The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that the MAAS website contains a range of Indigenous Cultural Material. This includes artworks, artifacts, images and recordings of people who may have passed away, and other objects which may be culturally sensitive.
The Museum owns an impressive collection of delightful Bunnykins figures made in England by Royal Doulton. The collection was the gift a Sydney collector, Robert Walmsley, who donated 140 Bunnykins figures and music boxes in 1993.
The story of Bunnykins began in the early 1930s when Barbara Vernon’s bunny drawings caught the attention of her father, Cuthbert Bailey, the general manager of Royal Doulton’s factory in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. A young nun and a history teacher at an English conven...