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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.

3000 Miles on Side Saddle 

Daisy Bates.

ISBN 978-0-85905-718-9, (R, 2018), A5, $10.00*

a_tale_of_the_goldfieldsA Tale of the goldfields. The Afghan Curse. (The joys of multiculturalism.)

by James H. O’Brehoun.

ISBN 978-0-85905-968-8, (1930s R 2022), A4, 24 pages, 110 grams $22.00*

The criminal abduction of 14 years old Charlotte Grigo by an Afghan camel jockey in 1895 created a great uproar on the Coolgardie goldfields. This is the now unknown story of the Grigo family before they came to WA. The abduction and statutory rape of the child led to a series of murders and was one of the incidents which led to the great nationalist awakening and the Restricted Immigration Policy of Federation. It is story which should be remembered as such attacks are being normalised  and approved by the utterly degenerate political class.

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.  

tales_of_trackTales of the Track.

The rude awakening of Cockroach

by Wanderer.

ISBN 978-0-85905-872-8, (1901 R 2021), $10.00*

The failure of Cockroach’s marital ambitions.

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.

tanami_tom_laurieTanami Tom Laurie’s Early Murchison Experiences.

James Thompson.

ISBN 978-1-875778-12-6, A5, 5 pages, $10.00*

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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temoraTemora. John Kernick, poet & prospector-miner of the Bohemian Gold Mine.

Peter J. Bridge.

ISBN 978-0-85905-955-8, (New, 2022), A4, 50 pages, illustrated, 170 grams, $30.00*

Kernick was a staunch fighter for the working man but left a legacy of poetry and service to his fellow man on the goldfields.

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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The 1982 Carnegie Expedition. Bill Peasley
ISBN 978-0-85905-806-3, 320 grams, $45.00*

The 1999 Carnegie Expedition. Bill Peasley

ISBN 978-0-85905-805-6, 240 grams, $40.00*

The Desert Trail. Bill Peasley
ISBN 978-0-85905-807-0, 280 grams, $30.00*

The Forrest Centenary Expedition. Bill Peasley
ISBN 978-0-85905-808-7, 150 grams, $30.00*

The Last Desert Journey. Bill Peasley
ISBN 978-0-85905-809-4, 285 grams, $40.00*

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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tanami_desertThe Tanami Goldrush, the Laurie brothers, fellow prospectors, and the Toll of the Bush.

Peter J. Bridge.

ISBN 978-0-85905-989-3, (New, 2023), A4, 148 pages, illustrated, indexed, 400 grams, $40.00*

The great NT desert rush of around 1910 which led to the loss of many lives from thirst, starvation, accident, and attacks from the savages. Lost stories and lost lives for gold ill spent.

On the road to Tanami,

Tramp the men who do – or die;

Pioneers, the land they spy

‘Neath a leaden load o’ Care.

Ah! The heartaches Stouthearts know

Scrapin’ for the golden show!

On the road to Tanami.

The Tin Memorials in Menzies Cemetery 

by Yvonne Coate

ISBN 978-0-85905-717-2, (New, 2018), A5, $10.00*

tragedy_of_an_overlanderThe Tragedy of an Overlander.

From Port Lincoln SA to Perth WA in search of work. Overland journey of a shepherd, his wife and family, their difficulties & sufferings.

by Henry Mazzini

ISBN 978-0-85905-789-9, (1886, R), A5, illustrated, 17 pages, $10.00*

the_trapThe Trap at Lošinj


by Miloš Saičič 

ISBN 978-0-85905-786-8, (New, 2020), illustrated, A4, 76 pages, 250 grams, $40.00*

The autobiography of a Yugoslav soldier in WWII. Miloš Saičič was a young Serbian lawyer who joined the Royal Yugoslav Army under General Mihalovich. The Chetniks fought both the Germans and the Ustashi. The betrayals by Churchill and his twisted coterie meant their defeat by the communist partisans. The communist and Ustashi death camps and mass executions put into the pale the much propagandised, but very suspect, claims of German crimes.

He fled to Italy and after service in the Mediterranean he and his wife were in the Transit camp at El Shatt in Egypt before he migrated to Australia in 1948. He worked in Perth for the Hospital Collections Service, raised his family and died, aged 97, in 2008.

This is a rare story. Most Yugoslav materials available to the West being part of the Cold War stable with promotion of the ‘independent’ Yugoslavia, which was as brutal as anything both the Soviets and the ‘free’ West could devise.

This is a very small print run to record the title in Australian libraries and archives. It will be of interest to the children of those who fled Yugoslavia post war.

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.


Now available again.

Last year our stock got buried in the warehouse. Just found.

Those customer’s whose orders we could not fill can now re-order.


Phil Heydon commenced his working life in the Post Office at Cue, in 1935, as a Telegraph Messenger. He worked in most Murchison goldfield towns, returning to Big Bell as Postmaster in 1947 and retired as Postmaster at the General Post Office, Perth. He was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1979.

this_fearful_plagueThis Fearful Plague.

Bubonic Plague in Western Australia. 1900 to 1906.

By Michelle McKeough.

ISBN 978-0-85905-959-6, (New, 2022), 160 x 240, 124 pages, well illustrated, 220 grams, $35.00*