The turbulent years of the Great Depression were also revolutionary times in the Deaf Community of NSW. This was obvious when there was a breakaway organisation from the Deaf Society.
In 1929, many deaf people were feeling increasingly dissatisfied with the paternalistic attitudes of the hearing leadership of the Deaf Society. This led to the formation of a breakaway organisation - the NSW Association of Deaf and Dumb Citizens. The Association’s periodical,
'The Deaf Advocate', was edited by Fletcher Booth and Ernest Quinnell and published the writings of radical deaf people from other Australian states as well.
The story of the breakaway is a complex one of power struggles against a background of social unrest.