Cessnock Library to feature May Gibbs’ touring display
It’s been 100 years since May Gibbs’ adorable characters found their way into the hearts and homes of Australians and to celebrate, Cessnock Library will host a free touring display featuring her iconic artwork from 3 to 12 October 2017.
May Gibbs was Australia's first full-time, professionally trained children's book author and illustrator and the display features reproductions of some of her most beloved characters including the gumnut babies and brothers, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.
Cessnock City Library Services Coordinator, Rose-marie Walters said, “Many Australians have fond memories of growing up with the gumnut babies and their friends, with the books being passed down through generations.”
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.
The display explores May Gibbs’ early work, her process, examples of how the war influenced her and, of course, the characters Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Ragged Blossom and Little Obelia,.
“May Gibbs was also a keen environmentalist and fiercely patriotic,” added Rose-Marie. “Not many people know that during the First World War she designed a series of postcards and bookmarks featuring her popular characters to send to the soldiers overseas.”
The display will be on show at Cessnock Library until Thursday 12 October 2017.