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bangemall_cvrBang-em-all. Bush life, and death, on the Gascoyne

Bangemall and the Thomas River Police Station

by Peter J Bridge, with Gail Dreezens

ISBN 978-0-85905-512-3, (2013, New), A4, Illustd., 260 pp, 710 grams

$50.00* + POST


Bangemall, a Gascoyne mining village, 290 km ENE of Carnarvon, near Mt Augustus, cut a swathe through WA history in the 1890s.

Lonely graves, lost gold mines, death by thirst, suicide and native attack. Cattle and gold, natives, cops and crooks, prospectors and gold, in an eye opening collection of details of a forgotten mining town and region. 

bardie_coverBardie

The life and writings of E E Shillington

by Peter J. Bridge with Gail Dreezens

ISBN 0 85905 397 0, (2007 new), Soft Cover, A4, 52pp, saddle, 175 grams

$22.00* + POST


Shillington and his mates discovered Sandstone. An interesting writer who could have become an antipodean Bret Harte, but instead had the trams running on time

bat_on_chaps_cvrBat On! Chaps

The Bob Parker Story

by Graham J. Brammer

ISBN 978-0-85905-617-5, (New, 2015), A4, 92 pages, illustrated, 270 grams.

$30.00* + POST


Bob Parker of Bundarra and Sydney, NSW, enlisted in the AIF in 1944 and served in BCOF, Japan. After discharge and the start of the Korean War he re-enlisted in the RAR. In the fortunes of war he became a Don-R rider.

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battler_the_coverThe Battler

John Crawford Morrison

edited by P J Bridge, C Holyday & A Teague

ISBN 978-0-85905-456-0, (2008), A4, 49 pp, Soft Cover, 170 grams

$22.00* + POST


Morrison was one of the best goldfields short story writers. This is the collection of his verse and prose.

battling_for_goldBattling for Gold

by John Marshall

ISBN 978-0-85905-613-7, (1903,2015), A4, 67pp, 240 grams.

$22.00* + POST


John Marshall, adventurer, journalist, public figure and Digger’s leader on the Coolgardie-Kalgoorlie goldfield wrote of the early days on the fields in Battling For Gold.

It remains the best collection of goldfields’ stories ever published and relates details of McCann's nugget, the great Coolgardie fire, the Londonderry golden hole, the goldfield's riots, danger, diseases, death and gold, gold, gold.

These stirring incidents of goldfields life will live on forever in Australian history

beckoning_westThe Beckoning West

by Eleanor Smith

ISBN 0 85905 251 6, (1998 reprint of 1966 edition with new material), Soft Cover, 256 pp, illustrated, 325grams

$30.00 + POST


The story of the Canning Stock Route's construction.

Eleanor Smith, who was a nurse before her marriage in 1930, travelled extensively in the outback.

She became fascinated with Trotman’s stories and spent day after day by his fireside listening and taking notes until his five expeditions fell into place and she was able to reproduce them 'in Trotman’s own words'. She has performed a remarkable feat of listening, organising and writing to enable Trotman to tell his story in the first person, in a rich, economical and always convincing style.

This edition includes 23 pages of illustrations.

before-coolgardie1

Before Coolgardie I

Colonial mineral discoveries and mining, a listing to 17 September 1892

by Peter J Bridge

ISBN 978-0-85905-579-6, (2014, new), Softcover, A4, illustrated, 120pp, 350 g.

$30.00* + POST


A detailed listing and text of the discoveries from 1829 to Bayley and Ford. Essential reference for historians and prospectors. The culmination of decades of collecting data. 

before-coolgardie2Before Coolgardie II

The Prospectors of the Yilgarn

by Peter J Bridge

ISBN 978-0-85905-580-2, (2014, new), softcover, A4, illustrated, 158pp, 450g.

40.00* + POST

The definitive history of the rushes to Golden Valley and Southern Cross up to the discovery of Coolgardie.

Biographies and photos of the main prospectors involved. This book gives far more detail than any other on the subject, and uncovers much previously unknown material.

bowyang_coverBen Bowyang

by The Herald

ISBN 0 85905 430 6, (2008 Reprint 1936, 1938), A4, Soft Cover, 53pp, illustrated, 175 grams

$22.00* + POST


A reprint of the rare and classic comic of the bush character, Ben Bowyang and his mates, Kanga, Wilson, Hogan, Lil, and the Parson.

beyond_boundary_fencesBeyond Boundary Fences

by C.J.C. McDonald

ISBN 0 85905 207 9, (1996 new), Soft Cover, 264pp, illustrated, 340grams

$30.00 + POST


George McDonald was an Inspector of Police in Kalgoorlie during the 1890s.

In Beyond Boundary Fences he relates stories of the early Murchison goldfield's characters, Aboriginals, bushmen and outlaws.

beyond_stirling_tree_cvrBeyond the Stirling Tree

by Harold T. Loton

ISBN 978-0-85905-545-1, (New 2012), A4, 97pp, illust., 340grams

$30.00* + POST

Please do not order from Hesperian Press available from author only


A brief history of the Australian Loton Families from the early 1800s to 2012 and some hidden history of the Swan River settlement.

Only available from Harold Loton,  82 b Waratah Avenue, Dalkeith WA 6009.

Tel: 9389 7776, Fax: 9389 7726, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

bibliography_coverBibliography of books, articles, and pamphlets dealing with Western Australia, issued since its discovery in 1616

by Francis G Steere

ISBN 978-0-85905-500-0, (1923, reprint 2011), 186pp, A4, 515 grams

$45.00* + POST


This important and interesting bibliography, compiled by the then Parliamentary Librarian, contains many references no longer easily accessible through the library catalogues due to the iniquitous policy of not indexing journal articles. An essential reference for bibliophiles, librarians and historians. The original in exceptionally rare. 

bicycle_bushThe Bicycle and the Bush

by J. Fitzpatrick

ISBN 0 85905 250 8, (2002 reprint of 1980 edition), Soft Cover, 256pp, illustrated, 530grams

$50.00* + POST


The best book on bicycle history ever. The effect of the bicycle on the Australian outback.

bigajie_cvrBigajie

by Katy Vickers and John McMicking

ISBN 978-0-85905-532-1, new 2012, A4, 196pp, illust col & b&w, 540grams

$40.00* + POST


John and Torrance McMicking were well known east Kimberley stockmen. Torrence started El Questro. The story of early life on Cashmere Downs and life in the Kimberley as told to Katy Vickers. An end of an era.

bill_mary_mac_cvrBill and Mary Mac

From the Kimberleys to Cocklebiddy and places in between

by Jill Campbell

ISBN 978-0-85905-535-2, (2014 New), A4, 119pp, well illustrated and indexed, 340g

$35.00* + POST


Bill McDonald droved from Queensland through the Territory and settled in the Kimberley. Mary Darcy moved from Darwin to the Kimberley and grew up around Wyndham. They married in 1923. Later they shifted to the Nullarbor, starting the Cocklebiddy roadhouse in 1957.

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best_togetherBlack & White

Best Together

The Bethel Story

by Don & Meg Shedley

ISBN 0 85905 405 5, (2007 new), Soft Cover, 276 pp, illustrated, 485 grams

$35.00* + POST


The story of the Shedley family and how their Christian ministry in the Kimberley and changed the lives of many, both black and white, greatly for the better.

black_and_whiteBlack and white and in between

Arthur Dimer and the Nullabor

by Peter Gifford

ISBN 085905 301 6, (2002 new), Soft Cover, illustrated, 330grams

$30.00 + POST


At one level this is the story of a working man whose life has been spent mostly in a region of Western Australia traversed daily by scores of road and rail travellers, most of whom see it only from their car or train windows – the Nullarbor. If they have time, they might visit the place where his parents were married, the old telegraph station at Eucla, now almost buried by encroaching sand dunes. They might also view the Ngadju Aboriginal display at the Balladonia roadhouse on the Eyre Highway near where Arthur Dimer was born. If they are especially attentive at Balladonia, they will see a copy of Arthur’s application for citizenship of his own country, made in 1948 when he was 24 years of age and already the trusted overseer of the oldest pastoral station in the district, Fraser Range.

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body_and_soulBody and Soul

AN ABORIGINAL VIEW

by A. R. Peile

ISBN 085905 233 8, (1997 new), Hard Cover, dust jacketed, casebound, 334 pages, 700grams

$65.00* + POST


Extracts from a review by W.B. McGregor

 in Anthropos 1999 1/3.

This extraordinary book describes the conceptualisation of the human body, soul, and health at the Kukatja people, who now live at Balgo, in the far north of Western Australia. It is without a doubt the best book I have read in the past two decades on any topic concerning Australian Aborigines. Packed with absolutely fascinating and new information, it also makes a challenging read; the effort required is, however, amply rewarded.

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born_in_the_desertBorn in the Desert

The land and travels of a last Australian nomad

by Marion Hercock with Georgina (Dadina) Brown

ISBN 978-0-85905-481-2, (2009 New), Soft Cover, 141 pp, illustrated inc 32pp colour, 350grams

$30.00 + POST


This uniquely West Australian story combines the memories of a last aboriginal nomad with a history and geography of the Little Sandy Desert.

Personal stories merge with images of desert landscapes in a colourful, descriptive and candid account of outback life.

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born_to_be_a_droverBorn to be a Drover

The life story of Jim Freeth 1913-1990

by Jim Freeth

ISBN 0 85905 346 6, (2004 reprint from 1991), soft cover, 72pages, A4, illustrated, 210grams

$22.00* + POST


This is probably the best documented biography of a W.A drover. It covers from the Murchison to Kimberley and the people of those districts. A bush classic.

born_to_win_cvrBorn to Command – not to take orders

The Brooks Family of Balbinia station
Pioneers of Israelite Bay, Western Australia

by John Simpson

ISBN 978-0-85905-647-2, (New, 2017), A4, illustrated, indexed, 146 pp, 420grams

$40.00* + POST


The saga of the Brooks family on their isolated station on the edge of the Nullarbor shows the great spirit of settlers in opening hard new land. John Paul Brooks, his sister Sarah, and mother Emily, spent most of their life in physical isolation but kept up international correspondence and cooperation with botanists and geographers.  This is an important biography of a family that shows success is not always the reward for hard work. Only a few of those who ventured created long lasting establishments. Not giving up in the face of great adversity is an achievement which must be honoured, recorded and disseminated as an example for others who may feel overwhelmed by their situations.

borneo_surgeonBorneo Surgeon
A Reluctant Hero

The Story of Dr James P. Taylor

by Peter Firkins

ISBN 0 85905 211 7, (1995 new), Soft Cover and Hard Cover, 141mm x 215mm, 161pp, illustrated, SC 250grams, HC 300grams

SC $22.00 HC $28.00 + POST


In a very moving Foreword to this book Dr Frank Mills writes. "Out of the tragic shambles that was Sandakan, Peter Firkins has produced a heroic figure comparable in courage and selflessness to that of the legendary 'Weary' Dunlop, and whose story should be known by all Australians in the same way.

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bowyangs_and_boomerangsBowyangs and Boomerangs

by M.J. O'Reilly 'Mulga Mick'

ISBN 0 85905 063 7, (1984 reprint of 1944 edition with new material), Soft Cover, 114mm x 179mm, 167pp, 200grams

$22.00 + POST


Mulga Mick’s account of life in Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania and his mining of gold, wolfram, opals and osmiridium. Swagging, Afghans, camels, mica mines and life from the 1890s in the Australian bush.

brand_coat_cover

The Brand on his Coat

by Rica Erickson

ISBN 978-0-85905-249-8, (1983, 2009), Soft Cover, 367pp, illustrated, 460 grams

$35.00 + POST


The Brand on his Coat relates the histories of a few of the nine and a half thousand convicts who were transported to Western Australia during 1850 to 1868. Some remained incorrigible, others achieved respect as worthy citizens, but the stigma of the convict brand was to remain with them for the rest of their lives. Their descendants were naturally reticent on the subject of their origins. However, in recent years with changes in social attitudes the topic has ceased to be a source of embarrassment, and the way is open to study this important period in Western Australian history.

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bride_shipsThe Bride Ships

by Rica Erickson

ISBN 0 85905 162 5, (1992 new), Soft Cover, 270pp, illustrated, 470grams

$40.00 + POST


United Kingdom immigrants in the 1800s who became settlers in Western Australia. An important social history and of great genealogical interest.

bruisers_coverBruisers of the Bush

by Peter Bridge, Moya Sharp, Susan Bennett

ISBN 978-0-85905-029-6, (2010 new), A4, 19pp, 110g

$12.00* + POST


In 1894 at Coolgardie the interest in the rancour and fight between ‘Bull” Bennit and Jimmy Reid was greater than that in prospecting. What was the cause of such bitterness? Bessie Stewart, the Belle of Coolgardie! What was the background to this grudge match that held the interest of spectators for decades and figures in so many goldfields reminiscences? The story has a surprising outcome.

brumby_leake_cvr‘Brumby’ Leake

by Peter J Bridge

ISBN 978-0-85905-591-8, (2015, New), A4, 86pp, illustrated, 255grms.

$25.00* + POST


Brumby Leake was one of the great characters of the early Murchison-Gascoyne. His dalliances with the spinifex fairies and concern for the orphaned calves of other people cattle, together with an appreciation of the qualities of a stray horse, led to a certain mystique. This was heightened by the power of his enemies who almost invariably lost in the court cases which followed some of his exploits. The dreaded A.O. Neville led a campaign to incarcerate him. But he was much loved by the aboriginals that worked for him. This biography is mainly from the DIA and police files that have survived against all odds, together with old newspaper accounts and reminiscences of old timers. Part of Brumby’s reputation derives from the iniquitous K.S. Prichard who cast him as the lead character in Coonardoo and Brumby Innes. In both these agitprop outbursts attacking Brumby she carefully avoided her powerful family friends who were infamous for their predatory and abusive behaviour towards the local aboriginals. Guaranteed to raise a cackle and a gasp.

bullfinchBullfinch

and the Yilgarn Goldfield

by Gilbert Ralph

ISBN 0 85905 395 4, (2007 New), Soft cover, 288 pages, illustrated, under 500 gram packed

$35.00* + POST

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Bullfinch and the Yilgarn Goldfield had its beginnings with a suggestion from Sir Laurence Brodie-Hall that the unique nature of the community at Bullfinch during the Great Western Consolidated era from 1950 to 1963 deserved recording. Sir Arvi Parbo, who began his mining career at Bullfinch, supported the concept and they encouraged Gilbert Ralph, a retired Executive from Western Mining Corporation, to write a history of Great Western and Bullfinch. Gilbert has taken five years to research and write this history.

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bulloo_downs_droverBulloo Downs Drover

by Peter Hall

ISBN 0 85905 293 1, (2002 new), Soft Cover, 135grams

$22.00 + POST


Droving and station life on Ilgararie and Bulloo Downs Stations in the upper Ashburton north of Meekatharra in Western Australia.

This collection of stories on old time cattlemen gives an insight into their lives, their country and their droving exploits. Peter Hall writes of a way of life now changed forever by modern transport and communications.

The author has spent his life among the people and places he writes of in these plain tales from the bush.

bullwinkelBullwinkel

THE TRUE STORY OF SISTER VIVIAN BULLWINKEL AND THE WARTIME MASSACRE OF 21 AUSTRALIAN ARMY NURSING SERVICE SISTERS

by Norman G. Manners

ISBN 085905 265, (2000 new), Soft Cover, 248 pages, illustrated, 530grams

$30.00 + POST


The Vivian Bullwinkel story takes the reader through her early years in Broken Hill and her struggle to become a certified nurse. She joined the A.A.N.S. at the outbreak of war in Europe and enjoyed the balmy days of pre-war Malacca and Singapore until the surprise attack by the Japanese in December 1941.

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bush_justiceBush Justice

by Ron Brown & Pat Studdy-Clift

ISBN 0 85905 146 3, (1990 new), Soft Cover, 256pp, illustrated

$30.00 + POST


Ron Brown tells of his experiences in the Red Heart of Australia, where he was known and loved as "Brownie of the Finke".

His stories cover the transition period from 1945 to 1952 when he was the last of the Central Australian Police Camel Patrolmen emerging into a new age.  As a lone representative of the white man's law and mediator in many a tribal feud, he patrolled a police district larger than the state of Victoria.

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bush_kids_bartooBush Kids and Bartoo

by Mildred Gordon

ISBN 0 85905 338 5, (2004 New), 54pp, A4, softcover, 175 grams

$22.00* + POST


Mildred Gordon describes life on a remote Centralian Station in the 1920s and 30s and includes her mother's writings of the local Aboriginal legends, published for the first time.

Aboriginal Studies series No. 22.