Dolls' Houses Past & Present

A website and ezine about dolls' houses: antique, vintage and modern. Plus furniture and accessories.


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My father came to Australia in 1951 and, in 1957, created the tradename, "Bestoys". Under this name he made a range of wooden toys and nursery furniture until 1985, when he sold the business and trade names. I worked in his factory from 1965 until 1984, making, and helping to create, Bestoys products including the "Laura" doll's house (named after my sister), the "Bambolina", "Cinderella" and the "Petit Chalet" doll's houses among others.

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Reply Trumble's Mum
8:39 AM on February 25, 2015 
Ooh - another type of house to add to my collection? I so hope so, I need all the excuses I can find as my d/h people are rather numerous and need accomodation.
I think I'll go off to investigate Bestoys. How lovely to have a Dad like yours - mine only managed one house, one fort and a sledge in the whole of our childhood years!
Reply Sue
2:05 AM on January 30, 2015 
Sydney Living Museums (part of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW) will have an exhibition "Toys Through Time" beginning 28th March 2015. You can visit the webite here:
The promo pictures look very interesting especially the one with the Barbie dolls and their wardrobe. I'm not too sure, but it may have been made by Bestoys. I'd need to give it a good once-over to see. Certainly, I'll be there!
Reply christine jaeger
6:19 PM on January 27, 2015 
hey sue, so glad you met Rebecca, she is great at researching and getting to the background of things.. no doubt you will make a pretty good article in our next issue ... can't wait.. :)
Reply Jan
10:46 AM on January 27, 2015 
Welcome Sue, how nice to work in a toy factory.
Reply christine jaeger
9:14 PM on January 26, 2015 
hi Sue, you still have an interest in dolls houses now? it would be lovely to have some more history of dolls houses in australia. i would love to see some photo"s, if you have any..hope you enjoy our site, even if its only to have a look.. cheers christine