Claire Schofield presented her last performance of The House That Jack Built at Glengallan Homestead visitor centre after 17 years.
Claire Schofield presented her last performance of The House That Jack Built at Glengallan Homestead visitor centre after 17 years.

Claire's final Glengallan story

CLAIRE Schofield has whisked visitors away on a tale of triumph and misfortune through her woodcrafted toys for about 17 years.

The rise and fall of John Deuchar, the man who built the glorious Glengallan Homestead in the late 1860s, is told through the old nursery rhyme The House That Jack Built, which Mrs Schofield has extended.

She has been a part of the Glengallan Homestead Trust since 1993 but has now said goodbye as she and her husband make the move to Toowoomba, and she told the Daily News she would continue telling stories with her creations.

“I have been approached by Highfields Pioneer Village to perform there,” Mrs Schofield said.

Mrs Schofield said after volunteering for the Glengallan Homestead Trust for 17 great years, she was looking forward to doing something new.

“I thought it was time to move on. You have got to make a change in your life,” Mrs Schofield said.

She created her puppets especially for a presentation at Glengallan Homestead, and she will hand over the toys to Clare Cotton, who has volunteered at the Homestead for six years.

“They’re just such big shoes to step into and Claire has done such a wonderful job over the years,” Ms Cotton said.

Mrs Schofield said her favourite toy was a flock of sheep, after a lot of work crafting the toys and developing the performance.

“I started off with the very first fete we had and they said bring along your sheep toys and I said, ‘don’t be silly I don’t have toys’ so I worked on them and developed them,” Mrs Schofield said.

She has made a flock of sheep, a shearer, a squatter counting his merino rams, Glengallan Homestead and plenty more to tell the tale of the early days of Glengallan.

“The people who really enjoy this sort of thing are the retirees because they all remember when toys did look like this,” Mrs Schofield said.

“The reason you tell the story here is because when they go over to the house you can see what it’s all about.”



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