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Tasmania - Organisation

Sight Saving School (1940 - c. 1991)

  • Sight Saving School, students wood burning, 1951 to 1973

    Sight Saving School, students wood burning, 1951 to 1973, 1951 - 1973, courtesy of Tasmanian Images: Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office.
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From
1940
To
c. 1991
Categories
Government-run and School
Alternative Names
  • Bruce Hamilton School (Also known as)
  • Bruce Hamilton Sight Saving School (Also known as)
  • Bruce Hamilton Special School (Also known as)

The Sight Saving School opened in March 1940 on the grounds of the Elizabeth Street Practicing School. Its purpose was to prevent children with partial sight from losing it and to teach them Braille. The school closed around 1991.

Details

The Sight Saving School evolved out of the school for children who were blind at the Blind, Deaf and Dumb Institution.

In about 1960, the Sight Saving School became the Bruce Hamilton Sight Saving School in honour of a Tasmanian ophthalmologist. It later became the Bruce Hamilton School.

Children at the School boarded at the Blind, Deaf and Dumb Institute.

Location

1940
Location - The Sight Saving School was on the grounds of Elizabeth Street Practising School in North Hobart. Location: North Hobart

Related Archival Collections

Related Organisations

  • Blind, Deaf and Dumb Institution (1898 - 1987)

    Children from outside Hobart who attended the Sight Saving School boarded at the Blind, Deaf and Dumb Institution. The Sight Saving School evolved out of the school run by the Institution for children who were blind.

Publications

Books

  • Smith, Elizabeth Joy, Time is the builder: a history of the Royal Tasmanian Society for the Blind and Deaf, 1887-1987, Elizabeth Joy Smith, Hobart, 1989, 190 pp. Details

Photos

Sight Saving School, students wood burning, 1951 to 1973
Title
Sight Saving School, students wood burning, 1951 to 1973
Type
Image
Date
1951 - 1973
Source
Tasmanian Images: Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Smith, Elizabeth Joy, Time is the builder: a history of the Royal Tasmanian Society for the Blind and Deaf, 1887-1987, Elizabeth Joy Smith, Hobart, 1989, 190 pp; Correspondence with Tasmania State Library and Archive Service, 19 February 2018, held in files at the eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne. "Integration brings out students' strengths", the Mercury newspaper, 21 August 1990, p. 22.

Prepared by: Caroline Evans