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Official dolls’ house ambassador ‘down under’

May 30th, 2012

The Dolls’ House Emporium has an official ambassador “down under” – Fairy Meadow Miniatures is now the recommended retail outlet in New South Wales, Australia.

Businesswoman Lorraine Robinson gives Australian customers a point of contact, first-class knowledge and somewhere to turn to on their own side of the world if they need help, advice or support with their hobby.

Solving a logistical challenge of time difference, distance and locality, Dolls House Emporium Jackie Lee decided that having a more local presence for the Australian-facing business would be key to giving customers confidence and peace of mind when dealing with a company 12,000 miles away.

Fairy Meadow’s owner Lorraine emigrated to Australia at the end of 1991 with her husband Alec and three small children.

It was on a return visit back home that she visited The Dolls House Emporium in Ripley, bought The Manor House and had it shipped back to Australia – and that’s where her story began.

“I spent the next five or six years building painting and decorating my little house,” she says.

“I just love to create and build, many of my first items had a bit of quirky to them… a little wobble here and a little slope there, but I loved them all.”

In 2001 she joined the New South Wales Ambulance Service and became a paramedic, which took over the next few years until in 2005 Lorraine had her idea to open a miniatures shop. And 12 months later Fairy Meadow Miniatures was born.

Three years later the one-room shop grew into a two-room shop and Fairy Meadow Miniatures Gallery was opened, a room with Lorraine’s personal collection of her own work and purchased dolls houses – showcasing her own desire and passion for the hobby.

Lorraine at Fairy Meadow

In 2010 she gave up the paramedic work and become a full-time miniaturist. Lorraine is now working in the shop three days a week, attending to internet orders seven days a week and working on commission work three days a week.

Last year Fairy Meadow Miniatures moved to bigger premises and now boasts a shopping display area which now carries over 5,500 items, and over 40 room box displays.

Lorraine at Fairy Meadow


One Comment to “Official dolls’ house ambassador ‘down under’”

  1. Wonderful news!


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