Braille Library of Victoria) and the Association for the Advancement of the Blind (later Association for the Blind). When the Kooyong site of the AFB required redevelopment due to the success of activities at Paterson Hall, a new building was constructed and named the H.M. Lightfoot Centre. As part of their contribution to acknowledging the work of Miss Aston, as well as two of the men who later worked with her, this plaque was struck and presented by the Blind Members' Council of the AFB.

Inscriptions & Markings

"All noble things we do and dare, Must be fruitful, sometime, somewhere" Tilly Aston 11.12.1873 to 1.11.1947 Founder of The Association for the Blind Ltd. A gift to the H.M. Lightfoot Centre from The Blind Members' Council November 1991

Image - The Lions Room

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

In recognition of the support from the Lions and Lioness Clubs, the Royal Blind Foundation of Queensland named a meeting room in their honour at the Kent Street offices.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Lions Room So named on 20th March 1991 In recognition of the years of support by numerous Lions and Lioness Clubs in the State of Queensland and in appreciation of their collective effort in financing the refurbishment of our office facilities.

Image - Swimming pool solar heating system

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

To help children learn water safety as well as be able to provide physical therapy through water exercises, a swimming pool was opened at the Burwood School. Running a heated indoor pool required the installation of a solar hot water system, which was opened by Victorian MP David White in 1985.

Inscriptions & Markings

This swimming pool is heated by the sun (also in braille) The solar heating system was opened by The Hon. David White, MLC., Minister for Minerals and Energy February 15, 1985

Image - Roy, Linda & Lorraine Bennett

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

Donations for structural improvements were often acknowledged via plaques. In this example a sun lounge, at an unknown location, was funded through the Bennett family.

Inscriptions & Markings

This sun lounge was provided through the generosity of Roy, Linda & Lorraine Bennett, November 1983.

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.

Image - RVIB Kongwak Auxiliary

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

To recognise the dedication of volunteers, acknowledgement were made via plaques or other memorabilia. This brown board has a small RVIB logo at the top in enamel and in the bottom third is the plaque to Edith Perrett and her years of service.

Inscriptions & Markings

RVIB Kongwak Auxiliary Edith Perrett 45 Years Dedicated Service 14th March 2002

Image - Royal Horticultural Society of Australia award

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

A metal circle sits on a brown wooden board. Within the circle are the words 'Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria' around the upper edge, an outline of a tree with a bush either side in the middle of the circle, and 'Award' below this. A gold coloured plate rests below this and reads: Community Horticultural Award 1987-88 This award was presented to The Association for the Blind George Vowell Centre, Mt Eliza in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the extensive uses of horticulture in an innovative programme being experienced in a practical way by visually-impaired elderly persons who are assisted by a strong volunteer group and staff. President: Val Sinclair 26 November 1988

Image - Canberra Shield : Indoor Bias Bowls for the Blind National Championships.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

A brown wooden award depicting a relief of an award with an image of black and white lawn bowls and a white jack on a green background. At the top of the board is an engraved plate that reads "Canberra Shield Indoor Bias Bowls for the Blind National Championships" with separate scroll work images of flowers and ferns at the top left and right hand edges. The relief sits in front of the top plate, whilst underneath are individual engraved plates for each years winners, with six plates not completed. At the base, in the middle, is another larger plate with the inscription "Most Outstanding Individual Performance". The 11 winners were inscribed "Most Outstanding Performance" with their name and year and sometimes their state. These were: 1984 Ivan Molloy, 1985 Judy Watts, 1986 Fay Williams, 1987 W. Fisher S.A., 1988 M. Cumming S.A., 1989 Betty Coleclough QLD, 1990 I. Molloy VIC, 1992 B. Brown QLD, 1994 Betty Coleclough QLD, 1996 A. Horner S.A., 1998 Ken Curtis, NSW".

Object - Blue-Black Writing Ink

Vision Australia, Kooyong

1 glass bottle with cork stopper and ink

Historical information

Locally produced, this ink supplier recommended buyers select their ink as it would assist the blind. Although this cannot be substantiated yet, this is an example of consumer manipulation through reliance on their need to help charitable institutions.

Inscriptions & Markings

Made by the blind Non-corrosive blue-black writing ink Suitable for fountain pens Price 1/- 4 oz. approx. Use this ink and help the blind help themselves. F & M Pty Ltd, Prahran

Image - Portrait of Robert Bruce

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

Framed photograph of a man looking at the camera. He has a salt and pepper mustache and wears a dark suit with white shirt and a dark thin tie.

Image - Quilt squares

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

Vision Australia Foundation staff and clients were asked to make a square representing their base, which would be sewn together to represent the multi-faceted nature of the organisation. Unfortunately the patchwork wall hanging incorporating them was not made, however these squares were sent in: Warragul - sun and sunshine, clouds and water, a house on a hill with flowers around it, trees, water, people, a cow on a green hill that has daffodils and Pindari sewed upon it. Ballarat - Kelaston sown in same lettering as Ballarat, large fabric flowers with button centres, a mine head, a person panhandling, a person with a pickaxe. Warrnambool - sun and clouds over a seaside, a boat and whales in the water, a large fir tree and lighthouse. Hamilton - thick plaited stalks with fabric leaves and yellow pom poms as wattle.

Image - R.V.I.B. Football Tipping competition

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital Image

Historical information

A brown wooden award depicting a two AFL players reaching for a mark in the lower center half of the board with a coloured image of an AFL football on a playing field located above the players. At the top of the shield is inscribed 'R.V.I.B. Football Tipping Competition' and below the relief is written 'Donated by Ted Petersen'. There are 16 plates on the shield, with 14 inscribed as follows: 1987 Marieta Doughty - 1988 Len Stevens, Steven Mallia -- 1989 David Wilkes-Johnson -- 1990 Laurie Hoskins -- 1991 Jon Lock -- 1992 Peter Hilton -- 1993 Gunther Glas -- 1994 Malcolm Fraser -- 1995 David Horsfall -- 1996 Peter Hilton -- 1997 Anne Norton, Simon von Saldern -- 1998 Nicola Roche -- 1999 Purita McConnon -- 2000 Pam McAleese.

Image - Illawarra sporting trophies

Vision Australia, Kooyong

3 digital images

Historical information

Sporting trophies from various competitions staged at or between Illawarra, the AFB Geelong office, and others.

Inscriptions & Markings

Illawarra Bowling Association, Mixed Pairs Championship, Runners Up - 1987/88 Jack Shearn & Anne Stewart Illawarra Bowls Club, R/Up Club Championship 89/90 Ann Stewart Illawarra Bowling Ass. 'Andy Ellis Aggregate' 1990/91 Anne Stewart Perpetual Trophy, Illawarra vs Newcomb S.C. Indoor Bowls Tournament, Nowell Plumridge Memorial Trophy Illawarra Cup

Image - Abraham Centre

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

Gold coloured plate set on to wood with the Vision Australia logo (the eye) at the top. The following is inscribed: Vision Vision Australia Foundation Abraham Centre In recognition of Gwen and Eddie Abraham's generous donation to establish the Assistive Technology Centre, Bendigo Community Services Centre Opened 25 October 2002

Image - 1995 National Conference and Trade Exhibition

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Image of award

Historical information

Gold coloured plate set on to wood. The following is inscribed: Aged Care Australia 1995 National Conference and Trade Exhibition Best Display Stand National Centre for Ageing and Sensory Loss Award presented at the 8th National Conference Awards Dinner, Sponsored by Tunstall Australia, National Convention Centre, Canberra, Wednesday 8 November 1995 Paul Wilmot - President Richard Gray - Executive Director

Image - Caroline Mary Goldie

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Image of award

Historical information

These recording studios were constructed with the assistance of a major contribution from the late Caroline Mary Goldie, friend of the Woodend Auxiliary.

Image - RVIB Table Tennis Championships

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Image of award

Historical information

A brown shield with three medallions sitting below a small gold plate inscribed 'RVIB Table Tennis Championships'. The medallions show two people playing table tennis. Column 1 - Mens Singles: 1980 and 1981 Peter Evans, 1983 Uli Pfisterer Column 2 - Mixed Doubles: 1981 Helen Maxwell & Trevor Bailey, (undated) Jan Smith & Uli Pfisterer Column 3 - Women's Single: 1981 Janet Hartrich, 1982 Gill Tasker, 1983 Anne-Maree Dickson

Image - Victoria Police plaque

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

Wooden plaque in the shape of Victoria with the Victorian Police symbol (5 point star, surrounded by green leaves, topped with a red crown, round circle in the middle of the star containing the words 'Victorian Police' around a blue cross on a red background with 5 stars on the cross, and 'Uphold the Right' under the circle), to the left. The inscription to RVIB is on the right.

Inscriptions & Markings

To the Staff of RVIB With Thanks Crime Department 1989

Image - Association for the Blind : Volunteer Area Leader

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Wooden shield with engraved gold and blue coloured plate

Historical information

To celebrate the work undertaken by various members, the Association for the Blind presented wooden shields as mark of recognition and respect. Glenis Pitson 1996-1999 John Lodge 1997-1998

Inscriptions & Markings

Association for the Blind Presented to .... for distinguished service as Volunteer Area Leader 19... - 19 ..

Image - Frank Yeats trophy

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Digital image

Historical information

A brown wooden award depicting a wooden lawn bowls ball with two white metal canes crossed behind it. The award is inscribed with the following individual silver plates: Frank Yates Trophy -- Charlestown -- 8/6/63 J. McDonald, C. Dodd, R. Bramble, S. Mascord -- 5/10/63 J. McDonald, C. Dodd, R. Bramble, S. Mascord -- Balmain -- 13/6/64 C. Harlinar, R. O'Connor, H. Hussey, F. Yeats -- A. Snowden, K. Barron, D.Evans, P. Gilbert 1964 -- Balmain B.B.C. 9/4/72 -- William St. Blind W.B.C. Balmain 10/2/74 -- Balmain BBC 8/4/78 -- B.S.W.B.C. Enfield 1979 -- William St. Blind W.B.C. Balmain 31/5/70 -- Balmain B.B.C. 14/2/71 -- Partially Blinded Solders Assoc. NSW Branch -- Blind Women William Street v Blind Men Balmain -- Balmain Blind Bowling Combination -- P.B.S.A. 4 Rinks 22/8/65 -- William St. Blind W.B.C. Belfield B.C. 23/6/68 -- B.B.B.C. 1975 -- Balmain B.C. 15/10/67 -- B.B.B.C. 4 Rinks 27/2/66 -- Blamin B.B.C. 2/3/69 -- Balmain Charlestown -- Balmain B.B.C. 12/10/69.