Trea­sured soap col­lec­tion needs new home

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis If any­one is in­ter­ested in ac­quir­ing the soap col­lec­tion, you can con­tact Joy McGee by send­ing an email to Boo­boo8082@hot­mail.com

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.

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