Deaf History workshop

This week long workshop will present new information about Deaf History, and will include conference sessions where participants are encouraged to present their own work and receive constructive feedback.


  • Monday - Friday
    Monday, 25 September, 2017 - Friday, 29 September, 2017
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE17DFH

Course Information

This week long workshop will present new information about Deaf History, and will include conference sessions where participants are encouraged to present their own work and receive constructive feedback. The workshop will also provide practical opportunities for learning how to find, analyse and share historical resources and research, using some of the unique Deaf History source material in Melbourne.

The workshop will be delivered in Auslan.

Those who teach and research in the Deaf History/Deaf Studies area (e.g., TAFE teachers in the Auslan Certificate courses – which include Deaf History modules), Deaf community, teachers of the deaf, parents and family members and those who work in Disability Studies would benefit from attending this course


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    Dr Breda Carty
    Breda is a Lecturer in Special Education at the RIDBC Renwick Centre, affiliated with the University of Newcastle. She is a former Secretary of Deaf History International, and regularly publishes and presents on Deaf History.
  • Darlene Thornton
    Darlene has studied and worked in the field of sign language linguistics, and is an experienced genealogist from an extended Deaf family. She uses her interest in genealogy and history to trace Deaf people in Australia’s past.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia

North Rocks, Sydney, Australia Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities. Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city. North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre. Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations. Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines. Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus - services to Epping and Macquarie Centre - and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.
Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few
* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre. A taxi fare between Sydney airport and the centre is approximately $110.00 each way. Alternatively, Shuttlbuz Airport Services (Phone: 1300 650 336) offers transfers at approximately $90 for a return ticket or $50 one way but bookings need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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