Alternative Name(s): Amoire

Toy wardrobe made by Mrs Johanna Harry Hillier, nee Gyles, circa 1929-1935, in which was stored toys made from MacRobertson's Max Mint wrappers of waxed paper, printed with a diamond shape in blue and orange with a background of red and blue zig-zag lines.

Mrs Hillier came to Australia from England in 1881. She was a milliner by trade and made a set of these toys for each of three grandchildren. She began by making the fans and then progressed to a variety of other toys. A set of 56 figures, pieces of furniture, costume and costume accessories was donated to Museums Victoria by one of her granddaughters.

Physical Description

Doll sized single door amoire made from Max Mints confectionary box. Legs of amoire covered in Max Mints wrappers. Contents of cupboard are mostly made from Max Mints wrappers. Inside cupboard door: coat with wide lapels and single white button; hat with three flowers at front; folded red paper and bamboo parasol. Attached to back wall: two dresses, one with rosettes, one with pleats; pair of shoes; one hat. Underneath cardboard shelf: folded dress; folded rug with fringed ends.

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