Michael Salmon

Michael Salmon


Speaker type

  • Author
  • Illustrator / Designer
  • Cartoonist
  • Interstate
  • Virtual visits
available for virtual visits

Michael Salmon has been involved in graphics, Children’s literature, TV and Theatre since 1967.

He started his career with surfing cartoons and exhibitions of psychedelic art …. and then joined the famous marionette troupe ‘The Tintookies’ as a trainee set designer/stage-manager in 1968 (The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, Sydney)

Work has mostly been for young people … both here and overseas. Credits include the ‘Alexander Bunyip show’ (ABC-TV 1978-88), ‘Wayzgoose’ (ABC-TV 1977), theatre/pantomimes: scripts and scenic design, varied merchandise designs, toy and board game invention and the writing and illustrating of 176 picture story-books and activity-books for children.

Several million copies of books have been sold worldwide.

Michael has been visiting Australian Primary Schools since 1972. The hour long sessions are humorous, fun, interactive, and entertaining, with a focus on Students developing their own creativity. Suitable for all grades/years. Many photos of these visits can be seen on his website:


Several trips have been up to the Gulf of Carpentaria Savannah Schools and to the remote Aboriginal community Schools on Cape York Peninsula, as a guest of EDU QLD.

The Australian Government honoured his work in 2004 by printing a 32nd Centenary, special edition of his first book ‘The Monster that ate Canberra’ as a Commonwealth publication … for both residents and visitors to our Capital. Every Federal Politician received a copy!

Michael was also the co-creator and designer of ‘Buddy Bear’ for the Alannah and Madeline Foundation (Port Arthur 1996). The Foundation financially supports Children/Families who are victims of violence/violent crime; they are currently running an anti-bullying campaign in Australian Schools.

In 2010 the ACT Government further recognised his work by commissioning a bronze statue of the first book character ‘Alexander Bunyip’. ‘Unveiled’ in April 2011, it stands next to the new Gungahlin Library in our Federal Capital.


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Michael presented ‘Bunyip-themed history sessions’ for audiences of School Children at the National Library of Australia, Canberra: 2011 – 2015.

School touring and new book titles continue ….

michael salmon follow your dream

 New  - Early Australian History colouring panels...for school projects (suitable for curriculum studies)



Download 93 x A4 pages free of charge

  • 3 Colouring book titles, scanned pages.
  • Books originally published in 1988 for Australia’s Bicentennial Celebrations.
  • Download individual pages or complete book.
  • Most panels are based on actual, diarised events.
  • Schools: please record downloaded copies for copyright purposes

Direct link to Colouring panels: http://www.michaelsalmon.com.au/index.php/books-things/australian-history-colouring-sheets






 To request a booking with Michael, please use the booking pane to the left.



  • As a School we highly recommend Michael Salmon. Comments from staff, students and parents were all positive. Michael had everyone laughing and enthralled by his fast paced drawing and stories. Students were engaged the whole time from Prep to Year 6. They were excited to be included in his performance and it left them all wanting to give drawing a go. Michael sparked the imagination of our students and created a buzz that is still going on in our Library a week later. It was a great performance and wonderful to see such a hands on presentation.

    Stanthorpe State Primary School - July, 2017

    Stanthorpe State Primary School - July, 2017
    Michael Salmon
  • I would like to thank you on behalf of the whole school for the entertaining and inspiring workshop last Wednesday. In an age where it is hard to inspire children with anything outside of technology you certainly did a terrific job. The children were captivated the whole hour which was a big call considering it was the last lesson of the day!

    I love how you encouraged the children, particularly those artistically inclined, to follow their dreams and you made it seem like a tonnes of fun to do so!

    A million thank yous for taking time out to visit our school and I look forward to meeting again in the future (outside of book fair time!)

    St. Therese's Catholic School, Moonah, Tasmania - May, 2017

    St. Therese's Catholic School, Moonah, Tasmania - May, 2017
    Michael Salmon
  • We had a fantastic visit with Michael today. The kids were in fits of laugher – a great success! . It was terrific. The staff and students couldn’t stop smiling!

    Michael Salmon - Saint Stephen

    Michael Salmon - Saint Stephen
    Michael Salmon
  • The students and teachers really enjoyed Michael Salmon's visit and have done some wonderful follow-up work since.

    Mihael Salmon - Narangba State School, September, 2012.

    Mihael Salmon - Narangba State School, September, 2012.
    Michael Salmon
  • Thanks so much for the wonderful performance last Friday. So many positive comments (and that was just the teachers).

    I don't think the kids have enjoyed a more entertaining session. One staff member said it was the best show we've ever had.

    Michael Salmon - Glenvale State School, Toowoomba, September, 2011

    Michael Salmon - Glenvale State School, Toowoomba, September, 2011
    Michael Salmon
Michael Salmon