The Illustration Collection

Named in appreciation of Dr. Peter Williams, this collection began with a donation of 107 artworks from the eponymous children’s literature enthusiast and expert. Since Williams’ initial donation in 2006, the State Library of Western Australia has continued to add to the collection in recognition of the importance of picture books in fostering a love of literacy and lifelong learning. 

With illustrations dating from 1970 to the present day, the Peter Williams Collection showcases the artistry and diversity of some of Australia’s outstanding illustrated picture books. Thousands of illustrations, drafts sketches, storyboards, and colour studies offer a unique insight into the art of picture book making within Australian visual and literary culture. 

The Illustration Collection

Artworks from the Peter Williams Collection are regularly exhibited and incorporated into learning and public programs. The State Library’s online catalogue provides a way to search and locate illustrations in this collection using the call number PWC*.

Tour the Ten Pound Pom Exhibition

Ten Pound Pom: The illustrated picture book explores the making of the picture book Ten Pound Pom by Carole Wilkinson and Liz Anelli.  Carole Wilkinson and her family were some of the thousands of British migrants who were welcomed to Australia as part of assisted passage migration schemes during the 1950s and 1960s. The story shares the author’s real life journey of migration from England to Australia.  The exhibition shows how Liz Anelli created the pictures for the book by combining sketch, collage and painting through digital layering techniques.

A digital tour of the Ten Pound Pom Exhibition was produced with the generous assistance of the Perth Cultural Centre Screen.  

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Tour the Ten Pound Digital Exhibition

Last updated on: 15 July 2020