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some-notes-on-scientificSome notes on scientific travel amongst the black population of tropical Australia, 1904-1906.

by Hermaan Klaatsch.

ISBN 978-0-85905-861-2. (1907 R 2020), A4, 43 pages, heavily illustrated, 160 grams, $35.00*

A valuable, interesting and entertaining work.

spanish_settlersThe Spanish Settlers of Yoongarilup

by Alejandro (Andrew) Torrent

ISBN 0 646 16939 4, (1993 new), Soft Cover, 74pp, illustrated, 105grams

$10.00 + POST

This is the story of seven Spanish families who came to Australia between 1906 and 1909.

"I came in 1907 with my mother and grandfather when I was four years old.  I am the only survivor of the originals, as I was the youngest born in Spain."

We settled in Yoongarilup, eight miles from Busselton and developed our farms, being known as the 'Spanish Settlement'."

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spear_clubSpear and Club, Rifle and Revolver.

The Noltenius murders in the NT and the native killers. Wild Toby and Burketown Peter of North Queensland.

Ewan K. Patterson.

ISBN 978-0-85905-858-2, (New 2021), A4, 19 pages, 90 grams, $16.00*

Historical essays on native murderers in the North of Australia. Ewan Patterson was a Queensland journalist and publisher whose work, like that of many writers, is almost forgotten. This collection of articles and biographical notes on the author seeks to change that, and to bring to light the savage depredations which are now being hidden.

spinefex_and_hession_cvrSpinifex and Hessian

Women in North-West Australia


Susan Hunt

ISBN 978-0-85905-714-1, (R1986, 2018), 160x240mm, 178 pp, illustrated, indexed, 310 grams

$35.00 + POST

Pioneers, prostitutes, pub keepers, Aboriginals, all the women who are part of the history of the North. An important, and until now, rare book that is essential for all interested in WA history.

spinifex_and_sandSpinifex and Sand

by David W. Carnegie

ISBN 0 85905 139 0, (1989 reprint of 1898 edition), Soft Cover, 145mm x 222mm, 275pp, illustrated, 500grams

$30.00 + POST

In 1896 – 1897, the Hon David Wynford Carnegie, born in 1871, youngest son of the Earl of Southesk, led one of the last great expeditions in the exploration of Australia.  His route from Lake Darlot to Halls Creek and return took thirteen months and covered over three thousand miles. Carnegie financed his expedition from the results of a successful gold strike at Lake Darlot.

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Spinifex and Sand Maps

(1989 reprint of 1898 edition), 280grams $22.00 + POST

Set of four large maps illustrating Carnegie’s journey.

stand-fastStand Fast! The history of the 13th Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps. 1939-1945.

by Bob Sheppard.

ISBN 978-0-86905-895-7, (New, 2021), A5, 53 pages, illustrated, nominal roll, 90 grams, $15.00*

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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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Stealing_by_the_Mile_cvrStealing by the Mile

by W. C. Charnley

ISBN 978-0-85905-644-1, (1920s, R, 2016), A4, facsimile, illustrated, 100 pages, 290 grams

$25.00* + POST

The real life adventures of gold stealing on the Golden Mile told via his mate, 'Slippery Wiley.' Close escapes, Mafia Black Hand gangs, telluride, illicit gold buying, underground mazes, gold smugglers, and the real old Boulder-Kalgoorlie.

steam_in_forestSteam in the Forest

 by MRH Southcombe

ISBN 0 85905 387 3, (2006 reprint of 1986 edition), soft cover, 144pp, illustrated, 210grams

$22.00. + POST

The South West timber industry relied upon steam engines of many types. Mills, whims, trains, haulers, traction engines, all were part of the bush scene, now looked upon in a romantic light. This is the story of steam in the forests, the men, the animals, and the forests by an old timberman. Maurice Southcombe died in 2000.

stitching_coverStitching the Stock Route

Eileen Lanagan first woman down the Canning

Edited by Phil Bianchi, Peter Bridge, Ethel Bianchi, Angela Teague, Maria Bloomfield

ISBN 978-0-85905-484-3, (2010), A4, 66pp, illust. 210grams

$22.00* + POST

Contains her diary and a biography by Miriam Howard-Wright with details of their life on Wongawol Station, Eileen’s bush cookery book, obituaries and details of the graves at CSR Well 40. 


The story of Stephen Montague Stout

by Irma Walter

ISBN 978-0-85905-565-9, (2014, New), A4, illustrated, SC, 162pp, 455g

$35.00* + POST

Stephen Montague Stout was one of the 10,000 convicts sent to WA in the 1850s. His education, personal charm and intelligence both charmed and antagonised the colonials. Starting as a teacher he became a renowned photographer, journalist, and publisher.

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string_of_the_wreathThe String of the Last Wreath

 The Hall’s Creek goldfields diary of Henry Berand

transcribed by Ray Scott

ISBN 978-0-85905-553-6, (New, 2013), A4, 74pp, illustrated, 230 grams.

$22.00* + POST

Henry Berand emigrated from Prussia to Australia, via New Zealand, around 1852, apparently following the Gold Rushes in the Eastern States. About 1887 Henry with his young wife and daughter migrated to the Kimberley Gold Fields at Halls Creek in search of their fortune.

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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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The Fred and Elsie Colson story

by Alb Colson

ISBN 0 85905 426 8, (wrongly numbered 428 8), (2007 new), A4, Soft Cover, 87pp, 275grams

$25.00* + POST

The story of the NT pioneer family who arrived in 1927 to work on the Oodnadatta to Alice railway. Carting, mining, the Lasseter expedition, searching for lost airmen, purchase of Aileron Station in 1934, WWII contracting. Fred and Elsie became some of the best known of the Centralian personalities.

The Sands of Time. Austin, Nuffield, BMC Leyland in regional Western Australia. 

By Gary Mentiplay.

ISBN 978-1-875778-27-0, (New, 2024), A4, 298 pages, illustrated- B&W & colour, indexed, 1.3kg. $70.00. No trade discount. Small run.

This book is an in-depth account of the Western Australian Regional motor dealers and garages that held the agencies for the Austin Motor Company (Australia); and also the garages that represented the marques of Morris, Wolseley, Riley, MG, Morris-Commercial, Nuffield Tractors.

The British Motor Corporation was formed by the merger of Austin and Morris (Nuffield) in 1953 in Britain, and their combined interests in Australia were merged and reorganized. The two separate national dealer networks of Austin and Nuffield remained separate until a National Dealer Rationalisation commenced in 1959 and continued in some states until1963. Up until then, there were generally two separate dealers in some suburbs and country towns, one for Austin and one for Nuffield.

This changed to one local BMC dealer selling the full BMC range of vehicles (Austin, Morris, Wolseley, MG). Which meant of course in most locations there was now only one dealer, not two (there were exceptions however). In Australia, this meant the end of "badge-engineering" with the smaller models being labelled as Morris, and the larger models badged as Austin. This only occurred in Australia - the British and New Zealand dealer networks were maintained as separate entities (Austin / Morris) for a long number of years after 1963.

The book features the dealers in their regional areas - this is a major focus of "The Sands of Time." There are 28 personal accounts from dealers ranging from Busselton to Kalgoorlie, with a history on dealers from earlier times. There is also a comprehensive account on the annual numbers of Austin and Morris dealers in WA from 1908 to 1980.

Owners and enthusiasts of Austin, Morris, Wolseley, BMC and Leyland vehicles should have a copy of "The Sands of Time" in their home library.

secret_dead_heartThe Secret of the Dead Heart.

by W.C. Charnley

ISBN 978-0-85905-879-7, (1935 R. 2021), A4, illustrated, 39 pages, 170 grams, $30.00*

The many expeditions into the desert in search of rumoured gold reefs have been overshadowed by the largely mythical account of Lasseter. Here Charnley details the men, machines and disasters that are real adventure in the Western Desert.


the_ships_parrot2The Ship’s Parrot.

Kent Stewart.

ISBN 978-0-85905-949-7, (New, 2022), B5, 101 pages, full colour illustrated, 290 grams, $40.00*

Kent Stewart first set foot in a ship’s engine room at the age of four. At the age of 12 he had his first trip to sea on a sixty-miler. It seemed inevitable that he would eventually go to sea as a ship’s engineer. He grew up on an engineering works, served his fitting and turning apprenticeship at a dockyard, went to sea as an engineer and finally established a marine engineering consultancy. He has spent his whole working life in the maritime industry. He has tug master’s certificates in NSW and Queensland and laughingly tells his deck acquaintances that he has two masters certificates. 

Needless to say, he has a world of experience in marine matters but more importantly he remembers most of it. Where he can’t remember it, he can spin a yarn that has an element of truth to it. This collection of articles was published by Baird Publications in their Workboat World/Ausmarine magazines over a number of years. They have been chosen for their entertainment value and as a friend once said “you have to write them down”, no-one would believe you.

Direct from author. Be quick. A small run.

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The State and position of Western Australia commonly called The Swan River Settlement

by Captain Frederick Chidley Irwin. With an extensive biographical introduction by Peter Conole.  

ISBN 978-0-85905-780-6, (New, 2019), 240 x 160, French flaps, 168 pages, 300 grams, $40.00*

Hesperian Press takes particular pride in resurrecting this remarkable work from undeserved and disgraceful obscurity. Frederick Irwin’s book, the first large scale study of Western Australia, was published in London in 1835. Our facsimile of that now very rare book is greatly enhanced by inclusion of a 19-page biographical sketch of its author by Peter Conole. This study of an important colonial figure includes material which has eluded the attention of historians and will both dispel various inaccuracies and clarify his career and importance to WA. Irwin’s ‘State and Position’ is very well written and both frank and forthright in tackling controversial issues. In the course of nine chapters and an appendix Irwin provided brilliant word paintings of living and working conditions for settlers. He was always forthright in offering opinions, such as his hatred of convict systems. He also had a fine eye for detail in discussing a range of civic affairs and the future prospects of the colony.       


The Swan River Aborigines

by George Fletcher Moore

ISBN 978-0-85905-840-7. (1841 R 2020), A4, 34 pages, 130 grams, $30.00*

These lost writings of Moore are important documentation on the natives of the Perth area. Essential reading for all interested. This is another example of the SLWA non-system that lost both the original documents and has failed to index the information in its Clayton’s catalogue.