Kangaroo Soft Toy

Production date
1982
Country
South Korea
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Description
A brown and white plush toy kangaroo with a joey in its pouch and imitation gold medal on a ribbon around its neck. XII Commonwealth Games Australia 1982 souvenir item.
Classification
CH classification TOYS Soft Toys
CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Souvenirs
Production date
1982
Production place
Measurements
L380 x W160 x H310, Weight 321 gm
Media/Materials description
Acrylic fibre, metal alloy
Signature/Marks
XII Commonwealth Games Brisbane 1982
© XII COMMONWEALTH GAMES \ AUSTRALIA 1982 FOUNDATION \ ALL NEW MATERIALS - ACRYLIC FIBER \ THIS ITEM MEETS OR EXCEEDS ALL \ AUSTRALIAN SAFETY REGULATIONS \ INCLUDING FLAMMABILITY ACT \ MADE IN KOREA 3
History and use
This souvenir toy kangaroo with a joey, nicknamed 'Matilda', was one of a dozen purchased during the 1982 XII Commonwealth Games by Hungaraian immigrants, Mr and Mrs Szalai, in 1982.

Unassuming and uniquely Australian a giant mechanical kangaroo named ‘Matilda’ captivated the world at the Games Opening Ceremony with her endearing winks and beguiling flutter directed towards Prince Phillip . The official mascot proved to be one of the most successful elements of the marketing programme for the Games.
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Registration number
H49613

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