Terry White Chemist customer left in shock after spotting Golliwog dolls on display under a ‘white Christmas’ sign.

Customer, George Helon, said he felt ‘shock and awe’ when he saw the display at Terry White Chemists in Toowoomba, in south-east Queensland.

To make matters worse, the dolls were displayed underneath a sign reading: ‘Experience a white Christmas.’

Golliwogs were popular up until the 1970s and were widely understood to be a racist caricature of people of colour.

A manager for the chemist told Sunshine Coast Daily there was no ill-intent, adding the dolls and sign would be separated.

A Terry White spokesman said the store had not made a connection between the connotation of the dolls and the sign.

Aboriginal activist, author and filmmaker Dr Stephen Hagan, said the display was offensive and demanded it be removed.

Mr Helon wrote on Facebook the display was a real ‘faux pas’ and ‘should cause quite a stir’.

But he said he did not believe there was any ‘ill intent’.

‘It was just inappropriately placed,’ Mr Helon told Sunshine Coast Daily.

The dolls have been regularly spotted in gift shops across country Australia over the past year.

Earlier this week we shared Parents are outraged at a popular stationery chain for displaying products printed with the F-word in full view for young children.

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  • I don’t think the f*** word is appropriate around children but I didn’t see anything offensive in the golliwog display. Glad it was pulled down though so no-one was offended. Simple mistake made and corrected without a problem.


  • They need to learn from their mistake and be careful in future.


  • A simple mistake. Somebody noticed it and reported it. Enough said.


  • Things are so politically correct now. M know my Grandma had a knitted golliwog and a another doll knitted in cream wool with black hair.
    I don’t think the f**k word is appropriate though. Not all adults (especially the elderly) appreciate that and it not suitable for young children. They ask what a word means at a younger age now.


  • Seems to me there were no wrong intentions, but I understand this may be a sensitive matter for some people. When you know that things are sensitive to another it’s good to be thoughtful and consider each other.


  • I would have never thought of complaying about such a display!


  • If there was no ill intend then move on we all stuff up.


  • I am fed up with all this garbage about black and white – two of my grandchildren are dark and I would be the first one to give them a golliwog as my greatgrandma made them for all of us when she was alive and we loved them!!


  • These perpetually offended people need to get out in the world and start being offended by the fact we have homeless people here in Australia, farmers walking off their land, elderly that can barely afford to pay their bills etc. A toy for pity’s sake and a big uproar, you should hang your heads in shame that you have nothing else to do. As for ‘White’ Christmas, the chemists name is White, and I would think he was playing around with that and as others have said, also referencing snowy Christmas. Gollywogs are delightful toys, nothing more and nothing less, get over yourselves.


  • I see nothing wrong with this. My grand daughter 2 years old has a golliwog and she plays with my old golliwogs. My older children have no problem with them either. This is getting out of hand with what is going on. Children follow the older people in what they do, so it is up to us adults to do the right thing.


  • I used to make dolls, teddy bears and yes, golliwogs too which were very popular mainly because they didn’t use to be available at any store due to the actions of the PC Brigade. None of the people who purchased any of my toys were racist, they bought them because of memories of their childhood, and they wanted to share that with their own children/grandchildren.
    I really think the PC Brigade ought to take a ‘chill pill’, after all just because they perceive something to have racist undertones, doesn’t mean that it was the intent of the person or organization involved; in fact I think it reflects on their own behaviour…are they “racist” and merely trying to paint everyone with the same brush to make themselves feel better.
    The term “White Christmas” actually refers to the snow that falls during the Northern Hemisphere Christmas, it has nothing at all to do with anyone’s skin colour. A golliwog is no more racist than a white clown doll, they are toys, and no child that I’ve met considers them to be anything more than that.


  • So PC is this outrage. It’s about time everyone got over this. I had a golliwog when I was a child and thought nothing of putting my white walking doll into the pram with my golliwog. I never saw them as white and black – just my favourite toys. We are making our children racist with all this PC nonsense.


  • Get over it people. Political correctness is way out of control. I had a golly wog as a kid & a black doll. If anything it taught me to be more tolerent. Its just a toy, my “white” dolls didn’t slur my “black” dolls. We all played together


  • This type of “News” story is really pathetic..its a bunch of idiots in a Chemist shop..its not some sort of racist slur..if you are offended by this you must have VERY thin skin


  • This type of “News” story is really pathetic..its a bunch of idiots in a Chemist shop..its not some sort of racist slur..if you are offended by this you must have VERY thin shin


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