May Gibbs (1877-1969), author, illustrator and cartoonist, captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of Australians with her lovable bush characters and fairytale landscapes. She was Australia’s first full-time, professionally trained children’s book illustrator.
Best known for her Gumnut Babies and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, May Gibbs created a uniquely Australian bush fantasy world through her beautiful illustrations which remain loved to this day.
Gibbs also wrote and illustrated many other children’s books, produced long-running cartoon strips, and a variety of commercial work.
She was also Australia’s first female cartoonist, with her popular Bib and Bub cartoon strip which became Australia’s longest running strip from 1924 until 1967.