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

Key words

royal victorian institute for the blind

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.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

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Key words

carols by candlelight
collette mann

B/W photograph of Collette Mann

Historical information

Portrait of Collette Mann, most likely provided by her management for the Carols by Candlelight program.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Object - Black playing card holder

Key words

recreation equipment
games

1 black plastic playing card holder

Historical information

A black curved plastic card holder to assist people holding their cards. It can be placed on either the table or fits into your hand.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Image - Association for the Advancement of the Blind founding members

Key words

association for the advancement of the blind

Metal plate

Historical information

Plaque dedicated to the founding members and the Jubilee anniversary of the organisation. To commemorate this, a tree was planted in the grounds of the Brighton office of AFB.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Association for the Advancement of the Blind was founded on December 7th 1895 By the following Blind Persons Tilly Aston Thomas Marks David Blakley Katherine McDougall George Cobain Janet Robertson Harry Lee David Robertson This tree was planted to commemorate the Jubilee of the Association "From tiny seed to towering tree"

Vision Australia, Kooyong

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Text - 1996 TDK Australian Audio Book Award

Key words

louis braille audio

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

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Text - Sports Ground & Club House for Blind Trustees Account

Key words

association for the advancement of the blind

2 typewritten sheets

Historical information

Statement of Receipts and Expenditure for the Sports Ground and Club House for the Blind at Kooyong for the year ending 30th September 1939 and the liabilities of the trustees (W. Paterson, B. Goold, H. Lightfoot) being advances not bearing interest.

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Text - Disability Friendly recognition program

Key words

royal victorian institute for the blind

1 certificate

Historical information

Certificate reads "Disability Friendly Recognition Program. RVIB Employment Services is acknowledged as disability friendly." Signed by the CEO, [email protected] (illegible), dated 27th November, 2002.

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Text - RVIB Colac Auxiliary

Key words

royal victorian institute for the blind

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

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Text - Association for the Blind 97th annual report 1992

Key words

association for the blind

1 volume

Historical information

Articles in annual report include: "President's report: Ship-shape condition" Profiles: 'Crusader for colour contrast', 'You have to take risks', 'My life with Braille', 'A need to feel good', 'You can do anything'. Executive Director's report: A Challenging Year; Blind Members' Council report: We Kept Our Trust, Treasurers' report: A Year of Consolidation , financial statement, donors, office holders, record of service.

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Object - Commemorative plaque: Baird

Key words

association for the blind
celeste baird

1 wooden shield with engraved silver plate

Historical information

"This tablet commemorates 17 years of loving service given by Mrs Celeste Baird to the choir and blind members of The Association 1945-1962".

Inscriptions & Markings

This tablet commemorates 17 years of loving service given by Mrs Celeste Baird to the choir and blind members of The Association 1945-1962

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Text - RVIB Rochester Auxiliary

Key words

royal victorian institute for the blind

Newspaper articles --letters -- index cards and various loose papers

Historical information

The Rochester RVIB Auxiliary formed December 12, 1931. 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 1973-1985. Correspondence to and from RVIB head office ranging between 1990-2001. A questionnaire conducted by RVIB Head Office in 1999 showed that the Rochester Auxiliary had 4 female committee members between the ages of 70 to 80 years old. It is noted that mementos of the Auxiliary have be stored at the Rochester Historical Society.

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Key words

carols by candlelight
edward (ted) hanlon

B/W photograph of choirs and special guests at Carols by Candlelight

Historical information

RVIB President E. Hanlon and another special guest sit on the stage, surrounded by choirs at the RVIB Carols by Candlelight performance in 1974.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

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Text - History of the Australian Blinded Soldiers Association

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.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Object - University of Melbourne diploma belonging to Hugh Jeffrey, 1940

Key words

hugh jeffrey

1 plastic frame with paper certificate

Historical information

Certificate awarded to Hugh Jeffrey in 1940 upon his being awarded the Bachelor of Music (Instrumental School Pianoforte Teaching). The certificate features elaborate script and the University of Melbourne logo at both the top centre and in the red seal at the bottom left hand corner. Signed by the University Chancellor (illegible) Dated 13rd April 1940.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Object - Various playing cards with large print

Key words

recreation equipment
games

Playing cards with red and white design with numbers and suit in large print.

Historical information

Various playing cards with large print numbers and suit types.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

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Text - Association for the Blind General Committee minutes from 25/3/1974 to 26/4/1976

Key words

association for the blind

1 paper register

Historical information

Held at the office of the Association for the Blind, these minutes contain information on attendees, meeting chair, apologies, confirmation of minutes, reports, matters arising from reports, recommendations, general business and the date of the next meeting. This included the appointment of a finance sub-committee, funding for the Access Radio committee, and a television commercial produced and sent to Channel 7.

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Text - Rifle Club papers

Key words

rvib rifle club

1 folder of papers and pennants

Historical information

A collection of papers made by Betty Williamson for a presentation at RVIB, and includes newspaper articles as well as a potted history of the Club. In 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. The club had many successful years, competing against teams from Canada and New Zealand in 1968, and had the support of ICIANZ which provided them with free munitions as well as teams to compete against. In 1977, George Glover passed away and some of the skills required for maintenance of the equipment was lost, however the club continued until the late 1980's/early 1990s.

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Key words

royal blind society of new south wales

1 B/W photograph

Historical information

A group of ladies site around a table, rubbing make up products into their face. One lady, in the foreground, is receiving a facial massage.

Inscriptions & Markings

12 A recreation - William Street

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Image - Illawarra Bowling Association Annual Champion

Key words

association for the blind

Picture of wooden board with engraved names of the Annual Champion for the Illawarra Bowling Association

Historical information

Known as the Illawarra Tigers, all the bowlers in the team were legally blind, and with the support of staff and volunteers, competed against sighted players and participated in local bowls competitions. Illawarra Bowling Association Annual Champion Donated by Illawarra Community Centre Associates: 86/87 Marj Cameron, 87/88 Y Lawrence, 88/89 Lucy Docherty, 89/90 Dulcie David, 90/91 Llona Smith, 91/92 Llona Smith, 92/93 Llona Smith, 93/94 Carol Myers Mens: 86/87 Les Walker, 87/88 Jack Shearn, 88/89 Keith Spendlove, 89/90 Dennis McKenna, 90/91 Hec Stephenson, 91/92 Keith Spendlove, 92/93 Dudley Roberts, 93/94 Dudley Roberts Aggregate: 86/87 Hec Stephenson, 87/88 Kath Jones, 88/89 Lucy Docherty, 89/90 Charles Coles, 90/91 Anne Stewart, 91/92 Bob McLeod, 92/93 Glad Trait, 93/94 Archie Maclean Mixed Pairs: 87/88 Lucy Docherty, Dennis McKenna, 88/89 Margo Stewart, Hec Stephenson, 89/90 Lillian Fowler, Jack Shearn, 90/91 Llona Smith, Jack Sutton, 91/92 Lillian Fowler, Keith Spendlove, 92/93 Glad Trait, Dennis McKenna Mens Pairs: 93/94 Dudley Roberts, Jurek Wroblewski

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Key words

queensland industrial institute for the blind

1 x B/W photograph

Historical information

Possibly a new Queensland Industrial Institute for the Blind workshop, built around the 1960's. A painter makes his finishing touches on woodwork around the windows. Given the serial number on the back, this was possibly taken by the Dept of Lands.

Inscriptions & Markings

C2-6333

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Key words

royal blind society of nsw

B/W photograph of school children using white canes

Historical information

Three high school children use white canes on a mock up of a bus at the Royal Blind Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

May 1970 Mobility - historical

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Object - Hamish Mackenzie Room sign

Key words

association for the blind

White sign with black lettering

Historical information

Narrow rectangular sign for the 'Hamish Mackenzie Room' on a white plastic base with raised black lettering. Holes have been drilled into each corner for screw attachments. Possibly attached to the building in 1966.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hamish Mackenzie Room

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Object - Brunsviga adding machine

Key words

braille equipment

Metal machine on wooden base.

Historical information

A 'Brunsviga' adding Machine used to educate people who were blind or vision impaired in arithmetic during in the early 1900s. The firm Grimme, Natalis & Co (GNC) was established in 1871 to build sewing machines and domestic appliances at Braunschweig (Brunswick) in Germany. In 1892 engineer Franz Trinks was instrumental in securing the manufacturing rights to the Odhner calculator patents. The first machines were built according to W.T. Odhner's 1890 design, and were distributed under the brand name "Brunsviga". Trinks continued to develop and refine the Brunsviga calculator over a period of almost 30 years. The brass rotor disks are 71mm in diameter, with the nine setting levers spaced on 9mm centres. The moving carriage has 10 places in the counter register and 18 in the accumulator, but the tens-carry mechanism only covers 10 of the 18 places. The carriage is positioned manually by releasing a latch and moving the assembly by hand to the required position. The registers are cleared by a full turn of the large wing nuts on either end. The mechanism is very basic, with no safety interlocks and no added features.

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Key words

association for the blind
kelaston home (ballarat)

1 x col. photographs

Historical information

Trips away were a highlight for some day centre participants. Here Bill Ford, Miss Turner and Mrs Davies view the beauty of Myrtleford from a lookout.

Inscriptions & Markings

1985 Myrtleford holiday

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Key words

association for the blind
kelaston home (ballarat)

1 x col. photograph

Historical information

Mrs Foster, resident, enjoying weaving in the grounds of Kelaston.

Inscriptions & Markings

1982

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Artwork - Portrait of John Moule

Key words

vision australia
john moule

1 art original in old gold frame

Historical information

Framed portrait of John Moule who was President of the Vision Australia Foundation, from 1992-1999. It is part of a series of paintings commissioned by the VAF Board to commemorate the work of past presidents of the organisation. Mr Moule is standing with his arm on a dresser, and holds a pair of glasses. He is dressed in a navy blue suit, with a blue kercheif in his breast pocket,, a white collared shirt and a blue, white and black striped tie. On his lapel is a small gold badge. The plaque at the base of the painting reads 'Mr John A. Moule AM / President 1992-1999 / Vision Australia Foundation'.

Inscriptions & Markings

The plaque at the base of the painting reads 'Mr John A. Moule AM / President 1992-1999 / Vision Australia Foundation'.

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Key words

john cook

B/W photographs and negative print of John Cook

Historical information

John Cook sitting at his desk.

Inscriptions & Markings

J. Cook 28/6/91 on back of triple print.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Object - Association for the Blind Vision Victoria signature guide

Key words

assistive devices

Plastic plate with 1 rectangular space

Historical information

To assist visually impaired people using their signature, this guide was produced and could be placed over any paper or form.

Inscriptions & Markings

Association for the Blind Vision Victoria Signature template

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Image - Association for the Blind Vision Resource Centre honour board

Key words

association for the blind

Historical information

The building a Vision Resource Centre at Kooyong was made possible through donations made by a large number of people. To honour this commitment, a board was constructed listing those individuals and businesses who had contributed. During the various refurbishments of the Kooyong site, this board was taken down and is no longer retained.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Vision Resource Centre was made possible by the vision and generous support of the Victorian community, including many individuals, Business leaders, Trusts, Blind members, volunteers and staff. The Association for the Blind gratefully acknowledges the financial support of all contributors, including the following major donors and supporters:" thereafter follows a listing of 93 names

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Object - David Palmer plaque

1 wooden block with copper plaque

Historical information

Plaque commemorating D.L. Palmer, Musician to the Blind, 1882-1955. David Palmer was a music teacher and Director of Music at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (R.V.I.B.) for over 40 years and conducted the R.V.I.B. choir and orchestra. The orchestra had about twenty musicians, all of whom were vision impaired, and was popular with the public for dances and events. Mr Palmer and the other music teachers would transcribe over a thousand sheets of music every year for the orchestra into Braille. This copper plaque is mounted on a wooden block, dedicated to D.L. Palmer, 1882-1955, Musician to the Blind. The design features a head in profile with raised wavy lines running across at eye and ear level. Above the head is the inscription repeated in Braille.

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