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.
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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- ^ Commonwealth Games: Matilda enjoys the quiet life after shining in spotlight as 1982 mascot Archived 2018-04-05 at the Wayback Machine ABC News 4 April 2018