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