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Walter Cunningham Walter Cunningham i(A51354 works by)
Born: Established: 1910 Surrey,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: Aug 1988 Mona Vale, Northern Beaches area, Sydney Northeastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1924
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Illustrator, Walter Cunningham came to Australia at 14 years of age and joined the staff of John Sands in 1926. Beginning as a messenger boy he became a staff artist and then manager of the art department. He won a NSW scholarship for drawing in 1928 and studied at the National Art School where he later taught. During the 1940s Cunningham drew a comic-strip Kaark the Crow for the Sydney Morning Herald and collaborated with Leslie Rees in a number of successful books for children including the inaugural Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award, 1946, winner The Story of Karrawingi, the Emu (John Sands, [1946]). Stella Lees and Pam Macintyre in the Oxford Companion to Australian Children's Literature (Oxford University Press, 1993) comment 'Cunningham's expert watercolours in effective double-page layouts were innovations during the 1940s, and marked a development in children's book design.'

Cunningham served terms as president with the NSW branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia, and as a judge for the Australian Children's Book of the Year Awards. He married the illustrator Noela Young (q.v.).

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Story of Shadow the Rock Wallaby Sydney : John Sands , 1948 Z830314 1948 single work children's fiction children's
1948 highly commended CBCA Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year Award
y separately published work icon The Story of Shy the Platypus Sydney : John Sands , 1944 Z813156 1944 single work children's fiction children's

'This exciting story of the life of a young platypus describes her growing up and experiencing encounters with humans, other platypuses and different animals. '

2012 commended Whitley Awards Children's Story

The 2011 National Library of Australia edition illustrated by Naomi Zouwer was commended.

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