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Mah-Jong Braille Set - Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, 1936 Object Reg. No: SH 931116

Wooden Mah-Jong set made by voluntary labour in 1936 at the Flinders Naval Depot for the use of the Social Club at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (R.V.I.B.)
This was the first mah-jong set made with Braille characters.
Wooden cabinet with two doors, 4 shallow drawers on the left and 2 small shallow drawers on the right. Top drawer has 40 pieces, of various colours (mostly blue) plastic material with metal tops with raised dots (Braille figures). 2nd drawer - 38 pieces; 3rd drawer - 33 pieces; 4th drawer - 19 pieces. Small top drawer on r. contains 8 pieces; bottom drawer - 58 small rectangular metal pieces with a hole at one end & raised dots on them.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 12.50 cm (Height), 18.50 cm (Width), 35.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: games, leisure activities, disability organisations, sheltered workshops, visual impairment
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Leisure Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Health Organisations
Tertiary Classification: recreation
Inscriptions: Text: [Braille inscriptions]/This mah-jongg (sic) set/the first made with Braille characters, was constructed by/voluntary labour at the Flinders Naval/Depot, for the use of the Social Club at the/Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind/1936.
Manufacturer: Flinders Naval Depot, Flinders, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, 1936
Place & Date Used: Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Prahran, Victoria, Australia, 1936 or later

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