100 Year Old Cartoon Stands the Test of Time

100 Year Old Cartoon Stands the Test of Time
Posted on Fri 8 May 2020

Have you ever seen a kookaburra and a gumnut baby wearing gum leaves as face masks?

This public health poster was part of a government campaign in New South Wales to limit the spread of the deadly Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19.

At the time, wearing face masks in public places was compulsory, schools were closed and many public activities were banned or restricted.

Illustrator and author May Gibbs was one of the most popular children’s writers of the time. She used familiar characters from her children’s books to encourage readers, especially children, to wear masks to reduce the spread of the deadly infection.

May’s beautiful illustration reminds us to look out for our friends and neighbours during this difficult time. It’s why we created a Calling Card, which you may like to safely drop to a neighbour and let them know you’re thinking about them.

You can download your own Calling Cards here.

More about May Gibbs & Cerebral Palsy Alliance

May Gibbs’ (1877 – 1969) deep love for the Australian bush was portrayed in her work, engendering in children her own love of nature.

The Gumnut Babies, May’s classic book about Australian bush fairies, was first published in 1916 and was followed by many other Gumnut stories including her famous creations Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

When she died, May Gibbs bequeathed her works to two charities, one of which is Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Through her foresight, May Gibbs has helped thousands of Australian children with disabilities and their families.

For more information, visit maygibbs.org


We’ve mailed a May Gibbs Calling Card to some of our most kind supporters, along with our Emergency Telepractice Appeal.

On Friday, 17th March, the difficult decision was made to stop all face to face therapy. It means traditional therapy has had to move online.Telepractice allows our therapists to continue supporting children and adults with disability, but some families are missing out.

You can help provide Telepractice Support Kits, valued at $2,500 each, by donating online today. Click below to help a family access vital therapy.

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