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May Gibbs | State Library of New South Wales Discover...

May Gibbs | State Library of New South Wales

This month, May Gibbs’ home Nutcote celebrates 20 years since it was saved and opened for the public.

May Gibbs lived at Nutcote for 44 years, bequeathing her home to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) which, under its Charter, was unable to hold property. Following its sale in 1970, subsequent owners wished to demolish and redevelop the site. In 1987, the May Gibbs Foundation was formed to ‘Save Nutcote for the Nation’. Following a successful campaign, the house was granted a Permanent Conservation Order and was placed on the Register of the National Estate. North Sydney Municipal Council purchased Nutcote for $2.86m in 1990. Nutcote was restored to show the house as it would have looked in the late 1920s and early 1930s. It was opened to the public in 1994.

The State Library of New South Wales holds a large collection of items relating to May Gibbs, See our Discover Collections feature.