PLEASE NOTE: Any book title starting with "The" - the second word of the title is used to list by.
Packhorse & Waterhole
by Gordon Buchanan
ISBN 0 85905 237 0, (1984 reprint of 1933 edition with new material), Soft Cover, 130pp, 180grams
$22.00 + POST
Packhorse & Waterhole is the classic of Northern Territory pastoral exploration. Bluey Buchanan, old ‘Paraway’, was one of Australia’s greatest bushmen.
This is the story of a man who paved the way and made the tracks easy for others to follow. His life story is told by his son who went with him on his later expeditions.
Paddy Baker – Picture Show Man
by Max D. Bell
ISBN 978-0-85905-093-7, (2011 new), 53pp, A4, illustrated, 180grams
$22.00* + POST
Paddy Baker (1898-1988) was born in Yundamindra on the north-eastern goldfields of W.A. As a boy he became an assistant projectionist to a travelling picture man in Sandstone, and his love of films and their showing never left him.
Paddy the Flat
The life of Patrick Leahey Australian hero, prospector, publican, and fighter for Digger rights
ISBN 978-0-85905-065-4, (2010 new), A4, 29pp, illust, 120grams
$16.00* + POST
Paddy was one of the great Australian characters of the late 19C. Born in Ireland in 1819, British Army in the Kaffir Wars, then to Victoria, Bendigo, Eureka Stockade, Lambing Flat, north Queensland, Kimberley, and then to the Murchison. He is renowned for his fights against the mass Chinese invasion of the goldfields, his outspokenness and confrontation with idiots in power, his Gladstone Arms pub and bush hospital in Halls Creek, his unique system of book keeping, and his nearly 3000 mile walk to the Kimberley in 1895. He died in 1912 and rests in a paupers grave at Fremantle.
by Barry May
ISBN 0 85905 424 1, (2007 new), Soft Cover, 265 pages, 355grams
$35 + POST
During his many years as Western Australia’s first full-time Police Chaplain, Father Barry May often attended scenes of great trauma and witnessed heart-breaking tragedy, he encountered things that would test anyone’s faith. Yet it was his own unflinching faith in God the Creator that sustained him in his grim responsibilities.
by Michael Gracey
ISBN 978-0-85905-649-6, (New 2016), A4, Illustrated, 103 pages, 300 grams
Michael Gracey AO is a paediatrician who has worked in many countries, particularly with socially disadvantaged populations where childhood malnutrition and infections are rife. After medical training in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Britain, he was a consultant at Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital in Perth for many years and worked as a doctor among Aboriginal communities around WA, especially in the Kimberley, for decades.
Pastoral Pioneers of W.A.
by E.T. Hooley
ISBN 0 85905 331 8, (2004 new), soft cover, A4, 72pp, 210grams
$22.00* + POST
Hooley, writing under the name of ‘Bucolic’ described many pastoral properties from the Kimberley to the Southwest.
Sand and Stone
Pt 1. Colonists and Convicts
Pt 2. Pastoralists and Prospectors
By Kevin Moran
ISBN 978-0-85905-572-7, ISBN 978-0-85905-573-4, (2000, 2013), A4, 730 pp, Soft cover, illustrated, indexed, **kg.
$140.00*. + POST
Sold only as a set.
A magnificent overview of the colony from a police perspective. Contains a great deal not available elsewhere.
by Alex Palmer
ISBN 978-0-85905-467-6, (2010), 115pp, illust., 170grams
$22.00 + POST
New edition updated to 2001, with 11 more pages.
Paynes Find, 400 kilometres north of Perth, is one of Western Australia's most isolated towns and to most people represents nothing more than a fleeting change in the scenery when travelling the Great Northern Highway.
It is an enigma and by rights should have gone the way of the ten or so gold mining towns that once dotted the Yalgoo district.
However, it owes it continued existence to that isolation, a centre kept alive by the mining and pastoral industries, each in turn, as their prosperity waxed and waned over the years, an oasis for them and the traveller. Contains the history and biographies of its people.
by John Brockman
ISBN 978-0-85905-488-1, (2010, New), A4, 89pp, 270grams
$30.00* + POST
The pearling voyage of the Sarah to the North West and Kimberley in 1889 and 1881, with an appendix on the death of WH Lowe during an expedition NE of the Gascoyne in late 1881.
From John Brockman’s 1912 manuscript. With a Foreword by Mike McCarthy of the Maritime Museum, and edited by Peter J Bridge.
One of the few books on the earliest days of pearling in WA. Extremely readable and enlightening.
Pearls and Pearling Life
by E.W. Streeter
ISBN 0 85905 255 9, (1886 reprint 2007), Hard Cover, 340 pp, illust, 835 grams
$116.00* + POST
The pearling classic, impossible to obtain. With tipped in colour plates and map. A study of pearls and pearling regions of the world. Early WA pearling.
Perched On The Rails
by Bruce Paterson
ISBN 0 85905 187 0, (1990 new), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 260 pp Illustrated, 350grams
$28.00 + POST
An account of one man's odyssey from 1945 to the '80s, through the far-flung stock camps of the East Kimberley, Queensland's Gulf country, South Australia's North East, the Wiluna desert fringe and ultimately from the Pilbara to the closely settled area of Bindoon, near Perth.
Paterson records his memories of the work, the fun, the fauna, some politics, the encroachment of technology and some marvellous but largely unsung people met along the way.
Perched on the Rails is a rattling good read, a hidden gem and one that you will be pleased to have in your library.
Western Australia’s First Goldrush
by P. J. Bridge and Gail Dreezens
ISBN 978-0-85905-457-7, (2008), A4, 106pp, Soft Cover, 300grams
$30.00* + POST
The 1870 rush to the Irwin River near Geraldton and the details of its discoverer George Brelsford, with notes on barisal guns, diamonds and gold at Mingenew.
by WC Charnley
ISBN 978-0-85905- 006-7, (2010, R), 31pp, illust, SC, B5, 60grams
$8.00 + POST
This narrative describes the hectic career of an Australian aboriginal who first learned all that the whites could teach him, and then turned against them. Placing himself at the head of a gang of "cattle-killers," he waged pitiless war on man and beast alike, and for over three years defied all efforts to capture him. Nemesis overtook him at last, but the cattlemen breathed a sigh of relief when the scourge of ranges was laid low.
Sand and Stone – Pigeon
by Kevin Moran (With a Foreword by Peter Conole)
ISBN 978-0-85905-448-5, (2011, New), 126pp, illustrated, 360grams
$30.00* + POST
This is Pigeon's story and of those who suffered his reign of terror and the men who hunted him.
It is without academe historians' fashionable fabrications and elaborations, which in recent times have dissembled the past to rewrite history as they would like it, not as it was. They attack any historical writing that questions their spurious promotion of utopian aboriginal culture. They will not welcome this work.
The Life Experience of W. Dunn
by Graham J. Wilson
ISBN 0 85905 130 7, (2002 reprint of 1989 edition), Soft Cover, 95pp, illustrated, 300grams
$15.00 + POST
An intriguing story of part-Aboriginal pastoralist Billy Dunn.
While working with Pilbara pioneers Dunn was encouraged to learn and to achieve. He graduated to managing stock stations and ultimately he achieved ownership of his own station.
Due to popular demand this book has been reprinted with new, updated material.
Pioneer Father - Pioneer Son
York to the Gascoyne with the Collins family
by Bonnie Milne
ISBN 978-0-85905-071-5, (2010, new), A4, 136pp, illustrated, 380grams
$30.00* + POST
Charles Collins was born at Worth in Sussex, England on the 4th December 1825. He came to the colony of Western Australia on the Simon Taylor in 1842, as an indentured labourer. Four days after landing in Fremantle, he walked up the rugged Green Mount into the Avon district to work as a shepherd and there he lived the rest of his life.
Pioneering in the Kimberleys
by Hamlet Cornish
ISBN 978-0-85905-027-2, (2011 new), 29pp, A4, illustrated, 120grams
15.00* + POST
Hamlet and Anthony Cornish of Pinjarra were part of the Murray Squatting Company, a syndicate formed to take up land in the Kimberley after the explorations of Alexander Forrest.
In 1880 they travelled in the schooner Mary Smith to take up the land which became Yeeda Station on the Fitzroy River.
During this expedition Anthony Cornish was fatally speared.
This booklet, with its fresh and vivid descriptions and without modification, is taken from the Hamlet’s original manuscript which was novelised and published as The call of the Kimberley in 1950.
Pioneers of Nor'-West
Pastoral and Pearling
by Lockier Clere Burges
ISBN 978-0-85905-438-6, (2008 reprint 1911), Soft Cover, A$, saddle stiched, 28pp, 120grams
$15.00* + POST
The author was an early pioneer of the NW and wrote thee reminiscences in 1911. The original copies are extremely rare.
They cover the first pastoral companies and pearlers, Camden Harbour, the Roebuck Bay expedition, aboriginal conflict, and the deaths Harding, Panter and Goldwyer.
The Pirates of the Ethel
by George Stacy, William Charnley, Peter J. Bridge
ISBN 978-0-85905-627-4, (2016, New), A4, illustrated, 31pp, 130grams
$16.50* + POST
In 1898 a pearler of Broome hired cheap foreign labour in Singapore. They promptly gutted him and his crew. Later the WA Police tracked them to Macassar and they were extradited and hung at Fremantle Prison. This is to be part of a series on piracy and the joys of multiculturalism.
Police and other People
by Mick Liddelow - with a Foreword by Police Historian, Peter Conole.
ISBN 978-0-85905-157-6, (2011), A4, 146pp, illustrated, 420grams
$30.00* + POST
Vincent Wallace Liddelow, 1903-1982, joined the Police in 1925 as No. 1512. He was first attached to Central Police, then Fremantle and the Water Police. Afterwards he was stationed at Toodyay, Nullagine, Kalgoorlie, Albany, Perth, then back to Fremantle. As a plain clothes policeman he formed a great interest in Alcoholics Anonymous and helped many people although he was not an alcoholic himself. He retired after 38 years of service in the Police Force in 1963.
A Man for His Time
By Nerina Coopes
ISBN 978-0-85905-611-3, (New, 2015), A4, 126 pages, illustrated, 380 grams
$35.00* + POST
'Pompey' Gull was a master pearler from his youth. His independent life led to the 10th Light Horse and the Imperial Camel Corps in WWI, fighting with such as Lawrence and at Damascus in the Great Ride where he earned the Military Cross for clearing machine gun nests. Postwar he helped quell Egyptian rioting and in 1920 was instrumental in controlling the hordes of Japanese and Koepanger race riots at Broome. A great story of a type of Australian now rarely seen.
Poona W.A. and the seekers of its emeralds
by Alex Palmer
ISBN 978-0-85905-465-2, (2010 RN), 146pp, illust, Soft Cover, 200grams
$26.00 + POST
Ever since the discovery of emeralds in 1912 by Harry Ryan, Poona and its emeralds has exercised the imagination of prospectors, miners, and collectors. The brilliant green emeralds in the black green biotite schist have fascinated everyone from princes to prospectors
The Price of a Pearl
by Rod Dickson
ISBN 085905 297 4, (2002 new), Soft Cover, section sewn, illustrated, 204 pages, 270grams
$30.00 + POST
Incidents of pearling life, shipwrecks and murders in the North West of Western Australia, never before told.
Prisoners of the Past
Compiled by Calliope Bridge, Celene Bridge, Angela Teague, Mark Chambers & Tom Hogarth
ISBN978-0-85905-657-1, (New, 2017), A4, fully illustrated and indexed, 329 pages, 900 grams
$60.00* + POST
All the mugshots of prisoners released from Fremantle Gaol from 1899 to 1919, over 3850, and fully indexed. A unique picture of the past showing the features of those who had transgressed. Interestingly, non-Europeans, apart from the obligatory Aboriginals, form a far larger proportion of the prisoners than their kind would represent as a percentage of the whole population.
Prospecting Poultry - Land of Forests, Fleas and Flies - Jack Sorenson and his Lost Verse
by Peter J. Bridge with Gail Dreezens
ISBN 0 85905 411 X, (2007 New, e-published 2006, in the Dollypot, Greenhide and Spindrift column Vol.1, Nos. 1-3.), 34 pp, saddle, Soft Cover, A4, 135grams
$20.00* + POST
The habit of chooks to eat bright gold grains led to some interesting incidents on the fields. The development and effect of a catchy doggerel verse that has had wide echoes. A collection to add to our Ghosts of Bayley Street.
by Marshall Walker
ISBN 085905 323 7, Softcover, A4, 40pp, illustrated, 130grams
$11.00* + POST
Life on No 7 Pumping Station on the goldfields' pipeline in the early 1950s.