Collectors Club of NSW Inc was formed one cold and wet June evening in 1978. The first meeting was attended by 8 founding members. Our first President was Jenny Child (nee Young now living in the UK). Our club doll and logo are both named after Jenny. Our club’s 20th birthday was celebrated throughout 1998 by several activities and the creation of a cloth doll, a birthday gift for members. In 2008, members received a commemorative name badge for the club’s 30th anniversary.
In 2018, another milestone year has arrived, and we celebrated the Club’s 40th Anniversary at a party on the 2nd June.
Displays and Competitions
Over the past 40 years the club has held numerous functions including the Annual Doll Fair, displays featuring tableaux created by members with their dolls, a Museum for a Day, a Doll Expo, Doll Spectacular at the Women’s Weekly Needlework, Art & Craft Expo, and various displays for the Quilt Fair & Stitches & Craft at Darling Harbour and Rosehill.
The Club sponsors several prizes in the ‘Dressed Doll’ competition at the Royal Agricultural Society’s arts and crafts section of the Royal Easter Show.
The Betty Viazim Handcraft Competition is held annually at the club in March.
The Doll Collectors Club currently has nearly 300 members. Each year members are encouraged to nominate a charity that will benefit from the club’s fundraising activities during the following year. Members attending the Annual General Meeting in September then vote for the charity that the club will support. Over the years the club has raised well over a quarter of a million dollars for charities.
The Club’s charity for 2018 is the Luke Priddis Foundation, which provides much-needed support for families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders.