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saddle_in_the_kitchenSaddle in the Kitchen

by Enga Smith

ISBN 0 85905 191 9, (1993 reprint of 1979 edition), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 91pp, illustrated, 150grams

$22.00 + POST


Saddle in the Kitchen will appeal to people of all ages who value a happy home and the simple pleasures of country life.

Enga Smith's 'Memories of a Childhood' evokes an atmosphere of love and tranquillity, while filling the days with a sense of wonder and adventure.

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sailor_and_commandoSailor & Commando

by A.E. (Ted) JONES

ISBN 0 85905 253 2, (1998 new), Soft Cover, 182pp, illustrated, 245grams

$22.00 + POST


As a young Royal Australian Navy sailor, one of just one hundred and twenty, Ted Jones trained at a secret base in New South Wales to become a Special Service Beach Commando.  He saw active service in the Netherlands East Indies and Borneo with the Australian and American armies.

Sailor and Commando is a story of extraordinary training and active service.  It includes a nominal roll of personnel. 

sailors_in_slouch_hatsSailors In Slouch Hats

From a Sea of Memories

Recorded by the Men of 42 Australian Landing Craft Company RAE, AIF

edited by W.W. Rice

ISBN 0 85905 299 0, (2001 reprint of 1999 edition), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 168pp, illustrated, 245grams

$22.00 + POST


This story of the men of 42 Australian Landing Craft Company is a stirring and fitting tribute to the magnificent soldiers who risked and often gave their lives in Operation Porton in 1945. In the true tradition of the ANZACs these are stories of ordinary men who did extraordinary things. Operating in the very real danger of battle, the men of 42 ALC faced unpredictable seas and sustained enemy fire to land, support and then evacuate the soldiers of a company of 31/51 Bn. These stories are told with a frankness and affection in aw way that only a soldier can. 'Sailors in Slouch Hats' is a superb collection of personal experiences of mateship, ingenuity, larrikinism and bravery. We are fortunate to have this record of some of our heroes.

Lieutenant General P.J. Cosgrove, AC, MC

Chief of Army

s_s_p1_2Sand 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, 2kg.

$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.

s_s_cattle_coverSand and Stone – Cattle and Conflict

by Kevin Moran

ISBN 978-0- 85905-449-2, (2010, new), illust., A4, 436pp, 2Vols, 1.2kg

$80.00* + POST

NB. This book is in two parts, of 232 and 204 pages respectively. The parts will not be sold separately. Matching numbers are printed and there will not be any extras available for replacements if a volume is loaned and lost


Sand and Stone continues to chronicle the story of the violent hidden history of Western Australia’s Kimberley Region in this two part volume ‘Cattle and Conflict’.

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s_s_foreign_foot_coverSand and Stone – Foreign Footprints

Police in the Kimberley 1880–1890s

by  Kevin Moran

ISBN 978‑0‑85905‑447‑8, (2009), fully indexed, A4, Soft Cover, 271pp, 735grams

$40.00*+ POST


The author retired from the West Australian Police Force as Superintendent in 1994 when acting Chief Superintendent Perth Region.

Following on from his earlier Sand and Stone volumes, the author has systematically combed the police files to uncover these Kimberley stories. They are absolutely essential for all interested in the area. This is the first of 3 volumes on the Kimberley.

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ss_pigeon_coverSand 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.

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Sarah of Enderslea Farm

by Diane Pope & Jenny Davis

ISBN 978-0-85905—606-9, (New, 2015), 190 x 235, Illustrated with colour plates, 139pages, 550 grams.

$40.00* + POST


Sarah of Enderslea Farm, Red Flowering Gums, and River Dreaming are three plays, one set in the early Swan River Colony and the others as examinations of later colonial and society attitudes.

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savagery_swan_river_settlemSavagery on the Swan River Settlement:

The aboriginal murder cycle and the 1839 killing of Sarah Cook

Collected and edited by Peter J Bridge

ISBN 978-0-85905-246-7, (New 2010), A4, 36pp, 135grams

$22.00* + POST


This report draws on material that has been suppressed or has been ‘disappeared’.

Savagery on the Swan River Settlement has two primary threads.

That the government and media of 1839 suppressed the publication of the true facts of several vicious murders of Europeans to protect the native tribes from the retaliation of concerned settlers.

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scarlet_pillows_coverScarlet Pillows - an Australian nurse's tale of long ago

by Mrs Arthur H. Garnsey

ISBN 978-0-85905-039-5, (2009 reprint), 151pp, illustrated, 220grams

$22.00 + POST


Mrs Garnsey was a nurse at Coolgardie amidst the rush and typhoid. A bush classic

Tscarlet_stains_thehe Scarlet Stain

Harlots, Harridans and Hellholes of Old Kalgoorlie

edited by Sheryl Milentis and Peter J. Bridge

ISBN 085905 350 4, (2004 new), Soft Cover, 188 pages, illustrated, 255grams

$30.00 + POST


By the late 1890s the Kalgoorlie brothels had become a byword for degradation and the most flagrant in the English-speaking world.

The Sun newspaper campaigned against the outrageous displays by the prostitutes, the activities of their bludgers and the vested interests of the landlords and sly grog traders.

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separate_path_coverSeparate Pathways

by R. Rolfe

ISBN 978-9-85905-552-9, (New, 2013), A4, 102pp, 300grams

$30.00* + POST


A study examining the attempts at assimilation of Aborigines within the larger white society in Western Australia during the administration of A.O. Neville.

shearers_war_cvrThe Shearers' War

by Stuart Svensen

ISBN 978-0-85905-434-8, (1989, 2008), 325pp, illustrated, 550grams

$45.00 + POST


The first exhaustively researched history of the legendary strike, and the definitive history of one of the most significant industrial disputes in Australian history. The book breaks new ground by disproving accepted myths, such as the commonly accepted view that pastoralists were motivated to take action because of falling wool prices.

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shrew_horse_thief_cvrThe Shrew and the Horsethief

by Peter J Bridge & Sheryl Milentis

ISBN 978-0-85905-538-3, (new, 2012), A4, 88pp, illustd., 270 grams

$30.00* + POST


James Cody was a charismatic young WA bushranger in the 1880s. He was shot by the police at Esperance. Research showed a strange colonial background with his mother hung for murder in the old Perth gaol. A long forgotten but interesting story.

signallerSignaller at the Front

by Arthur G. Howell, MM (Edited by Dr John Coe)

ISBN 0 85905 305 9, (2001 new), A4, 82 pages, 250grams

$22.00* + POST


The war diary of Gunner Howell, 1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade and his impressions of the Great War 1915-1918.

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st_james_mitchellSir James Mitchell

Premier and Governor of Western Australia

By Bruce Devenish

ISBN 978-0-85905-528-4, (2014), 227pp, Soft Cover, French flaps, illustrated, 550 grams

$35.00 + POST


Available direct from the author at 60 Dyson street, Kensington, 6151, Tel 93676531, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This first definitive biography of one of the State's notable historical figures is well overdue. Foremost in promoting the wheat industry, Sir James Mitchell served his State wearing many hats, being at various times banker, farmer, parliamentarian, Premier, Lieutenant Governor and universally acclaimed Governor.

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sketches_sw_cvrSketches from the South West

Louis Cox in Peace and War

Ed. by Peter J Bridge & Gail Dreezens

ISBN 978-0-85905-439-3, (2015, New), A4, 74pp, illustrated, 230grms.

$22.00* + POST


Louis Cox (1878-1975) was a returned soldier of the 16th Bn, who had, after working as a survey hand, started clearing a block near Kojonup. His reminiscences about the land and its people together with his own drawings make this a delightful read. More sombre is the second part where as a soldier, he was captured and imprisoned in Germany in 1917.

small_scale_miningSmall Scale Underground Mining

by F.W. Bojesen

ISBN 085905 292 3, (2003 new), A4, wire spiral bound, 170 pp, illustrated, 480+grams

$40.00* + POST

Appendix (Reopening Old Mines) in PDF DOWNLOAD


Frank Bojesen has worked in underground mining in Australia and overseas for more than thirty years. He has prospected and worked his own mines as well as other people's - taught, supervised, managed and lectured, and spent years as a machine miner, carrying out every type and phase of underground development and production. He is still hunting for gold in the Eastern Goldfields, where he lives.

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Some_ghostsSome Ghosts Some Not

by Eloise I Sharp

ISBN 978-0-85905-503-1, (1979, R2011), 225pp, illustrated, 420 grams

$35.00 + POST


This book was first published privately in 1979 and has never been easy to obtain. Now a new edition with minor updates and with the colour photos on a gloss paper is available.

Eloise and her husband were post war English migrants who took to the Australian bush as the proverbial duck to water. They lived in many places - Dirk Hartog Island and Deepdale Station being just two, and Eloise’s passion was bush history. She would stop anywhere to talk to bush people and enjoy a cup of tea, a characteristic passed on to her daughter, Mary Taylor of Northampton, who has produced several local histories and Volume 1 of The Bushman’s Directory.

Some Ghosts was the first of a series of books written by Eloise. This one covers the histories of an area in the Pilbara region - Deepdale, Yarraloola, Mardie, Chinginarra, Warramboo, Red Hill, Yathala, Yalleen, Mt Enid, and Millstream are the stations and their people in this book.

spanish_settlersThe Spanish Settlers of Yoongarilup

by Alejandro (Andrew) Torrent

ISBN 0 646 16939 4, (1993 new), Soft Cover, 74pp, illustrated, 105grams

$10.00 + POST


This is the story of seven Spanish families who came to Australia between 1906 and 1909.

"I came in 1907 with my mother and grandfather when I was four years old.  I am the only survivor of the originals, as I was the youngest born in Spain."

We settled in Yoongarilup, eight miles from Busselton and developed our farms, being known as the 'Spanish Settlement'."

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spinifex_and_sandSpinifex and Sand

by David W. Carnegie

ISBN 0 85905 139 0, (1989 reprint of 1898 edition), Soft Cover, 145mm x 222mm, 275pp, illustrated, 500grams

$30.00 + POST


In 1896 – 1897, the Hon David Wynford Carnegie, born in 1871, youngest son of the Earl of Southesk, led one of the last great expeditions in the exploration of Australia.  His route from Lake Darlot to Halls Creek and return took thirteen months and covered over three thousand miles. Carnegie financed his expedition from the results of a successful gold strike at Lake Darlot.

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Spinifex and Sand Maps

(1989 reprint of 1898 edition), 280grams $22.00 + POST

Set of four large maps illustrating Carnegie’s journey.

(Folded or rolled – POSTAGE extra on rolled)

steadfast_endeavourSteadfast Endeavour

by Graham J. Wilson

ISBN 0 85905 208 7, (1995 new), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 216pp, illustrated, HC 320grams, SC 220grams

HC $25.00, SC $22.00 + POST


In the 1940s pioneer missionaries laid the foundations of religious outreach to Aboriginal people in the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions. Subsequent generations of Church workers have carried on the task hand in hand with Aboriginal evangelists. Widespread acceptance of the Gospel is one consequence. Significant contribution to community development has been another.

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Stealing_by_the_Mile_cvrStealing by the Mile

by W. C. Charnley

ISBN 978-0-85905-644-1, (1920s, R, 2016), A4, facsimile, illustrated, 100 pages, 290 grams

$25.00* + POST


The real life adventures of gold stealing on the Golden Mile told via his mate, 'Slippery Wiley.' Close escapes, Mafia Black Hand gangs, telluride, illicit gold buying, underground mazes, gold smugglers, and the real old Boulder-Kalgoorlie.

steam_in_forestSteam in the Forest

 by MRH Southcombe

ISBN 0 85905 387 3, (2006 reprint of 1986 edition), soft cover, 144pp, illustrated, 210grams

$22.00. + POST


The South West timber industry relied upon steam engines of many types. Mills, whims, trains, haulers, traction engines, all were part of the bush scene, now looked upon in a romantic light. This is the story of steam in the forests, the men, the animals, and the forests by an old timberman. Maurice Southcombe died in 2000.

stitching_coverStitching the Stock Route

Eileen Lanagan first woman down the Canning

Edited by Phil Bianchi, Peter Bridge, Ethel Bianchi, Angela Teague, Maria Bloomfield

ISBN 978-0-85905-484-3, (2010), A4, 66pp, illust. 210grams

$22.00* + POST


Contains her diary and a biography by Miriam Howard-Wright with details of their life on Wongawol Station, Eileen’s bush cookery book, obituaries and details of the graves at CSR Well 40. 

stout-hearted_cvrStout-Hearted

The story of Stephen Montague Stout

by Irma Walter

ISBN 978-0-85905-565-9, (2014, New), A4, illustrated, SC, 162pp, 455g

$35.00* + POST


Stephen Montague Stout was one of the 10,000 convicts sent to WA in the 1850s. His education, personal charm and intelligence both charmed and antagonised the colonials. Starting as a teacher he became a renowned photographer, journalist, and publisher.

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string_of_the_wreathThe String of the Last Wreath

 The Hall’s Creek goldfields diary of Henry Berand

transcribed by Ray Scott

ISBN 978-0-85905-553-6, (New, 2013), A4, 74pp, illustrated, 230 grams.

$22.00* + POST


Henry Berand emigrated from Prussia to Australia, via New Zealand, around 1852, apparently following the Gold Rushes in the Eastern States. About 1887 Henry with his young wife and daughter migrated to the Kimberley Gold Fields at Halls Creek in search of their fortune.

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suicide_coverSuicides and Settlers

Their place in 19th Century West Australian social history

by Claire McIntyre

ISBN 978-0-85905-446-1, (2008 New), 223pp, Soft Cover, illustrated, 295grams

$28.00. + POST


This book is a social history of 19th Century Western Australia told through the 315 suicides recorded here from the towns of the Swan settlement, Fremantle, Perth and Guildford. They also reach from the Kimberley to Esperance and the distant deserts. Many of the founders of this vast colony are recognised and honoured for their ability to overcome the extreme hardships they endured and their foresight to develop the potential wealth they imagined. Those who are seldom remembered or acknowledged are the pioneers who committed suicide, often without issue to carry on their names. Their contributions also helped to build the States foundations.

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sunrise_cover"Sunrise"

The Fred and Elsie Colson story

by Alb Colson

ISBN 0 85905 426 8, (wrongly numbered 428 8), (2007 new), A4, Soft Cover, 87pp, 275grams

$25.00* + POST


The story of the NT pioneer family who arrived in 1927 to work on the Oodnadatta to Alice railway. Carting, mining, the Lasseter expedition, searching for lost airmen, purchase of Aileron Station in 1934, WWII contracting. Fred and Elsie became some of the best known of the Centralian personalities.