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Lady Cutler Award

Silhouette image of Lady Cutler used for Lady Cutler AwardThe Lady Cutler Award commemorates the contribution to the Children’s Book Council NSW Branch by Lady Helen Cutler.

        • Please consider nominating someone for this prestigious award.
        • Nominations close July 31, 2018
        • Nominations should be submitted on the official Nomination Form
        • Please read the Advice to Nominators carefully before entering

The award is presented at The Lady Cutler Event.

The CBCA NSW Lady Cutler Award is a biennial award administered by the CBCA NSW Branch for distinguished service to Children's Literature. It commemorates the contribution to the Children's Book Council NSW Branch by its first patron, Lady Helen Cutler.

The recipient of the 2016 Lady Cutler Award was Paul Macdonald.
Read about Paul's achievements here.

Historical Information

Lady Cutler (AC, DStJ, CStJ) was the first patron of the Children’s Book Council NSW Branch, accepting the appointment in 1966, when her husband Sir Roden Cutler became Governor of New South Wales.

Photograph of Lady Cutler, first Patron of CBCA NSW

  • Lady Cutler continued as Patron of the CBCA NSW Branch until her death in 1990.
  • Lady Cutler saw her role as one of service to the community. She recognised the needs of children and encouraged CBCA NSW Branch members to advance the cause of children's literature throughout the state.
  • Lady Cutler had an abiding interest in children and children’s literature and she and Sir Roden were regular visitors to Book Week celebrations, enjoying in particular the children and their spontaneous lack of ceremony.
  • Lady Cutler is pictured on the occasion of being Invested with the Companion of the Order of Australia in 1980.

 Lady Cutler saw her role as one of service to the community.


  • While many have made a significant contribution in this area, their work is often unrecognised, so, in 1981 the CBCA NSW Branch, headed by then President Eddie Coffey, inaugurated the Lady Cutler Award, with sponsorship from Hodder & Stoughton.
  • From 2012 the award came the full circle, with Eddie Coffey sponsoring this award in the name of book publisher and distributor, Peribo.

  • Logo for Peribo Bookshop



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The 2015 Lady Cutler Award presentation