If you've not been to The Visionary Life of Tilly Aston Exhibit which has been running since the 3rd of November at the Prahran Mechanic's Institute - William Moss Room, 39 St Edmonds Road, Prahran, you'd be doing yourself a disservice. You've still got time as this free exhibition runs till the 30th of November 2016. Opening times and days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 9.30am-4.30pm with Thursday open 9.30am-7.00pm.
There's plenty of inspiration to draw from Matilda Ann Aston, better known as Tilly Aston (11 Dec 1873 to 1 Nov 1947), who was a blind Australian writer and teacher, and founder of the Victorian Association of Braille Writers. She's renown for her advocacy in promoting the rights of blind and vision impaired people, leaving an indelible legacy in the area now known as Stonnington.
Born in the Victoria goldfields town of Carisbrook and vision impaired from birth, she was totally blind by the age of 7. By the age of 9, Tilly moved to Melbourne to attend the Victorian Asylum and School for the Blind on St Kilda Road (later the RVIB). She lived in Windsor from 1913 until her death in 1947.
Brought to you in collaboration with the Prahran Mechanics Institute and Vision Australia's Heritage Team, come to the exhibition to follow the remarkable life of determination of an amazing woman who fought for an education and an outlet of her creative passion for writing, music and handicrafts.
Tilly in her early 20s reading a Braille fairytale. Image courtesy of Culture Victoria