Ede Tuckett was born in 1927 and moved to Chowerup, in the Shire of Boyup Brook at a young age. She lived there for most of her life. Ede and her husband John, ran the telephone exchange for about 20 years.
She first started collecting dolls in 1982, with the collection growing to over 700.
On school holidays she would take her grandchildren to many parts of the south west visiting doll shows - always coming home with something new. Ede had a special bond with her grandchildren and spent many hours with them in her home, setting dolls up, making dresses or putting dolls together. Many people came to see the collection at her home in Chowerup.
The Kradals Collection is so named for the initials of each of Edes grandaughters ...
When Ede moved to Perth in 2005 she was unable to take all her treasured dolls with her, and while there are still rooms full of dolls of at her son's farm house, she decided to donate a part of her collection to the Boyup Brook Visitor Centre so that people could continue to enjoy them for the years to come.
Visitor Centre Hours
Monday to Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Sunday; 9am - 12 noon
** Please note we are mainly run by volunteers so occasionally may not be open during advertised hours. Information packs are available near the door of the Visitor Centre**