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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2008-09
Summer at Leuralla Fabulous Toys and Trains Glorious gardens Something to Thrill Everyone in this Collector’s Paradise and Garden Lover’s Delight LEURALLA, home of the internationally renowned NSW Toy and Railway Museum, glorious gardens and stunning views of the Blue Mountains, is that rare attraction that appeals to a broad spectrum of ages and interests. It offers the unique combination of a world-class collection of toys and model trains, an historic house open for viewing, extensive gardens and one of the most scenic locations in the Blue Mountains. The Gardens were laid out over a century ago and feature grand mature trees including Oak, Beech, Elm, Dogwood, Tulip, Linden and rare majestic conifers with underplantings of Rhododendron and azalea, creating enchanting walkways. “People visit for the toy collection and are amazed by the gardens, or come to view the house and are astonished to find a world-class collection of important toys and model trains,” said Elizabeth Evatt, Director of Leuralla. Leuralla was built in the early 1900s as a grand country home and took its name from the nearby village of Leura. The Heritage listed home has been in the Evatt family for generations and is a rare example of the quality craftsmanship of a past era. Leuralla is now home to a fascinating museum of significant toys and children’s literature of the 20th century. Established in the 1980s, the museum is the most significant collection in the southern hemisphere. The vast collection of NSW Railways memorabilia contains many items unique to Leuralla. Among the collection are rare tinplate, important dolls and teddy bears from famous manufacturers including Steiff, Lenci and Käthe Kruse, Marklin and Hornby and Australia’s only permanent display of Barbie dolls from 1959 to today. Model trains and figures are true replicas of the lifestyle and fashion of the early twentieth century. Visitors interested in history and politics will enjoy GLORIOUS GARDENS • TERRIFIC TOYS AND TRAINS • DON’T MISS THIS STOP the collection of photographs that remembers Australian statesman, Dr Herbert Vere Evatt (1894- 1965), who was elected Secretary General of the United Nations General Assembly In 1948. The photographs depict a ‘who’s who’ of international politics from the 1930s - 1950s. Leuralla is open daily from 10am to 5.00pm at 36 Olympian Parade Leura. For more information visit www.toyandrailwaymuseum.com.au Discover a unique collection of fabulous toys and trains that has captured the imagination of young and old for four generations. You’ll be amazed at the incredible array of pre- and post-war dolls, teddy bears, lead figures, comics, books, tinplate trains, aeroplanes, automobiles and working model railway sets. See the biggest permanent Barbie Doll display in Australia and the all-weather Matterhorn railway garden. Leuralla also features NSW Railway trackside and station memorabilia include lights, trolleys, seats, signals and signs. Explore a grand mountains home and its glorious gardens daily from 10am-5pm. Stop 19 Stop 11 36 OLYMPIAN PARADE, LEURA PH 02 4784 1169 www.toyandrailwaymuseum.com.au 8 www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au summer 2008/9