About The Hahndorf Puppet Shop
In 1956 I was lucky enough to see Peter Scriven’s puppet theatre ‘The Tintookies’, an Australian marionette play with characters like Wilpie Wombat, Panjee Possum and Krumpie Koala – all baby Australian animals. It opened at Sydney’s Elizabethan Theatre before it toured Australia for 9 months. It was one year in the making, had a cast of 60 puppets with each puppet being almost 1 metre tall and the strings being three metres long. It was a musical fantasy for marionettes and I was hooked. I immediately came home and made the simplest form of a puppet, the hand puppet made from a glove or a sock and started to give my own puppet show at home behind our lounge. Since then I have made and collected many marionettes and puppets and my fascination for them has never waned.
In February 2007 I opened the Hahndorf Puppet Shop in the Main Street of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. In November 2007 I moved to a larger shop which is now crammed with beautiful puppets and marionettes from all over the world. After the last shift of shop sites I decided I would not shift again – hence – my website. Now shoppers can view my bigger store on-line.
Puppetry has been a pre-occupation all of my life. My working life has been in tourism in the Murrayland, Flinders Ranges and of course the beautiful Adelaide Hills.
In 2007 I won the SA Great Award Regional Award (Adelaide Hills) for Outstanding Contribution by and Individual in Tourism which I proudly display in the Puppet Shop.
The Hahndorf Puppet Shop is a kaleidoscope of colour and imagination with a current selection of over 300 puppets all beautifully presented – it’s an experience. A visit to my store is a treat, a trip back in time, you won’t find any battery of electronically operated puppetry in the Hahndorf Puppet Shop – it all requires imagination and creativity.
At the Hahndorf Puppet Shop our customer means everything but that doesn’t mean you are any less special when you log onto our website. Not every item in the Hahndorf Puppet Shop is available on our website as yet but we are working on that. I am continually sourcing puppets from all over the world.
The Hahndorf Puppet Shop – the shop that makes you smile