This woolly koala came into the National Gallery’s collection in 1988 when a friend gave it to us as a gift. The koala’s nose is made of leather and its eyes are made out of Bakelite; a type of synthetic resin which was invented in the early 1900s. This material was used to make objects such as jewellery, buttons, radio cases and toys.
This koala must have been precious to somebody. The gallery is now taking care of the koala so that it can be enjoyed by all our visitors. Do you have a special soft toy in your life?
Activity: Write a short story about this koala’s life before it came to live at the Gallery.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010