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 History Friday Fun: Australian Toys 1880-1965 Exhibition!

Hey everyone! Today, I had the incredible opportunity to visit the Australian Toys 1880-1965 exhibition at The David Roche Foundation House Museum in Melbourne Street, North Adelaide. This mesmerizing display, curated by the passionate collector Luke Jones, has taken me on a nostalgic journey through time, showcasing toys that have delighted children across generations.


The exhibition features a fascinating variety of toys, including a stunning Noah's Arc boat from as early as 1880, complete with a delightful assortment of animals. I was amazed to see nostalgic South Australian brands on display, like old biscuit tins adorned with vintage branding. Among the highlights were miniature washing machines with wringers, old cash registers used in 1965 with decimal currency, and toys that helped children transition from pounds to decimal currency in 1966.


The collection boasts an array of trains, planes, and automobiles plus more items that represent different stages of history, spread across multiple rooms, inviting you to explore and savor every moment. Luke Jones' enthusiasm during his talk about these toys and their stories was truly captivating. He has even written a book about his collection, which you can purchase at the museum – a perfect companion to the exhibition!


The exhibition runs from June 1 to August 24, 2024, open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Guided tours are available every Thursday at 11:30am. Tickets are affordable: $12 for adults, $10 for concessions, $9 for TDRF members, and free for children under 12. Public transport regularly runs from North Adelaide to Melbourne Street, making it easily accessible. In fact, from some of our Adelaide Style Accommodation homes, you can easily catch a bus or even walk – it's that close!


 While you're there, don't miss the House Museum Tours, which must be booked online. The grandeur of the house, with its exquisite gardens and stunning interiors, will leave you in awe. David Roche AM's collection spans two centuries of art and design, from early Rococo France to Fabergé in Russia, ensuring a feast for the eyes.


 Check out the video and photos captured in our Facebook & Instagram posts, and listen to a snippet of Luke's presentation. This magnificent display is sure to evoke memories and inspire wonder. For those planning a visit to Adelaide, consider staying in one of our award-winning, self-contained 4.5-star homes. You'll feel like a local and enjoy a safe, convenient, and memorable stay.


We love sharing local knowledge to make your experience in our magnificent state truly unforgettable.


 So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets and immerse yourself in the magic of the Australian Toys 1880-1965 exhibition today!




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