Sydney’s Doll Hospital

Opened in 1913, Sydney’s Doll Hospital has worked on millions of dolls, teddy bears and other toys. Behind a toy shop on a busy suburban street in Sydney’s south, “doll surgeons” transplant fingers, toes and heads, and repair broken eye sockets in dolls who were the victim of a childhood tantrum or sibling rivalry, sometimes decades ago. [32 photos total]

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Doll restorer Kerry Stuart rubs a filling compound into the cracked head of a plastic doll at Sydney's Doll Hospital, July 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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A sign at Sydney's Doll Hospital shows the various 'wards' where dolls, rocking horses and prams can be admitted for repair, May 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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A young customer looks over the counter as a family member brings in a doll for repair at Sydney's Doll Hospital May 20, 2014. Behind a toy shop on a busy suburban street in Sydney's south, "doll surgeons" transplant fingers, toes and heads, and repair broken eye sockets in dolls who were the victim of a childhood tantrum or sibling rivalry, sometimes decades ago. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Nadine Koszytka, a worker at Sydney's Doll Hospital, inspects a customer's (R) doll brought in for repair, May 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Geoff Chapman, 'Head Surgeon' and third-generation owner of Sydney's Doll Hospital, holds a small doll on one hand as he writes details onto its repair card attached to its foot, at his workshop June 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Geoff Chapman, 'Head Surgeon' at Sydney's Doll Hospital, is pictured in his workshop August 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Two photographs hanging on the wall of Sydney's Doll Hospital show the before and after pictures of a teddy bear that had been brought in for repair, June 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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A teddy bear in two pieces is pictured on the workshop floor at Sydney's Doll Hospital, August 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Geoff Chapman, 'Head Surgeon' and third-generation owner of Sydney's Doll Hospital, is pictured with employee Nadine Kosztka, as they inspect customers dolls that have been brought in for repair, May 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Australian doll repairer Kerry Stuart, a 25-year veteran at Sydney's Doll Hospital, repairs a customers doll on her workbench, June 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Doll repairer Tamara Ottessen searches for replacement limbs on a customer's doll in the workshop of Sydney's Doll Hospital, July 12, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Australian doll repairer Kerry Stuart, a 25-year veteran at Sydney's Doll Hospital, inspects the head of a customers doll undergoing repairs, June 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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A damaged doll is brought in for repair by a customer at Sydney's Doll Hospital, May 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Large dolls eyes are pictured nestled in foam before being used in repaired customers dolls at Sydney's Doll Hospital, May 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Australian doll repairer Kerry Stuart, a 25-year veteran at Sydney's Doll Hospital, matches a pair of eyes from her stock to be inserted into a customer's doll undergoing repairs, June 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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A pair of dolls eyes and pliers are pictured on a work bench before the eyes are inserted into a antique doll being restored at Sydney's Doll Hospital, July 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Limbs of dolls are shown as spare parts in a pile ready to be used in customers doll repairs at Sydney's Doll Hospital, May 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Australian doll repairer Kerry Stuart, a 25-year veteran at Sydney's Doll Hospital, carries spare dolls to be used for parts in repairing customer's dolls, July 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Doll repairer Kerry Stuart is pictured alongside a paint drying rack littered with the body parts of dolls being repaired at Sydney's Doll Hospital, July 12, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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The arms, legs and hands of composition dolls, made from compressed wood chip, are pictured hanging on a line as the paint dries in a workshop of Sydney's Doll Hospital, June 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Gail Grainger, a 14-year veteran doll restorer, is pictured as she adds fingers to a damaged dolls hand in her workshop at Sydney's Doll Hospital, May 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Doll restorers Gail Grainger (L) and Kerry Stuart inspect the head of a composition doll, made from compressed wood chip, in the workshop of Sydney's Doll Hospital, July 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Doll limbs and hand tools are pictured in the afternoon sun on the work bench of Geoff Chapman, 'Head Surgeon' and owner of Sydney's Doll Hospital, June 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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The head of a plastic doll is exposed to ultra-violet light to temporarily soften it before re-attaching to its body, one of many techniques employed by the doll restorers at Sydney's Doll Hospital July 12, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Australian doll repairer Kerry Stuart, a 25-year veteran at Sydney's Doll Hospital, pulls the plastic head of a customers doll out of a bowl of hot water to soften the material before removing and replacing its old eyes, June 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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A badly-weathered composition doll, made from compressed wood chip, has its flakey paint cut off before being repaired and repainted by Gail Grainger, a 14-year veteran doll repairer at Sydney's Doll Hospital, August 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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A combination picture shows one doll's head through various stages of its repainting by Australian doll repairer Kerry Stuart, a 25-year veteran at Sydney's Doll Hospital, June 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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A damaged doll is pictured on a workbench after having its head re-attached by 25-year veteran doll repairer Kerry Stuart at Sydney's Doll Hospital, July 15, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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A discarded doll is pictured against a wall in the workshop of Sydney's Doll Hospital, May 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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A trash can featuring discarded doll parts including a broken head, torso and limbs is pictured in the workshop of Sydney's Doll Hospital, July 12, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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A plastic bag covers the face of a doll that has been brought for repair at Sydney's Doll Hospital for repair, June 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
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Customers Sue and Allan Paviour are pictured with their teddy bear that had been repaired as they collect it at Sydney's Doll Hospital, May 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #

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