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RiP Noela Young

Australian illustrator Noela Young has died, aged 88.

Young began illustrating books in the 1950s, for writers including Hesba Brinsmead, Christobel Mattingley, Ruth Park, Patricia Wrightson, Emily Rodda and Margaret Wild. She was best known for her illustrations for Ruth Park’s ‘Muddle-Headed Wombat’ series.

Young has illustrated over 70 books. Her most well-known works include Something Special by Emily Rodda (Angus & Robertson), Pigs Might Fly by Emily Rodda (HarperCollins) and Grandpa by Lilith Norman (Margaret Hamilton Books).

Margaret Hamilton, former children’s book publisher, writes:

‘This is a sad loss for Australian children’s books. I am proud to have worked with Noela, especially on Grandpa and I treasure the exquisite original artwork I have at Pinerolo.’

Young’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 10 April at Ann Wilson Chapel, Barrenjoey Road, Mona Vale NSW and followed by a gathering at the Pittwater RSL Club, also in Mona Vale.


Category: Obituaries