Future Exhibition

Australian Toys 1880–1965: The Luke Jones Collection

Galleries 1-3 - 1 June - 24 August 2024 - Ticketed Exhibition

In simpler times before smart phones and video games, we played with tin toys, wooden trucks, and paper planes.

Rediscover the excitement and wonder of childhood through this exhibition of historic Australian toys from the collection of Luke Jones. Initiated by a 9-year-old North Adelaide paperboy’s earnings, Jones has nurtured and researched his extensive collection for over 40 years. From board games to a toy Hills Hoist, this exhibition provides a detailed insight into Australian childhood through the lens of play. You will see a fascinating range of Australian toys made between the 1880s and the 1960s, including refined lithographed tinplate toys of the 1920s, charming folk art creations, mass-produced toys that emerged during the post-war period, and European and Japanese made toys with local relevance. Be engaged by toys which are inspired by historic events, be entertained by toys which celebrate Australia’s love of sport, and be enchanted by fantasy creations straight from toymakers’ imaginations.

Stroll down memory lane and share the nostalgia with your own children through Australian Toys 1880–1965: The Luke Jones Collection. Only at The David Roche Foundation, Adelaide.



Adult: $12
Concession: $10
TDRF Member: $9
Children under 12: Free

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Each Thursday at 11:30am, join one of our Volunteer Guides for a tour of the exhibition, and learn the stories about these charming playthings and how they were created! Bookings can be made by selecting the 11:30am – 12:15pm time slot when purchasing a ticket. Price is the same as the entrance fee. You are welcome to enter the exhibition before the guided tour begins, and to carry on viewing the exhibition after the guided tour finishes. Guided tours commence on Thursday 13 June.

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Friday 7 June 10:30am-Noon: Tea & Tour of Australian Toys with guest exhibition curator and toy collector Luke Jones. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Thursday 20 June 6:00-7:30pm: Australian Toys: My Collection – a talk by guest exhibition curator and toy collector Luke Jones. Book here.

Friday 5 July 10:30am-Noon: Tea & Tour of Australian Toys with guest exhibition curator and toy collector Luke Jones. Bookings open mid-June.

Wednesday 17 July 6:00-7:30pm: Claudia Chan Shaw talks about her collection of mid-century robotic toys. Bookings open late June.



Australian Toys 1880–1965: The Luke Jones Collection

1 June – 24 August 2024
Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm. Closed Public Holidays.

Children under 12: Free
Adult: $12

Concession: $10
TDRF Member: $9

The David Roche Foundation House Museum
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North Adelaide SA 5006
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Link Image: Leckie and Gray, Sunshine Biscuits from Ballarat Truck, 1930s, tinplate, lithography. Collection: Luke Jones. Photography: Mark Spaven.

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