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TOY museums typically showcase toys from a
culture or period, and the Waikerie Toy Museum
is no different, as it is stocked to the brim with
hundreds of old toys dating back to the early
1900s from Australia and overseas.
The museum has exclusive display items in
glass cabinets and it also has interactive toys
children can play with.
Proprietor Steve Wohlfeil purchases his toys
from all over at auctions, garage sales, online,
swap meets and from other collectors.
“I love and buy all sorts of different toys,” Mr
“Some are collectable and high in value but
generally I collect them as they bring back mem-
ories of childhood or they are rare or unique.
“People that visit the museum are males and
females of all ages and they always find some-
thing in the museum that brings back memories.
“Everyone can recall toys they had from their
childhood, or toys their friends had.
“I have a lot of tour buses visit the museum
and people from all ages find something that trig-
gers their childhood memories.
“We have also had overseas visitors to the
museum who had heard about us.”
Steve’s wife Lorraine collects dolls and figu-
rines as part of the toy museum.
“I have collected dolls and china figures for
many years and enjoy the hobby,” Mrs Wohlfeil
“We both love our toys, and I guess we are
both still kids at heart, but we love seeing chil-
dren and adults get enjoyment out of our toys.”
The Waikerie Toy Museum, situated on Holder
Top Road, Holder, has plenty of interesting toys
and collectables for all ages, and is open by ap-
pointment, with entry a gold coin donation.
Some of the toys at the museum can be
ridden or played with by children.
For further information or to book an appoint-
ment to view the toys in the museum, contact
Steve on 0429 990 336.
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Phone Steve 0429 990 336
89 Holder Top Road, Waikerie
Gold coin donation is appreciated.
Available to view most days.
View this private collection of
beloved toys dating back to
the early 1900’s. Take a stroll
down memory lane - there’s
something here for all ages
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Toy Museum attracts visitors from all over
the holidays, try
out the Waikerie
Tonka toys in
Community Centre is
closing on June 30 due to
changes to the delivery of its
The two permanent part-
time and two casual staff at the
Waikerie ac.care branch will
cease their employment on the
day of the centre’s closure.
Ac.care chief executive
Shane Maddocks said senior
managers are supporting the af-
fected staff with the transition.
“We are disappointed that we
will no longer be able to run the
Waikerie Community Centre,”
“But we continue to care
about the Waikerie community
and the staff affected.
“We are working with gov-
ernment departments and
(local) council to ensure that
remaining services continue
to be provided to the Waikerie
Staff now go directly to peo-
ple’s homes, or meet at mutual
locations, rather than people
having to travel to the centre for
“Because of this, it is no
longer viable for ac.care to con-
tinue to run the centre, and it
will not be renewing its Centre-
link service contract past June
30,” Mr Maddocks said.
Local Centrelink clients will
still have access through a new
Ac.care’s family support and
homelessness services continue
to use an outreach model to see
people in Waikerie and sur-
The program will continue
to provide financial counsel-
ling, emergency relief and adult
community education to the
Staff of Waikerie ac.care
were unavailable for comment.
Care factor cut off
WAIKERIE’S ac.care Community Centre is closing its doors
permanently on June 30, 2018.
PHOTO: Erin Williams
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