Cecilia May Gibb’s was born on the 17th January 1877 in Kent, England. She arrived in Adelaide in 1881. Both of her parents were artistic having met and married whilst studying Art at the School of Design, South Kensington. Her father, Herbert was appointed drawing master at Perth High School in 1890. May was schooled in Perth before studying art in England at the Cope and Nichol School, Chelsea and the Henry Blackburn School of Black and White art between 1901 and 1904. She earned a living by doing sketches of soldiers departing for World War 1, designing covers for the Sydney Mail, contributing to The Tatler and other magazines. She published Gumnut Babies in 1916 and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie in 1918 to great success. She married in 1919 and lived with her husband in ‘Nutcote’ Neutral Bay, Sydney and continued to publish delighting generations of children with her Gumnut series. Her success wained in the 1930’s however she kept publishing until 1954. She was appointed an MBE in 1955. May Gibbs died childless in 1969 bequeathing all her estate to the NSW Society for Crippled Children and the NSW Spastic Centre.