Tilly AstonPrint Page
A bell commemorates the life of Tilly Aston (1873-1947) and the organisation she founded now known as Vision Australia. In 1894 she enlisted the help of friends to found the Victorian Association of Braille Writers, which was to become the Victorian Braille Library, and, later, to set up the Association for the Advancement of the Blind, with herself as secretary. T
he outstanding achievements of Tilly Aston and her co-workers are many. They include: . Successfully lobbing for the worlds first free post system for Braille (and later talking) books. . Gaining free public transport for blind people. . Achieving the right to vote for blind people. . Lobbying for the repeal of the bounty system which meant blind people had to pay hefty levies before they could travel interstate.
Gaining Government approval for a pension for legally blind people Her work as a writer was recognised by a Commonwealth grant in 1935 and she was twice awarded the King`s Medal for distinguished citizenship.
|Address:||St Kilda Road, Kings Domain, Melbourne, 3000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.827778|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||Anton Hassell|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||1998|