UNCOVERING MAY GIBBS

May drew a variety of covers for Western Mail magazine between 1904                            and 1909.

May Gibbs became very confident portrait artist. This self portrait was done in 1919 and she continued to do portraits usually of family and friends.

May Gibbs became a very confident portrait artist. This self portrait was done in 1919 and she continued to do portraits usually of family and friends.

My favourite image was created by May Gibbs for the

            WESTRALIA GIFT BOOK

This book was published in July 1916 as a fund raiser for

YMCA Military Work and Returned Nurses Fund during World War One

It has been in the Enderslea Farm collection many years. Professor Walter Murdoch who wrote the foreword was particularly proud that the book was a thoroughly local product. That is Western Australian.”It is home-made from title-page to colophon”

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“Are We Downhearted?”

This book with May Gibbs amusing plate was printed before the earliest booklets Gumnut Babies and Gumblossom Babies that were printed in December for Christmas 1916. Over the years Ive collected home nursing books and various home nursing items, most of them from the 19th and early 20th century. I was delighted when I remembered this May Gibbs coloured plate when I recently began to look for her various books and cartoons as props for the play.

                                                                                 UNCOVERING MAY GIBBS 

                     will be performed  in 2017. during the Bindoon Wildflower Festival at Enderslea Farm.

                                        friday 18th, saturday 19th and sunday 20th September at 2pm.

The other main characters in the play will be Ethel Turner who wrote Seven Little Australians and

                                         Mary Grant Bruce who wrote the much loved Billabong Books.

The tickets will be $40 and include a farm fare afternoon tea by the Bindoon Country Womens Association.

If you are interested in attending you can ring Diane Pope at (08) 93865575

or book on the computer  through trybooking.com.au/211681

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Little Obelia . This edition was                             published in 1938

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Bib and Bub Painting Book was published by May Gibbs in 1932. It was a very carefully produced book so more expensive and therefore not quite so popular.