Due North. The exploration of the North West of WA by Peter J. Bridge and the WA Explorers’ Diaries Project.

The most important book on the North West in a century.

The North West is the wealth producing focus of the nation. Its history is little known. This book details all the exploration of the first 50 years, from the 1860s.

Circa 800 pages, approx. $160.00. Case bound. Corporate sponsors invited.

Contents of Due North:


The distinct lack of contemporary illustrations from the North West explorers may be directly related to fact that the majority were potential pastoralists, hungry for land, and without the intellectual interests that mark many of the explorers in other volumes. This characteristic has shadowed the development of the region until recent times.


American Whalers on the North Coast.


The Voyage of the Scout – Exploration in the North West of Western Australia 1847.


F.T. Gregory's Expedition to the North-West Coast, April – July.

F.T. Gregory. Journal of the North-West Australian Exploring Expedition.


Vocabulary of the Aboriginal Language at Nickol Bay by Mr P. Walcott.

Return of Gregory.


Walter Padbury's Expedition to the North-West Coast. 1863.

F.T. Gregory to Padbury re the North West.

W. Padbury. Proposed Further Exploration of the North West.

Preparations for a New Expedition.

Mr Padbury's Expedition.

Joseph Beete Ridley at Nicol Bay with Walter Padbury. April – September.

Joseph Beete Ridley Transmits his Report of Proceedings at Nicol Bay.

Letter and Diary of Charles Nairn, Sent to his Sister. May.

Extracts from the Journal of Charles Nairn. September – October.

Reporting Arrival at Nicol Bay in the Tien Tsin.

Return of Walter Padbury's Expedition to Nicol Bay.

The Tien Tsin's Track to the Harding River. First Trip. May.

The Tien Tsin's Second Trip to the North-West Coast. June – July.

W.A. Taylor to Walter Padbury. Nicol Bay Letter.

Captain Jarman's Journal of the Tien Tsin's Third Trip. August – September.

James Turner. Remarks on Nicol Bay.

Captain J.T. Jarman. Remarks.

Exploration and Settlement of the North-West Coast. Journal of C.C. Hunt. April – June.

Charles Cooke Hunt. Exploration from Fremantle to De Grey River in the Cutter Mystery.

The trip of the Flying Foam to the Glenelg River. June – August.

James Martin. Voyage to the Glenelg River, North-West Australia. June – July.

From Champion Bay to Doubtful Bay.

From Doubtful Bay to the Lower Rapids of the Glenelg River.

Land Exploration to Camden Harbour.

From the Glenelg River to Collier Bay.

Collier Bay.


1863 – 1864.

The Lust for Gold Makes Men Bold.

The convict 'Wildman'. A fool's tale of gold.

Gold at the Glenelg.


Exploration. The North Coast.

Glenelg Expedition. March to June.

Frederick Kennedy Panter. Journal. March – June.

Panter. Expedition to Brecknock Harbour, Camden Sound and Roebuck Bay.

The Glenelg Expedition.

Auriferous Quartz from Western Australia.

Quartz from the Government of Western Australia.

The Geology of the North-West.

James Martin. Journal of a Voyage of Exploration to Brecknock Harbor and Roebuck Bay, on the North-West Coast of Australia, in March, April, and May, 1864.

From Champion Bay to Camden Harbor.

From Brecknock Harbor to Roebuck Bay.

Roebuck Bay and the adjacent country.

From Roebuck Bay to Fremantle.

Thomas Burges. Expedition to the Gascoigne and Exmouth Gulf. April – June.

Diary of Thomas Burges.

W.A. Taylor. Exploration in Northern Australia.

Roebuck Bay Expedition 1864–65. The loss of Panter, Goldwyer and Harding.

L.C. Burges, Jun., Journal. October 1864 – January 1865.

F.K. Panter. Official Report.

F.K. Panter. Journal. November.

Constable W.H. Goldwyer. Journal. November.

James Harding. Journal. October – November.

Settlements at the Harding and De Grey Rivers, North West Coast.

Journal of the Late Voyage of the Tien Tsin. December.


James Orkney's Letter to Governor Hampton.

The Search for the Three Missing Explorers, Panter, Goldwyer and Harding.

Instructions to the Commander of the Clarence Packet.

Instructions to the Searching-party for the Missing Explorers.

Joseph Logue. Official Correspondence.

Confirmation of the fate of Panter, Goldwyer and Harding. February – March.

Discovery of the remains of the north-west coast explorers.

To the Memory of Messrs Panter, Harding, and Goldwyer.

Maitland Brown. Expedition in search of Panter, Harding and Goldwyer. February – March.

D. Francisco. The Panter-Harding-Goldwyer Relief Expedition of 1865.

Pioneers of Nor'West Australia. Pastoral and Pearling. By Lockier Clere Burges

Discovery of a New Island on the NW coast of Australia. April.

Gulliver in Dampier Land. Editorial.

L.L. Mount to Exmouth Gulf. June – July.

The Camden Harbour Association.

Nicol Bay. April – June.

Roebuck Bay. McRae's Expedition. October.

Camden Harbour Minerals, by the Reverend W.B. Clarke.

T. Hooley. Journal of an Expedition to Shark Bay. November 1865 – January 1866.

News from Mr Hooley's Exploring Party.

Vocabulary of Native Language Shark's Bay.


Thomas Baynton. The North-West of Australia.

James Cowle. Roebuck Bay to Port Walcott Overland. January – February.

Robert J. Sholl. Return to the Harding From Camden Harbour. October–November.

The State of the Settlements at Port Walcott and Nickol River.

T.C. Sholl's Boat Trip to the Fortescue. March.

H.W. Venn and Others. Nicol Bay to Ashburton River. March – April.

R.J. Sholl. Overland to the Mouth of the Fortescue River. February– March.

E.T. Hooley. From Perth Overland to Nickol Bay and Return. April–November.

Our Northern Territory.

Alexander McRae. Exploration on the Fitzroy River. May.

Charles Wedge. Searching for an Overland Route to Port Hedland. May – June.

T.C. Sholl. Report of Expedition to Exmouth Gulf and Ashburton River. June – August.

A. McRae. Report of Expedition to Exmouth Gulf and Ashburton River. June – August.

Francis Mount. From Butchers Inlet Overland to De Grey River.

T.C. Sholl and A. McRae. Expedition to the Upper Sherlock and Fortescue. August – September 1866.

R. J. Sholl. The North-West Settlements.


T. Hooley. Overland Route Between the Murchison and Nickol Bay.


P.E. Warburton. Journey across the Western Interior of Australia. 1872 – 1874.

P.E. Warburton. Note on the value of camels in Australian exploration.

1880s – 1890s.

R.C.S. MacPhee. Gold Prospecting Party in the North. 1887.

The Calvert Scientific Exploring Expedition 1896–1897.

William F. Rudall. Surveys and Exploration. 1896.

David Carnegie. Exploring and Prospecting Expedition. Coolgardie to the Kimberley and Return 1896–1897.

Frank Hann. Explorations. 1897–1898.


Bill Peasley expedition reports. - PUBLISHED

Unpublished reports of his expeditions for those involved in desert travel.

The 1999 Carnegie Expedition. ISBN 978-0-85905-805-6, 240 grams, $40.00*

The 1982 Carnegie Expedition. ISBN 978-0-85905-806-3, 320 grams, $45.00*

The Desert Trail. ISBN 978-0-85905-807-0, 280 grams, $30.00*

The Forrest Centenary Expedition. ISBN 978-0-85905-808-7, 150 grams, $30.00*

The Last Desert Journey. ISBN 978-0-85905-809-4, 285 grams, $40.00*

Desert Journey 2000 & Warri & Yatungka. With Maureen Herbert. ISBN 978-0-85905-813-1, 300 grams, $30.00*

The Desert Journey of 2004. ISBN 978-0-85905-811-7, 220 grams, $35.00*

In the Footsteps of David Carnegie. ISBN 978-0-85905-812-4, 400 grams, $45.00*