Frank William Boreham 1871-1959

Frank William Boreham 1871-1959
A photo F W Boreham took of himself in 1911

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Boreham in Braille

Hearing the Text
In reviewing the different books of F W Boreham, it is interesting to note the existence of a Sound Recordings Edition for the blind.

The date of publication is 1959 (the year of Boreham’s death) and it appears to have been commissioned by the Christian Blind Mission International in Kew, the suburb where the Borehams retired.

The collection consists of five sound cassettes which are readings of A Bunch of Everlastings, in his popular series, Texts that Made History.

These cassettes can be found at the Christian Blind Mission and they are also available at the National Union Catalogue of Library Materials for People with Disabilities and the Mitchell Library, the State Library of New South Wales, Australia.

The Boreham Touch
FWB’s autobiography, My Pilgrimage, which went into six editions, came out in 1944 in a Braille edition. This was published by the Melbourne Braille Writer’s Association of Victoria, Australia and it consists of four volumes of interline Braille.

Copies of this special edition can be viewed at the National Library of Australia in Canberra and the National Union Catalogue of Library Materials for People with Disabilities.

Geoff Pound

Source: Ian McLaren, Frank William Boreham: A Select Bibliography (Parkville: Whitley College-The University of Melbourne, 1997), 33 -75.

Image: Braille Alphabet.