Architecture, Deaf Children Australia, Melbourne, Photography

From the History Books

Today is the last Friday of the month and time for another post on Deaf Children Australia.  I know I had previously stated that I was going to go back and take more photos, well it hasn’t happened.  I don’t know what has happened with the time in the last month.  It has vanished.  So today I thought I would do something a little different.  I was lent a book about the history of the school, “The History of the Victorian School For Deaf Children” by J.H. Burchett, MBE, published in 1964, and I have’t read all of it, but there are lots of photos in it.

I have wanted to show photos of how the school used to be, a different time, a different way of life, but it has been hard to get access to the old photos, so today I thought I would show you a gallery of images from the book. I scanned them for you.  They aren’t great, you can see that they are from a book because of some crazy grid stuff, but hopefully you can get an idea of what it was like.  There are images from when the school first started and into the 20th century.  I left the explanation under each photo so that should help explain them to you.

There is also a DVD that has been produced, it is called “Behind the Bluestone” and is full of footage from the school and stories by people who went there.  It is very inexpensive at $15 and a great way to support Deaf Children Australia.  If you are interested in purchasing it then you should go to this link, click here.

Don’t forget you can also donate money to Deaf Children Australia and there is a donate button on their website.


  1. I remember seeing something on canadian school for deaf a few years ago and what schoked me the most is that those school were for the “deaf and dumb” meaning at htat time if you were deaf, you were also dumb ………. we came a long way

    • Yes, though they have got rid of that word dumb now, thankfully, and yes we have come a long way, thank goodness. Thanks Nelson.

  2. Your last day of the month must be different in Australia than it is here in the US. :-). Seriously, I enjoy historical posts, especially with old photos. They are a great reminder of where we all came from.

    • LOL thanks John, I have changed that now, I mean the last Friday. That is great to hear, I love them to, I do like history, well some. They are a great reminder, thanks John. :)

  3. Those are truly wonderful! I love the physical drill shot…amazing. Also the one of Helen Keller talking to the girls. Incredible, rich history with so many wonderful photos!

    • They are aren’t they, I love old images like this. I wish I could get my hands on the ones they have there. I think the one of Helen Keller is amazing, who would have thought that there would be a photo of her here in Melbourne Australia?

      • Pretty amazing about Helen Keller. She is one remarkable woman! My favorite quote ever by anyone is by her, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

  4. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says

    Talk about history, this was good!

  5. Loretta Walshe says

    Thanks so much Leanne for your continuing support of Deaf Children Australia. It is lovely to see a collection of these historic images.

    I hope your daughters are settling in well to uni and life is going well for you.



    • You’re welcome Loretta, nice to hear from you, I need to come back some time and do some more photos.
      Yes, the girls are settling in really well, thanks.

  6. Great post Leanne. I love historic photographs. Braidwood started schools for the deaf in the 1760’s in the UK. I believe he taught the famous astronomer Goodricke who has a link with my local University in York.
    Two of my best mates from the Photography and Film degree in Sheffield settled in Melbourne! There is another link. What a great city.

    • I love them too. I wonder if the found, Mr Rose taught at that school, he was from England. Could be interesting to find out.
      Melbourne is a great city, I think it is anyway. Thanks Steve, great to hear from you.

  7. Some harsh rules and regulations … ‘Saturdays and Sundays are not convenient for visiting’ :-/
    Loved your series of photos from here earlier in the year Leanne.

    • Oh yes, very harsh times back then, you would think that would be the best time to visit.
      Thank you Poppytump. :)

  8. Wonderful slices of history. Bless the people who collect such things in books and keep them alive – and bloggers who do the same! :)

  9. quite a history, and amazing to see how people documented their lives back then. The photographic formular for schools is the same now as it was then. And how amazing for Helen Keller to visit, world renowned for her courage in a time when people with disabilities were outcasts in society.

    • Helen Keller was certainly that, she really is an inspiration to all, regardless of any disabilities. I love the history and love seeing where we have come from, it is amazing.

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