Matilda Ann Aston

[Tilly] (11 December 1873 - 1 November 1947 / Victoria / Australia)

Matilda Ann Aston
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Matilda Ann Aston, better known as Tilly Aston, was a blind Australian writer and teacher, who founded the Victorian Association of Braille Writers, and later went on to establish the Association for the Advancement of the Blind, with herself as secretary. She is remembered for her achievements in promoting the rights of vision impaired people.


Tilly was born in the town of Carisbrook, Victoria in 1873, the youngest of eight children born to Edward Aston, bootmaker, and his wife, Ann. Vision impaired from birth, she was totally blind by the age of 7. Her father died in 1881. Six months later, through a chance meeting, she met Thomas James, a miner who had lost his ... more »

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When Betty Makes A Garden

When Betty makes a garden,
With shrubs and bushes planned,
I’d like to be upon the spot,
And lend a helping hand –

For when the Spring and Summer
Call forth the blossoms there,
I know in Betty’s garden
I’d surely have a share
She’d give me showery wattle,
As gold as dawning day,
And Crimson Rambler roses warm,
And cool and snowy May;

Long chains of bright Laburnum,
And butter-coloured Broom,
And thus would Betty’s garden
Make sunshine in my room.

If I were Betty’s neighbour,
And full her garden grown,
I’d sniff the ...

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