Gary Hebley was born in Wellington in 1941, graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from Canterbury University, and then became a secondary school teacher. He and his wife Diane Hebley
have collaborated on many children’s books which celebrate what it is to be a New Zealander. Gary has also illustrated works of other authors.
- The World around the Corner text by Maurice Gee (Oxford University Press 1980).
- A is for Albatross text by Diane Hebley (Methuen 1981).
- Mouse in School text by Gloria Gibson (Meuthen 1983).
- Holiday Time in the Bush text by Ruth Dallas (Methuen 1983).
- High on a Hilltop text by Diane Hebley (Methuen 1984).
- The Gully that Gabriel Found: The First Big Gold Rush text by Diane Hebley (HAP 1985).
- Jock Mackenzie and His Dog text by Diane Hebley (HAP 1986).
- The Ballad of Young Nick: How He Sailed with Captain Cook from Plymouth to Botany Bay, 1768–70 text by Diane Hebley (HAP 1987).
- Jessie Jenkin’s Diary: Written on Board the Sailing Ship Lord Auckland on a Voyage from England to New Zealand text by Kathryn Rountree (Longman Paul 1989).
- Joe’s Ruby text by Elsie Locke (Cape Catley 1995).
- CLA Services to Children’s Literature Award 1997 (now the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award).
- LIANZA Young People’s Non-Fiction Award 1988 Shortlist for The Ballad of Young Nick.