This was one of the toys given out as prizes at the end of Mr Fay's magic show at the Victoria Hall in Sunderland on June 16 1883. It was given to Emily Steel of Gray Road in Sunderland on the day of the disaster. A boy grabbed it and got away with the front legs and rockers. The disaster came about because at the end of the event prizes were thrown out to the audience. The children in the upstairs gallery, anxious not miss out, ran down the stairs only to be stopped at an inward opening door bolted a few inches open. A few of the first children down squeezed through the gap but those following became crushed against the door which could not now be opened from the other side. 183 children were crushed to death. The whole nation was affected and Queen Victoria was moved to make a donation to the disaster fund. Following an enquiry into the disaster emergency exits are required to open outwards.