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'All dolled up' at Alberton

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Alberton, the historic mansion cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, has a new exhibition for its Collector’s Cabinet series - a sample of dolls dating from the 1880s to the 1950s.

Belonging to Auckland collector Karen Staniland, the dolls are rocking designer dresses and hand-made outfits - and have become the undisputed stars of Alberton’s Ballroom.

Karen’s lifelong love of dolls began with a pink plastic Kewpie given to her as a toddler. She now has 300 dolls as well as miniatures and teddy bears.

To learn more about Karen’s collection, along with the art of restoring antique and vintage dolls, join Karen for an informal talk and afternoon tea on Sunday 24 June at 1.30pm.

Admission free with regular admission to Alberton (Adults $10; children free). No booking required.

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