Threads of connection
Seven pairs of leather, machine stitched doll's shoes and boots. These dolls shoes are part of the collection of costume, toys and childrens’ books found at Rouse Hill which relate to the childhood of Nina Rouse (later Terry, 1875-1968) and Kathleen Rouse (1878-1932).  The Hamilton Rouse Hill Trust Collection, courtesy of the Historic Houses Trust, Photo © Sydney Living Museums

Child's play

The imagination of a child can turn the simplest toy into a prized possession. Kathleen Rouse created a world of her own from the dolls at Rouse Hill House; new characters were created with the help of a variety of dresses and accessories hand-made by Kathleen’s nurse, Mrs Cockram. Imaginative play extends to a range of other toys in the Sydney Living Museum collections including alphabet blocks, a paper cut-out doll found under the floorboards at Hyde Park Barracks, more dolls and a child’s tea set at Meroogal and a spotted Indian deer pull toy at Elizabeth Farm.

A doll named Charlotte
A spotted deer from India
According to fashion
Blue-coated rider
Child’s tea set
Cosy Cuties
Hill’s Alphabet Blocks
Kathleen’s blue eyed girl
The recycled bridegroom
Well shod