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Giveaway: Australian Girl Doll

australian girl doll review

I’m feeling a little like a girl again after spending hours adoring the Australian Girl® Dolls. There is something especially gorgeous about these dolls. They capture you with their sweet faces, glorious hair and spunky personalities. It’s the kind of doll I want to buy my daughters so I can play with look at them myself!

australian girl dolls belle and matildaimage from here

australian girl dolls emily and jasmineimage from here

australian girl doll in the snowimage from here

What I love about the Australian Girl® Doll

  • Fully Australian owned
  • Australian Girl® Doll endorses the work of Kids Free 2B Kids and Women’s Forum Australia.
  • Beautifully made in one of the the best doll factories in the world.
  • The dolls don’t look like mini adults; they look like beautiful dolls.
  • Firm head and soft body.
  • The dolls are poseable.
  • Wonderful for cuddles, play and display.
  • Easy to accessorise.
  • The dolls appeal to a wide age range, from young children to older children (and even adults!)
  • The hair is stunning (made from high quality kanekalon hair; the hair used for human wigs) and is perfect for  accessorising and practicing different hairstyles (fun for older girls)
  • The dolls showcase and encourage our unique Australian culture.
  • The Rainbow Necklace book is also available so children can read a story about the dolls.

australian girl doll the rainbow necklace book

A Bit About Helen (the creator)

The idea of a uniquely Australian play doll was sparked when Helen Schofield couldn’t find quality dolls for her own granddaughters, that weren’t either babies or teenagers.  Helen designs most of the clothes for the dolls herself, with help from a focus group, while also encouraging input from a Textile Fashion Design student from the local university.  Helen is keen to showcase Australian talent at every opportunity. Read about how the dolls were made here: The Making of Australian Girl.

The Illustrations

Jason Chatfield, renowned Australian cartoonist, comedian and creator of Ginger Meggs, does the illustrations for Australian Girl®.  Below are a few examples:

australian girl doll cartoon
australian girl doll cartoon -- belle

I’m a very proud Australian and so I’m excited about these dolls. Not only are they beautiful yet practical, they also represent our Aussie culture. Many of the toys available to our children have a strong American influence, so to have a unique toy, designed by an Australian, for Australian children, is all kinds of awesome to me.

Giveaway

**The giveaway has now ended. Congratulations Wendy!**

I’m thrilled to be able to giveaway one of these gorgeous dolls. To enter, just click over here to the Australian Girl® website, and then come back to the blog and leave a comment below about which of the 5 dolls you like best and why.

Terms

1. Winner will be chosen randomly  2. Open to Australian residents only  3. Giveaway open 9 December until 13 December 2011.  4. The winner will be notified by email  5. If the winner does not reply to the email within 72 hours, the giveaway will be redrawn.

Relevant Links

The Australian Girl Facebook Page

Me and My Doll

Tillies Australia: Clothes & Accessories for the Australian Girl Doll

australian doll clothes

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152 Comments

  • Reply
    Talitha S
    December 9, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I love Emily, its not often you find good looking Australian dolls so why not put them in our beautiful Australian colours!

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    Melissa Sweeney
    December 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I love Matilda, that beautiful curly hair and she’s wearing my daughters favourite outfit, denim dress with boots!

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    Sonia
    December 9, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I love Matilda – love the name and her gorgeous red hair which reminds me of my daughters hair. Redheads are a dying breed. Also the purple ugg boots compliment her hair so well.

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    Kelly B
    December 9, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I just love Matilda with her beautiful red, curly hair 🙂

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    Katrina W
    December 9, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I would love Emily because, just like my Emilee,she loves to be in the great Australian outdoors getting dirty and still looking beautiful!

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    Nicole Newsome
    December 9, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I like the Emily doll not only because my daughter’s name is Emily but because I think the way she is dressed represents all that is Australian!

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    Belinda
    December 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Matilda is my favourite! I love her hair, she is the one my daughter pointed at and said “pretty” so it’s unanimous 🙂

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    Emma Lions
    December 9, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I love Amy and her cute tracksuit and netball uniform. My 2yo already loves sports and would just love a doll like this!

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    Jodie Rose
    December 9, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I showed the picture of these dolls to my 4 year old daughter and she has completely fallen in love with Jasmine! She is so caring with her ‘baby’ dolls, it would be so nice to win her an Australian Girl doll!

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    Michelle
    December 9, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Love Matilda, she’s wearing ugg boots as shoes!

    Great range, and I’m so glad they’re not sexualized or deformed like Bratz.

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    samantha
    December 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

    These dolls are exquisite!! I love Amy but would have to say that Emily is my favourite simply because she looks very much like my own little ‘doll’ (my daughter – who is also a little tomboy)

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    Pamela
    December 9, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I would have to say that Belle is my favourite. She looks the most like my little girls and living in QLD we are always ready for the beach.

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    julia B
    December 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I love Belle,
    she looks lovely with her fringe and dark hair. We have just moved near the beach last year and the kids always love wearing their swimmers even when we’re not going to the beach or pool. These dolls are beautiful and i would love to have one for my little girl.

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    Tracey
    December 9, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I love them all but Belle would be my favourite. She is just like my oldest, and is ready for the beach 365 days of the year! Any chance to go in the water and she is there.

    These are such an awesome product. I am surprised someone hadn’t thought of them earlier.

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    Marnie
    December 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

    LOVE Matilda – she’ll have to be the favorite for me. My daughter is a beautiful redhead just like her. Was hard to pick a favorite though because they are all so unique and all gorgeous!

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    Michelle DennisEvans (@MichelleDEvans)
    December 9, 2011 at 8:49 am

    How gorgeous these dolls are!
    Amy – Love her dress … so would my little girl

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    Mel
    December 9, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I love Emily….we have just moved to the Country and its such a Beautiful Representation for our new life here for either my 5yr old Birthday Girl or she would make a beautiful gift to our newborn baby due in March if bub is a girl 🙂

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    Yvette P
    December 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Oh I love Matilda – her background is just like mine growing up! Aswell as she has my daughters curly hair! Perfect!! What a wonderful doll! Very good gift for those who have family/friends overseas with little ones and want to send something Australian!!

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    Megan Matthews
    December 9, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Even without physically holding and seeing these dolls I know they are the sort of gift any child would love, cherish and play with endlessly. I have researched the Australia doll from variouse internet contacts and their quality, including weight and materials are supurb. In Tasmania these dolls simply dont exist, and I have searched long and hard for the perfect doll for my girls. As a sole mum of four girls I have scraped to buy two Australia girl dolls. My 5year old daughter Matilda and 3 year old Stella will be getting them from me and their sisters, under the christmas tree. (Emily and Matilda) I would love to win any of the other Australia girls to give one to Ms 7 year old. Regardless, full credit to the creators to come up with a product that rivals European and American quality dolls. I know that if we can two more Aussie girl dolls will ultimately be coming this way. After all Tassie girls need Aussie girl dolls as well.

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    kerry santillo
    December 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Mtilda with her flaming red hair and relaxed look with her uggies!!! these dolls are adorable:) thanks for a chance!!

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    Wendy Webber
    December 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I love Emily because she looks like my Ali and comes with her ‘dirt friendly pants’. Everyone needs dirt friendly pants especially little girls and their dolls.

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    Jade
    December 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Wow! What beautiful beautiful dolls! I love Emily as she looks just like my girls.

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    Shelly
    December 9, 2011 at 9:54 am

    The only doll I ever had was one we got at a flea market for $1. My grandma sewed clothes for her and I treasured her for years to come. If I were a little girl again I would love a doll like Jasmine or Amy, but I have my eye on Emily doll because the little girl I would give it to looks just like her.

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    Jade
    December 9, 2011 at 9:57 am

    It just clicked… Emily is the doll that my eldest saw up at Tamborine one year and has wanted her ever since! She just walked in and saw me looking at the top picture and straight away said… there’s Emily!

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    Kathryn
    December 9, 2011 at 10:01 am

    What gorgeous dolls! I love Emily because she looks like my daughters, but I also love Amy because she is beautiful and what a dress! 🙂
    Kathryn

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    Anthea
    December 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    What gorgeous dolls! I love such beautiful dolls. I would say my daughters favourite would be Belle with her beach gear on. My daughter is a water girl and asks to go swimming very day rain, hail or shine. I personally love the red, curly hair of Matilda and seeing her in her uggies reminds my of my princess and her love of wearing uggies with whatever she has on.

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    Nina
    December 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

    They are absolutely beautiful dolls! So innocent and lovely, something you don’t always find in children’s toys these days. I personally LOVE Matilda as I have always had a desire for curly auburn hair as she does! So beautiful. Love her outfit too.

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    Jo
    December 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Oh my, I love Emily, and I know my daughters will. It’s wonderful to find a doll dressed and ready to go camping with us! If I don’t win one, I think I will have to buy one!

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    Deb @ Home life simplified
    December 9, 2011 at 11:25 am

    While I love Matilda my 6yo has looked at the site and said she likes Emily – I think it is because she dreams of having straight true blonde hair instead of sandy blonde curls!

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    Tat
    December 9, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I love Mathilda, she has such a fun hairstyle!

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    Penny
    December 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

    They are lovely dolls! I think Amy might be my favourite.
    Thanks to my friend for recommending this blog, it looks like a good one. I love a good site for ideas for children etc!
    Penny.

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    Letitia
    December 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I want my daughter to grow up feeling proud about herself, and knowing that she is loved and cherished as the unique little girl that she is. I don’t want her to feel ashamed or embarassed about any ‘perceived’ differences and role play is an important part of building self confidence and creating identity. The Amy doll reminds me of my sweet daughter. I would love to give this sweet little doll to her, to encourage through play a sense of self and the world around her. I also appreciate the fact that the doll is made as life like as possible, and Australian owned.
    I want my daughter to be reminded of how much she is loved and to share with her the tremendous love and joy I have because she is my beautiful gift from God.

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    Mandy
    December 9, 2011 at 11:57 am

    My little lady loves the Amy doll and I can see why she told me ‘it’s because she is just so beautiful’ these dolls look very special and I’m sure one would be well loved in our home.

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    Cat
    December 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Emily!! She is so sweet and I love that she is wearing ‘dirt friendly pants’!! That is my kind of doll!

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    Monica
    December 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I love Matilda! her curls are just like the curls my kids have and she has such a beautiful face! I love her denim too, very casual, just like our family

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    Anwen
    December 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I love Jasmine, she’s gorgeous. Looks perfect for my little princess to play with!

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    Catherine
    December 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Matilda. As my daughter has beautiful red curly hair like Matilda and so many unthinking people has commented without considering that my daughter is listening that she has beautiful curly hair but such a shame its red. l want my daughter to know she is beautiful and Matilda the doll will help me reinforce that.

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    Nicole Grant
    December 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Aren’t they gorgeous! What a fantastic idea. Well done Helen for creating these beautiful dolls! I am immediately drawn to Emily because I have an Emily. Great competition Kell.

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    CraftyMummy
    December 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    My Little Miss says she likes Amy best – I think because of the pretty pink party dress! (Although she was pretty taken with Jasmine too)

    Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely doll

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    Catherine E
    December 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    It’s so hard to choose, particularly when there’s nothing to find offensive about any of these dolls – hat’s off to their makers, and hat’s off to you for sharing a wonderful find! I like Emily because she looks like a ‘bush baby’, my daughter, aged 5, describes herself as a ‘bush baby’ and says “Mum, I’m happiest in the bush, aren’t I?”

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    El
    December 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    They are just devine! My little niece Lucy is just Belle personified! Those gorgeous brown eyes, and it even looks like there’s a little gap in her teeth. I like the ”girls” in their day clothes, but love Belle in her Snow White dress on the FB page.

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    Erin
    December 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I like the Matilda doll as she has curly hair like my eldest (who despairs about having curly hair – so I am always on the lookout for other people or dolls or characters with curly hair).

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    Kate
    December 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    These dolls are ADORABLE!! so ‘normal’ & natural looking .. ( how we need that in the society of today )..with the loveliest hair.Congrats to Helen on such a wonderful creation! I, too, have forever been anti skinny-unnatural-mini-adult-dolls ! I just LOVE EMILY!! As an outback girl now married to a cattleman, she would just so fit into our home…AND Emily was to be my very first baby’s name.. but, it didn’t suit HIM! And, would you believe, JASMINE was to be my second.. & it didn’t suit him either!

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    Diana
    December 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    MATILDA – she’s a dead ringer for my little cousin Ashlee.

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    Sandra
    December 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    My favourite is Emily – she reminds me of the doll I used to have when I was about 10. I would love my daughter to own a beautiful doll like her.

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    DIANA O
    December 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    AMY, I envy her complexion and adore her gorgeous pink party dress.

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    Ernie
    December 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Emily because my son who’s just learned to talk is overly excited, pointing at the screen & yelling ‘Mummy Mummy Mummy’…….yes she looks like my wife.

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    Mademoiselle Slimalicious
    December 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I like Emily because when I was a little girl I actually had a 100 cm tall doll called Emilie! Also I’m fan of her Aussie colours.

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    Katie Pyle
    December 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I like Matilda. Not only is it my daughters name but I like the ‘spunk’ I see in her eyes- totally Australian!

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    Leah
    December 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    These dolls are gorgeous. I particular like Belle as she reminds of my own daughter. So sweet.

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