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ten_thousand_hours10,000 Hours

by Harry Moss

ISBN 0 85905 122 6, (1988 New), Hard and Soft Cover, 131pp, illustrated, HC 330grams, SC 185grams, HC $30.00, SC $22.00

The autobiography of a flying doctor pilot and his adventures in aircraft from the 1930s to the present in New South Wales, Northern Territory,

Victoria, Queensland, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

28th_coverThe 28th Battalion

Australian Imperial Force

A Record of War Service

by Harry K Kahan

ISBN 0 85905 391 1, (1969 reprint 2007), Soft Cover, A4, 140 pp, illustrated, 410grams

$30.00* + POST

The story of the 28th in France in WWI. Collett’s volume covers the unit until they arrived in France and Kahan continues the story.

tales_of_the_overlandA Kimberley classic reprinted

Tales of the Overland

Queensland to Kimberley in 1885

by G.H. Lamond.

ISBN 0-85905-083-1, (1986, 2013), 142 pp, illustrated, 280 grams.

$25.00 + POST

In Queensland in 1885 Barney Lamond and his mate Jack Horrigan heard of gold in the Kimberley. Looking for land and adventure they rode their horses thousands of miles through the wild outback, surviving attacks by natives, thirst and accidents to become some of the first men on the goldfield which changed the history of WA.

Barney Lamond died in 1940 but he had dictated his story, now published for the first time. It is one of the best and most interesting of pioneer accounts of the north.  

tall_treesTall Trees and Tall Tales

by John Morris and Roger Underwood

ISBN 0 85905 168 4, (1992 new), Soft Cover, 139mm x 215mm, 94pp, illustrated, 150grams

$22.00 + POST

Stories of old Pemberton.  A marvellous reminiscence of the characters and places of the big timber country, in the South West of Western Australia.

teams_coverTeams and Teamsters

Edited by Peter J Bridge, Gail Dreezens & Angela Teague

[ISBN 978-0-85905-433-1, (New 2010), A4, illustrated, 147pp, soft cover, 430grams

$35.00* + POST

This collection of articles from the files of Hesperian Press compares the usefulness of bullocks, donkeys, mules, horses, and camels. It then details the working of these teams. The subject of ‘near side’ and ‘off side’ is covered, as are tandem teams, loads, wagons and wagon names, accidents, wheels and tires, the roads, getting bogged and getting out, and finally the teamsters themselves.

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terrys_storyTerry's Story - A Good Life

by Terry McKrill

ISBN 978-0-85905-023-4, (2010, New), A4, 75pp, 253grams

$22.00* + POST

The autobiography of Terry McKrill born in 1935. Brought up in the suburbs, Boranup, army life, Muralgarra sheep station, Marble Bar, Yarrie, Wittenoom, trucking, Bell Brothers, roo shooting, Ashburton, fencing, metal detector prospecting with Dick Poland, East Murchison.

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claude-choules-cover_smallClaude Choules

The Last of the Last

His Autobiography

ISBN 978-0-85905-480-5, (2009, New), Soft Cover, 160 pp, 160 x 240, illustrated, 290 grams

$25.00 +POST

With the approach of Remembrance Day (11 November) 2009, Hesperian Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of the autobiography of Claude Choules. In July 2009 Claude became – as one of three surviving veterans – the only remaining combatant of WW I. He is also the last man in the world who saw active military service in both World Wars.

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they_called_me_normaThen they called me Norma

by Norma King

ISBN 0 85905 124 2, (2003 new), Soft Cover, 278pp, illustrated, 385grams

$30.00 + POST

The autobiography of Goldfields author/historian and artist, Norma King. She was born in Kalgoorlie in 1922 and lived in various places in the Eastern Goldfields of WA for most of her life, married a miner at the age of seventeen, had ten children and reared nine. She began writing in 1969 after an illness that restricted her physically, and after seven of her children had left home.

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there_gold_there_cvrThere’s Gold There – Look For It


John Drayton

ISBN 978-0-85905-544-4, (R New 2013), A4, 128pp, 380g

$30.00* + POST

60 true tales of real finds and lost mines from Queensland to the Kimberley. Treasures from the files of John Drayton, prospector and journalist of the 1890s to 1940s. This could be the jackpot for a modern prospector. With a biographical introduction by Peter J Bridge.

thermo_coverThermo-Electrical Cooking Made Easy

by Helen Nora Curle Smith
With an introductory essay, “The Kalgoorlie Stove”, by H.A. Willis

ISBN 978-0-85905-492-8, (2011 R+N), illust., 116pp., 230g

$22.00 + POST

In 1906-07, the Western Australian gold mining city of Kalgoorlie became the first place in the world to see an electric stove manufactured with the intention of bringing “cooking by electricity ... within the reach of anyone”. The ambitious enterprise brought about another world first ‑ the publication of a recipe book for electric cooking.

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they_called_meThey Called Me

"Tjampu Tjilpi"

(Old Left Hand)

by Bob Verburgt

ISBN 0 85905 248 6, (1999 new), Soft Cover, 141mm x 215mm, 144pp, illustrated, 225grams

$22.00 + POST

The bush experience of the author as a patrol officer in the Western Desert in the 1950s and 1960s.

they_kept_this_state_afloatThey Kept This State Afloat

Shipbuilders, Boatbuilders and Shipwrights of Western Australia


by Rod Dickson

ISBN 0 85905 214 1, (1998 new), Hard Cover, 158mm x 238mm, 344pp, illustrated, 640grams

$50.00* + POST

This history of the shipbuilders, boatbuilders and shipwrights of Western Australia from 1892 to 1929 presents personal and business details on over 300 artisans and their myriad of vessels.  Over 200 photographs, letters and documents illustrate their endeavours.

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they_simply_fade_awayThey Simply Fade Away – with the 48th in France

by J A Williamson

ISBN 978-0-85905-236-8, (1939, 2009), Soft Cover, A4, 108 pp, illustrated, 310grams

$30.00* + POST

From the Foreword:-

John Alexander Williamson, 1886 – 1971, was born at Bonnyrigg, Scotland and emigrated to Australia in 1911. His life as a migrant, struggling to get a start, is detailed in an appendix to this book.

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they_racing_at_landorThey're Racing at Landor

by P.R. Heydon

ISBN 0 85905 169 2, (1992 new), Soft Cover, 272pp, illustrated, 350grams

$30.00 + POST

The history of the people, horses and place of the fabled Landor bush races of the North West of Western Australia.  A racing classic.

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Thomas Edwards of Beverley

by Mollie Bentley

ISBN 0 85905 076 9, (1985 new), Soft Cover and Hard Cover, 148mm x 210mm, 115 pp, illustrated, HC 290grams, SC 180grams

HC $28.00, SC $22.00 + POST

From the Introduction by W.J. de Burgh

This excellent biography of one of Western Australia's mounted of the last (19th) century is an important addition to the overall view of our pioneering history.  Rather than dwell on all the things that were done that should not have been done, and all the things that were not done that should have been done, Mollie Bentley has told the story as it was.

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Those were the Days

by Arthur Reid

ISBN 0 85905 101 3, (1986 reprint of 1933 edition with new material), Hard Cover, quarto, 418pp, illustrated, l.5kg

$95.00* + POST

Those Were The Days  is an important reminiscing history of Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.  This magnificent, large format, hard bound volume gives biographical details of more than 400 early goldfielders. Fully indexed.

three_familiesThree Families Outback

in Australia's Tropical North

by Florence Martin

ISBN 0 85905 364 4, (1980 reprint 2007), Soft Cover, 107 pp, illustrated, 165grams

$22.00 + POST

The story of the families on Carlton Hill, Ningbing, and Legune Stations in the early 1900s.

through_aurumalia_coverThrough Aurumalia

by A J Vogan

ISBN 978-0-85905-106 4, (1896, R2009), Soft Cover, A4, 72pp, illust, 250grams

$25.00* + POST

Arthur Vogan was a journalist, explorer, photographer, artist. These are his reports on the mines of Kalgoorlie and
the surrounding areas in the mid 1890s.

through_bush_scrubThrough Bush and Scrub

Travels in the North among the Stations

by Norman Malcolm (Canmore)

ISBN 978-0-85905-587-1, (2015, New), A4, 92pp, indexed, 275 grams.

$25.00* + POST

Journalist and returned soldier, Norman Malcolm (d1926), once well known, and whose biography is outlined, wrote of developing pastoral stations of the North. This collection describes the people, districts, travel, and stations, 1923-1926.

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through_pinifex_sandThrough Spinifex and Sand to the Last Desert Family

by William J. Peasley

ISBN 978-0-85905-590-1, (2015, New), A4, 100pp, well illustrated, indexed, 300 grams.

$30.00*+ POST

Bill Peasley and his associates travelled to the Great Sandy Desert in 1976. They brought into civilisation the last of the ‘wild’ aboriginals who had, because of tribal laws, chosen to live a free life in the desert. This is the story of the expedition, the family, and earlier travels in that area.

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through_the_murchison_cvrThrough the Murchisons

The Peak Hill, Murchison, and Yalgoo Fields in 1904

Daisy Bates

ISBN 978-0-85905-720-2, (New, 2018), A4, 19pp, illustrated, 70 grams

$15.00* + POST

Daisy Bates was an intrepid reporter who was well used to tough travelling. She examined many of the Murchison mines in their fledgling days.


Time of the Brolga

by Jean Bull

978-0-85905-502-4, (2012, New), 150pp, Soft Cover, illust., 365grams

$35.00 + POST

Jean Bull, a prominent Queensland rural journalist, weaves a picture of station life in southwest Queensland in the early 20th century from the perspective of a child growing up in the outback. This is a narrative composed of poignant literary sketches of life on Tiranna station interspersed with interesting anecdotes and socio-historical details. This book records an important epoch of post-World War I station history. The story is written in an eloquent, easy-to-read style where the author portrays the trials and tribulations of station life with a cast of colourful characters who once frequented outback Queensland. The story is a tribute to the pioneering fortitude and achievements of her father George Ernest Bull and her mother Marjorie Bee Finch Bull (nee Brodie) in the establishment of Tiranna and the raising of their two daughters.

to_call_our_ownTo Call Our Own

Pioneering the Group Settlements

by M.R.H. Southcombe

ISBN 0 85905 119 6, (1998 new), Soft Cover, 145mm x 215mm, 87pp, illustrated, 140grams

$22.00 + POST

The pioneering of the Group Settlements, Kalgoorlie in the depression, riots on the goldfields, and timber milling.

to_king_george_sound_coverTo King George the Third Sound for Whales

Transcribed from the original Kingston's logbook

by Rod Dickson

ISBN 0 85905 372 5, (2006 New) Hard cover, dj, 174 pp, 25 x 17cm, illustrated, maps, 480grams

$55.00* + POST (A limited edition of 500 copies)

The log a of a voyage aboard the British whaling vessel Kingston of London under the command of Captain Thomas Dennis, 1800-1802. Transcribed from the original ship’s logbook by Rod Dickson.

This is the first publication in the series of publications complementary to Western Australian Exploration, known as the Historical Records of Western Australia.

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to_the_bar_bondedTo The Bar Bonded

by Kath Mallett

ISBN 0 85905 178 1, 1992 new), Hard Cover, 145mm x 222mm, 330pp, illustrated, 550grams

$40.00 + POST

A fascinating look at this quintessential Western Australian outback town from its beginnings.

Kath Mallett's historical research and memoirs, much of which was literally hand-written on the back of jam tin labels are recorded here as a tribute to the little town she loved.

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To the Golden Land. Exploration to the Eastwards 1869-1896

by Peter J. Bridge and associates. With an Introduction by J.M.R Cameron.

ISBN 978-0-85905-704-2, (New, 2019), 160 x 240mm, 712 pp, colour and black and white illustrations, maps, indexed, hard cover, 2kg+, $140.00* + POST

An important contribution to the history of WA covering all that periods 65 expeditions, including many that were previously unknown. Includes for the first time all the colour plates of Forrest in the 1870s. Over 150 illustrations and maps.

Like our other Exploration Diaries this will become the basic reference in this field. Due to the poisoned arrows of our economy the edition is small, so please do not delay ordering. 

to_the_savage_landTo the Savage Land

The life of John Costello

by M.J. Costello

ISBN 0 85905 287 7, (2002 reprint), Soft Cover, 161pp, illustrated, 225gms

$26.00 + POST

In the 1880s John Costello, a pastoralist from Yass who has settled on Coopers Creek, purchased Lake Nash Station. He then opened up the wild country on the Limmen River of the Northern Territory, fighting disease, drought, malaria, hostile natives and cattle thieves. Eventually he lost the battle but never forgot the promise of his savage land.

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toms_story_coverTom's Story

An Autobiography

by Thomas Fisher.

ISBN 978-0-85905-519-2, (2012, New), A4, 113pp. illustrated, indexed, 450 grams

$30.00* + POST

When Tom Fisher was growing up on a farm in Western Australia in the 1920's, and during the Depression of the 1930's, he could never have imagined that he would take part in some of the toughest naval battles of World War II. Able Seaman Tom Fisher commenced his war service on 3 September 1939 and, except for a brief period in late 1945, served at sea throughout the war.

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tommy_ningebong_cvrTommy Ningebong

by Phil Bianchi

ISBN 978-0-85905-599-4, (2015, New), A4, 71 pp, illustrated, 190 grms.

$25.00* + POST

Bushman, tracker, drover, stockman, pastoralist, Aboriginal Ningebong was an extraordinary individual. C1904-1978 he spent most of his life in the wider Wiluna area. He was a favourite of the local people and many are the stories of his solidity and of course his little quirks. This biography places on record his life and peoples appreciation of him. He was the principal witness in the trial of the murderers of trapper Joe Wilkins in 1937 and in a rustling trial in the 1970s. He was one of the first Aboriginals to have his own pastoral Lease.