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Plaque - D.L. Palmer Musician to the Blind, circa 1960 Object Reg. No: SH 931108

Summary:
Plaque commemorating D.L. Palmer, Musician to the Blind, 1882-1955 it was installed in Ormond Hall, circa 1960. David Palmer was a music teacher and Director of Music at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (R.V.I.B.) for over 40 years and conducted the R.V.B.I. choir and orchestra. The orchestra had about twenty musicians, all of whom were vision impaired, and was popular with the public for dances and events. Mr Palmer and the other music teachers would transcribe over a thousand sheets of music every year for the orchestra into braille.
Description:
Copper plaque mounted on wooden block, dedicated to D.L. Palmer, 1882-1955, Musician to the Blind. There is quite a striking design of a head in profile with wavy lines across it, raised, and above this the inscription in Braille. Indecipherable markings at top, could be signature of the artist.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20.02 cm (Height), 2.00 cm (Width), 14.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: music, musicians, teachers, disability organisations, conductors, visual impairment, plaques
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Health Organisations
Tertiary Classification: plaques
Inscriptions: Beneath head: 'D.L. Palmer/1882-1955/ Musician to the Blind' Above head, the same in Braille, and markings that could be "59" and signature.
Person Commemorated: David Palmer, Prahran, Victoria, Australia, circa 1960
Place & Date Used: Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Prahran, Victoria, Australia, circa 1960

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