Vale Kilmeny Niland (1950-2009)
Posted by Lisa Hill on May 14, 2009
I was much saddened to see from The Age Obituaries that the artist Kilmeny Niland had died on February 27th this year. She was only 58.
Would any of us know the work of Banjo Patterson today, if not for Niland’s wonderful illustrations? She brought his poems to life and made them appealing for today’s children with bright colours and zany humour. The Age says that Mulga Bill’s Bicycle has never been out of print, and I still read it to classes who love it!
Her website still shows some of her work, and I hope her surviving family will maintain it somehow because it showcases her enormous talent and delightful sense of humour.
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