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kangaroo_kate_coverWhatever happened to Kangaroo Kate?

David Carnegie at Halls Creek

Moondyne Joe, his early life

 by Peter J. Bridge with Gail Dreezens and Drew Deveraux

ISBN 0 85905 416 0, (2007 New, e-published 2006, in the Dollypot, Greenhide and Spindrift column Vol 1 No 5) Soft Cover A4, 15pp, saddle, 90grams

$11.00* + POST

Kangaroo Kate and her namesakes intrigued bush people for many years. She disappeared in 1930. A letter from Carnegie to Forrest from halls Creek in 1897. The real facts on Moondyne Joe’s origins and early life.

wheel_tracksWheel Tracks

by W.W. Ammon

ISBN 0 85905 190 0, (1993 reprint of 1966 edition), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 144pp, illustrated, 190grams

$22.00 + POST

Wheel Tracks .... over the red sandhill, across the boggy claypans, into flooded rivers, cutting their lonely path through kilometres of wildflowers or desert blasted by the heat ... in the country of the wild turkey and the giant lizards, where a mob of kangaroos can be so big that it takes an hour to pass by; where Tom Davies perished of thirst, and Micky Brown rode the outlaw mule ... the land of Terrible Bill Cridlen, Gus the Swede, Brumby Pete, and the celebrated Musical Bogger.

when_fortune_smiledWhen Fortune Smiled and Other Tales of the Goldfields

by John Drayton. Prepared by Peter J Bridge, Angela Teague and Rina Ashcroft

ISBN 978-0-85905-563-5, (2014), Soft cover, A4, indexed, 136pp, 390g

$30.00* + POST

Contains 65 WA true tales of the goldfields, such as, The rush to Cow Camel, When thieves fall out, Rifles and axes for two, The lost show at Gregory Hills, Skull Creeks bloody baptism, and The patch at Double Cross.

nuns_coverWhen Nuns Wore Soldier's Trousers

by Pat Studdy-Clift

ISBN 978 0 85905 469 0, (2009 new), Soft Cover, Saddle Stitched, 59 pages, illustrated, 90grams

$16.50 + POST

During the murderous Japanese campaign in New Guinea missionaries of all denominations were killed and their flocks dispersed. This is the story of a small group of German Catholic Sisters of the Divine Word Mission at Marienberg on the north coast, near the lower Sepik.

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where_fortunes_layWhere Fortunes Lay

A Personal Story of the Birth of Kalgoorlie

by A.J. Macgeorge (edited by Michael Macgeorge)

ISBN 0 85905 194-3, (1993 new), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 186 pp, illustrated, 250grams,

$22.00 + POST

Where Fortunes Lay is the personal, first hand story of an adventurous young mans search for fortune in the vast dry interior of Australia in the 1890s.

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where_is_brown_hillWhere is Brown Hill?

by Amy Moore

ISBN 0 85905 128 5, (1989 new), Soft Cover, 60pp, 115grams

$16.50 + POST

Brown Hill was a small mining community t’other side of Kalgoorlie.  Now covered with mullock heaps of the new open cuts, this township and its people are recorded by Amy Moore, born and bred in this forgotten goldfield’s village.

where_on_the_coastWhere on the Coast is That?

 by Ian Murray with Marion Hercock

ISBN 978-0-85905-452-2, (2008 new), Soft Cover, 350 pp, 910 grams

$50.00* + POST

Contains the names, location, origin, namer, and description of **** coastal place names of Western Australia. "Owing to the geographical location of Western Australia at the eastern edge of the Indian Ocean, its coastal features have more than the expected Aboriginal and English place names. This is because the first European names were bestowed by Dutch navigators in the 1600s, then by English and French navigators before settlement by the English in the 1820s. The place names applied speak volumes about the motives of navigators in selecting names.

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where_theres_smokeWhere There's Smoke There's Fry

The true story of an amazing man - Alf Fry

by Chris Hales

ISBN 0 85905 259 1, (1999 new), Soft Cover, 196pp, illustrated, 270grams

$22.00 + POST

From the battlefields of Gallipoli to the Karri Country of the South West of Western Australia, Alfred Narroway Fry lived a remarkable life. So remarkable the reader will conclude that he had more lives than a cat.

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white_blacksWhite blacks and black whites

edited by P.J. Bridge A. Teague & G. Dreezens

ISBN 0 85905 436 5, (2008 new), A4, Soft Cover, 34pp, illustrated, 130grams

$22.00* + POST

From the 1830s to the 1890s many strange stories about whites amongst the blacks came in from the frontiers. Albinos, lost explorers or shipwreck survivors? This intriguing collection is from Western Australia.

white_featherWhite Feather

The Story of Kanowna

by Margaret Bull

ISBN 0 85905 111 0, (1987 reprint of 1981 edition with new material), 145mm x 210mm, Soft Cover, 111 pp, 180grams

$22.00 + POST

White Feather is the story of the old goldfield town of Kanowna, from the time gold was found by Jerry McAuliffe in October 1895 through to the 1980s.

Kanowna, originally known as White Feather, was in its heyday one of the richest goldfields in Western Australia outside the famous Kalgoorlie-Boulder golden mile.

White Feather is a social history concerned with the discovery of gold and the early years on the find, life and conditions at Kanowna during its rapid growth, the steady decline of the field after the end of the 1890s, and some of the more important figures involved in the town's history.

wilgie_mia_cvrWilgie Mia

Cave of Red Ochre and Raddled Ranters

By Peter J. Bridge.

ISBN 978-0-85905-702-8, (New, 2018), A4, illustrated, indexed, 100+ pages, ** grams

$30.00* + POST

A history of the discovery of the cave, early mining, and the industry that grew around it. Also an examination of the Wadgela myths of the sacred cave, which are less believable than those of the Aboriginal dreamtime. Wishful thinking guides government policy resulting in closure and restriction as the home for a red elephant.


William Benstead. Pioneer of Alice Springs and Coolgardie

by William Benstead with Peter J. Bridge and Ian Murray. 

ISBN 978-0-85905-764-6, (New, 2019), A4, illustrated, indexed, 69 pages, 200 grams, $25.00*

Bill Benstead, Cattleman, hotelier, explorer, butcher. Anna’s Reservoir & Coolgardie. His cattle interests were in Africa, Madagascar, Argentina, working for Vestys. His daughter Lulu was a very well known singer on the London stage.


William Campbell Charnley, 1882-1966

A bibliography

Compiled by Peter J Bridge.

[ISBN 978-0-85905-227-6], (2011, New), 20pp, illust, 50grams

$10.00* + POST

Charnley was a prolific writer, from 1915 to 1966, primarily on Western Australian history, publishing “close to a million words” by 1951 in magazines and newspapers. In Australia these were The Bulletin, The Lone Hand, The Australian Journal, The Western Mail, The Countryman, The Western Mail, Famous Detective Stories, and the Australian Life. Overseas were the Wide World, Blackwood’s, History Today, and The Windsor Magazine. He wrote on subjects where he was close to those involved in incidents of bush history and so has a viewpoint that is not accessible to those who are solely working from archives, or are literary creationists.

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william_dugald_campbell_cvrWilliam Dugald Campbell

Western Australian Ethnographic Papers

by W. D. Campbell

ISBN 978-0-85905-622-9, (R, 2015), A4, 86pp, illustrated, 260grams

$35.00* + POST

W. D. Campbell, an English geologist working in New Zealand and Australia undertook pioneering ethnographic work in the Eastern Goldfields, North West and Murchison.

This collection is of rare and difficult to obtain papers that are little known to those interested in such material. The items on churingas and phallic objects are sure to 'raise' an interest in those so oriented.

william_rudall_cvrWilliam F. Rudall. Surveyor and Explorer

by Peter Bridge, Phil Bianchi, Alan Zweck, Gail Dreezens.

ISBN 978-0-85905-672-4, (New, 2019), A4, 176 pages, illustrated, maps, indexed, 490 grams

$45.00* + POST

The biography and expeditions of Rudall and the details of the death of Aubrey Newman.

This long awaited biography contains much previously unknown information from Rudall’s family papers, AZ being a distant relative. His surveys and explorations are treated in detail and are of especial interest due to his being the 2IC to Surveyor Newman who died on their expedition. Rudall named Mt Newman. His work in the desert searching for the lost Calvert explorers brought his name to the public. Unfortunately funding was not forthcoming from the expected Government and corporate sources and so both a two year delay and a shorter print run is the result. 

william_fordaWilliam Ford & Coolgardie

by Alice Kathleen Clemenson

ISBN 0 85905 118 8, (1988 new), Soft Cover, 151pp, illustrated, 340grams

$22.00 + POST

The biography of the discoverer of Coolgardie.  Copiously illustrated.

william_white_coverWilliam White, Convict 9348

Discoverer of the Eastern Goldfields

by P J Bridge and Graham Gath

ISBN 978-0-85905-461-4, (2008), Soft Cover), A4, 35 pp, illustrated, 130grams

$22.00* + POST

William (Milky) White pegged the first gold claim in 1885 at Fraser Range.

willshireWillshire of Alice Springs

by Austin Stapleton

ISBN 0 85905 177 3, (1992 new), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 68pp, illustrated, 150grams,

$22.00 + POST

Alice Springs' Mounted Constable Willshire was tried at Port Augusta in 1891 for murder and honourably acquitted. The crown was widely criticised for the weakness of its case.

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"Edge of the Desert"

by P.R. Heydon (O.A.M.)

ISBN 0 85905 216 8, (1996 new), Hard Cover, 155mm x 240mm, 624pp, illustrated, 1kg

$75.00 + POST

Wiluna - "Edge of The Desert", celebrates the Centenary of Wiluna, and covers the period 1886-1996.  It tells of the three phases of gold mining; of a vibrant town of 9,000 people at its peak; of the reminiscences of 80 people living in the town and on pastoral properties.

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winjans_peopleWinjan's People

by J.E. Hammond

ISBN 0 85605 330 X, (Reprint of 1933 edition, 1980/2005), Soft Cover, 86pp, illustrated, 125grams

$22.00 + POST

The story of the South West Australian aborigines.

winning_the_gascoyneWinning the Gascoyne

by Rhonda McDonald

ISBN 0-85905-158-7, (1991, 2008), 248pp, illustrated, Soft Cover,  320 grams

$35.00 + POST

The history of the Upper Gascoyne stations and area.


by Ian Duggan and Katharina Zeelenberg.

ISBN 978-0-85905-688-5, (New, 2018), A4, illustrated, 147 pages, 425 grams

$40.00* + POST

A critical examination of the previously unexamined files of government departments and corporations that inflicted the disasters of asbestosis and mesothelioma on the Australian population from the mines at Wittenoom. An essential read for all involved in Wittenoom.

wongiWongi Wongi

by Judith Drake-Brockman

ISBN 0 85905 286 9, (2001 new), Soft Cover, 162pp, illustrated, 225grams

$22.00 + POST

In 1987 a part-Aboriginal author depicted the Drake-Brockman family as heartless exploiters of the Aboriginal people. For over a decade Miss Drake-Brockman and her family suffered these insults with dignity and reserve. Now she has spoken out.

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wooden_butterfliesWooden Butterflies

by Anna Wiciak-Suchnicka

ISBN 0 85905 131 5, (1989 new), Soft Cover, 137pp, 210grams

$22.00 + POST

This autobiography evokes a different world in Poland, since destroyed by the Bolsheviks and the Nazis.  The story of the flight of the author and her family through Asia and Africa to Australia.


Woodlines of Western Australia 

A comprehensive history of the Goldfields woodlines.
by Phil Bianchi.

ISBN 978-0-85905-725-7, (New, 2019), 170 x 240, french flaps, heavily illustrated, 449 pages, 1.2kg, $85.00* + POST

Without a source of cheap energy to fuel steam boilers and for ore treatment, only the Western Australian mines with rich ore would have been productive.

Firewood companies established privately owned train lines up to 120 miles out from major centres such as Kalgoorlie to bring in firewood. Although the Kurrawang and Lakewood woodlines are the main feature of this book; other woodlines included Lakeside south of Boulder, Kurramia/Kanowna, Cue, Laverton, Gwalia and Westonia.

Firewood cutters, carters and loaders from war torn Europe, came to Australia seeking a better life; they lived in hessian walled basic camps with earthen floors and a tin roof. The book features 22 first-hand accounts of the hardships faced by woodliners working, living and growing up on the woodlines. Many a wife and family joining the husband after a few years were shocked at the conditions; suffering flies, heat, cold, loneliness, maggots in meat and poor quality drinking water.

Between 1900 and 1964 a total of 21.6 million tons of firewood had been cut; during 1912-16 average production was 650,000 tons per year. By the time the firewood companies ceased operations they had clear-felled a staggering 3.04 million hectares of goldfields woodlands; almost half the area of Tasmania.

Other woodline topics discussed include: racism, riots, internment, exploitation and bribery, shanties, sports days, strikes and deaths and accidents.



“Work Completed, Canning”

A Comprehensive History of the Canning Stock Route

1906 – 2010

by Phil Bianchi

ISBN 978-0-85905-549-9, (2013 New), 724pp, 274 photos, 38 maps, casebound, dust jacket, 1kg+

$120.00* + POST

Stiffened soft cover $85.00* + POST

The story of Alfred W. Canning and the development and subsequent use of the 1800 kilometre long Canning Stock Route from Halls Creek to Wiluna is told in this new volume.

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working_lives_cvrWorking Lives

of the 1967/69 Geology Graduates of the University of Queensland

Bill Koppe, Peter Hayden and Bill Turner

ISBN 978-0-85905-731-8, (New, 2018), 160x240mm, illustrated, 119pp, 325 grams

$30.00* + POST

An important and innovative examination of geological careers in Australia.

worlds_rough_handsThe World's Rough Hand

by H. Phelps Whitmarsh

ISBN 0 85905 336 9, (2005 Reprint 1898), Soft Cover, 108pp,160grams

$22.00 + POST

"Lest it be thought that my misfortunes and penniless condition weighed heavily upon me. I would here record that throughout my life I was never more light of heart, more free from care, more genuinely happy , than at this very time, when the world's rough hand was knocking the boy into shape of a man. There were times, to be sure, when I cast down; there were periods of homesickness, moments of bitter disappointment; but these downs in my experience were always of short duration, and, by comparison, the ups became doubly joyous. As a rubber ball, when struck, receives a dent and then regains its spheric shape, so did I, with youthful buoyancy, soon recovered from these blows of circumstance. It was all, indeed, one grand adventure, crammed with interest, the cham of novelty, and real life."

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wreck_of_the_barque_stefanoWreck of the Barque Stefano

off the North West Cape of Australia in 1875

by Gustave Rathe

ISBN 0 85905 144 7, (1990 new), Soft Cover, 136pp, 190grams

$22.00 + POST

The Stefano was wrecked on the North West Cape in Western Australia in 1875.  After clashes with the natives the last two survivors were finally rescued by Captain Tuckey.  A classic of survival.