Australian history, biography, natural history and other non-fiction books related to Australia and Australians.All these fortunabooks.com prices are in New Zealand dollars, and there is a minimum order required of NZD$20 excluding postage.
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
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.
A true story of survival in which Rod Ansell struggled to survive on his own in one of the most isolated corners of Australia for two months before he is rescued.
Northern Territory, Kununurra, outback, survival, bush,
VG softback, spine slightly sunfaded
Currency Press 1986, 144pp.
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
Beadell's Gunbarrel Road Construction Party built a network of roads stretching 4,000 miles across the almost unknown wilderness of Central Australia.
This book details his second road across Australia which was driven 1,000 miles from east to west through the heart of the Great Victoria Desert.
Construction took years, through the almost impenetrable mulga scrub and over sand ridges fianlly overcome by Beadell's bulldozer.
For five months his wife and infant daughter camped with him in the desert, commemorated by the Connie Sue Highway, a 400 mile stretch of road which extends from the Warburton Ranges to Rawlinna on the Nullarbor.
Beadell tells the story with an eye for the human and humorous details.
Beadell, one the last ot the true Australian explorers, was born on a farm at West Pennant Hills, NSW, in 1923.
As a surveyor and road builder he has worked all over the Australian outback from Arnhem Land to the Gibson Desert.
In 1958 he was awarded the British Empire Medal for his work in building the Gunbarrel Highway across Central Australia.
Australian engineering, transport, roadmaking, surveying, Maralinga, Serpentine Lakes,
Rigby Publishers Limited 1982, 163pp + plates.
A comprehensive reference covering a wide range of traditional Aboriginal societies and cultures on the Australian continent.
This draws together the threads of Aboriginal belief and practice in general terms, and brings together material from over 40 years of the authors' anthropological research and fieldwork from many parts of Australia, supplemented with comprehensive statements from other sources.
It concentrates on the past and present traditional life of Aboriginal Australians, and the changes that have overtaken them.
Covers: social organisation, economic adaptation, relationship to land and resources, growing up and getting married, religious belief, myth and ritual, forms of sorcery and magic, law and order, oral literature and visual art.
Aboriginal Studies Press 1988 fifth edition reprinted with additions, 608pp.
VG hardback in VG dust jacket with minor edge wear
Melbourne University Press 1963, map endpapers, x 369pp + plates [#2597 australia, mining ]
The Story of Mount Isa Mines.
A history of this North West Queensland mining area south of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
metals, industry, mines, copper, gold, silver
VG+ hardback in G+ dust jacket with chipping and loss to spine ends and edges, name to fep.
Angus and Robertson 1960 first edition, 242pp + plates.
A history of Melbourne's Wesley College, published for the centenary.
Australian School History, Education, Old boys, Wesley College Melbourne
VG- hardback in VG dust jacket.
Top corner of half title removed, short inscription to the bottom corner.
Wesley College, Melbourne 1967 First Edition, 240pp + plates.
A Sketch for the Sunday Telegraph.
Done on card board with ink, a caricature sketch of Professor Bland by F Broadhurst, signed with monogram at top and with a faded ink 'with compliments F Broadhurst".
The caption reads 'PROF. BLAND.- 10 1/2 ems w Sunday Tele' 'TODAY' DRAWN 3 TIMES UP.
It has been corrected in some places with white out over the ink to mask the black, no idea of date probably pre- 1967 though.
It will need mounting and framing.
Francis J. Broadhurst was an illustrator and designer who trained for five years at Melbourne’s National Gallery School under Napier Waller.
He is best known for his illustrations to Rabelais and The Decameron.
Prof. Bland, Francis Armand Bland, CMG (1882-1967) was a member of the Australian Parliament, he died in 1967.
Cartoon, Newspaper Caricature Portrait Illustration Original Artwork Professor Bland By F Broadhurst
VG sketch on board, 23x28 cm.
New Zealand West Coaster Paul Caffyn gives his own account of the first kayak circumnavigation of Australia.
Commencing in December 1981 it took him 360 days to complete the 9,420 mile journey.
First softcover printing of this rare book, complete with colour photos.
exploration, kayak, canoe, australia, ocean kayak,
Kayak Dundee Press 1994 Second printing, 186pp.
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
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.
Photographs with informative captions of hundreds of historic Melbourne buildings, many now demolished.
G+ hardback in G+ dust jacket. Ex-library copy with some stamps and tape marks etc.
Oxford University Press 1963 Second Edition, 184pp. Many photographs.
A history of Kapunda from earliest days in 1836 nd the discovery of Copper. Social and economic growth etc.
VG- hardback with no dust jacket. Cancelled ex-library with a few stamps and a presentation plate.
Lutheran Publishing House 1990, 170pp + plates.
$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
An anthology of Australian short fiction by 23 authors, taken from periodicals and other publications.
Includes "The Cooboo" by Katharine Susannah Pritchard, "Kulumburu" by Ida Mann, and "Dingo Pups" by Donald R. Stuart.
Australian Literature, Fiction, Short Stories
VG- hardback with no jacket except front fold in flap which is slipped in at front. Signed by Drake-Brockman to title page.
Angus & Robertson 1959 first edition, 255pp.
Stories from the past of the Kimberley.
Kingsford Smith and the Atlantis aviators.
Diamonds and gold.
Sandamara of the Bunaba.
Fitzroy, Kimberley, Broome, Kununurra, Wyndham, Kalumbruru
Hugh Edwards 1991, 251pp+ colour plates.
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.
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.
Hodder undated but foreword dated 1911, 509pp.
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.
A background history of Canberra and details of the design and construction of the new Parliament House buildings in the 1980s.
canberra, ACT, architecture, government
VG hardback in VG dust jacket. Jacket spine lightly sun-faded.
Lansdowne Press 1983, 111pp.
$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
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.
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.
VG hardback with no dust jacket.
Robertson and Mullens 1954, 334pp + plates.
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.
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.
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
Autobiography and local history of the Lower Hawkesbury area to the north of Sydney.
Holland lived there in the 1930s and 1940s, and recollects the people and places he knew.
There are details of life on the rivers, social life and notable characters.
Berowra, Cowan, Brooklyn, Marramarra, Mooney mooney, Spencer
Deerubbin Press 1998, 78pp with photographs.
A memoir and general history based on Idriess' experiences of growing up in Broken Hill. Mining history etc.
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.
Angus and Robertson 1956 first edition, 214pp + plates
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.
Angus and Robertson 1956 first edition, 214pp + plates
The importance of water in the outback, and how in some places it is scarce where in others overabundant.
VG- soiled cloth, spine leans, neat inscription to fep.
Angus and Robertson June 1949 cloth, 253pp + plates.
The old times in Derby, cut off by the wet season on the Indian Ocean coast.
Kimberleys, Myalls Well, Mungatty, Oobagooma Station, Fitzroy
VG hardback with no dust jacket.
Inscription to half title.
Angus and Robertson 1951, 272pp + plates, map endpapers
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).
Whitcombe and Tombs 1916, 200pp + colour plates. [#2598 australia, natural history, birds, ornithology ]
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
First hand stories of overseas postings in the words of Australian diplomats’ wives.
It offers an eye opening journey through the early decades of the diplomatic service, starting with the experiences of Australia’s first wife of a Head of Mission in Washington, and continuing to the likes of Beirut, Moscow, Rangoon, Cairo, Tokyo, Dili and Saigon.
Continuing to more recent times, it traces the evolution of a young foreign service as it became better organised and increasingly professional, and the evolving role of women within it.
Adventure, hardship, war, opportunity, these are the fish-out-of-water stories of intelligent, dedicated women raising families in far-flung corners of the globe.
Illustrated and indexed.
Jakarta, Malaysia, australian diplomacy
VG softback, with author's gift inscription inside front cover.
Halstead Press 2013 first edition, 255pp.
$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
Being the narrative of a quiet journey across China to British Burma.
Morrison travelled upriver to Chungking, then walked overland 1,500 miles to Burma, then via Mandalay and Rangoon to Calcutta.
china, nineteenth century, imperial, chinese history, 19th century, travel writing
VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with faded spine and minor corner wear.
Angus and Robertson 1972 first thus facsimile, 299pp + plates and folding map at rear.
$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
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.
VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with some edge wear. SIGNED BY AUTHOR
Christopher E Dawson 1966, 197pp + plates.
The O'Reilly family used axes and wagons to access the Lamington Plateau, building a remote Guest House in the mountains which still functions over 100 years later.
This family history shows how they have continued to contribute to the local and national community.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, australian family history, Lamington National Park, Queensland, McPherson Range
VG- softback, with author's gift inscription to first page.
Peter O'Reilly 2008 First Edition, 269pp.
A history of the historic Melbourne suburb of South Parkville and its predominantly Victorian architecture.
Details of the development and sale of the suburban lots, the builders, investors and buyers, and a special look at the decorative cast iron features.
Parkville suburb, architecture, historic buildings
VG hardback in VG- dustjacket with minor wear and edge tears.
Parkville Association 1974 first edition, 103pp.
Edited by Rosemary Pratt and John Millington.
The day-to-day record of a Catholic Mission to Aboriginals in remote North-Western Australia during the Second World War.
The Mission became a base for RAAF aircrews and suffered a Japanese bombing raid.
This diary covers 1942-1945 and is mainly about the Mission and the native community, but does have information about military duties.
Drysdale Mission, No 58 Operational Base Unit, RAAF, Ft Lt F L Bragg, W.A.
Artlook Books 1981 first edition, 264pp.
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 ]
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.
VG+ softcover quarto
Glenville Pike 2006 reprint, 154pp. [#2865 australia, australian history]
$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
The Japanese air raid on Broome in March 1942 inflicted casualties on the Dutch and other Allied aircraft that were flying in refugees from the Dutch East Indies, which were under Japanese threat, as well as killing refugees and aircrew.
ww2, wwii, japanese air force, Carnot Bay
VG stapled softcover
Royal Australian Air Force Association 1985, 32pp.
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.
The author's views and thoughts over seven decades of experience (1892-1969). His views on political and economic conditions and prospects in Australia.
G+ hardback in G+ dust jacket, signed to title page by Ralp Randell.
R and G Publications 1969, 252pp.
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
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 introduction to Australian history and culture. Part of the Stories of the Commonwealth series.
A History of Johann Gottlieb Thiele and Johann Gottfried Thiele and their descendants, 1849-1989.
A detailed family history and genealogical reference work for the Australian descendents of the Silesian Thiele immigrants.
australia, family history, immigration, pioneers, colonial
VG- hardback with no dust jacket.
Lutheran Publishing House 1988 first edition, 355pp.
A Story of Modern Whaling in the Antarctic.
A Norweigan whaler recruits some Australian youths in Hobart, set for the Antarctic whaling grounds.
Winner of the Australian Children's Book Council Book-of-the-Year Award in 1949.
Illustrated with woodcuts.
novel, young adult, fiction.
VG hardback in VG dust jacket.
Front free end paper removed.
Angus and Robertson 1964 reprint, 248pp.
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
Reed 1969 first edition, 165pp + plates. [#2684 australia ]
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
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
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