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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Brekkie with a bit of history

In case you were snoozing through all your alarms this morning and missed out on 720 ABC’s Breakfast, visit the link below to have a listen to a very special bit of history on the early days of the South Perth Council Offices…

And if you enjoy wandering through that precinct and you’re itching for more on the history of the Mends Street area (and also snoozed through last fortnight’s Brekkie spot), visit the link below to learn more about the early beginnings of the Windsor Hotel…

Now I’m off to buy a stamp…

‘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:

SPHSTalkChineseMarketGardens

 

“A Park for all Reasons” Exhibition

AParkForAllReasons

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.

 

 

‘Heritage Exhibition’ 2015

If you’re looking to keep warm and dry this weekend why not visit Heritage House Cultural Centre in South Perth and have a look at the Historic Society’s latest Heritage Exhibition?

Phillip Pendal Heritage Exhibition

Held annually, the Heritage Exhibition showcases winning entries from the Phillip Pendal Young Heritage Award.

Also on display this year is a special mini-exhibition on the Chinese Market Gardeners, including a couple of original historic market garden tools from the City of South Perth’s Local History Collection.

South Perth Market Gardeners

See the flyer below for more details and visiting hours:

HeritageExhibition2015Flyer

“Mamie”, May Gibbs Exhibition at Heritage House

The City’s Fiesta celebrations may be over….. but Heritage House Cultural Centre is still open for visitors to see the Historical Society of South Perth’s latest exhibition titled “Mamie“.

HHCC Gallery Open

Mamie was May Gibbs’ childhood name, and the exhibition “explores the artistic and social development of her early years in South Perth” before she departed for Sydney at the age of 36.

The exhibition includes various pieces on loan from the Gibbs family, as well as pieces from the City of South Perth’s own May and Herbert Gibbs Art Collection.

Photograph by Peter Palmer, Historical Society.

Photograph by Peter Palmer, Historical Society member.

Mamie Exhibition

Mamie Exhibition

  • Where: Heritage House Cultural Centre, 111 Mill Point Road, South Perth
  • When: until end of May 2015
  • Cost: FREE

Gallery opening hours:

  • Fridays: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Saturdays: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Sundays: 1 pm – 4 pm

Council Photoboards featured in Heritage House Exhibition

Have you visited the latest historical exhibition at Heritage House Cultural Centre?

Heritage House

The City of South Perth Historical Society are currently hosting an exhibition featuring memorabilia from the City of South Perth’s Local History Collection:

Original photoboards showing photographs of early Roads Board chairmen, mayors, councillors and staff are on display, as well as the original gavel used on the old Roads Board table and the trowel used when the Roads Board building (now Heritage House Cultural Centre) was officially opened in 1904.

The exhibition is open to the public on Fridays from 10 am – 4 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm – 4 pm until the end of January 2015.

The Council Photoboards are available for viewing online at any time through Picture South Perth:

Council Photoboards Online

For details about the exhibition, contact the City of South Perth Historical Society on 9367-9243.

Heritage House Cultural Centre is located on the corner of Mill Point Road and Mends Street.