Lifelong dream began in shooting gallery
A SHOOTING gallery prize started what Maryborough's David Bennett says was his favourite obsession.
From inch-high to three foot David's collection boasts more than 1100 dolls.
His collections started is his teens with stamps and coins.
"I have always had some sort of collection and when I starting making my own money and had spare cash I could go into it a bit more," David said.
About 38 years ago David won a Scottish doll at a shooting gallery at the Bundaberg show.
"I got top shelf and the only thing worth getting was the doll.
"Then I started collecting souvenir dolls and somewhere along the line I've gotten into collectable dolls and more.
"It is my obsession - you have one, you want two, you have two, you want three, you have three, you want four."
David said he had been given some dolls but most of them were found through op shops.
After cleaning them up, he goes to work on finding or making them clothes.
One of dolls from the collection wears the shoes David wore nearly 72 years ago.
"When I was five-years-old Mum taught me how to knit. I didn't really knit a lot over the years.
"But since I have gotten into the dolls I have been knitting a lot more because I have been making the clothes for them.
The retired carpenter said there could be worse things he could be collecting.
"My father drank himself to death - I have got to have an interest - I can't sit in front of the tv and watch sport or something.
"I don't collect full size Barbie Dolls, Cabbage Patch and Bratz because I don't like the look of them."
Even though David said he didn't have a favourite he was still very obsessed with his collections which also included coins, bibles, trains, dinosaur skeletons and boats.