Treasured soap collection needs new home
A 35-YEAR-OLD collection of more than 1500 soaps is in need of a new home after the collector died.
St Marys resident Joy McGee was not quite sure what to think when her mother, Anne Kendall, started collecting soaps about 35 years ago.
“It started in the bath- room draw with 20 cakes of soaps because my mother would buy them when they were on sale,” Mrs McGee said.
“She realised that the labels were changing. And she would say, ‘This is an old label, I’ll put that one away’.
“She’s got some overseas ones, carved ones and handmade ones. I was amazed at all the different ones.”
As the years went on, Mrs Kendall began to store away soap as the labels were updated and people began giving her soap for birthday and Christmas presents.
“It solved the gift-giving problem,” Mrs McGee said.
When Mrs Kendall died nine years ago, her soap collection was not included in her will and was left untouched while her hus- band lived in the house. Now Mr Kendall has moved into a nursing home, the house has been sold and the collection is in need of a new home.
“I feel a responsibility that we do the right thing with something my mum treasured,” Mrs McGee said.
“I rang the Powerhouse Museum, but they did not want it.
“If there is a museum that wanted it or a nursing home or an association or charity ... if they wanted to have it as a display.
“Wherever it ends up we want as many people to enjoy it as possible.”
Joy McGee with some of the soaps her late mother, Anne Kendall, started accumulating 35 years ago, which went on to grow into a 1500-strong collection.