May Gibbs Essay

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May Gibbs was one of Australia’s most treasured illustrator, artist and children’s author of all time. Her most well-known work is “The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.” May Gibbs’ stories of bush fantasy have captured Australia for over a century.
May Gibbs settled in Neutral Bay, Sydney in 1913. Soon after, she had a studio on Bridge Street where she did most of her work. In 1924, she purchased some land and built a house upon it called Nutcote. May Gibbs and her husband (James Ossoli Kelly) moved to Nutcote, in 1925. May Gibbs lived in the Nutcote for 44 years and created most of her works in Nutcote.
May Gibbs was the only daughter of Herbet May Gibbs and Cecilia Rodgers. Her full name was Cecilia May Gibbs but she always published under the name of May Gibbs. She was born on the 17 January 1877 in Sydenham, Kent, England. May Gibbs died on the 27 November 1969 at the age of 92.
May had an artistic ability from a very young age. In 1900 she travelled to England and studied under Augustus John for 4 years at the London art school of Cope and Nichol, Chelsea Polytechnic, and several other night schools. She exhibited paintings of
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May Gibbs aimed to immerse children in her own love of nature through her books. May Gibbs died in Sydney on 27 November 1969, and was cremated at Northern Suburbs Crematorium, Sydney. Gibbs bequeathed the copyright from the designs of her bush characters and her stories to Northcott Disability Services (formerly The NSW Society for Crippled Children) and Cerebral Palsy Alliance (formerly The Spastic Centre of NSW). The residue of her estate was left to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. Through her foresight, May Gibbs has helped the charities assist thousands of children with disabilities and their families throughout

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