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Escape from the Rising Sun

by Allen Metherell

ISBN 978-0-85905- 581-9, (2014, new), Softcover, well illustrated, 206pp, 575 g

$45.00* + POST

Fleeing the Japanese onslaught from Singapore the Metherell family landed in Darwin and boarded an MMA Lockheed 10A Electra, RMA Gascoyne for Broome. The plane crashed in the Leopold ranges, 60 miles from Derby. This is the detailed story of the planes discovery, rescue of the survivors and the repair and the final flight to safety. The unique collection of photographs greatly enhances the book.

90_not_out_cover90 NOT OUT

by Ean Mc Donald

ISBN 978-0-85905-471-3, (2009, New), Soft Cover, A4, 172pp, 485grams

$30.00* + POST

Living in the nineteen twenties – Car crossing the continent in 1932 – Surmounting Depression woes – Surprising gold discovery – Adventurous youth – Sailor – Student – Prospector – Architect – Councillor – Actor – Artist – Dancer – Writer – Humorist  – Dilettante – Traveller – Navigator – Master Mariner – Political observer –  Business man – Bankrupt – unflappable – Survivor – Inventor – Community man – Lecturer – Speaker. Is this one man?

Ean McDonald’s autobiography 90 NOT OUT covers fields wider than many, includes facets of the famous and fiddlers in the Perth scene, and even ventures poetic.

It is certainly an enjoyable read.

nannineNannine by the Lake

by P.R. Heydon

ISBN 0 85905 137 4, (1990 new), Soft Cover, 260pp, Illustrated, 350grams

$30.00 + POST

Nannine by the Lake is a story of the first township on the Murchison Goldfields, proclaimed by His Excellency, Alexander Campbell Onslow, Administrator of the Government in the Colony of Western Australia, and signed by George Shenton, Colonial Secretary, on Thursday, 24 September, 1891.

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A Place to Stop and Visit

by Len Talbot

ISBN 085905 316 4, (2003 new), 204 pp, A4 wire bound, illustrated, 535grams

$40.00* + POST

This book covers every aspect of the history of the Lower Blackwood district of W.A. prior to the 1980s. It tells of the explorers of the area between the 1820s and 1850s, of the struggles of the pastoralists-squatters who followed them, in protecting their herds from marauding Aborigines, dingoes and poison plants, of police hunts for absconding convicts and Aboriginal lawbreakers, and with the introduction of convict labour into the district, the establishment of a Police station and post office in the 1870s that lead to the development of the nucleus of the township that was to become Nannup.

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Narrative of an Expedition of Exploration in North–Western Australia

by Herbert Basedow with an introduction by David Kaus

ISBN 978-0-85905-453-9, (2009 R+N 1918), 259pp, Hard Cover, dj, illustrated, 635grams

$80.00* + POST

In 1916 scientist and explorer, Dr Herbert Basedow, was requested by the Government to examine a remote Kimberley prospect for the strategic tungsten mineral, scheelite.

His journal of the expedition describes in detail the geology. flora, fauna and Aboriginals of the west coast of the Kimberley frontier and the Wyndham area.

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by Bill de Burgh

ISBN 0 85905 324 5, (2003 Reprint), Soft Cover, 227pp, illustrated, 330grams

$25.00 + POST

The history of Gingin, the area surrounding and its people.

Available form Gingin Shire

new_gold_old_countryNew Gold in Old Country and other Great Finds of the Goldfields

by John Drayton. Prepared by Peter J Bridge, Angela Teague and Rina Ashcroft

ISBN 978-0-85905-561-1, (2014), Soft cover, A4, indexed, 136pp, 390g.

$30.00* + POST

Contains 69 real stories of the gold rushes. The finish of Billy Frost, Never trust a nigger, Is there gold in the desert?, Sam Hazlett's spearpoint, The lost Yellowstone field, and, New gold on an old find.

nine_days_entomedNine Days Entombed. The story of a fight for life.

C.A. Jenkins.

ISBN 978-085905-936-4, (R 2022), A4, 12 pages, illustrated, 80 grams, $22.00*

The real story of the Bonnievale disaster without the multicult promo that has obscured the truth and the real heroes of the mine rescue.


Nitrate Nomads

by Daryl Binning

ISBN 13:978-0-6482274-0-3, (New, 2019), 160x240mm, heavily illustrated B&W, 39 colour plates, French flaps, 380pp, 1.2kg, $60.00* 

The exciting years of Allan Jones circuit pictures and other south-west showmen. An entertaining and highly interesting history of the early picture show business.

Incidents, biographies, film stills, will bring back memories of those who attended the bush shows in the south west halls. This will become a classic for film historians.

Available directly from the author, Daryl Binning

20 Norton Ridge, Winthrop, WA 6150

Phone (61)/(08) 9310 3377

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brit_seamenNo Winners: The British Seamen's Strike of 1925

by Peter Gifford

ISBN 0 85905 355 5, (2005 New), Soft Cover, A4, 71pp, 210grams

$22.00 + POST

This is a study of the world’s first transnational strike, by more than 10,000 British seamen in their home ports, along with South Africa and Australasia. Many of these seamen had won pay increases during the Great War of 1914-18 for their bravery in continuing to work their ships in the face of the German submarine menace in the North Atlantic. In 1925 they took what amounted to ‘wildcat’ strike action because those same increases were removed – not by their employers but at the behest of their own union leaders in Britain. What was proposed and accepted by the shipowners was a cut of one pound a month – from ten pounds down to nine pounds – which by Australian standards placed them well below the poverty line. The strike tied up British ships on the Cape routes to and from Britain and South Africa, Australia and New Zealand for several months, causing chaos not only in the passenger trade but in those primary industries dependent on exports to Britain – then the major market for virtually all Australasian and South African exports.

norwestersNor'westers of the Pilbara Breed

The story of brave ancestors who pioneered the outback Pilbara in Western Australia

by Jenny Hardie

ISBN 085905 296 6, (2001 reprint of 1981 edition), Soft Cover, 280 pp plus 266 photos, 1030grams

$55.00 + POST

Jenny Hardie began writing of the changing pastoral history of the Pilbara for the West Australian newspaper. She collected photos, anecdotes, and historical data from the earliest days of the Pilbara to the late 20th century.

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northern_patrolNorthern Patrol

An Australian Saga

by R.H. Pilmer

ISBN 0 85905 220 6, (1998 new), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 180pp, illustrated, 250grams

$25.00 + POST

Experiences of a mounted policeman in the Western Australian outback in the 1890s and early 1900s. Accounts of native murders, horse stealing, gold rushes, the outlaw Pidgeon, Canning Stock Route, Wiluna, Kimberley, and more.

Northmost Australia

by Robert Logan Jack

ISBN 0 85905 222 2 (set), (1998 facsimile edition of the original published in 1921 and 1922), Hard Cover (bound in green Novalite), 162mm x 254mm, total of 1164 pages in two volumes with matching folder of 17 maps, 2150grams

$190.00 + POST

Three Centuries Of Exploration, Discovery, and adventure in and around the Cape York Peninsula,Queensland  with a  study of the narratives of all explorers by sea and land in the light of modern charting, many original or hitherto unpublished documents, thirty-nine illustration, and sixteen specially prepared maps.

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nor_west_o_west_cvrNor’ West O’ West

Tales of Old Onslow

Herbert E. Riemann Ed. by Chris Holyday

ISBN 978-0-85905-728-8, (2018, R + New, 2018), 160 x 240mm, illustrated, 182 pp, 450 grams

$40.00 + POST

Short stories of Onslow and the Ashburton set in the early 1900s. Riemann was judged the best short story writer in Australia in the 1950s. These are some of his best, set in the Old North of pearlers, prospectors, police and pastoralists. 

norwest_of_west_cvrNor’West of West

by James Thomson

ISBN 978-0-85905-541-3, (1908, 2012), 160x240, 200 pp, illust., 475 grams

$40.00* + POST

A brilliant overview of the great North as it was being opened and developed a century ago. An essential but very rare reference book on the north now reprinted.

Nor’West of West. James Thomson. Index.

By Peter J. Bridge & Gail Dreezens.

ISBN 978-0-85905-903-9, (2021), A5, 9 pages, 25 grams, $10.00*

not_only_knowledge_cvrNot Only Knowledge

The making of a College of Advanced Education in Western Australia

John Renner and Sybe Jongeling

ISBN 978-0-85905-732-5, (New, 2018), 210x250mm, illustrated, 209pp, 510 grams

$45.00* + POST

The history of a unique institution, The WA Secondary Teachers College and the Nedlands College of Advanced Education. 1967-1981.

Notes-and-AnecdotesNotes & Anecdotes of the Aborigines of Australia: Observations in Western Australia during 1841 to 1853.

By Philip Chauncey, J.P., Surveyor.

ISBN 978-0-85905-863-6, (1878 R 2021), A4, illustrated, 72 pages, 220 grams, $35.00*

Chauncey was based mainly at Albany and this information has rarely been accessed by local researchers being an appendix on a major and large book on Victorian natives, published in 1878.

Contains portraits of the locals and much information.

notes_on_savage_lifeNotes of Savage Life in the Early Days of West Australian Settlement.

Walter E. Roth – the reminiscences of Robert Austin Surveyor.

ISBN 978-085905-909-1, (1902, R, 2021), A4, 23 pages, illustrated, 95 grams, $22.00*

On the natives of the SW of WA.

nullaNulla. Albert "Nulla" Thompson, Drover and Horseman.

Lorraine Rieck.

ISBN 978-0-85905-944-2, (New, 2022), A4, 53 pages, illustrated, 180 grams, $30.00*

The biography of Nulla by his daughter. He grew up in Meekatharra and became a well-known

drover and horseman, despite having a bung leg from a childhood accident.

Nullarbor Aboriginal Vocabularies and Ethnographic Notes.

by Daisy Bates

ISBN 978-0-85905-766-0, (1918 R 2019), A5, 18pp, 35 grams, $15.00* + POST

nurses_altitude_coverNurses with Altitude

Compiled by Gaye Richardson with a foreword by Tim Fischer

ISBN 978-0-85905-441-6, Soft cover, section sewn, 264 pages, 355grams

$35.00 + POST

A collection of stories by the nurses and their colleagues at the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Western Australia. Compiled by Gaye Richardson in conjunction with the Flight Nurse Reunion Committee.

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north_coolgardie_heraldThe North Coolgardie Herald. Special mining number.

A comprehensive survey of the North Coolgardie and Mount Margaret Goldfields.

[ISBN 978-0-85905-846-9], (1901, 2021), A4, 185 pages, heavily illustrated, indexed, 550 grams, $50.00*.

Exceptionally rare in the original A3 newspaper size. This reformatted edition is an essential volume for all prospectors, corporates, historians and tourists in the goldfields. Few such publications came out in the long gone boom periods and never in the degenerate free-for-all of today. 


This book was published without any input from shire, company or state coffers. Nevertheless it outshines any literary eructations from those structures.