About Aston

Aston is an outer metropolitan division of some 96 square kilometres. It covers the area from Bayswater in the north to Lysterfield in the south, from Ferntree Gully in the east to Wantirna South in the west.

The suburbs of Bayswater, Boronia, The Basin, Ferntree Gully, Knoxfield, Lysterfield, Mountain Gate, Rowville, Scoresby, Studfield, Wantirna and Wantirna South are in this division.

The main industries are retail, light industry, food manufacturing and chemical production and market gardens and orchards.

The electorate of Aston is named after Tilly Aston (1873-1947), a blind writer and teacher who helped found the library of the Victorian Association of Braille Writers in 1894.  Read more about Tilly Aston below.

Aston was first proclaimed and held its first election in 1984.

Click here to see current Aston boundaries.

Present / Former Members of Parliament in Aston

Alan Tudge MP Chris Pearce Peter Nugent John Saunderson
Alan Tudge (LP)
Chris Pearce (LP)
Peter Nugent (LP)
John Saunderson (ALP)

Tilly Aston

The electorate of Aston is named after Tilly Aston, Tilly was the youngest of eight children. She became totally blind just before her seventh birthday and a number of months later, she was introduced to Braille and the following year became a student boarder a the Victorian Asylum and School for the Blind in St Kilda Road.

Tilly matriculated at the age of sixteen and began an Arts course at Melbourne University. Unfortunately, she was forced to abandon her studies during the second year because the material she needed was not available in Braille.

Spurred on by her own difficulties and determined to help other people who were blind or vision impaired, Tilly Aston established the Victorian Association of Braille Writers (now Vision Australia) to provide Braille for all in 1894.

In the 1880’s, people who were blind or vision impaired generally faced a life of dependence, isolation and poverty. Many of them were forced to beg for a living.

Through her involvement Australians who were blind or vision impaired achieved improved rights, many of which were at the forefront of world change. An early achievement occurred in 1901 through the abolishment of a mandatory discriminatory bond of 400 pounds imposed on people who were blind or vision impaired for travelling interstate.

In 1902 Australia’s first voting rights for the blindness community were granted and the world’s free postage was introduced for embossed material. 1910 saw the introduction of Australia’s blind pension was granted and the introduction of free transport for people who were blind or vision impaired when accompanied by a guide.

In 1913, Tilly Aston applied for the Education Department post of head of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind school (now part of Vision Australia), the first woman who was blind to hold this position.

Tilly Aston was awarded a Commonwealth grant in 1935 and twice received the Kings Medal for distinguished citizen service. She was a published writer and poet and also corresponded with fellow linguists all over the world.

On leaving school, Tilly Aston lived with her family in Melbourne until 1913. She then moved to her own home in Windsor where she lived with a housekeeper-companion until her death.

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