Doll’s houses show keen eye for detail

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Come inside. . . Gore man Jim Logan opens up the front of one of the dolls house his late wife Yvonne made to show the intricate detail of its contents. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Doll’s houses are part of the late Yvonne Logan’s legacy to her family.

The Gore woman, who died about two years ago, made about 20 doll’s houses, either kitsets or from scratch.

Her husband, Jim Logan, said after his wife retired she started making doll’s houses as well as some of the items to put inside them.

She had an eye for detail and was very diligent about making sure everything was made to scale, Mr Logan said.

“It’s quite amazing what she has done, to be honest.”

She carpeted, painted and wallpapered the houses and fit the doors and windows.

“There wasn’t much she couldn’t do.”

Over time, there were too many to fit inside the couple’s home and so the doll’s houses were displayed in a sleepout.

He had shown many people the doll’s houses.

“Every time I come back round through here I see something different.”

Mrs Logan joined some other women who were keen to make doll’s houses.

One display was of a whisky still in the Kirk family’s cow shed in Mataura.

Sometime in the 1940s the whisky brewers went to jail but while they were there Mrs Kirk kept selling the whisky.

“When the two men came home from jail they got a hero’s welcome in Mataura.”

There was even a model of the Fluteys’ paua shell house in Bluff.

“All of those shells are real paua shells.

“Yvonne got on to someone who was breeding paua and got the wee shells.”

Mrs Logan also made displays using eggshells.

He was not sure what would happen to the doll’s houses in the long term.

“I don’t want to see them split up.”