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Laughing at history
Laughing about the history of Pon-
sonby is just one of the many ways
Auckland s heritage is being cel-
ebrated during the next week.
As part of the Auckland Heritage
Festival that runs until October 2,
Youthline is hosting Historical
Laughter with the Ponsonby Laugh-
ter Club tomorrow. It will take
guests through the city s history one
bellowing laugh at a time.
A stroll down Ponsonby Rd, not to
visit its cafes, but to take in the
suburb s history and its markets is
also on offer.
Walks take place in Grey Lynn,
Newton and downtown as well --
each with an emphasis on a differ-
ent aspect of the city s heritage.
Western Springs-based Charlotte
Museum is hosting a walking tour
too, which will be followed by a talk
on Sunday to celebrate the life of
well-known 1940s entertainer
If these options are not your cup
of tea then head along to Symonds
Street Cemetery for a tour and
chance to take part in a traditional
tombstone rubbing workshop.
Auckland Art Gallery will also be
holding workshops and talks during
the weekend and next week, and the
Ports of Auckland will be on show
for its history, not the rugby, during
for the festival events programme.
Prize winners: Eileen Roberts with some of the first dolls she made.
Photo: BEN CAMPBELL
The art of dollmaking
By EMMA WHITTAKER
A Shirley Temple doll at a vintage
car club meeting is what sparked
Eileen Roberts interest in doll
Twenty-six years later she is
adding the final touches to her
entries into the Auckland Doll-
makers and Collectors Club s 26th
Festival of Doll Art to be held at
the Freemans Bay Community
Centre this weekend.
Shirley Temple was an idol in
our era so I asked the lady who
owned the doll how much it would
be to buy, she says. When she
told me it was $150 I said I m not
paying that for a doll, so she told
me where I could learn to make
one and that s how it started.
After going to a doll show in
Wanganui in 1983, Mrs Roberts
and a few others decided to form
the Auckland Dollmakers and
Since putting her first doll into
a show she has crafted many more
prize winning dolls. But with
three great-granddaughters she
has given a lot of them away.
Some of Mrs Roberts best dolls
are on display around the Mt
Albert shops, including a John
Key replica doll.
The biggest doll Mrs Roberts
has made stands just under one
metre in height. The smallest are
just a few centimetres. Although
they are tiny they have intricate
bodily features and come fully
One of Mrs Roberts dolls is a
bride complete with a genuine
antique veil and a dress featuring
more than 1000 hand stitched
The Auckland Dollmakers and
Collectors Club Festival of Doll
Art will be held at the Freemans
Bay Community Centre, 52
Hepburn St, Ponsonby, tomorrow
and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
There will be doll displays, doll-
maker competitions, doll supplies,
clothing, books and fabrics for
Entry is $6 for adults and $4 for
There will be no eftpos.
The club is also running a char-
ity raffle at the event to support
Spinal Cord Society New Zealand.
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