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William Boyd Childhood Collection
Image: Locomotive - Royal Scot
Source: Museum Victoria
The William Boyd Childhood Collection includes most of the childhood possessions of William (Bill) Boyd.
Most of us have a few treasured mementoes from our childhood, but Bill Boyd had over 700 of them. His mother Lillian carefully preserved mementoes of his childhood in Maryborough, in central Victoria, in the late 1940s and 1950s. Bill suffered ill-health as a child, and his long hours in bed encouraged him to also become a collector.
The collection was passed onto Bill after his mother's death. He eventually donated it to the Museum of Childhood at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. When the Museum of Childhood closed it was transferred to Museum Victoria.
Encompassing toys, books, clothing and other items, the William Boyd Childhood Collection is rare in its comprehensiveness: even ephemera such as the back of a Cornflakes box is included. The Collection demonstrates a range of prominent themes in the lives of postwar Victorian children, such as the ability to 'make do' under austere circumstances; the shift in toy manufacture towards plastic materials and mass production; the continuing cultural influence of Britain; the increasing embrace of American popular culture; the prominence of gender roles; and the popularity of transport and war themed toys for boys.
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Printed leaflet listing items to be brought to Maryborough District Hospital by a mother at the time of giving birth. It was used by Lillian Boyd when she gave birth to her son Bill in ...Images: 2
Hand-drawn illustration of numbers in the form of pictures and figures, glued to Maggi advertisement. Drawn by Bill Boyd when he was a young boy in the 1950s. His mother, who helped him ...Images: 2
Toy post stamps, used by Bill Boyd as a child in the mid 1950s. He remembers pasting similar stamps onto letters. The four rows of stamps each feature an icon: a 'golliwog', duck, pelic ...Images: 1
Envelope addressed to Billie Boyd featuring an image of Ginger Meggs with his monkey and dog. Ginger Meggs was a cartoon comic strip based on the activities of a fictional mischievous r ...Images: 2