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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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close_call_kimberley_cvrClose Calls in the Kimberley

By Mick Driscoll

ISBN 978-0-85905-614-4, (New, 2015), A4, 43 pages, illustrated, 145 grams

$22.00* + POST

The Kimberley adventures of the bushman 'Mineral Mick' Driscoll and his long desert walks. Mick corresponded with HP and now, a decade after his passing the letters and stories are published.

coaches_coverCobb & Co. in the Golden West

edited by Gail Dreezens, P J Bridge, Phil Bianchi

ISBN 0 85905 406 3, (2008 New), A4, Soft Cover, 166pp, 470grams

$30.00* + POST

The WA coaching companies covered immense distances in scarcely explored country. Among them was the WA Cobb and Co run by Nicholas and Kidman. This collection of reminiscences, reports, timetables, adverts, etc is heavily illustrated. An essential volume on bush history and transport.


Cobbers of Mine and the Mining Magnate

by The Axeman, Alfred E. Wallace

ISBN 978-0-85905-735-6, (New, 2019), A4, 47 pages, 140 grams, $22.00* + POST

Alfred Wallace died of silicosis in 1924. He was an axeman in the forests and an underground miner on the Murchison. His verse was in demand for local celebrations and the regional newspapers. Few modern poets have had the acclaim of the public that the Axeman had.

His collection was reprinted for many years by the Northam newspaper. Some of his satirical verse such as The Bush Geologist, and The Mining Magnate was still being circulated in mining circles in the 1980s.

Places he versifies, such as Barney Murphy's Bungalow Hotel, and the mines where he worked, were part of my wanderings fifty years ago, and my grandfather was also at Wooroloo sanatorium for TB that he got in France. PJB

cold_footed_mob_cvrThe Cold-Footed Mob

A History of the 5th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company

by Tom Goode

ISBN 978-0-85905-653-3, (New, 2016), A4, 100 pages, illustrated, indexed, 280 grams

$30.00* + POST

One hundred years ago over two hundred and fifty railwaymen from across the state left Australia for the Western Front. Many were over age and some of doubtful fitness but they went because they felt they were needed.

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Cologne-to-the-KimberleyCologne to the Kimberley

Studies of Aboriginal Life in Northwest Australia

by Five German Scholars in the First Half of the 20th Century
Translated by Margaret Pawsey, Edited by Kim Akerman

ISBN 978-0-85905-594-9, (2015, New), 384pp, SC, A4, illustrated, 1.1kg

$70.00*+ POST

Eighteen translated papers by Bischofs, Worms, Petri, Schulz, & Odermann that are

essential for an understanding of Kimberley Aboriginal culture. Contains brief biographies

of the authors.

s_s_p1_2Sand and Stone

Pt 1. Colonists and Convicts

Pt 2. Pastoralists and Prospectors

By Kevin Moran

ISBN 978-0-85905-572-7, ISBN 978-0-85905-573-4, (2000, 2013), A4, 730 pp, Soft cover, illustrated, indexed, ** kg

$140.00*. + POST

Sold only as a set.

A magnificent overview of the colony from a police perspective. Contains a great deal not available elsewhere.

Colour Patch -

The men of the 2/4th Australian Machine Gun Battalion

by Murray Ewan

ISBN 085905 312 1, (2003 New), Case bound 928pp, illustrated, <3kg packed


This unique book sets a new standard for unit studies. It contains photos and service details of all the men on the 2/4th and is beautifully presented. It will become a classic in Australian Military history and an heirloom for the families of all those who served in the 2/4th.

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