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they_called_me_normaThen they called me Norma

by Norma King

ISBN 0 85905 124 2, (2003 new), Soft Cover, 278pp, illustrated, 385grams

$30.00 + POST


The autobiography of Goldfields author/historian and artist, Norma King. She was born in Kalgoorlie in 1922 and lived in various places in the Eastern Goldfields of WA for most of her life, married a miner at the age of seventeen, had ten children and reared nine. She began writing in 1969 after an illness that restricted her physically, and after seven of her children had left home.

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suicide_coverSuicides and Settlers

Their place in 19th Century West Australian social history

by Claire McIntyre

ISBN 978-0-85905-446-1, (2008 New), 223pp, Soft Cover, illustrated, 295grams

$30.00. + POST


This book is a social history of 19th Century Western Australia told through the 315 suicides recorded here from the towns of the Swan settlement, Fremantle, Perth and Guildford. They also reach from the Kimberley to Esperance and the distant deserts. Many of the founders of this vast colony are recognised and honoured for their ability to overcome the extreme hardships they endured and their foresight to develop the potential wealth they imagined. Those who are seldom remembered or acknowledged are the pioneers who committed suicide, often without issue to carry on their names. Their contributions also helped to build the States foundations.

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steadfast_endeavourSteadfast Endeavour

by Graham J. Wilson

ISBN 0 85905 208 7, (1995 new), Soft Cover, 140mm x 215mm, 216pp, illustrated, HC 320grams, SC 220grams

HC $25.00, SC $22.00 + POST


In the 1940s pioneer missionaries laid the foundations of religious outreach to Aboriginal people in the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions. Subsequent generations of Church workers have carried on the task hand in hand with Aboriginal evangelists. Widespread acceptance of the Gospel is one consequence. Significant contribution to community development has been another.

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shearers_war_cvrThe Shearers' War

by Stuart Svensen

ISBN 978-0-85905-434-8, (1989, 2008), 325pp, illustrated, 550grams

$45.00 + POST


The first exhaustively researched history of the legendary strike, and the definitive history of one of the most significant industrial disputes in Australian history. The book breaks new ground by disproving accepted myths, such as the commonly accepted view that pastoralists were motivated to take action because of falling wool prices.

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londonderryLondonderry - The Golden Hole

by A. Sprake

ISBN 0 85905 160 9, (1991 new), Hard Cover, 145mm x 222mm, 236pp, illustrated, 430grams

$30.00 + POST


The full story of the 1890s’ share fiasco that shattered London and Western Australia.

liberty_callLiberty Call

by Ian Johnson

ISBN 0 85905 289 3, (2003 new), Soft Cover, 240mm x 162mm, 364 pages well illustrated, including colour section

$45.00* + POST


Since 1908, seaborne elements from the armed forces of the United States have been visiting ports in the State of Western Australia. Over the years, the State has established a reputation as the best liberty stopover in the world.

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law_providesThe Law Provides

by E. Morrow

ISBN 0 85905 060 2, (1984 reprint of 1937 edition with new material), Soft Cover, 160mm x 217mm, 328pp, illustrated, 450grams

$30.00 + POST


Morrow recounts his Police patrols through the North West Kimberley and the Murchison after World War I, chasing cattle spearers, killers and tracking lost men.  A view of the North recorded by few others.

kimberley_scenesKimberley Scenes

edited by C. Clement & P.J. Bridge

ISBN 0 85905 145 5, (1991 new), Hard Cover, 145mm x 222mm, 310pp, illustrated, 550grams

$40.00 + POST


Kimberley Scenes is a collection of material written by people who were involved in Kimberley exploration, prospecting and pastoral enterprise in the 1880s and 1890s. Much of the material deals with the gold rush of 1886, providing rare insight into the events and hardships that marked the short-lived rush. The written material is complemented by numerous photographs.

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gold_stealersThe Gold Stealers

by Brian Purdue 

ISBN 085908 271 0, (2001 new), Soft Cover, 280 pages, illustrated, 450grams

$35.00 + POST


In 1926 one of the most diabolical murders to ever take place in Western Australia was committed.

Two members of the Goldstealing Detection Branch of the West Australian Police Force were murdered near Kalgoorlie, and their bodies partly dismembered and burned. The remains were then taken to a mineshaft and unceremoniously dumped. A gold processing plant was then thrown on top of the mutilated bodies.

This book reports all the known facts of the case. There are no imagined histrionics or manufactured conversations. Some of the photographs have never been previously published or even seen before, except in Court.

gold_on_the_murchisonGold on the Murchison

by Phil Heydon

ISBN 0 85905 066 1, (1986, 2008), 221pp, illustrated, Soft Cover, 315 grams

$35.00 + POST

Reprint of 1986 edition


Gold on the Murchison is the story of Cue, Day Dawn and Big Bell and the part the towns and their people played in the development of Murchison gold.

From the first rushes in the 1880s and the hardships of the pioneers to Cue's status as the 'Queen of the Murchison', the decay to ghost towns, oblivion and eventual rebirth.

THE AUTHOR

Phil Heydon commenced his working life in the Post Office at Cue, in 1935, as a Telegraph Messenger. He worked in most Murchison goldfield towns, returning to Big Bell as Postmaster in 1947 and retired as Postmaster at the General Post Office, Perth.  He was awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1979.

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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