Story: Veterans’ assistance

Christie the walking doll

Christie the walking doll

This ingenious wooden walking doll, based on a US design, was made around 1920 at a Returned Services Rehabilitation Centre. A national network of these centres provided work and rehabilitation for injured veterans of the First World War. In the 1920s 'Christie the walking doll' regularly strolled down Whangārei's main street with her proud owner, young Frances de Lisle.

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Mark Derby, 'Veterans’ assistance - Economic rehabilitation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 January 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012