British Deaf-Mute and Deaf Chronicle, 1895, 4, 145-146. (illus)

In his ministerial relation, Mr. Townsend be came acquainted with a lady, whose son was deaf and dumb, and who had been a pupil of Mr. Braidwood’s almost ten years. The youth evinced an intellectual capacity which caused delight and surprise to the good pastor, who was astonished at the facility and accuracy, with which ideas were received and communicated. Mrs. C, the lady referred to, sympathising with those mothers whose circumstances precluded their incurring the expense of 1500 £, (which was the sum paid by herself,) pleaded the cause of those afflicted and destitute outcasts of society, until Mr. T. entered into her feelings of commiseration, and decided with her on the necessity and practicability of having a charitable Institution for the deaf and dumb children of the poor. (Memoirs p.37-8).

Appreciation. Deaf and Dumb Times, 1890, 1, 140. (illus)

A Magazine Intended chiefly for the Deaf and Dumb, Vol.3, No. 30, p.86-7

Photo The Deaf and Dumb Times No.9 Vol 2, February 1891, p.115

When he first became involved in missionary work with Deaf people, Selwyn Oxley went around the country both in the Ephaphatha caravan and by motor car, preaching to Deaf people and telling the hearing about deafness and its issues. He would give lantern slide presentations, and talk to groups of school children. On at least one occasion a competition was be held and presumably the winning essay writer was given a prize as well as praise. When Oxley’s surviving papers were given to the library, they included a couple of folders with a large number of the essays that he kept. Below we have two of these essays. Remember, these are hearing children.

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To those who are unacquainted with the peculiarity of the uneducated Deaf and Dumb, it may be right to state, that the Deaf can acquire a knowledge of language through the combined faculties of hearing and sight. This is a much slower process than learning a language through the combined faculties of hearing and sight. It should be borne in mind, that the Deaf can have no conception of the nature or use of words; whereas persons who hear commence to perceive the application of words long before they can use them or know their meaning. The Deaf must have the meaning of the word given to them at the time they learn it, or they will not be able to apply it: so that, in fact, they learn what they acquire of a language more completely than ordinary children. But, in consequence of their natural defect, the process of their education is naturally tedious, and a much longer time is required to enable them to use words as the expressions of their thoughts, and as the means of communication with their fellow-beings. (ibid, p. iii-iv)

Royal Commission on the Blind, Deaf and Dumb, 1889. Vol. 2, Appendix 28, 289.

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HOLDER, W. Elements of speech: an essay of inquiry into the natural production of letters: with an appendix concerning persons deaf & dumb. J. Martyn, 1669.

Charles Edward Herbert Orpen, Anecdotes and Annals of the Deaf and Dumb, 1836 [library historical books]

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He gave evidence to the Royal Comission of 1881 regarding deaf education, being a firm advocate for the combined method. “Mr. Healey has a horror of extremists, experience having convinced him that such people in any cause seldom do much good, but invariably accomplish a great deal of mischief.” (Oldham Deaf–Mute Gazette p.206). Healey was also Hon. Treasurer to the BDDA, and one of its founders. His influence was wide, and he travelled we are told, to most of the missions across the country, for example helping start the Cork mission in the 1880s (ibid p.2010).

History of our Deaf and Dumb Societies: The Missions to the Adult Deaf and Dumb of Ireland, Vol.2, No.15, p.33-5 (illus)

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By education he understood the development of all the best parts and powers of the creature; instruction was simply specific information. Compare the title of the Association for the Oral Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb with that of the noble old Institution in which he qualified – the National Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb Poor. In that they had all the difference. (ibid, p.106)

Kutner was also on the Executive of the College for Teachers of the Deaf and Dumb, Paddington Green.

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HOLDER, William (1616-98), was a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral and Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal. In 1659 Holder gained a reputation for teaching Admiral Edward Popham’s only son, “being borne deaf and dumbe”, to speak. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1663 and contributed An experiment concerning deafness to its Philosophical Transactions in 1668. Holder gives a full account of his teaching methods in the appendix to his book published in 1669. John Aubrey’s Brief lives includes a biography of William Holder, with an account of his feud with John Wallis.