David Armitage is an illustrator. With his wife, Ronda Armitage (a NZ-born writer) he creates picture books. While the Armitages do not work in Australia, and set many of their works overseas, two of their books have been Highly Commended in the Australian Children's Book Council Awards (see The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, 1977 and The Trouble with Mr Harris, 1978.) (Source: OCACL).
Armitage studied illustration, commercial art and painting at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology between 1960 and 1965. He has worked as a scene painter for an Australian theatre company, an exhibitions officer at the Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand and art director for a magazine.
Ice Creams for Rosie1981single work picture book children's When the ice cream for Rosie's island shop runs out one hot summer, she comes up with a clever way to transport a shipment from the mainland.
'The village people of Hodgeton are not happy with the new post master because he is so grumpy and impatient. They decide to call a protest meeting. However, Mr Harris proves that he is really a nice person.'
The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch1977single work picture book children's humour Some hungry seagulls keep eating Mr.Grinling's lunch but after several unsuccessful attempts Mrs. Grinling finally outwits the pesky gulls.