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Victorian Toys

Educational and activity based websites on Victorian toys and pastimes for children.

Children’s Toys and Activities in Australia’s Powerhouse Museum Collection

Located in Sydney, the Powerhouse Museum hosts a wealth of information and their website features wonderful photographs of collections belonging to the museum. Below is just a sample of some of the things we have sourced for you.

The State Library of South Australia - Children's Literature Research Collection

Other Informative Links

All about old toys - 19th Century European toys This pictorial site, from All About Old Toys, features European toys from the 19th Century, including antique dollhouses and dolls.

All about old toys - Noahs Ark This site, from All About Old Toys, features Noahs Ark wooden toys, with a photographic history and interesting facts.

Chertsey Museum – Victorian toys A detailed list of toys, with examples, from the Victorian era.

History of Punch and Judy A comprehensive history of Punch and Judy by Judith Lile, with illustrations, photographs and some lines from the famous puppet show.

Preston's Historic Punch and Judy show A company based in South Australia and New South Wales that keeps the Punch and Judy tradition of puppetry alive.

Victorians - toys and games This page, from Woodlands Junior School,  highlights the differences in toys between various socio-economic groups.

Victorian Toys and Games Presented by the BBC in an interactive format with photos and videos on many topics of the Victorian era, aimed at Primary School children.

Victorian Toys Slideshow A slideshow website, from Topmarks Education, with lots of helpful information about toys of the Victorian era, also with coloured photographs of toys from the era.

Yokohama Doll Museum, Japan An illustrated history of dolls with each type represented from wooden and composition to china and folk dolls.


Make your own Victorian Toy Theatre Toy theatres were a popular form of entertainment in Victorian times. Once made you could buy plays to put on - hundreds of popular West End plays were reproduced for toy theatres. This Pollock’s Toy Theatre, from the BBC UK, is a genuine Victorian theatre complete with stage, scenery and characters.

Make your own Victorian Paper Flowers Victorians loved the aesthetic of paper flowers as decorations. There are hundreds of articles from the magazines of the time showing how to make different types of flowers. Most were highly elaborate designs, but this site from BBC UK, found a simple rose flower for a first attempt.

Make your own Victorian Keepsake Box Making presents was a sign of love and care in Victorian Britain, and gifts often took the full calendar year to finish. This keepsake box, from the BBC UK, is made using a popular Victorian technique, papier mache, which was even used to create pieces of furniture.


Urrbrae House Historic Precinct

Amanda Jackson
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7497

Waite Arboretum

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405

Waite Conservation Reserve

Dr Kate Delaporte
Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405

Postal Address

Waite Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005