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/

Public Art in Our City

The City is seeking community input into where, why and what types of public art we would like to see within the City of South Perth.

We know that May Gibbs now sits in Windsor Park for visitors to enjoy on their way from the ferry to the Zoo… but where else might we find inspiration from our past visiting us today?

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Feedback closes this Friday 21 October, so if you have any thoughts to contribute on where we can integrate our history and heritage into the public art around our City, add your ideas to the Feedback Map.

Visit the City’s Public Art Strategy page on Your Say South Perth to have your say.

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‘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.

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See the flyer below for more details and visiting hours:

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Love May Gibbs?

Visit Heritage House Cultural Centre on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, (across from the Windsor Hotel) for an exhibition on all things May Gibbs.

Lots of Gibbs goodies on sale too!

The exhibition will be on for the next 2 months so if you live in the area or are passing through, the gallery’s opening hours are:

Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 1 pm – 4 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm

WA Heritage Festival – Community Milestones

The WA Heritage Festival, Community Milestones starts next week and is on for a full month from 18 April to 18 May 2013.

Brochures listing all the events that are part of the festival can be found at both the South Perth and Manning Libraries. Stop by and pick one up at one of our libraries, or click on the image below to browse through the digital version:

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If you’re looking for a local event to attend, the Historical Society of South Perth are hosting an exhibition titled “In a Nutshell” (click for details) which will be featuring some of May and Herbert Gibbs’ original artwork from the City of South Perth’s collection.

  • Where: Heritage House Cultural Centre, 111 Mill Point Road, South Perth
  • When: Sat 20 April – Sun 21 April, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Cost: FREE

So join them next weekend in celebrating the area’s cultural heritage.

After the event – Robert Holden presentation

Monday’s presentation by Robert Holden was a great success, with over 40 people gathering at the South Perth Library to hear new facts about May Gibbs – an outcome of the research that went into the new publication May Gibbs: More than a fairytale.

The co-authored publication, by Robert Holden and Jane Brummitt, is still available for purchase from both the exhibition at Heritage House Cultural Centre (111 Mill Point Road, South Perth) and South Perth Library, for $49.99.

For more information on the history related events we are holding in March, see our events page!

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Robert Holden @ Perth Writers Festival

Looking for something to do that will be enlightening, engaging and in beautiful surrounds this Sunday afternoon?

Get down to the Perth Writers Festival at the University of Western Australia, where Robert Holden will be speaking about the publication May Gibbs: More than a fairytale. This session will be chaired by South Perth’s Mayor Sue Doherty.

Venue: University of Western Australia; Juliet Tent (in front of Reid Library)
Time: 5.00 – 600 pm
Cost: Free

For more information, check out the PWF site!

May Gibbs: More than a fairytale

Head on down to Heritage House Cultural Centre to check out our 2012 May & Herbert Gibbs Collection exhibition. Not only are we showing off our collection, we are also celebrating the release of the publication May Gibbs: More than a fairytale, a tribute to the life and artistic endeavours of May Gibbs.

The Gibbs family connection to South Perth, May’s adventures and travels around the world and the birth of the ‘Gumnut Babies’ in Harvey, Western Australia, are themes explored in this exhibition – through humorous postcards, portraits, landscapes and materials printed during World War I.

Stayed tuned for details of an author talk at South Perth Library by Robert Holden, co-author of the new publication! You can also buy your very own copy by popping into the exhibition, visiting South Perth Library, or if you don’t get a chance to do either of those fun things, head on over to MillPoint Caffe Bookshop!

South Perth Library event ‘May Gibbs – the artist’

Despite the popular success of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, May stated her occupation not as author or illustrator, but as artist.

Taught initially by her father, Herbert, May started to draw and paint at an early age. She exhibited in Perth at a number of exhibitions including some where her work was awarded prizes.

This talk looks at May as an artist, including her earliest works, her works in oil as a teenager, her watercolours, her student works in London and the portraits she executed in the 1920s. It also touches on her attitudes to other artists and their works.

Join Stewart Reed at the South Perth Library for what is sure to be an insightful presentation.

Venue: South Perth Library, Corner Sandgate Street & South Terrace, South Perth

Date: Wednesday 16 November 2011

Time: 10:30 – 11.30 am

For bookings contact the library on 9474 0800

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