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Toy Wrestlers - Wood Object Reg. No: SH 990207

Made: Gurr & Jamieson, circa - 1993
Used: circa 1993
Made by Gurr & Jamieson, Workshops 3 & 4, The Craft Centre, Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, DG3 4AG. Donated by Pat Anderson, Play Matters/National Association of Toy & Leisure Libraries, Great Britain, delegate to the World Play Summit, Melbourne, 1993. Delegates were asked to bring a traditional toy from their own country.
The Australian Children's Folklore Collection 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.

The tying of cords to parts of the body is one of the oldest mehods of animating toys. The animation of wooden figures through string-pulling has its origins in Asia. This toy represents traditional Cumbrian-style wrestlers from the north of England. It is a collaborative toy for two people of any age. They each take an end of the cord, and tug it to make the wrestlers move.
Wooden toy, representing two wrestlers with hands joined. Head and torso of each figure are in one piece, joined arms are in one piece, legs and arms have a pin at the top joint, and move freely. One wrestler has painted red shorts and hairy chest and grey fibre hair. The other wrestler has a painted blue body-suit and brown fibre hair. A hole is drilled in the hands, and a navy-blue cord is threaded through the holes. At each end of the cord is an unpainted wooden stopper. Attached to the cord is a white Airline Network card, with a description of the toy and the name of the donor written on it. 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: 25.50 cm (Height), 2.50 cm (Width), 25.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: carpentry, children s play, puppetry, sport, toys, world play summit 1993, wrestling, 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
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Action Toys
Tertiary Classification: human figurines
Manufacturer: Gurr & Jamieson, Thornhill, Scotland, Great Britain, by 1993
Date Made: by 1993
References: Daiken, L., Children's Toys throughout the Ages, Spring Books, London, 1963

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