- 11 December 1873
Carisbrook, Victoria, Australia
- 1 November 1947
Windsor, Victoria, Australia
- Disability Activist, Teacher and Writer
- Alternative Names
- Aston, Tilly (preferred name)
Matilda Ann Aston (December 11, 1873 - November, 1947), better known as Tilly Aston, was a blind Australian writer and teacher. She founded the Victorian Association of Braille Writers (which became the Victorian Braille Library) and then went on to establish the Association for the Advancement of the Blind, assuming the post of secretary.
Tilly's energy was unbounded and her achievements (along with those of her co-workers) to promote the human rights of vision impaired people were plentiful. They include:
- Successfully lobbying for the world's first free post system for braille (and later talking) books.
- Gaining free public transport for blind people.
- Achieving the right to vote for blind people.
- Lobbying for the repeal of the bounty system which meant blind people had to pay hefty levies before they could travel interstate
- Gaining Government approval for a pension for all legally blind people.