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Published January 14th 2022
Vintage toy museum and gift shop in Childers, Queensland
I could probably presume from one time or another, we have all collected something - whether that be a small item from inside a cereal packet, miniatures for a Shadow Box shelf or more expensive items such as jewellery, motor vehicles and motorbikes. The fun thing about collecting is that it can be anything and is a hobby you can do entirely alone if you wish.
On arrival into the rural township of Childers, which is situated on the Bruce Highway separating the cities of Bundaberg and Maryborough in Queensland, I went straight to the Visitors Centre to find interesting places to visit. One of the places I was directed towards was the toy museum in Churchill Street, Childers.
Dolls of Every Style, Kind, Make & Vintage (Author's Photo)
Owners Josie and Michael Rigney have taken their passion for collecting to another level and opened a museum in Childers. Clockwork Curiosities is a privately owned vintage toy museum and gift store, which includes vintage/retro toy museum, dolls and other collectables, winter wonderland with train, a working miniature carnival with lights and sound and a gift shop specialising in unique gifts, candies and retro style toys.
Down Memory Lane with Games & Toys from Childhood (Author's Photo)
Clockwork Curiosities is open on Tuesdays through to Saturdays from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Entry is $7.00 adults, $5.00 Seniors and Students and Children under five years are free. For a family of two adults and three or more students, the price is $25.00. If you buy any item from the gift store, the entry price is deducted from the purchase price.
The Gift Shop has lots of interesting items to purchase (Author's Photo)
Although the museum is small, you will need to allow yourself plenty of time to observe and absorb the collectables found here. The 'wow' factor is definitely one I experienced when wandering around and catching sight of so many items my brother and I played with in our childhood and many others which were in the lives of nieces, nephews and family friend's children. I am sure many of the items are worth quite a lot of money today as they can no longer be sourced.
Dolls from Television Shows (Author's Photo)
I have retained two dolls from my childhood of which I saw similar dolls displayed in the museum. One was a black African doll, although my doll has lost a fair amount of hair and the other was a large plastic doll with the imitation of hair woven into the making of the plastic. Vintage baby and adult clothes are displayed in one room and Barbie & Ken figurines boxed in their years of manufacture held my interest in a glass cabinet.
Barbie & Ken Favourites (Author's Photo)
I definitely hold nostalgia for American movies with fairground rides, ferris wheels, carousels, Disneyland-style rides and more, so my favourite room was the working miniature carnival.
Carnival Time (Author's Photo)
Other cabinets displayed spinning tops, character books and figures, paper dolls and paper clothing, action figures, musical instruments, glass marbles, pirates, animal farms, television figurines such as I Dream of Jeanie, Scarlet O'Hara from Gone with the Wind, Elizabeth Taylor, princesses, Lord of The Rings, Woody from Buzz & Woody (Toy Story), Bo Peep, Phantom Comics and books such as The Flintstones, board games, a complete set of Meccano and so many more items not listed here.
The Beginning of Robots into the Toy Collection (Author's Photo)
If you are passing through Childers on your way north, please make a stop in this quaint rural town where parking on the street is free and warm country comradeship is freely given by all.
For more information on Clockwork Curiosities, please visit the website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0458 444 430.