Lynne Magee has put together a booklet celebrating the 25 years of the guild, 1988-2013.
View the booklet.
The Guild was founded in October 1988. The driving force behind its inception was Natalie Stewart. She was conducting classes in reproduction porcelain doll making at her Verdun home and there was interest in forming a Guild with its objectives to hold a Doll Show in April each year and to hold workshops in all aspects of doll making. The Guild’s Constitution was registered in January 1989 and Natalie became the founding President.
Prior to the formation of the Guild there had been a Doll Convention known as the Historic Hahndorf Doll Extravaganza intended as a once only event in 1986 to celebrate South Australia’s Sesquicentenary. Due to popular demand the Convention continued on a biennial basis until 2006. During that time the Guild became responsible for organizing the Doll Show component of the Extravaganza with a separate committee responsible for organizing the Convention.
In 2009 due to the success of previous Conventions and by popular demand, the Convention was reinstated under the management of the Guild Committee. The Convention is held biennial with the Doll Show held annually. Donations are made to a variety of charities as these are non-profit ventures.
We currently meet, mostly on the first Sunday of the month at 1:30 pm at the Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton, South Australia.
At these meetings we share ideas, conduct mini workshops and have guest speakers. New members are always welcome and may initially attend as a guest.