Mr Koala Bear

Kaye Perkins and Christo Gillard present HOPONIT's new collection featuring Mr Koala Bear.

Mr Bear is a loveable Australian character who features in a gardening booklet for children, The Garden Year with Mr Bear. Jolly Mr Bear is at work and play at Melbournalia on 50 Bourke St, including at a VIP shopping event on Thursday the 15th of December from 6pm until 8pm. We're thrilled to be releasing Mr Bear during this festive season and hope you can come to see him! 

Only a few copies remain of the booklet published by Arthur Yates and Co in the 1930s. The story follows the adventures of a green-thumbed koala bear.  Each page in the booklet represents a month in the gardening calendar. The illustrations feature charming vignettes of Mr Bear sowing seeds, dozing in a field of flowers, planting vegetables and putting up netting for sweet peas.

Many illustrations are in full colour from the art deco colour palette.  Others are in black and white for children to colour in.

All copyright in the images is owned by Yates Australia, a division of Duluxgroup (Aust) Pty Ltd