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Andrew Gibson’s first steed

This toy rocking horse belonged to Andrew Gibson, who grew up at Burrungurroolong station near Goulburn, New South Wales, during the 1920s and 30s.

Andrew and his sister Susan were taught to ride at a young age, and from a fine start on this trusty steed, Andrew grew into an excellent rider and became a vet, eventually owning and managing both Burrungurroolong and adjacent Tirranna stations.

Wooden rocking horse with elliptical wheels.
Wooden rocking horse

Horses for transport and fun

Up until the 1950s, particularly in rural areas, many Australian children learned to ride at an early age and relied on horses to get to school, visit friends or simply for fun. Horse-themed toys were as ubiquitous as cars and trucks are today.

Black and white photo of a young boy on a rocking horse.
Andrew Gibson on his rocking horse

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