One of the brands’ chemists in Toowoomba will no longer stock the ‘golly doll’ in its product line after being accused of racism
Local resident George Helon was passing the town’s Terry White Chemist and snapped a photo showing the unfortunate placement of the dolls underneath a sign reading “experience a white Christmas”.
“It’s a bit of a shocker, I walked past and thought – what?” Helon told the Toowoomba Chronicle.
“I showed a photo to other people and they said, ‘what the hell?’ I don’t think there was any ill intent, it was just inappropriately placed.”
Golliwog dolls were popular until the 1970s and are widely considered to be a caricature of black people.
Owner of the Terry White Chemist Clifford Gardens apologised for the decision to stock the dolls.
“We unreservedly apologise if we have caused offence to our customers or any member of our local or broader community for selling this product,” said the owner in a statement.
“We have made a regrettable error in choosing to stock this product. Staff have removed the product from our shelves and we will be returning all purchased stock to the supplier. We will not stock this product in the future.”
TerryWhite Chemmart firmly stated that the golly doll is not part of their national line of endorsed products.
“We have taken immediate action to audit all pharmacies within our network to ensure this product, if present in any other pharmacy, is withdrawn from sale,” they said in a statement.
“Pharmacy owners within our network can stock and sell products at their discretion, in addition to our national line of endorsed products.
“As a consequence, we will develop and implement a guideline to ensure pharmacies within our network order and stock appropriate products consistent with our business values.”