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100 Year Old Carton Stands the Test of Time

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You can download your own Calling Cards below.

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.

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.

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