Blind Man Overseer Of Two Properties
A 51 -year-old ' SA man. who has been blind for two years, has so successfully overcome his disability that since March he has been the accountant and general overseer for two countrv properties — one an upper South-East station and
the other a River Murray orange property. He is Mr. B. G. R. Sy monds, of Buller terrace, Alberton. Assisted by his wife, a part time secretary, and a friend. Mr. Symonds keeps the ac counts of Yarandale station, at Meningie. and Swanbury and Allawan, near Swan Reach. He also attends to buy- ing and other aspects of the business, and inter views the managers. A competent typist, he also handles many business let- ters. With the aid of a Braille map on which have been re corded details of the proper- ties, he has developed his knowledge of the business to the stage where his employer, Mr. S. Barton Pope, of Pope Industries Ltd., says:— 'He knows more about my pro- perties than I do myself.' 'When I lost my sight, I was determined to show that the blind, if properly trained, can hold their own in worthwhile jobs instead of being relegated to de- pressing, poor-class jobs,*' Mr. Symonds said yester day. A World War I veteran of the RAN. Mr. Symonds later gained a chief officer's ticket in the Merchant Marine, but was forced ashore in 1924 by failing eyesight. The sight of one eye had gone when he was appointed accountant to the board after the war, and two years later his other eye had failed to the extent that he could only dis tinguish shadows in a bright light.