History of the Victorian School for Deaf Children

1860-11-12 00:00:00

A New School

On 12 November 1860 the school opened its doors to pupils, the first being Lucy Lewis, aged 10, daughter of Mrs Sarah Lewis.

1860-12-31 00:00:00

Rose and Moss

Mr Rose and Reverend William Moss became acquainted, marking the beginning of another long and fruitful partnership.

1861-05-06 00:00:00

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An historic meeting was held in the vestry of Scots Church, Collins Street, East Melbourne.

1861-08-01 00:00:00

Forming a Board

Mr Rose was recommended to the Denominational School Board as a suitable person to take charge of the School. A grant of £100 per annum was made for a Teacher's Salary.

1862-01-01 00:00:00


The School moved to more convenient premises in Henry Street, Windsor.

1862-08-16 00:00:00


His Excellency, the Governor Sir Henry Barkly and Lady Barkly honoured the school with a visit, which was recorded in the 'St Kilda and Prahran Chronicle'.

1862-08-28 00:00:00

Public meeting

A public meeting was held at the Melbourne Mechanics' Institute to inaugurate the organization and advocate its claims.

1863-02-01 00:00:00

Public Donations

Visits to country districts by the Touring Groups were undertaken.

1863-09-04 00:00:00


The first Annual Meeting was held in the Mechanics' Institute.

1864-01-31 00:00:00

Teaching Appointments

There were twenty eight pupils on the roll and applications were still coming in.

1864-09-01 00:00:00

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An application was made to the Board of Lands and Works for a grant of land which was unsuccessful.

1865-05-06 00:00:00

A building fund

A series of public meetings was held to make known the objects and claims of the Institution and to enlist sympathy and support.

1866-01-04 00:00:00

Building contract

The building contract was signed.

1866-01-10 00:00:00

Building works

Work started on a portion of the building - the central edifice and southern wing.

1866-03-06 00:00:00

Memorial Stone

The Memorial Stone was laid by His Excellency, Sir Charles Henry Darling, KCB, in the presence of dignitaries and the pupils of the School.

1866-10-13 00:00:00


The inaugural ceremony of the opening of the New Building was conducted by the Governor, His Excellency, the Hon. Sir J H F Manners Sutton, KCB.

1868-02-01 00:00:00


Mr Rose presented the Committee with the fountain and pool, still at the front of the building today, serving as a memorial to his generosity and thought.

1869-05-06 00:00:00

Management changes

The Committee took responsibility for the Institution and appointed Mr and Mrs Rose as Superintendent and Matron respectively, at mutually agreed salaries.

1871-10-01 00:00:00

North Wing

The north wing of the building was completed, comprising dining hall, dormitory, assistants’ dining room, workroom, lavatory, bathroom, clothes press, kitchen, scullery, laundries and pantries, at a cost of £610.

1872-07-12 00:00:00

Government report

The Government Inspector of Education reported:

1878-02-01 00:00:00

Oral education

The Oral System was introduced by Mr E 0 Hutchinson, a celebrated deaf teacher from England.

1878-10-01 00:00:00

Moss resigns

Reverend William Moss resigned as Honorary Secretary to accept the Superintendence of the Asylum and School for the Blind.

1878-12-17 00:00:00


A reunion of past and present pupils was held. Rev. Moss was presented with an illuminated address, still in existence in 1989, as an expression of their gratitude and self esteem. Rev. Moss died in 1890.

1882-02-01 00:00:00

Samuel Johnston

Mr Samuel Johnston, a trained teacher from Claremont Deaf and Dumb Institution in Dublin was appointed.

1887-12-31 00:00:00

Mr Hutchison

Mr Hutchinson’s appointment ended.

1890-12-31 00:00:00

Mrs Rose resigns

Mrs Rose resigned as Matron of the School. Her daughter, Miss Emily Rose, resigned as teacher.

1891-06-30 00:00:00

Mr Rose resigns

Mr Rose retired from the School.

1894-02-01 00:00:00

Samuel Moss

Mr S Moss, a former pupil, was appointed as Collector.

1910-02-01 00:00:00

Education Act

The Amending Education Act 1910, which contained clauses making the education of deaf children compulsory, was passed.

1910-08-17 00:00:00

Alexander Graham Bell

Dr Graham Bell, inventor and oral educator of deaf children from America, visited the school.

1913-02-01 00:00:00

Education of deaf children

The Education Department assumed responsibility for the educational program and teaching staff.

History of the Victorian School for Deaf Children

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