Local Florist Blanches at Golliwog Race Fury; Hervey Bay Shopkeeper Suffers over Favourite Doll

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KRISTY

MARTIN

kristy.martin@frasercoastchronicle.com.au

GOLLY gosh!

Who would've thought one little doll could cause such a stir?

A Hervey Bay florist has shot to international fame because she is selling golliwogs.

After being named in a national newspaper article, Deanne Edwards from Prestige Flowers in Urangan has been bombarded with requests for radio and television interviews from around the country.

The touchy topic has even travelled overseas and appeared on the United Kingdom's Daily Mail website.

When the story broke, it suggested that the resurgence of the black dolls, which vanished from shelves after being labelled as racist, was somehow damaging to race relations in Australia.

But Ms Edwards says that is just a storm in a teacup. She sells golliwogs simply because she had them when she was a child and they bring back fond memories.

aI had one and my mum had one,a the mother of four said.

aMy children have them and they are just beautiful dolls.

aMy family and I don't have a prejudiced bone in our bodies.a

Ms Edwards said the golliwogs, which had recently been re-branded with more politically correct names like scallywags or golly girls, were walking off her shelves at a rate of about 20 each week. …