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Image: ‘A Visit to the Deaf and Dumb Asylum, St. Kilda Road’, Sept 2nd 1885.

This picture shows the building of the Deaf and Dumb Asylum in St Kilda Rd and some of its daily activities. The print is a wood engraving originally published on 2 September 1885 in the Illustrated Australian News. IT must have been fairly widely distributed as it also turns up in a scrapbook in the South Australian Deaf Community Collection in Adelaide.

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