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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

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    Meagan L
    December 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I love Matilda she is gorgeous, I love her gorgeous hair and my daughter thinks she is super pretty..

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    Brianna Coyte
    December 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Oh I would love a Belle doll. My four year old has short hair (and she is beautiful) but I do struggle to find little girls dolls that show its ok for girls to have short hair too.

    Too often dollies only come in ‘long, blonde and thin’ and most frequent a little sexualised. Its great to see an Australian company bringing childhood innocence back to our kids.

    Well done.

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    Christie
    December 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Oh Kell, these are gorgeous, I’m just imagining all the clothes I can make for them! I particularly like Matilda with her sweet locks!

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    Bernie
    December 9, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I think Matilda is beautiful – the curls are gorgeous! My seven year old agrees (she gets her good taste from her Mum) bx

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    Ellen Jobling
    December 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I would love a Matilda doll for my first granddaughter, who arrived in July. Prior to that I had only grandsons, whom I love dearly & wouldn’t trade but there is something about granddaughters. It looks like my granddaughter will have red hair, like Matilda although it is too early to see if it will be curly.

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    Georgina Anders
    December 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I love Matilda with her beautiful hair.My own Matilda would dearly love her.

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    Britts
    December 9, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    My favorite of all the dolls is Amy! I also love Matilda, but they are all beautiful!

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    Bec
    December 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Matilda is my favourite. They are all beautiful, however Matilda has ugg boots AND thongs… How Aussie 🙂

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    Wendy Mckay
    December 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Kel, I love Amy. It was her beautiful pink dress that caught my eye but I think she’ll look beautiful in any outfit, as will all the others.

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    Effie
    December 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Belle is my favourite, with her swimwear on! The thongs are so cute, and wearing a rashy top and hat makes her sun-smart too!

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    Julie
    December 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I think all the dolls are just gorgeous! Matilda stands out with her lovely locks, stunning green eyes and those cute little ugg boots :o)

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    Veronica @ Mixed Gems
    December 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I love how these are so appropriate for young girls and also ethnically more inclusive than any other dolls I’ve ever seen in Australia. Kudos to Helen for creating these. My favourite is Jasmine, I guess because she seems most like my girls. My toddler picked her too. She doesn’t seems as popular the others either (nor does Amy) and I’m always a sucker for the underdog! 😉

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    Anna More
    December 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    I think there is something strong and independent about Belle. I see a doll who is beautiful, intelligent, kind, compassionate, strong and knows what she wants! Exactly all I hope to teach my little girl. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

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    Mum-me
    December 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I love the look of Emily because she resembles my own daughter, with her long blond hair and practical clothes … the perfect mix of girly and tomboy.

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    sue petrie
    December 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    MATILDA is the one
    she reminds me of a picture of my grandmother when she was young even has the same clothes on and boots a real cowgirl

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    Maria
    December 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I can’t go past Matilda’s beautiful mane of red hair. She’s adorable.

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    Sonia
    December 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Matilda is completely adorable she looks like a mini Nicole Kidman.

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    kristy Sweeney
    December 9, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I love Emily she looks just like my daughter .

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    Leanne
    December 9, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Emily a little AUssie ambassader

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    Maria Coito
    December 9, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Belle for my niece so she won’t feel alone anymore ,alway having her “Sister” to play with!

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    Chris Hawkins
    December 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    I think th Jasmine doll is beautiful. She reflects many things in my daughter that I adore. Thanks for her realistic looks without being over the top, she is what a girls special doll should look like.

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    April
    December 10, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Emily, I love her Aussie outfit, especially the hat, adorable.

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    Fussy Eater's Mum
    December 10, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Emily would have to be my favorite because she is a good Aussie girl wearing her hat! I am forever reminding my girls to wear their hats out in the sun, so Emily would be a good influence!

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    Marita
    December 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I love the Matilda doll best, she looks just like my sister in law who’se youngest daughter is called Matilda, tickles my funny bone that 🙂

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    susan reynolds
    December 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Emily a perfect present for a little English girl who loves her auntie in australi.

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    Jodie
    December 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I think we like Belle as she just reminds me of an Aussie summer.

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    sharon kliendienst
    December 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    what lovely set of aussie dolls esspecially the gorgeous aussie names and clothing how beautiful love how each reflects our beautiful country

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    jane gardam
    December 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Oh my .these dolls are beautiful ..my daughter is in love with these dolls and American girl dolls but alas they are a little to dear for our budget so when I saw this competition we both got very excited…..My daughter said she would love the Amy doll.

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    Julia Cartwright
    December 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Belle is my favourite. Give her blond hair and blue eyes and she would look like my 4 year old daughter.

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    Louise Pickett
    December 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I think matilda is adorable and love the fact that she has beautiful brown curls just like my beatiful daughter !!!!
    although i love then=m all for different reasons 🙂 they are stunning 🙂

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    tara gibson
    December 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    i love the matilda doll as she reminds me of my gorgeous daughter with her red curly hair!

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    Jo
    December 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    My favourite is Emily (well, to be truthful, my DAUGHTER told me that Emily was her favourite so I’ll go with that). They are beautiful dolls!

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    Bec smith
    December 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I love the Belle doll best the most. I an a very proud Aussie girl and u will always find me and my kids at the beach on nice sunny days. Belle is the perfect depiction of me in doll-form, an excellent keepsake for all my children for the future 🙂

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    Bernadette Cutmore
    December 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I love Emily, she reminds me of my own daughter. Bit of tomboy and ready for the outdoors.

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    Eve Martin
    December 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I love Matilda. I have red curly hair and it is very difficult to find dolls that have red hair. It is lovely to see a doll with red hair that looks beautiful.

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    Chelsea Everingham
    December 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I love ‘Emily’ because she captures, for me, the true essence of an fair dinkum Aussie girl. She reminds me of the sense of adventure that I felt growing up as a little girl in Australia 😀

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    Jason Turner
    December 10, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I reckon my two little girls would love the heck outta any one of these dolls! They look just as adorable as my own! Great craftmanship!

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    Sophia Weaver
    December 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I really like Emily – my daughter spends all day in the garden doing things, getting dirty, and being generally busy. All her other dolls are either too fragile or not easily cleaned. Emily with her sun smart clothes and dirt friendly pants would be PERFECT!

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    Gigi Smyth
    December 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    hard to choose, i like all of them. I will choose Amy, but really all of them are gorgeous. Wonderful to see this alternative to the sexy dolls that are marketted to girls my daughter’s age.

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    becca
    December 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I love Matilda as she looks like my daughter! (but as she is sold out Belle, the beach girl, would be my second choice) <3

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    Katie
    December 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I have to chose Emily! My best friends little girl is Emily, she would so love to have a doll with the same name, and almost the same hair colour too, our Em has strawberry blonde hair. Also, with her big brother and my 2 boys to chase around she definietly needs pants that are good for getting dirty!

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    Elisabeth Cowin
    December 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I think the doll, Belle, is very sweet. She has similar features to my daughter and I know she would just love her!!

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    Helen
    December 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I have loved these dolls for years and been waiting for my daughter to be old enough to get her one! She chose Emily as her favourite because she has long blond hair!

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    Lyn
    December 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Mathilda – love her curly red hair.

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    trish
    December 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    They are absolutely beautiful! I love Emily because she reminds me of my daughter and my daughter loves her too!

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    Tiph
    December 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I love Amy. She looks just like my 8 year old, who would LOVE a doll that looks like her, and is sporty like her too!

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    Alisha Luxford
    December 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Finally! Finally! Finally! A doll that I would be more than happy to buy for my girls (here’s hoping). Belle, Matilda, Amy, Emily, Jasmine all have their own personalities and likes… nice things, that little girls should like! I really belive these dolls will help counteract the negative influence of pop culture on young girls.

    My favourite HAS to be Matilda. The curly hair and cherubic face is just so stunning. But the clincher is, a pet frog. awwwwww.

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    Candy
    December 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    By far Matilda, the name and her gorgeous hair, but i think belle in her rashie and thongs is very original and perfect for our aussie summer! Wow wish i had of found out about them sooner how beautiful their faces are, fingers crossed i know which one of my blossoms would be thrilled with any of them 🙂

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    Sandra
    December 10, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Matilda – she looks just like my gorgeous niece!

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    Ree - Little Aussie Travellers
    December 10, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    OMG!! Emily reminds me so much of my daughter! Blonde hair, blue eyes, gorgeous girl, yet she’s the first one to bring me in worms and bugs that she’s found in the garden! Super tough and ready for adventure her clothes are NEVER clean! Don’t get me wrong, she loves to wear frills and dresses, but you can bet that the second she steps outside she’ll spot a tree worth climbing, or some dirt to dig in. I’m so proud of who she is, happy to take on any challenge, a lover of adventure and nature, you can see why Emily reminds me of my miss Amahli!

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