Three Dresses

Wanda Gibson

An important true story by Nukgal Wurra author-illustrator Wanda Gibson about connection to place and the joy of family, based on her childhood holidays to the beach.

Three Dresses tells the true story of Wanda Gibson’s experiences as a child growing up in a Lutheran Mission in the 1950s in Far North Queensland. Rations of food, clothing and materials were provided under strict conditions, but somehow Wanda and her family made the memories of these second-hand dresses ones that were cherished and shared for generations to come.

Picture Book

Wanda Gibson

Wanda Gibson is a Nukgal Wurra woman and lives in Hope Vale on the Cape York Peninsula. Both of Wanda’s parents were Stolen Generation, brought to Cape Bedford Mission when they were young. Wanda is a master weaver and painter. She has five kids, 11 grandkids and five great grandkids.

University of Queensland Press (UQP)

For 70 years UQP has been at the forefront of innovative publishing. It has launched the careers of many great novelists, published contemporary poets, been a pioneering force in children’s and young adult publishing and has set the benchmark for award-winning scholarly and Black Australian writing.