Equus Art Pty Ltd specialises in fine restoration of carousel horses and rocking horses. Based in Victoria, Australia, the company was established by Patricia Mullins and John Kirkpatrick in 1998. Patricia Mullins is the author of "The Rocking Horse" and is also an award winning illustrator of children's books in Australia, published internationally.

Equus Art has restored the horses of two major carousels in Australia - the Luna Park Melbourne Carousel, PTC#30, made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (USA) in 1913, and the Melbourne Zoo Merry-Go-Round imported into Australia from England in 1886. To see details of this work click on the links at left. Patricia Mullins' rocking horse work and picture books are featured at www.patriciamullins.com.au

Luna Park Carousel Site

2013 marks the Luna Park Carousel's 100th birthday! It has resided in Australia for all of this time, first operating in Sydney in November 1913. Click here to find out more!


"The Rocking Horse, a history of moving toy horses ", was researched and written by Patricia Mullins and published in London in 1992. Seven years in the making, this 376 page reference book became known as "the rocking horse bible" covering the history and manufacture of wooden toy horses worldwide.

Melbourne Zoo Merry-go-Round    

The Luna Park Carousel's French Orchestrophone with its magnificent Art Nouveau facade, was made in 1909 by Limonaire Frères, Paris, one of the most important European manufacturers of mechanical musical instruments in the era of Belle Epoc. The 66 key organ and façade are extremely rare, arriving with the PTC carousel at Luna Park, St Kilda in 1923. At left is a c1909 Limonaire catalogue illustration of the facade complete with five figurines.

Equus Art and Lillico-Thompson Conservation undertook conservation of the facade having successfully applied in 2006 for a grant under the Australian Government’s heritage programme. 18 grants were awarded from over 370 applications. Work included revealing the Art Nouveau facade's unique, original paintings and returning the carved frame to its original colours.

Link to the Organ prior to conservation

  Limonaire Frères Catalogue c1909    
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