The Narrogin Doll Factory Collection
A small but rare collection of World War One era dolls, puppets and photographs from the Narrogin Doll Factory, Narrogin, Western Australia.
A small but rare collection of World War One era dolls, puppets and photographs from the Narrogin Doll Factory, Narrogin, Western Australia. Wartime shortage was a major cause of improvisation. During World War One, an enterprising woman in Narrogin, Western Australia, Grace Burkitt, together with her family, made papier-maché and compound dolls to replace foreign-made dolls which were hard to buy due to wartime import restrictions. They became so popular that their home became known as the 'Narrogin Doll Factory'. Eventually, eight to ten girls were employed and up to forty dolls were produced weekly. Unfortunately in the post War period, competition from cheaper imports led to the eventual demise of this enterprise. These dolls, although crude by modern standards, have great appeal and are much sought after by doll collectors. The modest collection includes two rare Narrogin Doll Factory dolls, a Punch and Judy glove puppet set, four finger puppet heads and five photographs of the Burkitts, factory staff and displays of dolls at the Perth Royal Show. All items are part of the ECU Museum of Childhood collection held by the WA Museum.
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These dolls were featured in the ECU Museum of Childhood national touring exhibition, Home-Made Treasures.
Dolls; Photography; Puppets; Toys; Wars
Dolls; Grace Burkitt; Import restrictions; Improvisation; Narrogin; Narrogin Doll Factory; Punch and Judy; Puppets; Wartime; Wartime shortages; Western Australia; World War One
Dolls; Photographs; Puppets; Toys
Dolls; Photography; Puppets; Resource distribution; Toy industry; Toys; World wars
Grace Burkitt; Narrogin Doll Factory; Western Australian Museum
Narrogin; Western Australia; Narrogin Doll Factory