On the cover

May Gibbs supplemented her income during the First World War doing sketches of servicemen prior to their embarkation and selling postcards of gumnut babies as soldiers. Gumnut Babies, the first of May Gibbs’ gumnut children books, was published in 1916 and her most famous book, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, was published in 1918. Together with other mementos of war—from the personal to the political—this postcard can be seen in the Library’s latest exhibition, Keepsakes: Australians and the Great War.

In this issue

  • Keepsakes: Australians and the Great War 
    Guy Hansen introduces some of the mementos of war—personal, political and poignant—featured in the Library’s latest exhibition
  • John Gould’s Extinct and Endangered Mammals of Australia 
    Lost and threatened animals come to life in the pages of Gould’s The Mammals of Australia, writes Fred Ford.
  • A Civil Affair: The Emden’s Last Raid
    A wartime encounter between German sailors and Australian telegraph operators was surprisingly amiable, writes Edwin Ride.
  • Writing The Petrov Poems
    Lesley Lebkowicz visited the Library for inspiration for her verse novel about the infamous Petrov Affair.
  • Fred Ward: Furniture Designer
    Meredith Hinchliffe reviews the life and legacy of an innovative Australian with a strong design philosophy.
  • Chequered Lives: John Barton Hack and Stephen Hack 
    A box of family papers sparked Iola Mathews’ interest in finding out more about her pioneering ancestors.