It's been 60 years since Mr Squiggle began entertaining children across Australia on TV and inspired many kids to draw for the first time. But unlike other TV props that get thrown away, he has been kept in near-perfect condition.
To this day, the legendary wooden marionette with a pencil for a nose has been preserved by the family of his creator, the late cartoonist, puppeteer and TV host Norman Hetherington.
After he died almost nine years ago, he left everything from his popular kids show with his wife Margaret and daughter Rebecca.
Ms Hetherington has opened up her late father’s private studio, where he created Mr Squiggle, his famous pet named Rocket, and friends Blackboard and Bill the Steam Shovel.
She still has each puppet intact, TV scripts, “squiggles” (drawings from the show) and fan letters, which she hosted alongside him for a decade.
Her mother also helped write for the program.
“I grew up with Mr Squiggle,” she said.
“My father’s enthusiasm about Mr Squiggle and what he did really drew people in.”
She recalled how her father “felt terrible” when he could not showcase every single drawing sent in by the show’s fans.
Mr Squiggle’s 60th birthday is being commemorated by the Royal Australian Mint, which has immortalised him and his friends in a series of limited edition $2 coins. They will be distributed through cash registers at Woolworths across the country from today.