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/

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…

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.

 

‘Spirit of Art’ Exhibition

The South Perth Historical Society are back with a special Christmas exhibition at Heritage House Cultural Centre featuring the work of two local artists, Kelly Cocks and Nola Bolton.

So if you’re looking to escape from the heat this weekend, pop in to the gallery on the corner of Mill Point Road and Mends Street and have a look.

Also on display are a selection of artworks from the City of South Perth’s May and Herbert Gibbs Collection.

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The exhibition is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm – 4 pm up until January.