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A-bushwalking-brew-CoverA Bushwalking Brew

by John Foulsham

ISBN 978-0-85905-681-6, (2017, New), A4, illustrated with maps and photos, 251pp, 670 grams

$50.00* + POST


John Foulsham overlanded to Perth from England in 1969 and became a bushwalker. Long walks in Tasmania, the Stirling Ranges, Kokoda, and his epic journey with Murray Rankin on the Canning Stock Route in 1973 are described and illustrated. Great reading on the trials and joys of Australian bushwalking.

Published 21 November 2017.

a_camelmanA Camelman on the Canning

The diary of Claude Heppingstone.

Edited by Phil Bianchi, Peter Bridge, Sheryl Milentis, Gail Dreezens, Tony Vincent.

ISBN 978-0-85905-537-6, (2012), A4, 54pp, 185 grams

$22.00* + POST


Claude was a cameleer on the 1908-1910 well construction party of the Canning Stock Route. This is his daily diary. Bush diaries are rare and the detail of this shows the long daily grind of hard bush work and what was done in this great enterprise.

 

a_clouded_visionA Clouded Vision

The Life of Andrew Barr: pioneer - inventor

1855 - 1939.

by Hugh Clift

ISBN 085905 320 2, (2003 new), 130 pp, A4 wire bound, illustrated, 375grams

$30.00* + POST


Andrew Barr was born in Scotland, the eldest of 14 children. The family immigrated to South Australia in 1874, where Andrew married Rosetta Gilbert in 1877.

He became a prosperous farmer and invented a "jumping scarifier" which took many prizes at agricultural shows and was widely used in South Australia. He also invented a stump jump cultivator in 1880, which won first prize in a competition in 1880. His greatest invention was the world's first disc plough, which he first used in 1885. He improved the prototype disc plough to the point where he was able to sign a contract for its manufacture in 1892, but before any disc ploughs could be built, the firm became bankrupt in Australia's worst economic depression, which had already forced Andrew off his farm. He became an agricultural labourer and in 1897 decided to try his luck in Western Australia.

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a_dead_mans_dreamA Dead Mans Dream

Lasseter’s Reef Found

by Angie Testa and Bill Decarli

ISBN 0 85905 356 3, (2005 new), soft cover, 104 pp, illustrated, 145 grams

$22.00 + POST


Ever since Harold Lasseter died in 1931 in his pursuit of his infamous gold-bearing quartz reef, the location of this reef has remained a tantalising mystery. Over the years expeditions have combed the West of Alice Springs, finding no trace of it. While some claim it to be one of the great confidence tricks of the day, others steadfastly believe the legend. In 1991 Vietnam veteran Bill Decarli decided to reverse Lasseter’s map and look on the Eastern side of Alice Springs. He found the landmarks matching those described in Lasseter’s diary and a gold bearing quartz reef many kilometers long. This is his story.

a_gold_seekers_odysseyA Gold Seeker’s Odyssey

by L R Menzies

ISBN 0 85905 290 7, (2004 reprint of 1937 edition with new material), soft cover, 171pp, 235 grams

$28.00 + POST


Leslie Menzies was one of the hopeful band of prospectors who arrived in Western Australia during the 1890s goldrush.

A successful miner in the USA & NZ his knowledge gave him an early advantage at Parkers Range & the Murchison. The Menzies mines were discovered by him in 1894.

In the ups & downs of mining Menzies found that down was almost out, Greener fields in Madagascar, Africa, Japan and later the Kimberley beckoned. He eventually retired to California where he wrote these reminiscences shortly before his death in 1939.

a_good_prospect_cvrA Good Prospect - The life and works of F.W. Ophel "Prospect Good."

Compiled and edited by Chris Holyday.

ISBN 978-0-85905-513-0, (New, 2012), A4, illustrated, 72pp, 225grams
$25.00* + POST


Frederick Ophel (1871- 1911) was considered the best and brightest of the Goldfields poets a century ago. However his work has never been published as a collection. A.G. Stephens of the Bulletin collected his works and letters but twice lost the papers and eventually economics signed the death knell.

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independent-company_coverA History of the 2nd Independent Company

and

2/2 Commando Squadron

compiled by Col Doig

ISBN 0 85905 149 8, (1986, reprinted 2009), illustrated, A4, Soft Cover, 294 pages, 785 grams

$50.00* + POST


This is the story of the Double Red Diamonds who fought the Japanese in Timor, inflicting casualties far in excess of their number, and showing the usefulness of guerrilla forces against a numerically superior enemy.

a_letter_from_sueA letter to Sue

On the subject of Historical Pollution. 'Greasy Bill' Beakem and William Clancy Little of Cape York Peninsula.

by Jim McJannett

ISBN 978-0-85905-631-1, (2016, New), A5, illustrated, 30pp, 65 grams

$8.00* + POST


Jim McJannett is a committed historian of Cape York Peninsula. He has written many short articles under a pen name. This booklet resolves a problem that has confused many less dedicated researchers for the last century. Small, but important, for those interested in one of the most vibrant gold rushes of the 19th century

a_nz_goldseeker_coverA New Zealand Gold Seeker's Adventure in Australia

1886-1901

By J.W. Swift

ISBN 978-0-85905-429-4, (N, 2015), A5, 53 pages, 90 grams

$15.00 + POST


Off to the Kimberley rush and its vicissitudes, Swift details his adventures in making a living in the bush, disasters of going blind and blown up in a mining accident, and generally a hard life. We normally only hear of successful men but most just struggle through.

a_prosoectors_life_cvrA Prospector's Life

by John Meiklejohn
ISBN 978-0-85905-642-7, (New, 2016), A4, indexed, 52 pages, 165 grams

$22.00* + POST


The newly discovered memoirs of this well-known prospector fill out his articles that were published as Gold Getting Days in 2005. A serendipitous internet search by his grand-daughter discovered Hesperian and so the book came about. A lively read of an adventurous life before WWI. New Zealand, Australia, Africa, Boer War, Madagascar, Klondyke, and London.

a_simple_life_cvrA Simple Life

"Anything But"

by Ron Pass

ISBN 978-0-85905-656-4, A4, 250 pages, illustrated, indexed, 680 grams

$50.00* + POST


Available direct from the author at:-

Ron Pass, 35 Lakefront Circle, The Vines, WA 6069

Telephone: 08 9297 4411 Mobile:0428 964 968

Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This engaging memoir recalls the people and places of old Geraldton, the Murchison, Gascoyne and much more of Western Australia.

Written by Ron Pass – all-round horseman and athlete, stockman, yard builder, bush poet and fireman.

a_swan_location_coverA Story of Swan Location 16

 by W.J. de Burgh

ISBN 978-0-85905-459-1, (2008), Soft Cover, A4, 50 pp, illustrated, 170 grams

$22.00* + POST


The history of the colonial land locations of Swan 16 (Woodbridge and Bushmead), Swan M1 (Caversham), 16A, and Helena 7 (Waterhall), and Cowalla; and the involvement of the deBurgh, Brockman, Harper, Morrison, Welliton, Phillips, and Whitfield families.

cowalla_coast_coverA Story of the Cowalla Coast Run

1873 - 1964

by W. J. deBurgh

ISBN 0 85905 380 6, (2007 New), soft cover, 46pp, illustrated, 80 grams

$12.00 + POST

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Born in 1912, WJ (Bill) de Burgh spent all his working life on his family's two Moore River properties, Cowalla and Baramba. Since 1976, Bill has dedicated his retirement years to the research and recording of Western Australian history, for which, together with his many years of service to local government, he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australiain 2007.

From 1873 to 1964, a period of 91 years, the de Burgh family's holdings included a cattle run of several thousand acres between, and including, where the coastal towns of Ledge Point and Lancelin are now situated. This former cattle run, now proposed for a residential development by the present owner, forms the subject of this book.

a_1000_mile_coverA Thousand Miles and More

– a tramp through the Coolgardie Goldfields

by Duke Stewart

ISBN 0 85905 427 6, (2008 Reprint 1896), Soft Cover, 54pp, 95 grams

$15.00*. + POST


In 1896 Duke Stewart set out to report on the conditions of the new Coolgardie goldfields. By walking he absorbed the reality of the bush, meeting the prospectors and sharing their camps.

a_varied_and_versatileA Varied and Versatile Life

The Memoirs of Frank Wittenoon

1855 - 1939

Edited and annotated by R.F.B. Lefroy

ISBN 085905 317 2, (2003 upgraded reprint), 110 pp,  A4 wire bound, illustrated, 325 grams

$30.00* + POST


Frank Wittenoom was a grandson of the first Colonial Chaplin who arrived off Fremantle with his family on 30th January 1830.

He was born on the family farm near York in December 1855 and died in Perth in September 1939.

Following his mothers death in 1861 the family moved to Perth where he was educated and worked for the West Australian Bank.

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a_voyage_no_impA Voyage of No Importance

by Rod Dickson

ISBN 085905 298 2, (2003 new), 125 pages, limp cover, section sewn, illustrated, 180 grams

$22.00 + POST


This is the true story of an epic 350 kilometre voyage along the West Kimberley coast made by two intrepid seafarers in their 3.5 metre wooden dinghy in late 1920.

The pearling lugger, HENRY, on a voyage from Wyndham to Broome was wrecked on a jagged rock off Cape Voltaire in the far northwest. The six crewmen on board made it to the mainland and set up camp. It was then decided that two men should row the dinghy south to get help but nobody expected the voyage to last a month and cover such a vast distance.

This one small lugger, the HENRY became involved in three separate incidents in which five white men lost their lives, four to the natives on the red coast and one to a crocodile.

The dinghy voyage from Cape Voltaire to Cape Leveque was likened to that of Bass and Flinders in a letter describing the voyage, written by Reverend Richardson, of Broome, to the editor of The West Australian. However, the editor wrote back and described the voyage as of no importance.

davidson-rock-carvings-coverAboriginal Australian and Tasmanian Rock Carvings and Paintings & Aboriginal Australian Decorative Art

By Daniel Sutherland Davidson. With a Foreword by Kim Akerman.

Two volumes in one. ISBN 978-0-85905-374-7 and ISBN 978-0-85905-375-4, Case bound with laminated cover, 330pp, plus 6 colour plates, 16.5 x 25cm, 950 grams

$95.00* + POST


First published in 1936 and 1937 these rare books are unknown to most anthropologists, art dealers and collectors.

Davidson was the most important ethnographer of his time and his reputation for the quality and quantity of work produced is unmatched.

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aborig_corpsAboriginal Corporations, Communities and Outstations

by Ian Murray

ISBN 085905 333 4, (2006 new), 52pp A4, 320 grams

$22.00* + POST


Lists hundreds of corporations, outstations and communities

davidson_coverAboriginal Ethnographica

Australian Aboriginal Axes, Spears, Clubs, Canoes, Baskets and Boomerangs.
Petroglyphs, [Rock art] , [Interlocking] Key Designs, Waningas, Churingas, Fire, Footwear & Death.

by Daniel Sutherland Davidson.
With an Appreciation of D.S. Davidson by Kim Akerman. 

ISBN 978-0-85905-491-1, (2011R), A4, 489pp, illustrated.

A "SOFT COVER" EDITION. FOLDED FLAPS 300gsm COVER. 1300 GRAMS, $85.00* + POST


This magnificent volume of 489 x A4 pages contains the majority of Davidson’s Australian ethnographic papers from 1933 to 1953.

The sub-title presents the range of material included, all profusely illustrated.

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abor_perthAboriginal Perth

Bibbulmun Biographies and Legends

by Daisy Bates - edited by P.J. Bridge

ISBN 0 85905 135 8, (1992 new), Soft Cover, 208pp, illustrated, 260grams

$30.00 + POST


A collection of her writings on the now-extinct Aboriginals of the Perth and South West areas of Western Australia. Customs, beliefs, biographies and more.

abor_string_fig_coverAboriginal String Figures

by D.S. Davidson

ISBN 0 85905 369 5, (1941, 2006) Soft Cover, 141 pp, 200grams

$26.00 + POST


Davidson collected these figures, mainly in WA, in the 1930s. Some 112 are illustrated and their creation described. This is a native art form now lost due to the inroads of TV- videos etc. a microcosm of our own cultural losses.

king_george_sound_cvrAborigines of the King George Sound Region
1836 - 1838

The collected works of James Browne (1821-1887)

Compiled and annotated by Ken Macintyre and Barbara Dobson

ISBN 978-0-85905-498-0, 2011 New, A4, 37pp, 140 grams

$22.00*


The collected known works of James Browne have been annotated with explanatory notes by Ken Macintyre and Dr Barbara Dobson in order to provide a biographical and ethnohistorical context. Where Browne has omitted to use the traditional Noongar terms for artefacts and known ceremonial rituals, these have been provided in the annotations.

Browne's collected works provide a valuable contribution to the historical ethnography of indigenous southwestern Australia. His perceptions are insightful, often analytical and in the case of Aboriginal title to the land, he leaves no doubt in the reader's mind that the original inhabitants were 'owners'.


adventures_trepang_fisherAdventures of a Trepang Fisher

by George H. Sunter

ISBN 0 85905 234 6, (1997 reprint of 1937 edition with new material), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 292pp, illustrated, 380grams

$30.00 + POST


A Northern Territory classic.

George Sunter, pastoralist, buffalo shooter, soldier and author relates his life and adventures of a trepang fisher off Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.

He was engaged in trepang fishing from 1928 to 1932 when the market collapsed. Trepang, also known as beche-de-mer, are semi cylindrical tapering animals found in abundance on the sandy shores of Arnhem Land. Trepang was sold to the Chinese who used it primarily in soup and regarded the food as a delicacy and as a aphrodisiac.

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The_Adventures_Louis_cvrThe Adventures of Louis De Rougemont

by himself

ISBN 978-0-85905-648-9, (1898 R 2016), A4, heavily illustrated, Facsimile, 180 pages, 502 grams

$40.00* + POST


Unleashed onto the unsuspecting world in London, 1898, the tale is of an adventurer wrecked in the Australian north and surviving the wilds with its cannibals and creatures. It confused the establishment for many decades with its faction. For the last century those fortunate enough to have read the book have laughed at how the dons of science fought with the equally preposterous tales of cynical Australian bushmen. He removed Ananias from his position of leading liar forever. His stories however still live on among the knowing and continue to strike strange chords among those attuned to old ways.

afghan_cover"The Afghan Problem"
and
their camels

by I Murray, P Bianchi, M Bloomfield & P J Bridge

ISBN 978 0 85905 462 1, (2008), A4, 160 pp, illustrated, soft cover, 450 grams

$30.00* + POST


Afghans are now looked upon somewhat romantically but in the 1890s rush they were a constant problem for almost everyone. This collection of articles shows the antagonism of the bush against their dirty habits and truculent demeanor. Their camels were little different

after_uneasy_atomsAfter Uneasy Atoms – Uranium camps on the Northern Australian Rivers, 1950-1960

by Hervey J. Newton

ISBN 978-0-85905-571-0, (2014, new), A4, 86 pp, illustrated, 250 g

$22.00* + POST


Rum Jungle, El Sherana, Ranger, Nabarlek and Sleisbeck were names that resounded in the mining world when atomic power was viewed as the future. This book is the story of NAUC's Sleisbeck deposit and the men who developed it in the then wild tropics.

agnewAgnew

by Alex Palmer

ISBN 085905 267 2, (2000 new), Soft Cover, laminated, 142 pages, illustrated, 195grams

$22.00 + POST


The history of the goldfield's town, its rise and fall and the life of its people.

aan_coverAll Australians Now

by Willem van Ravenstein

ISBN 978-0-85905-295-5, (2010 new), illustrated, 221pp, 510grams

$35.00 + POST


For the ten-year old Dutch boy who arrived with his migrant parents at Fremantle one intolerably hot day in 1950, Australia was an alien, almost incomprehensible land.

A clear-eyed observer with an outsider’s perspective, the child grew up and was educated in postwar Perth, where he was gradually transformed into an Australian.

The experience was a complex, testing and sometimes confusing process.

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all_gold_grace_coverAll Gold

The Death of Stephen Grace

by Peter J. Bridge,Gail Dreezens and Moya Sharp

ISBN 0 85905 398 9, (2007 new), Soft Cover, A4, 30pp, saddle, illustrated, 135 grams

$16.00* + POST


Grace was the head of APLA, the prospectors association, and was murdered by blacks in 1907, while on a prospecting expedition along the RPF.

all_in_my_strideAll in My Stride

by Richard Harris

ISBN 0 85905 260 5, (1999 new), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 216 pp, illustrated, 230grams

$22.00 + POST


All In My Stridestells of John Gilmour's early days living in a group settlement in the South West of Western Australia, the struggle for survival during the Great Depression, enlistment in the Army as a fit young man, and his coming to terms with major damage to his eyesight through malnutrition in Changi goal. Worse was to come - nightmare years as a slave labourer in Japan. He was a 2/4th machine gunner.

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all_men_backAll Men Back - All One Big Mistake

by W.A. (Bill) Bee

ISBN 0 85905 254 0, (1998 new), Soft Cover, 156pp, illustrated, 230grams

$22.00 + POST


An amazing story told by an Australian sailor of his experiences immediately before and after capture by the Imperial Japanese Navy.

As a signalman on the flag deck of HMAS Perth, Bill (Buzzer to his mates) Bee gives an eye witness account of events leading up to debacle of the Java Sea Battle on 27 February 1942, and final annihilation of Allied Naval Forces defending Java on the 1 March 1942, in Sunda Straits.

Then as a Prisoner of War for 3½ years the author takes the reader on a journey that describes vividly the anxieties and perils he and his mates experienced while travelling over vast distances of land and sea to satisfy their captors' forced labour requirements. This includes building the Burma-Thai Railway to coal-mining in Japan.

The narrative begins in Fremantle when HMAS Perth arrives in February 1942 and finishes when the author returns home in Perth, Western Australia in 1945.