PLEASE NOTE: Any book title starting with "The" - the second word of the title is used to list by.
The Odyssey of a Digger
by F.D. Burdett
ISBN 0 85905 334 2, (2004 reprint of 1936 edition), soft cover, 170 pp, 220grams
$30.00 + POST
Fred Burdett was one of the earliest diggers at the Kimberley goldrush of the 1880s. His reminiscences cover pastoral life in NSW and the men and incidents of the early Kimberley. Gold strikes, murders, massacres, cannibals and diamonds in The Odyssey of a Digger.
The Old Coach Roads to Cue and Beyond
by Alex Palmer
ISBN 0 85905 183 8, (1993 new), Soft Cover, 103pp, illustrated, 175grams
$22.00 + POST
These timeless tracks to goldfields hundreds of kilometres inland from Geraldton, started by the sheepmen, scored with the footprints of man and animal, deepened by the wheels of wagon and coach and then made redundant by the rail, linger on as monuments to the stout-hearted folk who travelled them in the golden years of the roaring nineties.
The Old North Road
by William de Burgh
ISBN 0 85905 272 9, (2002 reprint of 1986 edition), Soft Cover, 198pp, illustrated, 225grams
$26.00 + POST
In the late 1840s it was becoming evident that the settled districts around Perth were being overstocked. This situation led to Government and settler-financed expeditions being sent south, east and north in search of new grazing areas. One such sortie, led by Augustus Gregory, reported the discovery of extensive grazing land and promising mineral deposits some 480 kilometres to the north.
However, the hazards to travelling stock were many, since access was across barren, scrub-covered plains with long waterless stretches and with numerous toxic plants to be found along the route.
How these problems were overcome and who solved them forms the heart of the fascinating story of the Old North Road.
The Old Sixteenth
by Cyril Longmore
ISBN 0 85905 409 8, (1929 reprint 2007), Hard Cover, 286 pp, illust, 695grams
$85.00* + POST
The unit history of the mainly West Australian 16th Battalion during WWI, with fold out plates and nominal list.
Old Time Memories and Adventures
by Charles Edward Gaunt
ISBN 978-0-85905-643-4, (1930s R 2016), A4, indexed, 148 pages, 410 grams
$35.00* + POST
Charlie Gaunt arrived in the Northern Territory in 1878 as a young teenager. His adventurous life there and in NQ is detailed with many bloody meetings with the tribesmen. Pearling, prospecting, soldiering, tall ships, dog musher, hobo, ranch manager, customs officer were some of the occupations of an adventurous life in the Boer War, Alaska, Nevada & USA generally, Mexico, China, Trinidad, British Guiana, Burma., etc. He died in Brisbane in 1938.
On Australia's Rim
by W.J. de Burgh
ISBN 0 85905 361 X, (2006 new), Soft Cover, A4, 142pp 400grams
$30.00* + POST
Jean Christopher de Lancourt, an enigmatic "French" traveller, raconteur, and soldier, wrote of his experiences while walking around Australia for a wager. Bill de Burgh has collected and annotated the articles commissioned by his uncle at The West Australian. Accused of being a bludger, rogue and spy, in language today reserved for erring historians, he eventually fell out with his companion in N Q. This resulted in some surprising revelations. It is still not known who he really was, or what was his eventual fate. De Lancourt is one of those many mystery characters of the bush. Included are his Arnhem Land Aboriginal legends.
edited by Peter Bridge
ISBN 0 85905 116 1, (1993 new), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 128pp, illustrated, 175grams
$22.00 + POST
A collection of prospectors’ and miners’ stories with magnificent photographs of mining life now long past.
On the Aborigines of Australia
by Augustus Oldfield with introduction by H. Henderson
ISBN 0 85905 359 8, (1861+2006 new) Hardcover, 132pp, 290grams
$55.00* + POST
A limited casebound numbered edition of 250 copies.
Oldfield was a botanical collector with a great interest in Aboriginals. This 1864 work with an extensive introduction by H.H. is virtually unknown to anthropologists and is not known in most libraries. It describes the natives of the Port Gregory area at the mouth of the Murchison River in a detail that few others aspired to until the 1890s. Graphic descriptions of customs and incidents of life (and death).
One Life's Journey
by Edward Holthouse
ISBN 0 85905 107 2, (1987 new), Hard Cover, 161pp, illustrated, 450grams
$33.00 + POST
Holthouse's autobiography and the history of Muccan Station, in the Pilbara of Western Australia.
One Man's Gold
by H Cooper
ISBN 978-0-85905-451-5, (1934), A4, 49pp Soft Cover, 165grams
$22.00* + POST
Footloose in the years after WW1 Cooper sets out to find a gold mine of his own in the Eastern Goldfields. How he succeeded in the middle of the Great Depression.
The ontology of book burning.
Burnt, shredded, pulped, censored, suppressed, stolen and destroyed books, documents and artefacts in Western Australia.
by Peter J Bridge
ISBN 978-0-85905-476-8, (2009), 17pp, A4, 90 grams
$10.00* + POST
The subtitle says it all without the adjectives! Details of the criminal rorts by the ‘keepers’ of our records and heritage. A wave of these lowlifes has flooded our institutions and destroyed much of the records. Without knowledge of the past one cannot understand the present, or plan the future.
Dedicated to Prof Leslie R Marchant, 1924 – 2004. A doughty fighter for the integrity of historical archives.
See Dollypot for onscreen version
Our Western Australian Home
Being Sketches of Scenery and Society in the Colony
by George J. Webb, Esq., D.A.C.G. (edited and annotated by Geoff Blackburn, Steve Errington and Peter J. Bridge)
ISBN 978-0-85905-636-6, (New, 2016), A4, 44pages, 150 grams
$22 + POST
George Webb lived in Perth from April 1839 until January 1848, working in the commissariat building (where the Supreme Court now stands), and progressing from Assistant Clerk to D.A.C.G (Deputy Assistant Commissary General) by December 1845. He was a ‘young man about town’, organising Assembly balls and Foundation Day regattas, singing at St Patrick’s Day dinners and taking part in Perth’s first amateur theatricals.
Out and About with Tommy and Me
by C. Fitzgerald Fraser
ISBN 978 0 85905 256 6, (R2008), A4, 82 pp, Soft Cover, 240grams
$22.00* + POST
Fraser loved the bush. Leaving his farm he reported on the new places of the wheat belt to as far north as Geraldton and on the bush areas to the north of Southern Cross, in the years before and after WW1.
The Outback Trail
by A.J. Luck
ISBN 0 85905 081 5, (1988 new), Soft Cover, 140mm x 216mm, 155pp, illustrated, 315grams
SC $22.00 + POST
Gus Luck was one of Western Australia's most experienced bushmen when he met David Carnegie, who later wrote the classic Spinifex and Sand.
He taught Carnegie his bushmanship and in The Outback Trail he writes of his life and experiences in the bush, camels, natives, prospecting, people, and more, in a fascinating story of the 1880s to 1930s.
Crossing the Nullarbor
1870s – 1970s
by Peter J Bridge with Ian Murray
ISBN 978-0-85905-496-6, 2011, illust., indexed, A4, 313pp, 850grams
$55.00* + POST
This collection contains all the pre WWII material on Nullarbor crossings that could be found. The emphasis is on those who travelled by boot, bicycle, camel, horse, wheelbarrow, covered wagon, and early cars and motorbikes.
It covers a century in time, but is not a history of the Nullarbor, which is yet to come.
See: Nullarbor Biographical Survey in DOLLYPOT.