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.
A new feature showing historical events on a timelines can be viewed below. Please make sure you are viewing these timelines in the latest version of your browser. We recommend that you use Firefox or Chrome. 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. Each event listed can be opened for more information, videos, images or biographies.
View the new historic YouTube clip compiled for Federation Story. It is a reflection of images and stories from Deaf Children Australia with some wonderful historic footage. This story is built upon 150 years of experience of supporting deaf children and their families. View Reflections on our Journey on the Federation Story website.It can also be seen at Federation Square, on the kiosks that form the onsite exhibition on The Atrium balcony. As Federation Story coordinators stated, DCA’s story is now forever a part of Australian history.
To view images of our historical items please visit Victorian Collections.
DCA History Resources
History of Deaf Children Australia
History of the Victorian School for Deaf Children
Additional History Notes about the School
The First Student – Lucy Lewis
Additional History Notes about the school
The Rose Family Tree
A Unique Perspective of the Past 73 Years – Stan Batson’s Story
FJ Rose: A Chronology
Talking History – Falling on Deaf Ears
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.
On 13 October 2016, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of our iconic Bluestone Building. Past and current students and staff gathered to celebrate the iconic building and share their experiences with DCA and Deaf education. We were delighted to be able to bring together new and old students, staff and the Deaf community for an afternoon of celebration. Read transcripts of the presentations made below.
Dr. Breda Carty – “A strong and supportive community”
Read the transcript here.
Bruce Missen – “My heart is there for the school”
Read the transcript here.