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New South Wales - Organisation

Royal Institution for Deaf and Blind Children (1957 - 1973)

  • Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institute building, Darlington

    Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institute building, Darlington, May 1939, by Hood, Sam, courtesy of State Library of New South Wales.
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From
1957
To
1973
Categories
Care Provider, Children's Home, Disability Institution, Home, Non Government Organisation, Non-denominational and School

The Royal Institution for Deaf and Blind Children was the new name given to the Institution for the Deaf, Dumb and the Blind in 1957, when Queen Elizabeth II conferred the title 'Royal' on the Darlington school and residential facility. The Institution moved to North Rocks in 1962 and the old building was acquired by Sydney University. In 1973 the organisation changed its name to the Royal Institution for Deaf and Blind Children.

Details

By 1959 the directors of the Royal Institution for Deaf and Blind Children were aware that the Darlington premises were no longer suitable. It purchased land at North Rocks and commenced building a complex that was officially opened in 1963.

The Institution partnered with the Department of Education to provide services to deaf-blind children in 1965 and by 1967 a preschool had been established at the North Rocks site. The organisation changed its name to the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children in 1973.

Location

1957 - 1962
Address - Royal Institution for Deaf and Blind Children located at 98 Princes Highway, Darlington [H03 Institute Building, University of Sydney]. Location: Darlington
1962 - 1973
Address - Royal Institution for Deaf and Blind Children located at 361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks. Location: North Rocks

Timeline

 1860 - 1869 Deaf and Dumb Institution
       1869 - 1957 New South Wales Institution for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind
             1957 - 1973 Royal Institution for Deaf and Blind Children
                   1973 - Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children

Publications

Online Resources

Photos

Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institute building, Darlington
Title
Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institute building, Darlington
Type
Image
Date
May 1939
Creator
Hood, Sam
Source
State Library of New South Wales

Details

North Rocks School
Title
North Rocks School
Type
Image
Date
21 November 2007
Creator
Bar, J
Source
J Bar, Wikimedia Commons

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: 'History', in Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, 2012, http://www.ridbc.org.au/history.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry