After 30 years, Queensland's doll doctor George Georgiou is now searching for the right person to take over his treasured shop in Brisbane when he retires.

Restoring children's toys has become a lifelong passion for Mr Georgiou at his Brisbane Doll and Teddy hospital.

"Everything we touch here is 50 years or older and if you mess it up, sometimes you can't put it back again," Mr Georgiou said.

"We try to resurrect dreams - things that grandma had 80 years ago, which they want to pass onto their grandchildren.

"We try to give the grandchildren the same joy as the grandmother had."

Mr Georgiou says the job is not just about saving toys, it is about preserving memories.

"Dolls know too many secrets - their childhood sister or brother - and there's no way they can throw them away," he said.

Learning the craft

Laki Augustakis has been working with the doll doctor for the past two years.

"I've learnt a little bit here, a little bit there, but there's so much to learn," he said.

"Even after two years, there's no way that he could walk away and I could take over tomorrow.

"There's so much involved in each doll - different types of dolls, different things that go wrong with them, techniques in fixing them.

"Each doll has a story, that's what I've discovered."

Right touch

Mr Georgiou believes his trainee has what it takes to become a doll doctor.

"He's interested and he's passionate about what he does and you want someone who's that type of person," he said.

"He's improving, he's learning, he's got a long way to go but he'll be all right."

Mr Augustakis says it has been rewarding helping people save their much loved toys.

"It's satisfying - it's something that touches the heart but you don't expect it to," he said.

"It's history - that's the main thing.

"They're actually preserving their little part in life, their little footprint in life."

As for taking over from Mr Georgiou, he says that might take some time.

"If I'm the guy for that role - and I'm learning every day - I hope I can," Mr Augustakis said.

"It's taken him 30 years to get where he is and I've been doing it two years on and off - I've got a long way to go."


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