Simpson and his Donkey artworks find new home at State Library

February 2nd, 2017 | Category: Books, News

IMG_0847 2Illustrations and preliminary sketches, which accompany the story of Simpson and His Donkey, have recently been acquired by the State Library of Western Australia for its Peter Williams Collection of original artworks by Australian illustrators.
IMG_1173It was important that the original illustrations and accompanying materials were cared for and made available for future generations to explore the art and process of creating an illustrated story book. I am delighted that the State Library has already made them available as an exhibition in 2017.

CEO and State Librarian, Margaret Allen, said that the complete set of research documents, preliminary sketches and 17 original artworks showed the amount of detailed work required to create an illustrated children’s book. “The story of Jack Simpson Kirkpatrick and his donkey, who together rescued 300 wounded soldiers at Gallipoli, is a tale of one of our beloved Western Australian ANZAC heroes.It is fitting that these illustrations which accompany the contemporary retelling of this important story have entered the State Library’s collection where they are available for viewing by visitors,” Mrs Allen said. Visitors can see the newly acquired illustrations in an exhibition at the State Library’s Story Place Gallery from 2 February to 27 April 2017.


For schools: School groups are welcome to visit the Simpson and his Donkey exhibition. The workshop, Digging up the Past – World War One, supports the exhibition and can be booked by calling one of education officers on (08) 9427 3202. A teacher’s guide will also be available.


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