Braille Shorthand Machine

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Aluminium encased, painted black, 7 buttoned machine in black fabric covered box.
CH classification DOCUMENTS Education braille board
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L170 x W210 x H320
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Aluminium (Metals - Non-Ferrous)
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History and use
This Matrix C.G.&T. Co braille shorthand machine was used by the Braille Writing Association of Brisbane. It was supplied by the Royal National Institute for the Blind, London. The need for services for the blind increased during and after World War 1 due to the number of returned servicemen who lost their sight as a result of their service.

Braille writing dates from the Napoleonic wars of the early 1800s, when a system called night writing was developed to allow soldiers in Bonaparte’s French army to communicate safely at night. It was subsequently adapted by Frenchman Louis Braille into the alphabet used today.

By the late 1890s Queensland had its own Braille Writing Society, with the members transcribing books, often by hand.
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