PLEASE NOTE: Any book title starting with "The" - the second word of the title is used to list by.
I see something better soon
How a remote community was transformed through empowerment
by Jim Heslop
ISBN 978-0-85905- 638-0, (New 2016), A4, 312 pages, illustrated, softcover, 840 grams
This is a book that I really did not want to write because I had hoped that the journey of community-school transformation and empowerment that was commenced in 1991 in Warakurna would have gone much further and it would have dwarfed the tentative steps that were made at that time.
In Australian Tropics
by Alfred Searcy
Foreword by Dr. C.C. McKnight
ISBN 0 85905 067 X, (1984 reprint of 1909 edition with new material), Hard Cover, 478pp, 650grams
$40.00 + POST
Searcy led an adventurous life as a customs officer in the Northern Territory in the 1880s.
He relates his experiences of the North, buffalo and crocodile hunting, the natives, Chinese, history of the early settlements, and more.
In Savage Australia
by Knut Dahl
ISBN 978-0-85905-633-5, (1926 R 2016), 240 x 160, 372pp, Hardcover, dj, indexed, illustrated, 1.1 kg
$96.00* + POST
Knut Dahl led expeditions into the NT and Kimberley in 1894-96. In Savage Australia was first published in English in 1926 but is not well known despite his interesting biological work and pertinent comments on the social habits of all races.
Dahl was a biologist with a wide knowledge and interest. Ian Abbot has written the Foreword and an appendix on the fauna described by Dahl. This is the latest volume in the Western Australian Explorers' Diaries Project and an essential reference for anyone interested in northern Australia.
In the Hands of Providence
The desert journeys of David Carnegie
by Bill Peasley
ISBN 978-0-85905-530-7, (2013), A4, illustrated, 246pp, 675g
$45.00* + POST
This is a facsimile of the original ms before it was cut for the earlier and much smaller edition. Contains photos, maps, sketches, etc. An essential companion to Spinifex and Sand.
Also contains an appendix on the death of Stansmore and the finding of his burial site.
In the Wake of HMAS Sydney II
by Bryan Clark
ISBN 978-0-85905-493-5, (2010 new), A4, 265pp, 740grams
$50.00* + POST
Researched over a 15-year period by the former editor of The Gascoyne Telegraph and The Northern Timesnewspapers, Bryan Clark, this newly-released book is the only record of many of the now-deceased German survivors of the World War 11 raider, HSK Kormoran, which sunk the famous Australian cruiser, HMAS Sydney 11, off the West Australian coast on November 19, 1941, resulting in the deaths of 645 Australian naval personnel.
The Incident at Afghan Rocks
edited by P.J. Bridge, J. Crocker, S. Gullefer, I. Murray and G. Dreezens
ISBN 978-0-85905-437-9, (2008new), A4, Soft Cover, 51pp, illustrated, 170grams
$22.00 + POST
On the 13 August 1894, a large contingent of camels belonging to Gunny Khan & Co arrived at Windanyer, now known as Afghan Rocks, near Israelite Bay in Western Australia. The caravan of 108 camels and 17 Afghans, led by Patrick Green, a well-known camel authority in NSW and SA, had left Bourke, NSW on the 26 June.
The Incredible Klemm
by Pat Studdy Clift
ISBN 978-0-85905-148-4, (2009 New), Soft Cover, 125 pages, 175grams
$22.00 + POST
This is the story of the remarkable Klemm Swallow aircraft built by Hans Klemm in Munich in 1934 and sent to New Guinea as a mission plane.
It is now the oldest surviving mission plane from a lost past in the jungles of New Guinea.
Indian Ocean Whalers on the West Coast of New Holland
by Rod Dickson
ISBN 978-0-85905-597-0, (New, 2015), A4, 22 pp, 95grams
$22.00* + POST
This is a companion volume to the immense, The history of the Whalers on the South Coast of New Holland from 1800 – 1888, by Rod Dickson. Hesperian Press, 2007. The West Coast book lists the whalers alphabetically, with master, tonnage and rig, home port, date sailed and to which whaling ground. While not detailed to the extent of the South Coast volume, the gems of information on WA costal activities are of great interest.
Frank Mather and his Electweld Steel Co. at Kellerberrin
by Phil Bianchi and Ray Mather
ISBN 0 85905 404 7, (2007), A4, 40pp, illust, 140grams
$22.00* + POST
Frank Mather was an inventor and engineer whose work was renowned in the WA wheatbelt. This book details his work on gas producers, farming implements, and refurbishing and recycling the Eastern Goldfields water pipeline.
Interpreting Occupied Japan
The Diary of an Australian Soldier 1945 – 1946
by Basil Archer (edited and with an introduction by Sandra Wilson)
ISBN 978-0-85905-474-4, (2009), Soft Cover, 164pp, 280grams
$25.00 + POST
This is a rare account of early post-war Japan from the cutting edge of day-to-day work in the Allied occupation, by an Australian soldier trained in the Japanese language for occupation work. It provides a wealth of insights into the lives both of the soldiers in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force and of the Japanese with whom they lived and worked. Basil Archer writes vividly about his journey to Japan via Morotai in Indonesia, his intelligence work as an interpreter in a country area, the places he visited and the people he encountered - Japanese, English, Scottish, Indian, American and Australian.
Into The West
edited by Chris Holyday
ISBN 0 86778 363 6, (2005 new), Soft Cover, A4, 158pp, illustrated, 440grams
$25.00* + POST
The Western Australian goldrushes of the 1890’s witnessed the first major encounter between Australians West and East. Henry Lawson led the charge of writers who came West. This book showcases those writers and some of their works in what was a little known period of great literary activity which would prove significant for both Western Australia and Australia.
Iron in the Fire
by Edgar Morrow
ISBN 0 85905 360 1, (2006 reprint of 1934 edition), Soft Cover, 136pp,190grams
$22.00 + POST
1896-1953, was born in Lancashire, England and arrived in Western Australia as a youth of twelve with his family to go farming at Dongerlocking.
At the start of World War I he enlisted in the 28th Battalion, attaining the rank of Corporal and served in Gallipoli and France, where he was twice wounded.
The life and travels of ‘Happy Bob’
by Bob Johnson
ISBN 978-0-85905-028-9, (2012, New), Soft Cover, A4, 128pp, illustrated, 370grams
Bob spent most of his working life in the North, Wodgina Ta mine, on shearing teams, Big Bell, Moola Bulla Station, Bedford Downs, etc. Much info and anecdotes on the people and places. Many photos.
I’ve had a good life – Phil’s Story
by George Phillip Aitchison
ISBN 978-0-85905-377-8, (2006 R, 2010), A4, 58pp, 185grams
$22.00* + POST
Phil Aitchison’s life story has the potential to appeal to the broader community. Australians like to read about “battlers.” How he has overcome adversity and lived a fulfilling life is a fascinating story.