Peter Gouldthorpe

I have illustrated 19 trade books, 45 education books and numerous covers. My work has been featured in articles and reviews in national newspapers, regional newspapers, magazines including, Island, 40 South, Vogue, as well as many book trade publications. I have also been interviewed for television and radio around Australia. Four of my children’s books have been featured on ABC Television’s Playschool.


  • Jonah and the Manly Ferry – Peter Gouldthorpe, Methuen, 1983
  • Don’t Get Burnt! – Jack Bedson, Collins, 1985
  • Walking to School – Ethel Turner, Collins, 1988
  • Sheepdogs – Jack Bedson, Walter McVitty Books,1990. Japanese edition 1991. Picture Puffin edition 1995
  • Hist! – C.J. Dennis, Walter McVitty  Books, 1991, 2. Children’s Book Council of Australia, Honour Book 1992. Picture Puffin edition 1995. Republished as a Walker Classic 2012
  • Grandad’s Gifts – Paul Jennings, Rigby  Heinemann-1991, Viking-1992,  Picture Puffin-1994, Children’s Book Council of Australia, Shortlisted Book  1993  (Viking edition ).Reprinted 1993, 97
  • First Light – Gary Crew, Lothian Books, 1993/4.Winner, Children’s Book  Council of Australia, Picture Book of  the Year 1994. U.S.Edition, Gareth Stevens Publishing,1996. I.B.B.Y. Book 1995
  • The Wonder Thing – Libby Hathorn, Viking, 1995. U.S. edition, Houghton  & Mifflin,1995. Children’s Book Council of Austrralia, Notable Book 1996
  • The Lost Diamonds of Killiecrankie – Gary Crew, Lothian Books, 1995. Children’s Book Council of Australia, Notable Book 1996. Reprinted 1996, 2009
  • Norton’s  Hut – John Marsden, Lothian Books, 1998. Reprinted 1998. Children’s Book Council of Australia, Notable Book 1999
  • Pannikin & Pinta – Colin Thiele, Lothian Books, 2000. Children’s Book Council of Australia – Shortlisted Young Readers category 2001. Reprinted several times
  • Queenie – Corinne Fenton, Black Dog Books, 2006. Reprinted 2006. Honour Book, Information Category – Children’s Book Council of Australia 2007.  Published Candlewick Press U.S.A. 2013
  • The Dog on the Tuckerbox – Corinne Fenton, Black Dog Books, 2008. Children’s Book Council of Australia – Notable Book. Reprinted 2008
  • No Return; Captain Scott’s Race to the Pole – Peter Gouldthorpe, Lothian Books, 2011. Children’s Book Council of Ausralia – Notable Book
  • Lyrebird – Jackie Kerrin, Museum Victoria, 2012. Children’s Book Council of Australia – Honour Book 2013
  • Ice, Wind, Rock; Mawson in the Antarctic – Peter Gouldthorpe, Lothian Books, 2013, Children’s Book Council of Australia – Honour Book 2014
  • The White Mouse; The Story of Nancy Wake – Peter Gouldthorpe, Omnibus, 2015, Children’s Book Council of Australia – Short-listed book 2016
  • Our Dog Knows Words – Peter Gouldthorpe illustrated by Lucy Gouldthorpe, Lothian Books, 2015



  • To The Island, Solo Exhibition, Colville Gallery, Hobart, 2011
  • A Change in the Weather, Solo Exhibition, Colville Street Gallery, Hobart, Oct 2007
  • Tasmanian Landscapes, Solo Exhibition. Colville Street Gallery, Hobart, Nov.2005
  • Isolation/Solitude, Mixed exhibition. Long Gallery, Hobart 2005
  • Barking Up The Wrong Tree, Mixed exhibition. Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne. Curated by Mori Gallery, Sydney 2004
  • Lost Diamonds of Killiekrankie, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery exhibition, June 2000
  • Latrobe Regional Gallery, VIC Exhibition with three illustrators, August-September, 1999
  • Dromkeen, VIC Retrospective exhibition, March-July, 1999
  • Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre, WA Exhibition of Norton’s Hut originals, 1998
  • Books Illustrated, Port Melbourne, exhibition of Norton’s Hut, originals and retrospective, 1998
  • Fremantle Arts Centre, WA. An exhibition of finished art and working drawings from The Lost Diamonds of Killiecrankie and The  Wonder  Thing, 1996
  • Over Here – Down Under. Work included in traveling exhibition of USA and Aus illustrators. Touring USA, 1998 -2000
  • Waverly City Gallery, Hobart Museum and Art Gallery and regional galleries in Victoria and NSW. Ways of Seeing – A Graphic Insight. An exhibition of selected authors and illustrators, works and interviews, 1995-6
  • Fremantle Arts Centre, WA Exhibition of finished art and working drawings from First Light, 1994
  • Westpac Gallery and regional galleries throughout Victoria and NSW exhibition of works from picture books short-listed by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, 1994
  • National Gallery, Canberra, ACT The Art of Illustration – group exhibition of Australian illustrators, past and present who used the medium of linocuts, 1993
  • Books Illustrated, Port Melbourne, Victoria. Selling exhibition of originals from Hist! and Grandad’s Gifts, 1992
  • Gallery Cimitiere, Launceston, Tasmania. Selling  exhibition  of  originals  from Sheep  Dogs and earlier titles, 1990
  • Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania. Solo exhibition of illustrations and working drawings, 1989
  • Koalas, Kookaburras and Kangaroos – A traveling exhibition of Australian illustrations, 1857 to 1988.  Bologna, London, Sydney, 1988
  • Cockatoo Gallery, Launceston, Paintings and Drawings, 1987
  • Manly Art Gallery, Manly, NSW. Work from Jonah and the Manly Ferry and Don’t Get Burnt, 1985
  • Museum of Early Childhood, Paddington, NSW. Work from Jonah and the Manly Ferry included in permanent collection, 1983
  • Little Gallery, Devonport, Paintings and Drawings, 1976, 1979, 1981
  • Little Gallery, Devonport, Tas. B&W Drawings, 1975
  • Also exhibited in mixed shows at The Bowerbank Mill, Deloraine, Gallery Cimitiere & Crohill Gallery, Launceston, Chameleon Gallery, Freeman Gallery & The Long Gallery, Hobart


Peter’s paintings and illustrations are in Public and Private Collections throughout Australia. Public Collections; Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Devonport City Gallery, Australian Antarctic Division, Kingston, CSIRO Marine Laboratories, Hobart, Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre, WA Lu Rees Archives, ANU Canberra, Museum of Early Childhood, Paddington, NSW Dromkeen Collection, Riddles Creek, VIC, Australia Post Philatelic Collection, Melbourne.

Awards and grants

  • Honour Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia, Ice, Wind, Rock: Mawson in the Antarctic, Peter Gouldthorpe, Information Book Category, 2014
  • Honour Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia, Lyrebird, Jackie Kerrin, Information Book Category, 2013
  • Wrest Point Art Awards, Runner-up 2012. People’s choice, 2013
  • Glover Prize, Finalist 2004, People’s Choice, 2010, Children’s Choice, 2014, 2016
  • Honour Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia, Queenie Information Book Category, 2007
  • Arts Tasmania Wilderness Residency at Lake St. Clair, April and May 2002
  • Short-listed Children’s Book Council of Australia, Pannikin and Pinta, Colin Thiele, Young Readers Category, 2001
  • I.B.B.Y. Award for book First Light, 1995 (International Best Books for Youth)
  • Australia Council, Book Illustrators Grant recipient, 1996
  • Winner, Children’s Book Council of Australia, First Light, Picture Book Category, 1994
  • Short-listed, Children’s Book Council of Australia, Grandad’s Gifts, Picture Book Category, 1993
  • Honour Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia, Hist!, Picture Book Category, 1992
  • Artists In Schools Project, Burnie High School, 1990
  • Special Project Grant recipient, Tas Arts Advisory Board, 1989
  • Arts Based Industry Grant recipient, Tas Arts Advisory Board, 1984
  • Tasmanian Art Prize, Winner, Burnie 1979


  • Melbourne City Council, Mural for Chrissy Amphlett Lane, 2015
  • Royal Hobart Hospital, Paediatric Unit, Trompe L’oeil on plywood panels, Artists in Public Buildings Scheme, 2009
  • May Shaw Health Centre, Swansea, set of landscape paintings for Artists in Public Buildings Scheme, 2006
  • Royal Hobart Hospital, Transitional Care Unit, Trompe L’oeil paintings for Artists in Public Buildings Scheme, 2005
  • Oatlands District High School, suite of 11 paintings for Library, Mixed media for Artists in Public Buildings Scheme, 2004
  • Flinders Island Museum, Trompe l’oeil painting of the Hermitage at Emita, 2.1m X 3m, 2004
  • North Hobart Veterinary Clinic, Trompe l’oeil corner of Elizabeth and Tasma Streets, Hobart, 2004
  • The Mercury, Trompe l’oeil in the Mercury building, Hobart, 2003
  • Australia Post, Four stamps featuring the Dan Ships for The Australian Antarctic Territories, 2002
  • Aurora Energy, Trompe l’oeil in Dennison Lane, South Hobart, 2002
  • Hobart City Council, Trompe l’oeil in Little Arthur Street, North Hobart, 2001
  • Australia Post, Stamp Picture Sheet, Creatures of the Night featuring six stamps of Native Animals, 1997
  • Artists in Public Buildings Scheme, Allanvale College and Summerdale Primary School both in Launceston, Wynyard High School, Albeura Street Primary School, Hobart General Hospital, Queenstown Hospital, and Bellerive Police Station


  • Spoken at schools, colleges, universities, conferences and writer’s festivals throughout Australia and parts of South-East Asia over the last 20 years
  • In 1999 travelled to the USA for two months to work on a private commission
  • Residency at the Cite des Artes International, Paris 2001
  • Residency Bundanon, August 2014