AUSTRALIAN INTEREST BOOKS

Australian history, biography, natural history and other non-fiction books related to Australia and Australians.

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ANNABELL Ross
The Uranium Hunters

G ex-library with stamps and slips and shelf mark to spine in white ink

$9 C/B [AUS 43]

Rigby 1971 first edition hardcover, 172pp + plates. Uranium and other radioactive minerals prospecting in the Australian outback. ISBN 0851791522


anon
Wyong and Upper Lakes Tourist Directory Autumn 1969

VG newsagent stamp to cover

$20 B/ letter rate[AUS 11]

Central Coast Tourist Directories 1969 stapled wrappers, cover title is 'Wyong, Toukley, Budgewoi and Upper Lakes' 32pp + covers, includes adverts , maps, photos, newsprint stock paper.


BATESON Charles
Dire Strait, a history of Bass Strait

VG VG light edge wear to DW

$15 B/C [AUS 27]

Reed 1973 first edition pictorial hard cover 4to, 112pp well illustrated with full colour full page photographs as well as historic paintings etc. ISBN 0589071165 BHP


BLAINEY Geoffrey   The Rush That Never Ended
A history of Australian mining, includes Victoria, Ballarat, copper and silver mining, Green Moss, New Cornwalls, Silverton, Broken Hill, Coolgardie, Mount Morgan etc.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with minor edge wear
$35 C/C
Melbourne University Press 1963, map endpapers, x 369pp + plates [#2597 australia, mining ]





BLAINEY Geoffrey   Mines in the Spinifex The Story of Mount Isa Mines
VG+ but DW G+ with chipping and loss to spine ends and edges, name to fep $15 C/C A&R 1960 first edition hard cover, 242pp + plates, australian mining history of Mt Isa mines and surrounds [# 683 aushst]
CAREY Hilary
Truly Feminine, Truly Catholic; a history of the Catholic Women's League in the Archdiocese of Sydney 1913-87

VG VG light crease to DW, inscr to half title

$25 C/C [AUS 6]

New South Wales University Press 1987 first edition, hardcover x 218pp B&W photos, errata slipped in. ISBN 0868402583


CARTER Jeff
People of the Inland

VG VG lacks fep otherwise near fine in same price clipped DW.

$10 C/C [AUS 47]

Rigby 1966 first edition hardcover, 295pp + plates. The men and the women of the Australian outback, both black and white and the lives they lead.



CHARLTON Rob  
The History of Kapunda
cover image of The History of Kapunda

A history of Kapunda from earliest days in 1836 nd the discovery of Copper. Social and economic growth etc.
ISBN0731684168

VG- hardback with no dust jacket. Cancelled ex-library with a few stamps and a presentation plate.
$20 C/C
Lutheran Publishing House 1990, 170pp + plates.
[#3333 ]




CLARKE Peter
Hell and Paradise, the Norfolk- Bounty- Pitcairn Saga

VG VG

$25 C/D [AUS 26]

Viking 1986 first edition cloth 4to, 189pp fully illustrated in colour and line. History of the island settled by the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian concubines, and the convict island where Australia's worst were sent. ISBN 0670815217


DUFFIELD Kenneth   Savages and Kings
G+ sunned spine, lightly soiled, name blacked out to paste down. $10 C/C MacDonald 1945 first edition cloth 8vo, 192pp + plates. Biographical memoir by the author of his times in Australia, the Savage Club, the Australian Theatre, London during the Blitz etc. [Item# 212 ausbio]
ENRIGHT W A
Maitland 1863-1963

VG- tape stain to cover

$30 B/C [AUS 15]

Oswald Ziegler Publications 1963 first edition pictorial hardcover, 80pp with colour and b&w photos, on the front cover a vertical area of brown residue left by long gone sellotape that has lifted some of the surface of the district coat of arms is the only fault. a centennial history work on the Australian city of Maitland.


FENTON Clyde   Flying Doctor
G worn and rubbed cloth, name to title page. $20 C/C Georgian House 1948 reprint cloth, 261pp + plates, map endpapers. Flying doctor in the Northern Territory and Indonesian archipelago. [AUS 42]

FERGUSON Dugald 
Mates

This Australian novel follows a colonial from the Scottish Highlands to Australia and then the South of New Zealand. Ferguson also penned Vicissitudes of Bush Life in Australia and New Zealand Pictorial cloth boards.
Australian, New Zealand, colonial, fiction

G+ hardback with rubbed joints, light foxing, name to paste down. Small split to lower joint.
$25 C/C
Hodder undated but foreword dated 1911, 509pp.
[#2981 ]




FERRES Arthur
His First Kangaroo

G+ upper joint split bottom 3/4, corners frayed, some minor spotting to soime pages.

$20 C/C [AUST 34]

Blackie undated, 288pp +6 plates by Percy F S Spence and 32pp adverts, green decorated cloth with Kangaroos in the sunset. Late Victorian Australian young adults fiction.


GUTH Henk
Alice Springs as it was in old photographs

FN

$20 B/B [AUS 13]

Privately published June 1985 first edition card wrappers, 147pp of sepia historic photos from 1870 upto 1960s. Alice Springs, Stuart Town, historic photographs


HARTLEY Wesley
Methodism in the Municipality of Randwick 1858-1973

VG light soiling and fading to wraps.

$20 B/ Letter ratel [AUS 36]

Randwick 1973 stapled sheets in card wrapper, 47pp. Includes B&W photos. Australian Church history.



HILL Ernestine with a foreword by Alex F. Bell. 
Water into Gold
cover image of Ernestine Hill Water into Gold

This revised edition issued to commemorate the golden jubilee of the Dried fruits industry in Australia. The pioneers of the Murray River Valley in N.S.W. and S.A. Includes George (1848-1932)., William Benjamin and the Chaffey family. Agriculture and irrigation along the river. Renmark, Mildura etc. Maps on end papers. Includes index.
Tenth edition

VG hardback with no dust jacket.
$15 C/C
Robertson and Mullens 1954, 334pp + plates.
[#3331 ]




HILL Ernestine
The Territory

VG small chip fore edge of frontis, lacks dust jacket

$15 C/C [AUS 4]

A&R 1951 first edition cloth, 454pp very tidy copy without DW.


HILL Ernestine
The Great Australian Loneliness

G rubbed cloth, lightly foxed throughout, mainly to margins, binding open at frontis, name to fep.

$15 C/C [AUS 48]

Jarrolds 1937 buckram 8vo, 334pp +64pp adverts, plates and map end papers. A journalists reports of travel about the entirety of Australia, from coast to 'red centre', tropics to the south.


HILLIER Rob
A place called Paddington

VG VG publisher applied label to title crediting the editor as Jannie Southan

$15 B/C [AUS 14]

Ure Smith 1970 first edition hard cover, 96pp mainly B&W photos of famous places and people in Sydney's suburb of Paddington inthe late 1960s period. ISBN 0725400234 bohemian sydney artists architecture


IDRIESS Ion L  
The Silver City

A memoir and general history based on Idriess' experiences of growing up in Broken Hill. Mining history etc.
ISBN

VG hardback in VG- unclipped dust jacket with light edge wear, short splits, chip from lower corner of rear panel, name in pen to reverse of frontis.
$25 C/C
Angus and Robertson 1956 first edition, 214pp + plates
[#1602 ]

VG- hardback with no dust jacket. Spine has patches of sunfading. Former owner stamp to fep, and the list of other works has pen ticks and crosses. Gift inscription to half title.
$10 C/C
Angus and Robertson 1956 first edition, 214pp + plates
[#3195 ]





IDRIESS Ion L   Flynn of the Inland
G rubbed to edges, cloth soiled internally tidy $15 C/C A&R 1948 cloth, xii 306pp+ plates, map endpapers. John Flynn of the Australian Inland Mission in the great outback of Australia. [# 1615 idriess]

IDRIESS Ion L   Flynn of the Inland
VG G DW rubbed with edge tears, chipping and creasing and some loss, faded spine, minimal foxing to prelims. $20 C/C A&R 1959 hardcover, xii 244pp+ plates, map endpapers. John Flynn of the Australian Inland Mission in the great outback of Australia. [AUS 29]

IDRIESS Ion L  Flynn of the Inland
VG small ink name to fep, $15 C/C A&R 1951 cloth, xii 242pp+ plates, map endpapers. John Flynn of the Australian Inland Mission in the great outback of Australia. [# 1747 idriess]

IDRIESS ION L   The Great Boomerang
VG- soiled cloth, spine leans, neat inscription to fep $10 C/C A&R June 1949 cloth, 253pp + plates. The importance of water in the outback, and how in some places it is scarce where in others overabundant. [# 745 idriess]

IDRIESS Ion L   In Crocodile Land Wandering in Northern Australia
G+ rubbed joints and edges, inscription to fep. $20 C/B A&R 1952 cloth, ix 241pp + plates. Crocodiles, Buffalos, Aboriginals in the Northern Territories. [AUS 44]

IDRIESS Ion L   Lightning Ridge the Land of Black Opals
VG bumped corners. $15 C/B A&R April 1948 cloth 234pp+ plates [AUS 1]

IDRIESS Ion L   Man Tracks with the Mounted Police in Australian Wilds
VG name to paste down, light foxing to prelims. $25 C/B A&R 1936 9th edition cloth, 330pp + plates and adverts, light foxing to the plates otherwise very nice copy, white police and aboriginal trackers in the North West territories. [AUS 2]

IDRIESS Ion L   One Wet Season
VG inscription to half title $12 C/C A&R 1951 cloth272pp + plates, map endpapers [# 1654 idriess]

IDRIESS Ion L   Stone of Destiny Australian diamond industry
G soiled and worn cloth, fep pasted down, hinge shows at half title, some light foxing $20 C/C A&R 1948 first edition cloth, 344pp + plates. [# 1539 idriess ]

LEACH John Albert. Formerly William Cobeldick's copy.  An Australian Bird Book, A Pocket Book for Field Use (third edition)
An early ornithology book for identifying Australian birds in the field. Includes colour plates, and black and white illustrations. Front pastedown has ink inscription [Wm Cobeldick F R G S| Govt Acclimatization Ranger | Rotorua | 1918 ], fep has 'From P T Owen 12.6.18 H Shields Weribee Park', enclosed a few cuttings on birds (1930) and a blank Memorandum form from the Department of Tourist and Health Resorts of the Dominion of New Zealand. William Cobeldick was a Ranger in the Rotorua area and one of the last to have sighted Huia. He also seems to have been embroiled in a bigamy trial when his estranged wife married a younger man.

VG- hardback, blue cloth lightly soiled and lightly rubbed to spine ends, age toned endpapers, small light yellow grease mark to fore edge of a few pages (probably from butter).
$45 C/B
Whitcombe and Tombs 1916, 200pp + colour plates. [#2598 australia, natural history, birds, ornithology ]




LITCHFIELD Lois
Marree and the tracks beyond in black and white, commemorating the Centenary of Marree 1883-1983

VG minimal rubbing

$35 C/C [AUS 18]

Privately Published 1983 second printing laminated pictorial covers, x 198pp, photographic illustrations throughout. ISBN 0959173900 Kujani tribal territory aboriginal

MILLS Jenny
The Timber People a history of Bunnings Limited

VG VG

$20 C/C [AUS 9]

Bunnings Ltd 1986 first edition hardcover, xii 296pp, B&W photos, ISBN 0958910804 western australia timber and hardware merchants company history


NILAND D'Arcy & Leslie Raphael   Travelling Songs of Old Australia including complete words and music, guitar chart and illustrated annotations
VG aged paper stock, dust soiled wraps $20 B/A Horwitz 1966 first edition stapled wraps, 39pp. Folk songs and ballads. [# 1165 australia]
NUCOLORVUE
THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS OF AUSTRALIA in Natural Colour

VG

$20 B/ Letter rate [AUS 12]

Nucolorvue undated 1960s Enlarged Revised Edition photographic stapled card wrappers, 32pp, full colour throughout, booklet produced to promote the hydro electric scheme, includes photos of the construction etc. snowy mountains hydro electric scheme


OAKLEY Rose 
Lantern Glow to Meadow Bloom

The story of an early twentieth century 'pioneering' couple, Greta and Clarrie Hutchens, in the Adelaide River Murray area. The author, a New Zealander, writes the story of an Australian women she befriended.
Tooperang, Tintinara

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with some edge wear. SIGNED BY AUTHOR
$20 C/C
Christopher E Dawson 1966, 197pp + plates.
[#3126 ]





PICK Jock H. with V R Alldis 
Australia's Dying Heart

A study of soil erosion and station management in the inland of the Australian outback. Second revised edition.

FAIR softback, reading copy, wrappers chipped with front wrapper part detached, internally Good
$8 A/ letter rate
Melbourne University Press October 1944, 119pp. Folding chart at rear. [PB1468 australia, ecology ]





PIKE Glenville 
Queen of the North: a Pictorial History of Cooktown and Cape York

A short history of Cooktown and the Cape York Peninsula areas of North Queensland. With accounts of early visitors, pioneers and settlement. Many historic photographs.
ISBN0959896058

VG+ softcover quarto
$15 B/B
Glenville Pike 2006 reprint, 154pp. [#2865 australia, australian history]




POLLACK Michael
Sense and Censorship, commentaries on censorship violence in Australia

VG VG

$30 C/D [AUS 22]

Reed 1990 first edition hardcover, 399pp with illustrations. Twelve prominent Australian writers who struggled with censorship are treated by the author. Edward Smith Hall/ Charles Harpur / J F Archibald / Miles Franklin / Henry Boote / Norman Lindsay / Brian Penton / Frank Hardy / Dorothy Hewett / Terry Hayes / Chris Masters / Brian Toohey. ISBN 0730102696 australian literature


PORTER Una B. (editor)   Growing Together Letters between Frederick John Cato and Frances Bethune 1881 to 1884
VG VG short tear head of lower joint of DW taped to reverse. $75 heavy book enquire for shipping quote. Privately Published 1981 first LIMITED EDITION of 1000 copies this is number 299. Red cloth folio, xvi 516pp + 3 tipped in colour plates and a folding family tree chart, quality laid paper. Letters pertain to the Cato, Bethune and Moran families of Melbourne, Australia and Invercargill, New Zealand. ISBN 090917427x 0909174288 [AUS 17]
RABONE Harold R
Lord Howe Island It's Discovery and Early Associations 1788-1888.

VG a few minor spots to some margins.

$10 B/$5 international [AUS 50]

Australis 1972 edition wrappers, 54pp + plates. Probably intended for visitors to the island as a guide. History and gazetter of the islands places and resources. Reprint of 1940 edition. Slipped in is a three page letter from a resident of the island.


SHARLAND Michael
Stones of a Century

VG- VG- slight faint watermark top edge of a few pages at front, wear to spine ends DW sunned spine with loss of title and some staining to spine ends, tape rust to fold in flaps, closed edges dusty

$30 C/C [AUS 23]

OBM Hobart 1969 second edition cloth, xii 78pp + plates. many photographs of the architectural antiquities of Tasmania, beautiful Georgian buildings etc. Internally tidy copy. Australian architecture historic buildings photographic Tasmania


SMITH P R illustrated by B Biro
The Story of Australia

VG- G foxed endpapers and prelims, offset tape stains to boards (minor), light bumping to bottom edge of boards. DW tape stains to verso and tape residue to spine and fore edge folds where tape has dried and flaked off, better than it sounds!

$15 B/B [AUS 37]

Ernest Benn 1959 first edition hardcover 4to, 64pp. Illudtrated throughout and to DW by Biro. An intorduction to Australian history and culture. part of the Stories of the Commonwealth series.


STEELE J G   The Brisbane River
VG VG- edge wear to DW with small tears to corners. $15 B/B Rigby 1976 first edition hardcover, 63pp + 2pp col plates, b&w illustrations, part of Rigby's pageant of Australia series. ISBN 0851799124 [AUS 20]

Vin WAKE P. 
Opal Men

Opal lore and legend of Australia from discovery of opals by Johann Menge to the miners of Coober Pedy and Andamooka.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$25 C/B
Reed 1969 first edition, 165pp + plates. [#2684 australia ]




WEBBY Elizabeth
Early Australian Poetry, an annotated bibliography of original poems published in Australian newspapers, magazines and almanacks before 1850

VG VG DW minimal wear

$20 C/D [AUS 21]

Hale & Iremonger 1982 first edition cloth, 334pp + plates. ISBN 0908094914 poetry literature australian georgian victorian ephemera


WERE Jonathan Binns   A Voyage from Plymouth to Melbourne in 1839 The Shipboard and Early Melbourne Diary
VG $25 C/B J B Were 1990 softcover,xviii 309pp. Early Australian colonial diary. Facsimile of original faced by type. Illustrated. ISBN 0646002287 [AUS 45]

WHITE J W R   Morgan Centenary 1878-1978 Commemoration Book
VG $20 B/C Morgan Centenary Committee 1977 first edition limited to 3000 copies, laminated pictorial boards, 136pp illustrated with b&w photos throughout. ISBN 0959636102 [AUS 19]

WILKIE A A W & OSBORN A R   Almost Human Reminiscences from the Melbourne Zoo
VG minimal foxing, small tear fore edge title page. $45 C/C Whitcombe & Tombs nd (1920?) printed red cloth, (xiv) 237pp + frontis, photogravures throughout the text, reminiscences grouped by species. Melbourne zoological gardens. [AUS 24]
WILSON H H
Gateways to Gold

VG G torn and chipped DW, inscr half title

$10 C/B [AUS 8]

Rigby 1969 first edition hardcover 169pp + plates, DW chipped top and bottom edges and split to folds, covers the Murchison (Australia) goldfields. gold mining prospecting


WILSON H H
Westward Gold !

VG VG sunned spine to DW and book otherwise tidy.

$25 C/B [AUST 32]

Rigby 1973 first edition hardcover, 185pp +plates. Western Australian goldrush centred on Perth at the turn of Twentieth Century. Gold and Opal mining. ISBN 0851794920



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