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castle_dangerousCastle Dangerous

by Gil Hardwick

ISBN 0 85905 322 9, (2003 New), Soft Cover,100pp illustrated, 150 grams

$22.00 + POST

Not just another history of Margaret River, but one that examines the political, social and military background to British expansion into the Indian Ocean region and the circumstances in  which the Western Australian Swan River Colony, and the lower South West of the State in particular were first settled.

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catalpa_expeditionThe Catalpa Expedition

by Z.W. Pease

ISBN 0 85905 308 3, (2002 reprint of 1897 edition), 224pp, 200grams

$22.00 + POST

In 1876 the world was stunned by the news that a Yankee whaler had tweaked the nose of the British Empire and stolen away six Fenian prisoners from the penal colony of Western Australia 

The Fenians were British army mutineers and Irish patriots who had, planned a revolution, were caught, and sentenced to life imprisonment and exile.

Captain Anthony of New Bedford was hired by the Clan-na-Gael to rescue them. This is the story of the long voyage, its tribulation and success, which still echoes where free men live

s_s_cattle_coverSand and Stone – Cattle and Conflict

by Kevin Moran

ISBN 978-0- 85905-449-2, (2010, new), illust., A4, 436pp, 2Vols, 1.2kg

$80.00* + POST

NB. This book is in two parts, of 232 and 204 pages respectively. The parts will not be sold separately. Matching numbers are printed and there will not be any extras available for replacements if a volume is loaned and lost

Sand and Stone continues to chronicle the story of the violent hidden history of Western Australia’s Kimberley Region in this two part volume ‘Cattle and Conflict’.

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caught_off_guardCaught Off Guard

and other poems

by Janet Wells

ISBN 0 85905 096 3, (1986 new), Soft Cover, 53pp, 90grams

$10.00 + POST

From the English countryside to a Kimberley cattle station, these poems evoke Janet’s past and present life, and have won prizes in the North. 

challenge_and_the_chanceThe Challenge and the Chance 

The Colonisation and Settlement

of North West Australia 1861-1914

by S.K. Forrest

ISBN 0 85905 217 6, (1996 new), Hard Cover, 173mm x 253mm, 364pp, illustrated, 780grams

$50.00 + POST

The colonisation and settlement of North West Australia 1861-1914.  Forrest focuses on black-white relationships, and the changing attitudes and moralities of white Australians when they, too, became indigenous. Opens a new chapter of Australian history. 

chasing-the-dragons-taleChasing the Dragon's Tale - The Vergulde Draeck Story

by Bob Sheppard

ISBN 978-0-85905-723-3, (New, 2019), 160 x 240, heavily illustrated, indexed, 730 grams, $50.00*

The most comprehensive book ever written on the heritage, history and archaeology of the Vergulde Draeck (1656). Illustrated (with some never seen before photos) and containing around 700 references. The book is in two parts. Part One, The Vergulde Draeck Story, is a formal history of the wreck and its discovery. Part Two, Chasing The Dragon's Tale, covers the author's experiences in his 10 year search to unravel one of Australia's greatest maritime mysteries.

chasing_the_weightChasing the Weight


by F.W.P. Cammilleri

ISBN 0 85905 085 8, (1986 new), Soft Cover, 128mm x 210mm, 84pp, illustrated, 220grams

$22.00 + POST

From the Kimberley in 1886 to the Pilbara, Ashburton, Murchison, Kalgoorlie, Greenbushes and Donnybrook.  “FWP” was a pioneer prospector and the first man to dig and peg on the Golden Mile lodes.


bedfordThe Circled Continent

by Randolph Bedford, edited by, and with a foreword by PJ Bridge and C. Holyday, and Gail Dreezens

ISBN 0 85905 410 1

(2007 Reprint 1905), A4, Soft Cover, 72pp, 230grams, $25.00* + POST

Randolph the Reckless, one of Australia’s greatest, but ignored writers, traveled along the Queensland coast to the Torres Strait and Papua in 1905. His brilliant descriptive writing of the places, people and their products is a joy to read and as fresh as it was a century ago. This ‘lost’ item does not appear in any bibliographies.

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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climb_when_readyClimb When Ready

by Dave James

ISBN 0 85905 221 4, (1996 new), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 188pp, illustrated, 240grams

$25.00 + POST

"Climb when ready." These are usually the last words a rock climber hears before he or she steps up onto a sheer rock face.As rock climbing has become a more popular pastime the equipment has become more easily obtainable. But, as little as thirty years ago there were only half a dozen climbers around Perth with the whole of the State's rock areas to themselves. There were little or no rescue facilities, no equipment shops and no clubs. Those pioneering climbers doggedly sought out the rock areas and climbed vertical cliffs with the minimum of ageing equipment. They went about their pastime quietly and few others knew of their exploits.

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