May Gibbs – an exhibition celebrating 100 years of Gum-Nut Babies

The City of South Perth Historical Society is celebrating a centenary of May Gibbs becoming a published author in Australia with a special exhibition featuring her first Australian books, Gum-Nut Babies and Gum-Blossom Babies at Heritage House Cultural Centre from Saturday 15 October to 31 January 2017.

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Some information from the Historic Society:

May lived much of her youth in South Perth and drew inspiration for her early stories from the Western Australian bush. May arrived in Sydney in 1913 with a large portfolio of art gleaned from her year’s spent in the local bushland.  Within months the first Gum-Nut babies appeared peeping out from behind gum leaves in the Christmas 1913 cover of the Sydney Mail, illustrations for The Magic Button by Ethel Turner and Little Bush Poppy by Edith Graham.  May created at this time her iconic Gum Leaf bookmark, from the Western Australian Marri ‘Red Gum’ the most prolific of local trees (and the gumnut we know so well) which she placed in copyright in Dec 1913, a series of cheeky and nostalgic Post Cards for troops in 1914 saw the emergence of May’s little bush sprites named ‘the Spirit of the Bush’ which developed into her first two children’s books, Gum-Nut Babies and Gum-Blossom Babies in 1916.

Society President Lynn O’Hara said generations of children, their parents and grandparents world-wide have enjoyed May’s stories of the Gum-Nut and Gum-Blossom Babies who loved to play tricks on their bushland friends.

“Through her stories and art May Gibbs introduce Australians of all ages to the beauty and uniqueness of the Australian bush and our society is proud to mark this important anniversary with a display of her work” we would wish to acknowledge the wonderful support of the City of South Perth and their extensive May and Herbert Gibbs Art collection. Mrs O’Hara said.

TO VISIT

Opening Hours

15 October 2016 – 30 November 2016
Tue – Sun, 1 pm -4 pm
Fri, 10 am-4 pm

1 December 2016 – 31 January 2017
Fri, 10 am – 4 pm
Sat – Sun, 1 pm – 4pm

Location

Heritage House Cultural Centre
Cnr Mends Street and Mill Point Road
South Perth, WA, 6151

For more information

City of South Perth Historical Society
9367-9243
http://www.southperthhistoricalsociety.org/

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City of South Perth Historical Society

Did you know that the City of South Perth has a Historical Society?

City of South Perth Historical Society

Established as a not-for-profit in 1989, the South Perth Historical Society is a group of history buffs who are very dedicated to the history of South Perth and have made it their mission “to stimulate public interest in our local history, to encourage historical research and publication, and to promote the designation and preservation of historic sites, buildings and stories.”

The Historic Society is involved in a number of community ventures promoting history in our local area, and the group runs regular talks and workshops with interesting guest speakers throughout the year.

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Membership to the Society is open to the public and they invite anyone with a keen interest in sharing and preserving local history to join.

City of South Perth Historical Society
http://www.southperthhistoricalsociety.org/

Call: (08) 9367 9243
Email: info@southperthhistoricalsociety.org

To find out more about the Historic Society’s comings and goings and to read some of the interesting articles relating to the history of the area, have a read of their latest newsletter…

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“Heritage Matters” talks occur every two months and are open to everyone to attend.

Interested new members are encouraged to contact the Historic Society to join! Access the membership form online here.

 

Heritage Matters Talk with Cecil Florey, author of Peninsular City

The Historical Society of South Perth would like to extend the following invitation to any and all who are interested in the history of South Perth:

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Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award – Entries open!

It’s that time of year again – entries have opened for the Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award.

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The South Perth Historical Society invite all students who reside or attend school or college in the City of South Perth to enter the written and photographic competition.

The annual award was inaugurated in 2009 by the Historical Society to honour Phillip Pendal who was a Member of Parliament, journalist, historian, writer and the founding president of the City of South Perth Historical Society.

To find out more about the award and how to enter, see the Phillip Pendal Award Entry Form online or collect a printed copy from the South Perth or Manning Libraries, Heritage House, or the Old Mill.

Entries close: Friday 20 May 2016

For more information about the Award, please contact the City of South Perth Historical Society.

 

‘The Trials and Tribulations of the Chinese Market Gardeners of Perth’

The City of South Perth Historical Society are hosting another talk on the topic of the Chinese Market Gardens in Perth, including special mention of items and identities from South Perth’s market gardens history.

See details below and RSVP to book a spot for what promises to be a very interesting talk:

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“A Park for all Reasons” Exhibition

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Presented by the City of South Perth Historical Society, the exhibition “A Park for All Reasons” covers the story of Sir James Mitchell Park from its inception to the present day with a focus on the Chinese Market Gardens.

There will be a display of photographic images, maps of the park over the last 100 years, plus a display of more than 30 artifacts from market gardens in South Perth and its surrounds.

Special guest Kaylene Poon, a specialist in W.A. on local Chinese history will be present on opening night to talk to guests and answer questions on early Chineset history in W.A.

“A Park for All Reasons” Exhibition Details:

5 – 19 March 2016
Daily, 10 am – 4 pm

Heritage House Cultural Centre,
111 Mill Point Road, South Perth

Gold coin donation

The exhibition will feature market garden tools from the City of South Perth’s Local History Collection in addition to a number of items on loan for a limited period from the City of Armadale.

 

“History Talks” Event Details:

Following the exhibition, attend a special “History Talks” event hosted by the Historical Society with guest speaker Bruce Devenish, author of Sir James Mitchell – Premier & Governor of Western Australia.

Date: Sunday 20 March, 2016 at 2.00 pm
Venue: South Perth Bowling Club, 2 Mends Street, South Perth
Admission: $5.00 per head (includes afternoon tea)

 

For more information on the exhibition see South Perth Historical Society or contact info@southperthhistoricalsociety.org.