Australia's most famous babies to visit Kempsey

100 years of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie

It’s 100 years since May Gibbs’ adorable characters found their way into the homes and hearts of Australians, and Kempsey Shire Library is celebrating with a free display from Saturday 16 June to Thursday 28 June featuring her iconic artwork.

May Gibbs was Australia's first full-time, professionally trained children's book author and illustrator, and the display features reproductions of some of her most beloved characters including the gumnut babies and brothers Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

The display explores May Gibbs’ early work, the characters of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Ragged Blossom and Little Obelia, her process and examples of how the war influenced her work.

For enquiries, please contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210

Illustration of gumnut babies

May Gibbs Adult Craft

A May Gibbs inspired craft session for adults will be held at Kempsey Shire Library on Tuesday 19 June from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

FOLK (Friends of the Library Kempsey) volunteer, Renee will be presenting the session designed to complement the May Gibbs travelling exhibition from the State Library of New South Wales.

For enquiries and to RSVP your attendance please contact the Library on 6566 3210

New HSC resources at Kempsey Library

HSC Personal Interest Projects (PIPs)

Award winning Personal Interest Projects (PIPs) related to (Stage 6) Society and Culture studies across New South Wales.

For in-library use only - supervised. Items cannot be copied or reproduced

  • All aboard the mateship
    Despite mateship being considered to be an Australian convention that embodies egalitarianism, mateship as a cultural position is divisive and exclusionary.
  • ‘Can all male students please stand now to take the oath’
    An investigation into the exclusion of female voices from my school’s and society’s effort to contribute to change with regards to violence against women.
  • The Childfree choice of women
    An investigation into childfree women and their perceived deviance from gender norms, which results in exclusion from all levels in society.
  • Contesting Heteronormativity in Japanese culture
    An examination into the changing notions of sexuality and constructs of homosexuality with Japanese culture.
  • Homeless even at home
    A cross cultural examination of the influence of socialisation agents, between Australia and Sweden, on the perceptions of Kurdish communities and implications of this for Kurdish individuals.
  • Mask on or mask off?
    An inquiry into the desire to belong and the ways in which Pakistani migrants change their cultural identity.
  • Populism: ‘The worst deal ever’
    An investigation into the recrudescence of populism in the 21st century.
  • ‘Raising a fist… the same height high’
    A cross cultural study into the implications of feminism in the 21st century.
  • The Refugee in the room
    An investigation into the psychology and accommodation of displaced refugees in Australia.
  • To take the red pill
    A study examining the state of gender relations discourse in mainstream culture, and the analysis of the current cultural conflicts arising out of feminism.

For enquiries phone Kempsey Library 6566 3210 or email

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