History

Deaf Children Australia was established in 1862 in response to the needs of a deaf child and her family. It was then known as the Victorian Deaf and Dumb Institute. Our Bluestone Building was built in 1866 and has been the home of Deaf Education and support for deaf children and youth ever since. DCA supports the Victorian College for the Deaf who continue to educate children at 597 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne.

Learn of key historical events on our timeline. We recommend you use the latest version of Firefox or Chrome to view the timeline. You will then be able to access all of the content available in the timelines either in 2D (left-right) or in 3D (forward-backward).  Simply click on the 3D/2D button at the bottom left to switch between view types.  

To view images of our historical items please visit Victorian Collections.

F.J Rose

DCA History Resources

Writer Chloë Okoli has highlighted the work of DCA founder FJ Rose in advocating for equal treatment of deaf people in the early 1900s as part of her series ‘Talking History’. See Chloë’s article on our website for her wonderful profile of FJ Rose based on a National Archives of Australia discovery.
 

Talking History - Falling on Deaf Ears

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Deaf Children Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians of Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations.
 

Deaf Children Australia is a registered charity under our legal name Deaf Children Australia, ABN 57 108 025 207. We are a Deductible Gift Recipient, category 1.
 

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