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Fun And Nostalgia On The Shores Of Beautiful Sydney Harbour
May Gibb's loveable bush babies, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, have enchanted generations of Australian children since their adventures were first published in 1918. Roaming through their bushland home in the company of friends such as Little Ragged Blossom and Little Obelia, the books' protagonists enjoyed many exciting exploits and frequently faced evil foes – mainly in the form of the Wicked Banksia Men.
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie - Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Almost a century later, the adventures of May Gibb's delightful bushland characters still entertain readers of all ages, and the home where she worked is now a museum, dedicated to her life and creations. Situated in Neutral Bay, on the shores of Sydney Harbour, Nutcote was designed by eminent Sydney architect BJ Waterhouse in 1924, and was the home of Gibbs and her husband, mining agent, Bertram James Ossili Kelly. Gibbs resided at Nutcote for forty-four years, and her influence is still all-pervading – not just in the original artworks and furnishings that adorn her home, but also in the beautiful cottage gardens that overlook the harbour and descend to the foreshore. Gibbs was especially fond of the garden, declaring that it was there that she was inspired with some of her best ideas.
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
These days, both the home and Gibbs' garden are owned by North Sydney Council and have been restored to look much as they would have, back in the 1920s and 1930s. They serve, not only as a museum, but also as a venue for regular community events including fairs, musical events and school holiday activities.
Coming up this Sunday, on November 13th, Nutcote will be hosting the annual May Gibbs' Nutcote Gumnut Fair, a wonderful family event that will be sure to entertain and beguile all. Beginning at 11am and concluding at around 3pm, the fair will be held in the lovely grounds of Nutcote and include a great range of games and other fun activities. For those of us who love the magic of small traditional markets, there will also be plenty of opportunities to do some Christmas shopping, with stalls purveying books, crafts, cakes, lemonade and more.
Whether you're young or simply young-at-heart, this year's May Gibbs' Nutcote Gumnut Fair promises to be a unique and very enjoyable day out, in one of Sydney's most lovely locales. Entry will be free, but please note – normal admission prices will be charged for those who want to see the house and take a tour.
In a nutshell, this year's May Gibbs' Nutcote Gumnut Fair will be held on Sunday, November 13th from 11am until 3pm.
Nutcote is located at 5 Wallaringa Avenue in Neutral Bay. To learn more, visit the Nutcote website or call 02 9953 4453.