Frederick John Rose - A Chronology

1831-09-21 00:00:00


Frederick John Rose was born on 21st September in Oxford, England, the second son of John and Elizabeth Rose (née French). Baptised on 12th November, 1831.

1835-12-01 00:00:00


At the age of four and a half years, Frederick became totally deaf from Scarlatina (Scarlet Fever).

1840-07-13 00:00:00


At a General Meeting of the Asylum for Deaf and Dumb, Old Kent Road, London on 13th July, he was elected for school admission with nineteen other children out of sixty-six candidates.

1852-12-01 00:00:00

Arrival in the colony

FJ Rose came to Australia with his younger brother, Francis, aged 17 years, arriving in Melbourne on the Gloriana in December.

1853-12-01 00:00:00

Early work

Worked as a cabinet maker in Emerald Hill (now South Melbourne). Walked to the Forest River goldfields (near Bendigo) but met with no success finding gold. Worked as a carpenter in Sandhurst (now Bendigo).

1859-02-14 00:00:00

The Argus

While in Sandhurst, he replied to letters published on the 14th & 16th February in the Melbourne newspaper The Argus inquiring whether any educational facilities for deaf children were available in Victoria.

1860-05-01 00:00:00

Return to England

Returned to England to marry Elizabeth Manning Telfer in Oxford on 27th June.

1861-05-01 00:00:00

Second home

Moved to Henry Street, Windsor, one street south of Peel Street, due to overcrowding.

1862-07-01 00:00:00

Third home

Moved again to Nelson Street, Windsor, three or four streets further south of Peel Street, due to further overcrowding.

1864-07-01 00:00:00

Fourth home

Third move to still larger premises at Leal House, Commercial Road, Prahran. First daughter, Emma Louisa born 22nd November in Prahran.

1866-03-06 00:00:00

A new home

Foundation Stone of the Victoria Deaf and Dumb Institution laid on the 6th March.

1868-02-01 00:00:00


A simple two tiered marble fountain was built in a lily pond in front of the main entrance to the bluestone building.

1883-02-01 00:00:00

The adult deaf and dumb mission

FJ Rose together with William Moss founded the Adult Deaf and Dumb Mission now known as Vicdeaf but still operates as the Victorian Deaf Society.

1886-02-01 00:00:00

Board membership

Rose served on the Board of Management of the Deaf & Dumb Mission from 1886 to 1887, and again from 1889 to 1915.

1889-12-01 00:00:00

Francis Rose dies

Frederick's brother, Francis William, dies in December, aged 54 years.

1890-12-01 00:00:00


Due to health problems, Rose proposed to retire but instead was appointed by the Board as non-resident Principal.

1891-03-14 00:00:00

Moss dies

Grievous loss for Rose on the 14th March due to the death of Rev. William Moss.

1892-06-30 00:00:00

Position disbanded

On 30th June, Rose had his non-resident Principal post terminated with six months leave of absence on full pay.

1893-06-30 00:00:00

Financial crisis

The life savings of Rose were lost when the Victorian Permanent Building Society suspended activities during the depression of the 1890's.

1897-06-30 00:00:00


Appointed as a Collector for Melbourne and Suburbs for the Victorian Deaf and Dumb Institution.

1901-10-09 00:00:00

Ernest Abraham

Through the efforts of Rose, Ernest J. D. Abraham was brought to Australia to look after the needs of deaf adults in Melbourne.

1910-06-30 00:00:00

Wedding annivarsary

Frederick and Elizabeth celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

1913-01-01 00:00:00


Rose resigned as Collector for the Victorian Deaf and Dumb Institution. Rose's wife Elizabeth died at the Alfred Hospital on 24th September.

1914-01-01 00:00:00

A pension

The Victorian Parliament, after years of agitation by wellwishers, voted £100 per annum as pension to F. J. Rose, with an additional £50 from each of the Deaf Societies and the Institution.

1915-01-01 00:00:00

Rose resigns

Rose resigns from the Board of Management of the Victorian Deaf Society.

1920-07-14 00:00:00

Ellen Blanche dies

Ellen Blanche, youngest and unmarried daughter, died 14th July in Ballarat.

1920-12-01 00:00:00

FJ Rose dies

Rose died on 1st December at his home in Malvern, aged 89 years.

1927-08-25 00:00:00

Frederick's sister dies

His widowed sister, Emma Ann Duncan, who had married Gordon Duncan in 1898, died on 25th August in Malvern.

1929-07-21 00:00:00

Frederick's son dies

Rose's unmarried son, Frederick William Moss, died on the 21st July in Melbourne.

1949-06-05 00:00:00

Frederick's daughter dies

His last surviving child, Emma Louise, also unmarried, died on 5th June in Melbourne.

1987-04-05 00:00:00

FJ Rose oration

In honour of his name and work, the FJ Rose oration is still presented at National Deafness conferences around Australia.

1988-04-28 00:00:00


A memorial plaque to Rose was unveiled by Dr Pierre Gorman in the grounds of the Victorian School for Deaf Children on 28th April. The location of the Rose grave in the St Kilda Cemetery was rediscovered.

1990-11-12 00:00:00

Memorial plaque

A memorial plaque in memory of F.J. Rose in St Kilda cemetery was unveiled.

Frederick John Rose - A Chronology

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