RDP: Toy

Fiona The Travel Doll

Bushboy’s response to this post reminded me of something I participated in about twenty years ago. As regular readers of this blog will know I collect dolls. I have all kinds from tiny dolls that fit in a dolls house (yes, we have those too) to large ones that are the size of a small child. The type of doll that I have the most of though, are fashion dolls like Barbie.

I started to collect dolls seriously in the late 1990s and that was also around the time that I started to use computers and learn about the internet. It wasn’t long before I discovered groups for doll collectors online and that was great because I didn’t know any other collectors personally. To find a group who didn’t think that a middle-aged woman buying dolls for herself was weird was wonderful. Most of the people I communicated with were in the USA & Canada. I don’t remember who came up with the idea of the travel doll but I was pleased to join in and did it twice in 2002 and 2003.

The doll was a play line Barbie named Fiona and she arrived in a box with a few outfits to wear. I can’t remember for sure but I think each of us added an outfit to the box as she went. The first time Fiona came I was living in South Australia. I took her to various locations to photograph her but as I was rather shy about photographing dolls in public, I also used photo editing to insert her into my photographs or postcards.

Here are a few that I used. I apologise for the quality. I was still new to computers so my editing wasn’t very good. I probably have the original photos somewhere here because I didn’t have a digital camera then and had to scan these in.

Fiona spent a couple of weeks in Adelaide, she made some new friends, went to the beach, saw some wildlife and even met a boy.

It’s a bit sad that the cost of postage has now made this game impossible because it was a lot of fun to do this. If we did such a thing now it would have to be virtual travel with the dolls never leaving home which is a shame.



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 WordPress.com 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.


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