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Figurine, ‘Blinky Bill’, ceramic, J.S. Studio, Australia, 1980-1995

Made by Wall, Dorothy in Australia, Oceania, 1980-1995.

Figurine, Blinky Bill, ceramic, J.S. Studio, Australia, 1980-1995.
Koala figurine made in one piece of moulded, hollow ceramic. The face, hands and legs are unglazed. The koala represents the cartoon character Blinky Bill. He is dressed as a football player, wearing a green jersey, black shorts with black boots while holding a red football. Underneath the feet is stamped ‘J.S. STUDIO/ AUSTRALIA’.

Summary

Object No.

99/4/12

Physical Description

Figurine, Blinky Bill, ceramic, J.S. Studio, Australia, 1980-1995.
Koala figurine made in one piece of moulded, hollow ceramic. The face, hands and legs are unglazed. The koala represents the cartoon character Blinky Bill. He is dressed as a football player, wearing a green jersey, black shorts with black boots while holding a red football. Underneath the feet is stamped 'J.S. STUDIO/ AUSTRALIA'.

Dimensions

Height

96 mm

Width

56 mm

Depth

40 mm

Production

Notes

The original Blinky Bill was devised by children's book illustrator Dorothy Wall in the 1930s. The character of Blinky first appeared in Brooke Nicholls' 1933 book 'Jacko - the Broadcasting Kookaburra'. Blinky was featured in his own book 'Blinky Bill: The Quaint Little Australian', shortly afterward. Nutsy was introduced in a third book, 'Blinky Bill and Nutsy: Two Little Australians', which appeared in 1937. Various other books appeared during the war. Wall died in 1942, however the books have remained in print ever since and more written by other authors. In the 1980s Anne Keane gained the rights to reproduce both Dorothy Wall's Blinky Bill characters and the characters from Jimmy Bancks's Ginger Meggs comics. Sydney animation firm Yorum Gross released an animated feature film and designed a range of consumer products based on their 'new' Blinky Bill.

The original Blinky Bill was devised by children's book illustrator Dorothy Wall in the 1930s. The character of Blinky first appeared in Brooke Nicholls' 1933 book 'Jacko - the Broadcasting Kookaburra'. Blinky was featured in his own book 'Blinky Bill: The Quaint Little Australian', shortly afterward. Nutsy was introduced in a third book, 'Blinky Bill and Nutsy: Two Little Australians', which appeared in 1937. Various other books appeared during the war. Wall died in 1942, however the books have remained in print ever since and more written by other authors. In the 1980s Anne Keane gained the rights to reproduce both Dorothy Wall's Blinky Bill characters and the characters from Jimmy Bancks's Ginger Meggs comics. Sydney animation firm Yorum Gross released an animated feature film and designed a range of consumer products based on their 'new' Blinky Bill.

A date of early 1980s is most likely as rights to Blinky Bill were granted to Anne Keane in the early to late 1980s.

Made

Wall, Dorothy 1980-1995

Designed

Wall, Dorothy null

History

Notes

Donated by the National Trust's Museum of Australian Childhood by the Thyne Reid Foundation.
These toys were donated to the National Trust's Museum of Australian Childhood by the Thyne Reid Foundation.

Used

National Trust of Australia

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the National Trust of Australia, NSW, 1999

Acquisition Date

12 January 1999

Cite this Object

Harvard

Figurine, 'Blinky Bill', ceramic, J.S. Studio, Australia, 1980-1995 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 16 October 2018, <https://ma.as/166913>

Wikipedia

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