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    Australian Toys: My Collection - a lecture by Luke Jones

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    In this lecture, Luke will discuss, with the passion of a long-term collector, the exhibition of Australian toys from his collection.  As a single owner collection which has a personal element to it, Luke will explain the structure of the collection and discuss the highlights and important objects, as well as the joy that a collector gets from their hobby. The toys cover a broad range of Australian manufactured objects from the turn of the last century to around the mid-1960s.  There are also one off and folk-art type creations which have always been a feature of children’s play.  


    Luke Jones is an architect by profession and an experienced equestrian competitor in the sport of Eventing; however, a life’s passion for collecting antique toys preceded both of these pursuits. The first item in his collection was purchased in 1983 when Luke was aged nine. His long-term commitment to the subject has led to the assembly of a comprehensive and considered collection of Australian manufactured vintage toys. Luke’s collecting instinct also extends to Australian furniture and art, including colonial furniture from the Barossa Valley as well as South Australian historical documents and ephemera.

    Ticket includes one beverage on arrival. No entry to Australian Toys 1880–1965

    Limited parking available on-site.

    Wheelchair accessible.

    Banner image detail: James Marsh & Sons Mermaid and Girl Beach Bucket 1920s tinplate. The Luke Jones Collection.

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