Home of the Dinky – Cyclops Toy Factory Leichhardt

This is the Cyclops toy factory located at the corner of Francis and William streets, Leichhardt in the inner west.

This building has been converted to a set of designer apartments but in its day played an important role in ensuring Sydney and Australia’s children had toys during the early to mid 1900s. During this time the supply of toys from Europe had dwindled due to the two world wars and the great depression. This particular building has it’s first record as Cyclops Toys in the directory listing in 1930.

Cyclops started building tricycles in 1913 but expanded its operations to scooters, pedal cars, doll prams and other tin toys. Possibly their most famous of these being the dinky tricycle that many of us Aussie kids grew up with.

Cyclops also lay claim to having the first mass produced Australian car (a pedal car). By the 80s they had over 50 models of all variety of toys available.

Cyclops Dinky
Photo courtesy of the State Library of NSW – Young boy with dinky in car workshop while his father (?) services a car, Bondi, 6 October 1955 / Ern McQuillan
Note on “Dinky”: The Cyclops “Dinky” Trike or tricycle was first built in 1928 and the original design was built through to 1950. A dinky came to be any small tricycle
Cyclops Toys Leichhardt
Cyclops Toys Leichhardt

Sources:
http://localnotes.net.au/?p=3891 , retrieved 22 August 2015
http://shelbyville.typepad.com/shelbyville/2009/11/cyclops-toy-factory-our-new-digs.html , retrieved 22 August 2015
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/city-east/history-is-childs-play-at-museum-of-sydneys-exhibition-of-vintage-toys/story-fngr8h22-1227288956987?sv=5ea39aed0f0a7a2de4085c963960e2ef, retrieved 22 August 2015

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4 Comments

  1. Mauren.Kelly said:

    I am looking for a set of pedals for an old Cyclops Dinky hope you have a set not sure how old Dinky is but I know its not antique.

    April 9, 2016
    Reply
  2. Kevin Watson said:

    Can I buy transfers and wheels to restore an old Cyclops trike;any clues would be appreciated,Regards Kev Watson.

    February 22, 2017
    Reply
  3. Claudia Mills said:

    I have a cyclops tricycle with solid wheel easy rider handle bars and on the join of the handlebars is an emblem with mph can you give me any info please

    March 20, 2017
    Reply
  4. Diane Jabbroers said:

    I am looking for hood specifications for a dolls pram by Cyclops called
    “Airliner” early 1960’s

    April 23, 2017
    Reply

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