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spinefex_and_hession_cvrSpinifex and Hessian

Women in North-West Australia

1860-1900

Susan Hunt

ISBN 978-0-85905-714-1, (R1986, 2018), 160x240mm, 178 pp, illustrated, indexed, 310 grams

$35.00 + POST


Pioneers, prostitutes, pub keepers, Aboriginals, all the women who are part of the history of the North. An important, and until now, rare book that is essential for all interested in WA history.

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.

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

$30.00. + 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.

secret_dead_heartThe Secret of the Dead Heart.

by W.C. Charnley

ISBN 978-0-85905-879-7, (1935 R. 2021), A4, illustrated, 39 pages, 170 grams, $30.00*


The many expeditions into the desert in search of rumoured gold reefs have been overshadowed by the largely mythical account of Lasseter. Here Charnley details the men, machines and disasters that are real adventure in the Western Desert.

state-and-position-of-wa

The State and position of Western Australia commonly called The Swan River Settlement

by Captain Frederick Chidley Irwin. With an extensive biographical introduction by Peter Conole.  

ISBN 978-0-85905-780-6, (New, 2019), 240 x 160, French flaps, 168 pages, 300 grams, $40.00*


Hesperian Press takes particular pride in resurrecting this remarkable work from undeserved and disgraceful obscurity. Frederick Irwin’s book, the first large scale study of Western Australia, was published in London in 1835. Our facsimile of that now very rare book is greatly enhanced by inclusion of a 19-page biographical sketch of its author by Peter Conole. This study of an important colonial figure includes material which has eluded the attention of historians and will both dispel various inaccuracies and clarify his career and importance to WA. Irwin’s ‘State and Position’ is very well written and both frank and forthright in tackling controversial issues. In the course of nine chapters and an appendix Irwin provided brilliant word paintings of living and working conditions for settlers. He was always forthright in offering opinions, such as his hatred of convict systems. He also had a fine eye for detail in discussing a range of civic affairs and the future prospects of the colony.       

swan_river

The Swan River Aborigines

by George Fletcher Moore

ISBN 978-0-85905-840-7. (1841 R 2020), A4, 34 pages, 130 grams, $30.00*


These lost writings of Moore are important documentation on the natives of the Perth area. Essential reading for all interested. This is another example of the SLWA non-system that lost both the original documents and has failed to index the information in its Clayton’s catalogue.