Royal Adelaide Show has been forced to remove three award-winning golliwog dolls from a craft display stall following outcry on social media.

The dolls won first, second and third place in the handicrafts division but have since been removed from display.

The Facebook group Deadly Yarning from South Australian Aboriginal communities posted images of the dolls at midday on Sunday.

“When you go to the 2018 Royal Adelaide Show Royal Adelaide Show only to see #RacistDolls being awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the Judging,” the post read.

The Royal Adelaide Show responded – “There are variety of traditional dolls entered in the handicrafts competition including Parisian dolls, Japanese dolls and African dolls, however the dolls above have been removed from the display. No offence was intended.”

Other comments include -

“Absolutely disgusted that they were accepted in the first instance for judging. Shame Adelaide show!”

“Boycotting that show from now on, can’t claim ignorance, it’s 2018.”

“Why are people still making these? Must be completely ignorant.”

Meanwhile others wrote, “What a weird and strange society we are becoming, I bet the people who made the dolls had no intentions of offending anyone. I also bet they won because of the quality they were made to.”

You may recall in the past Terry White chemist caused some outrage with an offensive Christmas display including Golliwogs – read more here.

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  • There is a history to these dolls and it is quite an unpleasant history.


  • Are some people going to put a ban on all dolls to prevent what is considered to be discrimination?
    Where does this all end? There is a lot of countries overseas where people have very curly hair, not just skin and hair complexion.


  • It’s a dying craft and you’re about to kill it for PC reasons?


  • They shouldn’t have been removed. I love Gollies, they are beautiful dolls.


  • I’ve a dark skinned doll (not golliwog) which my sister gave at the birth of my eldest, my sister worked back then in Africa. I think it was a lovely and including gesture when she gave it to me. I also have a doll with Down syndrome, not to discriminate but to include my youngest who has Down syndrome. Personally I don’t consider Golliwog dolls discriminating, but when they’re for some other people, we should be thoughtful and considerate.


  • So much over the top bs about these dolls. Why can’t we accept history and move on. Way too many things being changed to keep the minority happy. How pronunciations these dolls were entered by an aboriginal group….


  • Going back in history gollywog dolls had racist connotations. These days a lot of people wouldn’t know that.


  • I’m not sure exactly how I feel abut these dolls but what a shame they caused so much upset they had to be removed.


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