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Tin Rollers - John 'Sandy' Atkinson, 1988 Object Reg. No: SH 990201

Made and donated by John 'Sandy' Atkinson, 1988.

This object is part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection. The ACFC is unique in Australia, documenting contemporary children's folklore across Australia and in other countries, reaching back to the 1870s. The Collection has a strong component of research material relating to Victoria.

Throughout the world, and particularly in developing countries, children play with toys and other playthings which have been hand-made, by themselves or adults, for their amusement. The toys children create are often made from materials which have been discarded, such as tins, buttons, boxes, packaging materials and pieces of wire. In inland Australia, Aboriginal children use powdered milk tins to make rollers, which they fill with sand and join together to pull along and have races. Home-made pull-along or push-along toys are some of the playthings made and used by children in many countries. These tin rollers were made by 'Sandy' Atkinson, who grew up on the Cumeragunga Mission on the Murray River. They are typical of the rollers made by Aboriginal children in inland Australia.
Tin rollers, made from recycled materials. The rollers are two metal tins with lids, one larger than the other. The tins are silver, and have glue marks from the labels. A hole has been made through the lid and bottom of each tin, and a thick copper wire threaded through. The wire joins one tin to the other, and forms a handle for the front tin. A thin piece of white cord is tied onto the handle. The cord is 87cm long, and unravelled at one end. There is a small amount of sand or dirt inside the smaller roller. There is a small white label stuck to the larger tin with adhesive tape. This does not belong on the object and may be removed at a later date. Acknowledgement: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Dr June Factor, 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 32.00 cm (Height), 13.50 cm (Width), 18.00 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Length of string is 85cm

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Tagged with: aboriginal people, children s play, containers, handmade games toys, making do, toys, making history - australian childrens folklore
Themes this item is part of: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Action Toys
Tertiary Classification: pulling
Inscriptions: On lid of smaller tin: 1.05 Moulded into base of smaller tin: E10002 Moulded into base of larger tin: E10002 On paper label stuck to larger tin with adhesive tape: UNI M/7/(9).
Maker: John (Sandy) Atkinson, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1988
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1988

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