Australian Toys 1880-1965: The Luke Jones Collection | Adelaide | 1 Jun – 24 Aug 2024

Photo credit: Luke Jones

A treasure trove of toys will be on display for the young and the young at heart at The David Roche Foundation House Museum in North Adelaide.

Before smartphones and video games were a phenomenon, children worldwide were captivated by tin toys, wooden trucks and paper planes. Now, visitors are invited to embark on this nostalgic journey of historic play once more at this new exhibition, Australian Toys 1880-1965: The Luke Jones Collection, on show from 1 June to 24 August 2024.

The fascinating range of Australian toys made between the 1880s and the 1960s includes refined lithographed tinplate toys of the 1920s, such as a 30cm truck made by Melbourne manufacturer Leckie and Gray, mass-produced toys that emerged during the post-war period including a Glenn Holden Special, charming folk art creations and European and Japanese-made toys with local relevance.

Photo credit: Mark Spaven

The exhibition will also host a fun trail for children to participate to find objects along the display. For Jones, what began as a nine-year-old’s passion for collecting antique toys has blossomed into a sprawling personal collection he has compiled over 40 years – each item with its own rich history.

Photo credit: Mark Spaven


  • Adult | $12
  • Concession | $10
  • TDRF Member | $9
  • Children under 12 | FREE

Tickets will be available to purchase from late May 2024. 


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the The David Roche Foundation website

What: Australian Toys 1880-1965: The Luke Jones Collection

When:   1 June – 24 August 2024 

Where: The David Roche Gallery | 241 Melbourne St, North Adelaide

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Supplied (credits: Mark Spaven & Luke Jones)


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