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i_see_something_betterI see something better soon

How a remote community was transformed through empowerment

by Jim Heslop

ISBN 978-0-85905- 638-0, (New 2016), A4, 312 pages, illustrated, softcover, 840 grams

$60.00*+ POST


This is a book that I really did not want to write because I had hoped that the journey of community-school transformation and empowerment that was commenced in 1991 in Warakurna would have gone much further and it would have dwarfed the tentative steps that were made at that time.

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in_savage_australia_cvrIn Savage Australia

by Knut Dahl

ISBN 978-0-85905-633-5, (1926 R 2016), 240 x 160, 372pp, Hardcover, dj, indexed, illustrated, 1.1 kg

$96.00* + POST


Knut Dahl led expeditions into the NT and Kimberley in 1894-96. In Savage Australia was first published in English in 1926 but is not well known despite his interesting biological work and pertinent comments on the social habits of all races.

Dahl was a biologist with a wide knowledge and interest. Ian Abbot has written the Foreword and an appendix on the fauna described by Dahl. This is the latest volume in the Western Australian Explorers' Diaries Project and an essential reference for anyone interested in northern Australia.

Joh_Morrell_cvrJohn Morrell

Northam and Beyond

by Michael J. Duggan

ISBN 978-0-85905-651-9, (new, 2016), A4, 534 pages, illustrated, indexed, French flap cover,2.20 kg

$110.00* + POST


The history of the Northam Morrell family from England to Western Australia.

Kimberley_Days_Yesterdays_cKimberley Days and Yesterdays

45 years in the Great Nor-West of Western Australia

by Charles Edward Flinders

ISBN 978-0-85905-064-5, (New, 2016), A4, well illustrated, indexed, 122 pages, 355 grams

$30.00* + POST


Charles Flinders was a co-lateral descendant of Matthew Flinders. His time in the Kimberley-North West during their Roaring Days are told in his memoirs. People, incidents and tales of the characters that built the nation are a joy to read.

Ludovic_de_beauvoirs_cvrLudovic de Beauvoir's visit to Australia

Translated and edited by John Melville Jones with Nicola Cousen, Steve Mullins, Stefan Petrow and Marie & John Ramsland

ISBN 978-0-85905-626-7, (2016, New), Published in a edition of 250 copies. 160 x 240, 351pp, Section sewn with dj on soft cover in French flap style with quality paper, illustrated, 850 grams

$50.00* + POST


This publication presents a revised English translation of the first volume (Australie) of an account of a voyage around the world undertaken in 1866 by two young French aristocrats. In Australia they visited Melbourne, Ballarat and Bendigo, and outside Melbourne experienced the life of a squatter at that time. They also visited Hobart, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane before sailing north towards South East Asia.

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managing_a_million_cvrManaging a Million Square Miles

by Ron Hutchinson

ISBN 978-0-85905-650-2, (New, 2016), 240 x 160, well illustrated, indexed, 357 pages, 850 grams

$50.00 + POST


With a history spanning 187 years, the authority now called Landgate, has seen momentous changes. From the days of survey expeditions, to world-leading innovations in online mapping and the delivery of land information, Ron Hutchinson has given us a fascinating and insightful history of Western Australia's first government department.

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Old_Time_Memories_cvrOld Time Memories and Adventures

by Charles Edward Gaunt

ISBN 978-0-85905-643-4, (1930s R 2016), A4, indexed, 148 pages, 410 grams

$35.00* + POST


Charlie Gaunt arrived in the Northern Territory in 1878 as a young teenager. His adventurous life there and in NQ is detailed with many bloody meetings with the tribesmen. Pearling, prospecting, soldiering, tall ships, dog musher, hobo, ranch manager, customs officer were some of the occupations of an adventurous life in the Boer War, Alaska, Nevada & USA generally, Mexico, China, Trinidad, British Guiana, Burma., etc. He died in Brisbane in 1938.

our_western_australia_cvrOur Western Australian Home

Being Sketches of Scenery and Society in the Colony

by George J. Webb, Esq., D.A.C.G. (edited and annotated by Geoff Blackburn, Steve Errington and Peter J. Bridge)

ISBN 978-0-85905-636-6, (New, 2016), A4, 44pages, 150 grams

$22 + POST


George Webb lived in Perth from April 1839 until January 1848, working in the commissariat building (where the Supreme Court now stands), and progressing from Assistant Clerk to D.A.C.G (Deputy Assistant Commissary General) by December 1845. He was a ‘young man about town’, organising Assembly balls and Foundation Day regattas, singing at St Patrick’s Day dinners and taking part in Perth’s first amateur theatricals.

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paediatric_passport_cvrPaediatric Passport

by Michael Gracey

ISBN 978-0-85905-649-6, (New 2016), A4, Illustrated, 103 pages, 300 grams

$25.00*+ POST


Michael Gracey AO is a paediatrician who has worked in many countries, particularly with socially disadvantaged populations where childhood malnutrition and infections are rife. After medical training in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Britain, he was a consultant at Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital in Perth for many years and worked as a doctor among Aboriginal communities around WA, especially in the Kimberley, for decades.

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prisoners_past_cvrPrisoners of the Past

Compiled by Calliope Bridge, Celene Bridge, Angela Teague, Mark Chambers & Tom Hogarth

ISBN978-0-85905-657-1, (New, 2017), A4, fully illustrated and indexed, 329 pages, 900 grams

$60.00* + POST


All the mugshots of prisoners released from Fremantle Gaol from 1899 to 1919, over 3850, and fully indexed. A unique picture of the past showing the features of those who had transgressed. Interestingly, non-Europeans, apart from the obligatory Aboriginals, form a far larger proportion of the prisoners than their kind would represent as a percentage of the whole population.

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rubyRuby Yen

ISBN 978-0-85905-659-5, (New, 2017), A5, 16pp, llust, 40 grams

$10.00 + POST


The controversial murder of a Chinese girl in Perth in 1925.  Another of our series on the joys of multiculturalism.

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.

troy_weight_cvrTroy Weight

The 1889 report of Sub Inspector Troy on David Forrest's
allegations of mis-treatment of natives in the north

by Peter J Bridge, Peter Conole, Gail Dreezens

ISBN 978-0-85905-632-8, (New, 2016), A4, 93pp, 280 grams

$30.00* + POST


David Forrest of Minderoo complained of mistreatment of natives by pearlers. Governor Broome and his administration acted promptly and reports from local NW police were requested and a special police expedition set out covering an immense area.

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turning_men_into_stone_cvrTurning Men Into Stone

A social and medical history of silicosis in Western Australia 1890-1970

by Criena Fitzgerald

ISBN 978-0-85905-635-9, (New, 2016), 170 x 240, section sewn, 252pp, illustrated, indexed, 710 grams

$50.00 + POST


1960, WA physician Dr Bob Elphick remarked to his colleagues that the mining industry was turning men into stone. This evocative image aptly described the end-stage pathophysiological changes that occurred in the lungs of the state’s goldminers after exposure to silica dust. Until 1926 in WA, when X-ray technology became readily available and financially viable, diagnosis of dust disease in miners was fraught, flawed and at best an educated medical guess.

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