Kangaroo mechanical toys, John Wade

Vol 38 no 4, Nov 2016
Article from Vol 38 no 4, Nov 2016

Kangaroo mechanical toys, John Wade


Many fields of collecting remain undocumented in Australiana, despite nearly 40 years of publication. Australian toys are just one area that has been neglected and under-researched. Children grow up and usually grow out of their children’s toys. Their toys – especially soft toys and books – often get dog-eared and battered from use, and may be handed down or discarded. Many are damaged, and some show signs of repair. John Wade explores toys based on the hopping motion of our favourite Australian animal, the kangaroo.

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