We are going to take a trip down under, to the great continent of Australia. So first we had A British Child books and dolls, then we had Our Canadian Girl. Seems like the brand names are similar, so I just started searching "_ girl doll", plugging in different countries to see what I could find. When it came to Australia, I found the Australian Girl doll line, a line of 18" play dolls, but they are all modern.
For those who are interested, you can meet the girls of that line here, but I prefer dolls that are based with some kind of historical background. After a little more research, I came across Our Australian Girl.
The book line tells the stories of six different characters, starting from the year 1808. Each girl has four books in her series, here are the character and book descriptions for each one:
It's 1808 and young, orphaned Grace is living in London with her Uncle Ord. Families are starving on the streets, sanitation is poor and jails are overflowing. Uncle Ord is mean to Grace and they have no money. Grace, who is always lonely and hungry, has to work as a 'mudlark,' searching the muddy bed of the Thames River for objects to sell. After stealing apples, Grace is arrested and transported to Australia as punishment. On board the ship Grace makes a friend, Hannah.
Grace's story is an example of the way Australia could mean a new beginning and is told in four exciting instalments.
During this period of history, Britain sent fewer convicts to Australia but also paid people like Lavinia to come as free settlers. In four years, from 1838 - 1841, 40,000 men, women and children emigrated to NSW. Letty's adventures, which unfold in four exciting installments, is the imagined story of one of them.
Nellie's story, told in four gripping installments, celebrates the optimism, courage and character that our Irish ancestors have brought to this country.
Poppy runs away to look for Gus but how will she survive in the bush? And will she ever find Gus? Poppy's story, told in four gripping installments, is a glimpse into life at that time.
In 1900, life was very restrictive for women. In most parts of Australia, women weren't allowed to vote, few got the chance to go to university and it was difficult for women to have careers of their own. Girls like Rose and women like Alice had to fight for the rights they felt entitled to. Rose's story, told in four exciting installments, shows how rebelliousness and courage brought about change, making it possible for Australian girls today to have so many choices.
Told in four exciting installments, Alice' story shows the impact of the Great War, which touched every Australian home and family, changing lives and communities forever.
There are two more characters in the works: Ruby, a city girl who has to move to the country because of the Depression in 1930 and Lina, an Italian girl living during the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. I wish that they had a character from one of the indigenous groups living either before the colonization time, like Kaya in the American Girl series. Add a little diversity, ya' know?