Massive Oz collection to go on show for seniors week

Over the rainbow: Dorothy Overton - dubbed Australia's biggest Wizard of Oz collector - will display some of her memorabilia for seniors week. Picture: Simon Bennett
Over the rainbow: Dorothy Overton - dubbed Australia's biggest Wizard of Oz collector - will display some of her memorabilia for seniors week. Picture: Simon Bennett

Dorothy Overton never liked her name.

But falling in love with The Wizard of Oz changed all that.

Now Ms Overton is regarded as Australia’s biggest collector of Wizard of Oz memorabilia – and you can check out some of her most prized possessions this month.

The 75-year-old will display items like teapots, dolls, plates and more for seniors week.

“I’ve picked up things from across Australia and overseas,” Ms Overton said.

“I have three sons and when the first one moved out of home I converted his bedroom into my Wizard of Oz room.

“There are lots of strange items – I even picked up some Wizard of Oz voodoo dolls in New Orleans.

“All of my pieces are probably not very valuable or worth very much, but they’re worth a lot to me.”

She said most of her memorabilia was tied in with the movie, but some was based on the original L. Frank Baum books, starting with the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Ms Overton’s collection will be exhibited at Leumeah’s Wizard of Oz Funland for seniors week.

Funland director Brian Laul said he was happy to welcome the collector back to the centre, which she has been visiting since 2001.

“We are absolutely thrilled to host Dorothy’s exhibition in Macarthur where she has agreed to share special pieces from her collection,” he said.

Ms Overton said the exhibition always attracted an interested crowd.

“A couple of years ago I got talking to a bikie who said he was a Wizard of Oz collector as well,” she said.

“You never know who you’re going to run into at these things. The children always have a good time.”

The exhibition will also be raising money for the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur, which supports the region’s cancer patients and their families. Entry is by gold coin donation.

Ms Overton’s memorabilia will be displayed at the Funland for seniors week from Tuesday, February 19 to Friday, February 22, 9am-2pm daily.

Visit ozfunland.com or call 4626 7777 for more information.