Matilda (mascot)

Matilda was the mascot of the 1982 Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Matilda was a model of a kangaroo built on top of a forklift. Standing over 13 metres tall and weighing six tonnes, it could turn its head, its ears could wriggle, and eyes could wink and blink. Its pouch doubled as a door, which opened during the opening ceremony to let out 20 children, dressed as joeys, who ran out two by two for a trampoline display.[1][2]

After the games, it ended up at the entrance to Cade's County Waterpark on the Gold Coast. In 2009 it was sold to Puma Energy who applied to re-erect it at the Matilda petrol station on the Gold Coast Highway in Tugun; however, after the Gold Coast City Council deemed it breached its planning regulations, it was relocated to the Matilda fuel station on the Bruce Highway at Kybong.

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