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Image courtesy of May Gibbs Archive, State Library of NSW  ┬ęThe Northcott Society and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance

May Gibbs: Celebrating 100 years

A travelling exhibition

On loan from the State Library of NSW, this free travelling exhibition pays tribute to the work of this celebrated Australian children's book author, illustrator and early environmentalist. It introduces some of her best known and loved characters and stories, including her gentle but mischievious gumnut and gum blossom babies and the irrepressible brothers Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. The gumnut babies became an instant hit when they first appeared on 5 December 1916 in a booklet published by Angus & Robertson, and the gum blossom babies soon followed.

May Gibbs was Australia's first full-time, professionally trained children's book author and illustrator. Drawing on her personal archive, the display also explores her working process and life.

Maitland Library
20 October - 3 November

School visits welcome. For more information, contact Maitland Library on 4933 6952 or email