August 2020 -Covid-19 NEWS UPDATE

During the Covid-19 epidemic, Brisbane Doll Society Inc’s regular Monthly meetings are held on-line using the ZOOM Cloud app which needs to be downloaded. An Invitation will be emailed or messaged to all current BDS Members.

In normal circumstances, Brisbane Doll Society Inc holds Monthly Meetings alternately at (North side) Bar-Jai Community Hall – cnr Haig & Alexandra Roads, Clayfield Qld 4011 & (South side) Bethania Community Centre – 88-118 Station Rd, Bethania QLD 4205. Occasionally a Member will hold a Meeting at their private home where their collection may also be viewed.

Our Annual ‘Doll & Teddy Bear Fair’ is usually held in August at the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre, 241 Tingal Road, Wynnum. Funds raised go to Mater Hospital’s Little Miracles Foundation (for premature babies). In the past 12 years we have donated in excess of $34,000.00 to the Mater Little Miracles!!

In 2020 due to Covid-19 we have regrettably

cancelled our Annual Doll Fair.

Australia’s BIGGEST Morning Tea / Luncheon hosted by Brisbane Doll Society Inc.

Our BIGGEST Morning Tea / Luncheon on Thursday 28/5/20 went really well & together we raised over $500 for The Cancer Council!!! A TREMENDOUS EFFORT seeing we had to conduct it ONLINE via ZOOM!!! A lot of fun, beautiful displays & fancy food was had, not to mention the Competitions, Raffles, Scavenger Hunt, Quiz & Prizes for Best Settings etc. Here’s a few photos to ponder…

4th May 2020 ‘Virtual’ Monthly Meeting using ZOOM – ‘Winners Are Grinners!!’ Competition

Brisbane Doll Society Inc – Socially Distanced Meeting

This month’s meeting had 12 participants willing to brave the murky realms of on-line meetings. With a couple of late starters due to technical difficulties & another couple unfortunately bumped out with similar issues, this month’s meeting was again declared a success!

A participant’s view of our Meeting!

In keeping with our original theme based on the 2020 Olympic Games (unfortunately postponed due to Covid-19), our Competition still gained wide participation from Members. The scope was expanded to include Winning in any area of life, so there were some interesting entries….

Sindy - Drum Majorette
Kids Comp Winner Sindy Drum Majorette – Kiralee’s Entry
Kids Comp – 2nd Place – Chimpy Champ – Maddie-Mae’s Entry
Kids Comp Entry – Sindy Trumpet Medallist – very accomplished!!
Kids Comp – Hawaiian Barbie Guitarist – Great TAN!!
Adult Comp Winner – 2-Way Tied
– Our Generation Bowling Champion
Lisa’s Entry!
Adult Comp Winner- 2-Way Tied
Miss Brisbane Doll Society!
Judy Q’s Entry
A glamourous study in peach –
elegantly beautiful!!
Soccer Boy – or Football with the round ball! A Schneider design boy from Bavaria!
A fab Olympic Trio – colourful, captivating,
and inclusive!
2020 Tokyo Olympics Barbie Sports Climber
– NOT TO BE!!!! A victim of Covid-19
Ahoy me hearties!! If it ain’t ol’ Pirate Peg-Leg!!
Miss Sindy in her luscious
blue velvet gown!!
Murtle Short – Height Challenged!!
Sweet As!!!! Sonya’s girl
A WINNING Olympic Team
complete with Mascots!!

**Doll Donations during Covid-19 Pandemic**

Brisbane Doll Society Inc regret to advise that during the Coronavirus Pandemic we are unable to accept your kind offers of Donated Dolls. Due to the nature of the virus transmission it would put both yourself & our Members at risk. Under normal circumstances, any donated dolls are sold on to interested Members at our monthly meetings or to the general public at our Annual August Doll & Bear Fair (which is also cancelled for 2020). The proceeds are then donated to our chosen Charity – Mater Hospital’s Little Miracles Foundation for premature infant babies. Thank you very much for your prior donations & we hope to be able to accept them again in the not-too-distant future. Please take care!

2020 Meeting Dates/Venues & Competitions – Brisbane Doll Society Inc

2020 MEETING DATES, VENUES & COMPETITIONS – See further below for extra notes & suggestions for the Themes)


February 3 – Loganlea – AGM – ‘Summers End At The Seaside’

March 2 – Clayfield – ‘An Evening To Remember’

April 6 – CANCELLED – Loganlea – ‘Easter At Its Best’

May 4 – CANCELLED – Clayfield – ‘Winners Are Grinners’ Olympics

June 1 – CANCELLED – Loganlea – ‘Celebration!’

July 6 – Clayfield – ‘All Dolled Up!’

August 3 – Loganlea – ‘Bon Voyage!’

September 7 – Clayfield – ‘Rescue Doll’

October 5 – Loganlea – ‘Coloured or very dark Doll / Gollies!’

November 2 – Clayfield – ‘Your turn to Show Your Creations!’

December (TBA) – Christmas Lunch – ‘Christmas Preparations’ –

Your 2020 Workshop – ‘Boudoir Doll’ will feature as a separate Competition at the Christmas Lunch!

*NOTES – We’re trying to encourage you to go a bit further this year & if you wish, to use your creative skills to make a little display with your dolls for the competitions! (Please keep size to a reasonable minimum!!). Thanks go to Sonia Gruhler for her wonderful suggestions!!


February – This could be Nautical, bathers/swimmers, pool, snorkelling, seashells, cricket, picnic etc.

March – Doll dressed for After 5, Cocktail or Happy Hour!

April – Easter bonnet and/or dress, High Tea, Easter Egg Treasure Hunt, Bunnies etc

May – Any Sporty Doll worthy of a podium… Olympics, cyclist, dancer, equestrian, swimmer, athletics, tennis, eating comp?, medals, trophy, race or car driver? Show your doll EXCELLING!

June – It’s World Doll Day month! This is Party Day for dolls!!

July – Doll & her clothes – Antique or reproduction doll with her trousseau, fashion doll & outfits, childhood doll with Mummy’s home-made clothes, or mass-produced dolly with all her gear!

August – International Doll in traditional dress, Travel/Tourist doll from holidays or gifted, Doll with Passport/luggage etc.

September – Rescued, repaired, restored, re-imagined, re-invented, re-purposed, re-loved to live another day! Include BEFORE & AFTER pics if possible!!

October – Brink out your dark-coloured beauties or Gollies for this extra-special Dolly appreciation day!

November – Dolls made in 2020 Workshops – Felt-Dolls, Glasses-cases etc.

December – This could feature our dolls shopping, cooking, putting up a tree, writing or mailing Christmas Cards etc…..’.



Norma Goodall – May you Rest in Peace.

It is with deep sadness we regret to advise that our Founding Member, the wonderful Norma Goodall, has passed away.

Our sincerest sympathies go to Norma’s beloved daughter Neryl, and family.

Norma gathered a few fellow doll-enthusiasts in her home back in 1976 & proposed they form a ‘club’. Hence the Brisbane Doll Society Inc was formed. Still going strong 43 years later, we have EVERYTHING to thank Norma for – her wondrous vision saw the club grow from those first 6 Members to what it is today! A simply FANTASTIC achievement for a hobby that has had its fair share of HIGHS & TROUGHS, the enthusiasm for preserving & collecting dolls today is stronger than ever!

THANK YOU NORMA for your beautiful spirit. We will never forget you!! – – VALE NORMA!

2019 – Monthly Meetings – Dates, Venues & Competitions

UPDATED AS AT 3/2/2019 – the following are 2019’s scheduled Meeting Dates, Venues & Competitions. **NOTE – APRIL’s MEETING DATE HAS CHANGED from MONDAY 1/4/19 to SUNDAY 7/4/19 as it is being held at a Member’s home. Also added some Information about Christmas Lunch.

*Note – These dates are NOT set in concrete so subject to change if necessary:-

MONDAY 4th February 2019 – Loganlea – Chinese New Year Doll

MONDAY 4th March – Clayfield – Barbie Doll (Barbie’s 60th Birthday Party!)

SUNDAY 7th April – Dianne Mitchell’s – Movie Doll

MONDAY 6th May – Clayfield – Doll with Pet Dog or Cat

MONDAY 3rd June – Loganlea – Clown Doll

MONDAY 1st July – Clayfield – Winter Doll

MONDAY 5th August – Loganlea – Rag Doll

MONDAY 2nd September – Clayfield – Doll from 1980’s

MONDAY 7th October – Loganlea – Spring Picnic Doll

MONDAY 4th November – Clayfield – Completed Workshop Entries Competition – i.e. Peddler Doll, Shadow Box with Lady and Fairy Garden.

DECEMBER (Date to be advised) – Competition – ‘Musical Doll’+ Competition / Display of completed Shadow Boxes & Peddler Dolls .**NOTE – Workshop Competition Entries MUST be made over the course of the year with kits supplied by workshop co-ordinator Julienne to be eligible for entry into Competition.

Funeral Service Details

Pamela Kay (AKA Pam) Macfarlane

Born in Australia on 11 April 1953
Passed away on 2 December 2018
Aged 65 years

Service Details

Funeral service will be held at Lakeview Chapel, Albany Creek Memorial Park, 400 Albany Creek Road, Bridgeman Downs, QLD on Tuesday, 18th December 2018 at 02:00 PM.

Sad News for Members

Bewitching Pam
Bewitching Pam

It is with deep sadness that we advise of the sudden passing of our beloved long-term Member Pam MacFarlane earlier this week.  Pam was well-loved and a Member of both Brisbane Doll Society Inc & the Northside Doll Circle.

Pam always had a cheery smile & was well-known for wearing her outrageous outfits to suit every special occasion – from Fairy to Witch & everything in-between.  The children in our club absolutely adored her as she was always playing fun games with them whenever she saw them.  She was a very enthusiastic Member & contributed in so many ways, always stepping in where necessary.  As she didn’t drive, Pam would take the bus to wherever she needed to go, and was seen at the most amazing places, often very far from her home in Stafford! Just picture the cute fairy on the bus with her trolley of dolls!!

Pam’s pet bird & the rest of her friends here will miss her dearly, and we all feel just so glad & privileged that we were all able to enjoy her precious company one last big day at our Christmas Party last Sunday.

Pam, we will truly miss you, and are deeply moved by

Pam's Elves Feet
Pam’s Elves Feet

our loss.