Toys I do or wish I still had: Times Past

My Favourite Toys

This post is in answer to Irene’s “Times Past” challenge.

Baby Boomer: England/Australia

Have you kept or still wish you had any childhood toy?

I am lucky enough to still have some of my childhood toys. Many of them were carefully packed and brought over from England when we moved to Australia in 1965. One toy that did not make the journey is my doll’s house which I now know was a Triang dolls house. I don’t think it was new when I got it but I loved it. Mum had made little curtains out of scraps and I had some nice furniture, some wooden and some plastic.  Of the toys that came to Australia with me I still have  my large baby doll Theresa,Christine who is a walking doll, my fashion dolls Sindy, Tammy and Tressy and some smaller dolls.

Some things were given away when I was a teenager and one that I especially regret giving away is James, my old Teddy Bear. I gave James to the local hospital. He was an old bear stuffed with excelsior and he was probably destroyed in short order.

There were some toys that we didn’t have that we’d have loved to have owned. In summer we’d visit relatives and we were allowed to play with our cousins’ toys. One had a toy fort which I admired and I think there was a Noah’s Ark. Another had what in England we called a “Wendy House”, Aussie kids call them cubbies.

One of my childhood dolls
One of my childhood dolls

Did you have a favourite toy as a child?

I had several favourites, the doll’s house and the dolls that lived in it were frequently played with but I also loved my train set and my farm and zoo animals. I also really loved paper dolls.

Did you have a lot of toys or only a few?

My sister and I were lucky, we had lots of toys and although mum never had a lot of money if she knew we really wanted something she would try to get it for us. We were also lucky that she taught us how to use our imaginations and we could play with the same toys all day and not get bored.

Were your toys gender determined?

No, again we were lucky that both our parents did not think that because we were girls we could only play with dolls. We did have toys intended for girls, cooking sets and a toy washing machine to use with our dolls and cuddly toys but we also had Lego and other types of building blocks, we had trucks and Matchbox cars, little plastic soldiers and cowboys and Indians that we bought from the local newsagent. I had an electric train set. I don’t think many little girls in the early sixties had those.

As adults my sister and I have become collectors. I collect dolls, she collects toys and has hunted down and replaced some of our childhood favourites. we are always happy when she locates another one of them.

image toy washing machine
We had a dolls washing machine like this.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. How wonderful that you still have some of your old toys! I might still have a few things in our attic. It’s been so long since we’ve gone through all the boxes to see if they’ve survived. I did get out my Barbies once and discovered that some creature had chewed off all their faces.


  2. You were lucky that your parents didn’t buy only gender specific toys. My mother had always wanted a meccano set but it was for boys only. When my brother was only a few days old he was given a set. My grandfather had been dying to play with one himself. My mother was devastated. Even so I was only given gender specific toys with my brother getting the train set and the bicycle. You have such a great collection which bring back some memories for me also. I think it is wonderful that you and your sister still collect dolls and toys.There must be a lot of pleasure in that. Thanks for joining in.


    • I think we were extremely lucky although I didn’t realise it at the time. Our parents were older when we were born in their middle and late thirties and quite conventional people in other ways.

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