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12-March-2018 (Sandra Brown)
12-March-2018 (Sandra Brown)

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Sandra Brown

The monument erected by the Midlands Historical Society and local school children, commemorates Carisbrook born, blind poet Tilly Aston. In 2013, the Carisbrook Lions Club updated the memorial and erected an information gazebo detailing Tilly's life story. A plaque in the gazebo recognises the contribution made by Lion Susan Tully towards the completion of the project. 

Matilda Ann Aston (11 December 1873 – 1 November 1947), better known as Tilly Aston, was a blind Australian writer and teacher, who founded the Victorian Association of Braille Writers, and later went on to establish the Association for the Advancement of the Blind, with herself as secretary. She is remembered for her achievements in promoting the rights of vision impaired people.


Address:Pyrenees Highway, Carisbrook, 3464
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.049491
Long: 143.814944
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1873
Approx. Event End Date:1947


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1970
Front Inscription


Remember with thanksgiving the spirit of Tilly Aston

1873 - 1947

Blind from childhood, she endured as seeing the invisible 
A singing poet she rejoiced in the beauty of life

Born in Carisbrook, studied at the Blind Institute.
The first blind student to matriculate and be appointed a teacher
Foundation Member Association for the Blind.
Promoted the Braille Library.

(Braille Characters) 


Erected by Midlands Historical Society and children of Carisbrook State School


Source: VMR,MA,ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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