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1962 - First Australian LEGO Catalog
When the British Textile manufacturer Courtaulds obtained the LEGO license for Britain and Ireland in 1959, they also got the franchise for Australia starting in 1962.
1962 was also the first year that the Wrexham Wales LEGO plant opened up, under the name British LEGO Ltd. Sets previously imported from Denmark started being produced in Wrexham, but specialty parts (1:87 vehicles, trees/bushes, etc) were still produced in Denmark, and shipped over to Britain. Danish content parts pack boxes had "Made in Denmark" stamped on the sides of the boxes. Those parts pack boxes with parts produced in Britain had "Made in Great Britain" stamped on the sides.
These parts packs, the basic sets (700/0 thru 700/5) and the model sets were then shipped throughout Britain, Ireland and Australia.
Attached is the first Australian catalog of 1962. What is often confusing for old time European collectors is the fact that black LEGO parts were introduced into 1961 continental catalogs, and wheels followed in the 1962 catalog. However, British LEGO Ltd. didn't introduced black parts until 1963... so that would explain the confusion of why the Australian 1962 catalog shows wheels. Since the UK 1962 catalog was introduced at the beginning of the year (while the Australian one came a bit later)... the UK 1962 catalog shows neither black bricks nor LEGO wheels. But LEGO wheels were introduced most everywhere in mid 1962.
Enjoy the catalog!
P.S. Gotta love those "pre-dollar" prices.... ;-)
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