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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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1414 items

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Key words

john moule

8 x col. photographs and 10 negatives

Historical information

John Moule hands out Life Governor awards to various recipients at Kooyong.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Object - Val Short plaque

Key words

association for the blind

Metal plaque

Historical information

Located in the garden at Kooyong, at the intersection of the path to Talbot Crescent and the path leading to the Club house, this plaque marks the contribution of Val Short.

Inscriptions & Markings

Val Short In Memory of A Wonderful Friend 1980

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carols by candlelight

Col. photographs of Carols by Candlelight stall

Historical information

Images of a Carols by Candlelight stall, staffed by volunteers, selling candles for $1 and candle holders. Programs were given away for free.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

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

Key words

royal victorian institute for the blind
carols by candlelight

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

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Text - Minutes of the White Cane Day Committee 1980

Key words

white cane day
bryan sitlington
john blanch
villa maria society
blind members council
lindsay mcmillan
royal guide dogs association
national federation of blind citizens
m. jones
royal victorian eye & ear hospital
lady nell seeing eye dog school
allen egerton
val whitehead
royal victorian institute for the blind
braille and talking book library
association for the blind

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.

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lady nell seeing eye dog school
phyllis gration

6 x B/W photographs

Historical information

As part of educating the community, the Lady Nell Seeing Eye Dog School undertook a series of school visits to promote the work and the understanding of seeing eye dogs. Here are a collection of images from these visits.

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queensland industrial institute for the blind
manix o'reagan

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

QIIB worker Manix O'Reagan demonstrating a matting loom.

Inscriptions & Markings

10. C7146 Manix O'Reagan (bdod)

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Text - Victorian Association of Braille Writers twenty-fourth annual report 1917-18

Key words

victorian association of braille writers

24 pages

Historical information

Annual report of the Victorian Braille Writers Association. Articles in the annual report include: List of VABW Patrons president, vice presidents, treasurer, librarian, auditors, committee, book selecting committee and life Governors. Report from the 24th AGM, plus a call for donations and subscriptions from Members and the Public. List of work (number of volumes) done by transcribers to end of March, 1918. This year saw the purchase of the property in Commercial Road South Yarra with the aim of developing a purpose-built library. The money to purchase the property was donated by the Edward Wilson Trust. The last page of the report features a poem entitled "Just Give Them a Chance", composed by a blind child in America.

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Image - Committee of the Sydney Industrial Blind Institution 1892

Key words

sydney industrial blind institution

1 framed mounting board with 14 sepia toned portraits

Historical information

Portraits of the 14 men who comprised of the Committee of Management for the Sydney Industrial Blind Institution. The largest photograph is of a bearded man writing at a desk (Rt Hon Sir Alfred Stephen PC GCMG CB President). Directly above him (in clockwise direction), J Dawson Hon Tresr, W. Beaumont, J W Hood, J F Weller, Thos Buckland, R L Tooth, A E Tooth, John J Keep. A second row extends below this (from left to right) E O Smith, A W Weeks, E Sinclair Hon Sec, Arthur Blacket, A Consett Stephen.

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Text - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind annual reports 1898-1903

Key words

royal victorian institute for the blind
annual reports

1 volume, illustrations.

Historical information

From it's beginning in 1867, the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind grew in size and its number of employees and benefactors. These bound volumes of annual reports contain the information sent to subscribers of the Institute and outline the notable events and difficulties facing the blind and the RVIB.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

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association for the blind

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Three people stand in a kitchen. The gentleman on the left wears a white coat, the younger male in the middle wears a chefs jacket and checked pants, and holds a platter, whilst the older female at the right holds a certificate. A Cooking Apprentice award was given to a person employed at the Association for the Blind.

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Object - Selected crossword puzzles No. 4 and RNIB crossword board

Key words

recreation equipment

1 braille book and 1 wooden box containing yellow and red rubber markers that fit into the grid inset in the box.

Historical information

This book contains the set up and clues for cross word puzzles that can be constructed with the RNIB crossword board. The board is contained inside a wooden box, which also has compartments for storing yellow and red rubber markers that fit into a grid that sits on the lower side. Red smooth markers are used for blanks, whilst the yellow markers have three turnable pieces, which can be adjusted to represent each letter in Braille.

Inscriptions & Markings

'From the Evening News book of crossword puzzles no. 18' Catalogue 29444

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Text - Carols by Candlelight correspondence 1969-1972

Key words

royal victorian institute for the blind
carols by candlelight

Loose pages

Historical information

Correspondence regarding the running of the Carols by Candlelight fundraising concert between 1969-1972.

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Text - Life Governor of the Association of Blind

Key words

association for the blind
mae palmer

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..

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Text - 82nd annual report 1975-76 Braille and Talking Book Library

Key words

braille and talking book library

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: notice of meeting, every year, our stalwart auxiliaries are a highlight, book of the year was an electrifying experience, library presonalities are ageless, starting young, Louis Braille would be proud, demonstrations can be good, the president's report, honour list, the braille and talking book library expresses appreciation, annual report of directors, revenue and expenditure account, statutory.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Object - Association for the Blind volunteer badge

Key words

association for the blind
badges

Metal pins

Historical information

Lapel pins were struck to recognise Association for the Blind volunteers. These consisted of the Association for the Blind symbol of a square (filled with horizontal lines crossed by two diagonal lines), in gold and a circle in the middle against a contrasting background. Around the outside in gold lettering is written 'Association for the Blind' and 'Volunteer' on a a dark background.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

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royal blind society of nsw
white cane day
kevin stapleton
wally urgacz
margaret rihr

5 x B/W photographs of men using a white cane

Historical information

RBS client Kevin Stapleton uses a white cane as he descends church steps, crosses a road and walks along the footpath. Another RBS client, Wally Urgacz, walks behind Kevin as he crosses the road in the Sydney CBD. Wally Urgacz steps off the Bondi Beach bus and up a flight of stone stairs using his Hoover long cane, under the purview of Margaret Rihr.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mobility - historical

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carols by candlelight
julie anthony

B/W portrait of Julie Anthony

Historical information

Portrait photograph of singer Julie Anthony, most likely supplied for a Carols by Candlelight program.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

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Key words

association for the blind
john wicking
janet wicking

1 photo album of colour photographs

Historical information

To celebrate 100 Years of operation, a Centenary Garden Party was held at Government House and volunteers were presented with tokens of appreciation for their involvement with the Association for the Blind. The Honorable Richard McGarvie, Governor of Victoria, and Lady McGarvie handed out pins to the many volunteers from around the state who have given service.

Inscriptions & Markings

Volunteer Awards (100 years)

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Image - Section B.B (stairwell)

Key words

royal victorian institute for the blind
plans

1 architectural plan

Historical information

Architectural drawing for the completion of a stairway at St Kilda Road.

Inscriptions & Markings

Craftsteel Industries Pty Ltd

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Text - Life Governor certificate

Key words

royal victorian institute for the blind

1 x cream coloured page with brown writing and images (front view of St Kilda Road building across top, and pictures of children playing with boat, male working on carpet, female weaving rug and a nurse holding two babies along left-hand edge)

Historical information

Life Governor certificates were given to those who supported the RVIB either through certain levels of financial contribution or by activities undertaken to support the institute. In this example, R, Farrer was awarded a governorship in July 1950.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Babies, Children and Adults St Kilda Road, Melbourne President: C.L. Kimpton, Esq. Vice-President: Chas. W. Bennett, Esq. M.R.C.S. (Eng), F.R.A.C.S. Hon. Treasurer: Percy W. Briggs, Esq. Members of Board: Harold E. Brookes, Esq, JP Mrs C.H. Tutton G.E. Newton, Esq G.H. Grimwade, Esq. W.H. Cowper, Esq Joseph Taylor, Esq E.V. Willis, Esq. Leighton Irwin, Esq. F.F. Knight, Esq. Superintendent & Secretary: Stannus W. Hedger, M.B.E. Recreation, Industry, Education, Nursery This is to certify that R. Farrer Esq. has been appointed a Life Governor of the Institute. C.L. Kimpton President S. Hedger Superintendent & Secretary

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Text - Sydney Industrial Blind Institution annual reports 1904-1906

Key words

sydney industrial blind institution

1 volume, illustrations

Historical information

Annual reports for the SIBI, including two illustrated catalogues with prices for goods produced by workers of the institute, dated 1900 and 1906 respectively.

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Text - Commonwealth Savings Bank of Australia Depositors Pass Book No. S 9547

Key words

association for the advancement of the blind

1 blue bank book

Historical information

A bank passbook outlining the funds in the Jean Bickford Bequests account from the period 1930 until 1952, including balances and interest paid. At the back of the book in the Depositor section is: I.H. McVilly (crossed out) and G.R. Fowler, Secretary, The Assn. for the Advancement of the Blind, 118 Queen St, C1.

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Text - Association for the Blind 91st annual report 1986

Key words

association for the blind

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: President's report, Vision Resource Centre, Blind Members, Finance report with Balance sheet, Service Overview, Pattern of Regional and Community Services,Volunteers - our most valuable resource.

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Object - 10th Prahran Royal Blind Institute Boy Scouts flag

Key words

royal victorian institute for the blind

Green flag with yellow lettering

Historical information

Framed green flag with yellow stitched writing (10th Prahran Boy Scouts Royal Blind Institute) and a stitched Boy Scout emblem in the centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

10th Prahran Boy Scouts Royal Blind Institute

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Text - RVIB Kiata Auxiliary

Key words

royal victorian institute for the blind

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.

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Text - Association for the Blind Financial members meeting minutes from 19/7/1968 to 18/8/1972

Key words

association for the blind

1 paper register

Historical information

Minutes of the Blind Financial Members meetings held at the office of the Association for the Blind, these contain information on attendees, meeting chair, apologies, minutes acceptance, matters arising from the minutes, obituaries, reports, general business and the date of the next meeting. This included the donation of an organ to the Brighton Home by Sir Hubert Opperman, Uncle Arthur's Club for elderly people at Kooyong, and the activities of the Housewives Club.

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Text - Guinness Book of Records World Record

Key words

vision australia foundation

1 scanned page mounted on white cardboard

Historical information

On 20 March 1999, during the Vision Australia Foundation's Annual Easter Fair at Kooyong, Victoria, Australia, 150,000 solid chocolate eggs were hidden and found by 3000 hunters.

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Text - Letter from V.S. Hollow to the Association for the Advancement of the Blind and reply

Key words

association for the advancement of the blind

1 white page and 1 blue page (cc)

Historical information

Letter reads as follows: Sir, M.A. Aston Estate To enable me to completed the Declaration required by the Commonwealth Bank please let me have: - 1. Full names of Messrs, Paterson and Worrall 2. Amount of stock held Yours truly, V.S. Hollow Handwritten in blue pen at top: Bickford Trust Handwritten in black pen at base: 12.15pm Stamped at base: 16 Feb 1951 A carbon copy of the response reads: 16th February 1951 Mr V.S. Hollow, M.A., LL.B., Solicitor 140 Queen Street Melbourne C1 Dear Sir, M.A. Aston Estate Your letter dated 20th December was hand delivered to me at 12.15 today. In answer thereto, I have to advise: 1. Mr Paterson is William Henry Paterson. Mr Worrall is Albert Victor Worrall. 2. The stock comprises two blocks 300 (pounds) and 200 (pounds) totalling 500 (pounds). Yours faithfully, General Secretary

Inscriptions & Markings

In top left hand corner: V.S. Hollow, M.A., LL.B. Solicitor, etc. Commissioner for Affidavits, High Court, Vic., Qld., Sth A., W.A., Tas., NZ. Telephones: Office MU 1926, Private XA 1933 On the right hand corner: 140-146 Queen Street, Melbourne, C1

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royal blind society of nsw
white cane day
ettore cipellone
bill casey

B/W photograph of man holding a white cane and using a sighted guide

Historical information

Ettore Cipellone with RBS Northern Region Team Leader Bill Casey.

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