Over the years, May Gibbs’ Nutcote has received the support of a great many people and organizations. In the early 1980s, when there was a national campaign to ‘Save Nutcote for the Nation’, people from all over Australia who had been touched by May Gibbs and her legacy, were inspired to help the cause. North Sydney Council purchased Nutcote in 1990 for $2.86 million and following restoration largely funded by the May Gibbs Foundation, it opened to the public in May 1994 as a House Museum and Gardens. Nutcote’s staunchest current supporter remains North Sydney Council, which ensures that the maintenance of the heritage House and Gardens is undertaken in accordance with the Joint Plan of Management.
We are very grateful to our current partners and sponsors:
- Corporate Sponsor Accenture Australia, which has provided pro-bono technical and project management support to upgrade the May Gibbs website
- Partner organisations which very kindly provide benefits to the Friends of Nutcote and/or assist with events and fund-raising:
1. Ensemble Theatre Company, Kirribilli, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
2. Thelma and Louise café, Hayes Street, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
3. The Song Company, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay NSW 2000
4. Rotary Club of Neutral Bay
For their significant contribution in helping to save ‘Nutcote for the Nation’ we would like to thank:
The Commonwealth Government of Australia, NSW Ministry for the Arts, Ms Juliana Bayfield-Archbold, Ms June Bowman & Mr Brian Bowman, Ms Jane Brummitt, Ms Jean Chapman, Ms Ros Creighton, Mr John Gibbs, Mr Ken Gibbs, Ms Dorothy Griffiths, Ms Ann Haddon, Ms Jean Hart, Ms Yvonne Hyde OAM, Mr Peter Kingston, Mr Ted Mack, Ms Christobel Mattingley, Rupert Myer Foundation North Sydney Leagues Club, Ms Elizabeth Parker, Dr Neil & Mrs Marian Shand OAM, Mr Martin Sharp, Ms Maureen Walsh, Mr John & Mrs Helen Wood.
For assistance with providing objects on display in the House Museum, our thanks also go to:
Ms Ellaine Arneil, Ms Jean Chapman, Mr David and Ms Maree Cumming, Ms Joan Hall, Mr Andrew Lee, Ms Elizabeth Parker, The May Gibbs Foundation, Dr Anne Ridley, Dr Neil and Mrs Marian Shand OAM, Mr Patrick Spedding, and Mr John and Mrs Helen Wood.
For assistance with the original restoration work undertaken at May Gibbs’ Nutcote, we would like to thank:
Cadry’s Oriental and Persian Carpets, The Children’s Book Council of Australia, Craftsman Furniture Centre Antique Restorations, International Conservation Services, The Natural Gas Company, Porters Original Limewash Company, Howard Tanner and Associates, and Weldon Publishing.
We would also like to thank the following authors:
Maureen Walsh May Gibbs – Mother of the Gumnuts Sydney University Press 2007.
Jean Chapman A Day With May Gibbs at Nutcote Margaret Hamilton Books Pty Ltd1993.
Robert Holden & Jane Brummitt May Gibbs – More than a Fairytale Hardie Grant Books 2011.
Our thanks to Dugald and Linda Holmes for setting up the first May Gibbs website and to Accenture Australia for sponsoring further development and the establishment of a new website in 2011.