Beaded Chair by Tilly Aston
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In the collection of Maryborough-Midlands Historical Society.
It is not known exactly when Tilly Aston made this chair, but creating beaded objects was one of many crafts Tilly practiced after she lost her sight.
Tilly Aston’s achievements are formidable. In 1894 she founded the Victorian Association of Braille Writers, which became the Victorian Braille Library. In 1895, she co-founded the Association for the Advancement of the Blind, which in became Vision Australia. As well as being the first woman who was blind to be admitted to an Australian university and Australia's first blind teacher, Tilly was a distinguished and critically acclaimed writer, producing seven books of verse. Tilly received a Commonwealth grant for her writing in 1935, and the King’s Medal for Distinguished Citizenry twice.