Australian Deaf History
One of the most prominent members of the Melbourne Deaf community around the turn of the century was John Muir. John Muir and his wife Daisy were both Deaf, but a prominent member of their household in Malvern was hearing. His name was “Ben” and he was an Irish Terrier. As the journalist “Matter” wrote in “The South Australian Monthly News” for April, 1909.
“Ben”, their fine Irish terrier showed evidence of careful training and kindness on their part. He would do many things at the bidding of his mistress, in his own clever way he conveyed to her notice when someone was at the door, and when the kettle is boiling, received letters from the postman and brought them to her, he also acted as “waker up” to his master in the morning. An alarm clock is not needed in a household rejoicing in the possession of such an intelligent dog.