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  • Military Uniforms of the British Empire Overseas – John Player & Sons Card series complete in rare album.

    Military Uniforms of the British Empire Overseas – John Player & Sons Card series complete in rare album.

    Album 26cm by 20cm 24 pages with a total of 50 cards, published in 1938. Some light foxing to cover and the odd mark inside, generally a very good set. The shading on the images is caused by the scanner and the paper not lying quite flat.

    Uniforms from South Africa, Rhodesia, Canada, India and Burma, and Colonies, Protectorates etc. Some pretty fancy garb among them …. The narrative descriptions of the various regiments, battalions etc is very interesting … useful for those wanting a potted history.

    A nice complete set with the attendant album narrative

    $60.00

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  • The “Widow’s Cap” of the Australian Aborigines – R. Etheridge 1899

    The “Widow’s Cap” of the Australian Aborigines – R. Etheridge 1899

    Separately published paper from the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1899. By Robert Etheridge Junior who was then Curator of the Australian Museum. Son of the superb engraver of geological specimens and exceptional geologist in his own right.

    Side stitched in the original light blue wrappers, a little aged, internally very clean … a very nice copy of a little understood custom.

    Mitchell was the first to notice the widow’s caps which he observed during his second expedition into the interior. Worn by widows in mourning and then later left at the graves of the deceased. The caps were formed from clay and the widow wore a net over her hair which left the unusual impression that can be seen in one of the images provided.

    13 pages on narrative and six plates, printed on heavier stock from photographs of examples.

    An authoritative paper on an important aboriginal custom

    $25.00

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  • Penal and Prison Discipline in Victoria [Three Parts Complete] 1870 – 1872

    Penal and Prison Discipline in Victoria [Three Parts Complete] 1870 – 1872

    Three reports published consecutively from a Royal Commission into the penal system in the colony of Victoria .. presented to Both Houses of Parliament by His Excellency’s Command. The first with the additional title “Pentridge Penal Establishment”; the second “Penal and Prison Discipline” and the third “Industrial and Reformatory Schools.

    In original form, foolscap, sewn … Part 1 xix, 26 with Plan of Proposed Workshop and Folding Plan of Pentridge [too big for our scanner] .. Part II xxx, 29.. Part III xxxvi, 23.

    An interesting and full report on the state of play and difficulties associated with the penal system in Victoria at the time. One benefit of being on “hard labour” was that you got fed more …. Hard to find any other benefits though.

    Pentridge and the Prison System in 1870 – interesting history.

    $140.00

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  • Adams of the Bounty – Erle Wilson – First Edition 1958

    Adams of the Bounty – Erle Wilson – First Edition 1958

    A first edition published by Angus and Robertson, 1958. Octavo, 245 pages. Very good condition albeit top edge slightly aged, super clean dust jacket.

    A historical novel based on more fact than is usual in the genre … John Adams of Bounty fame. The author carried at meticulous research at the Mitchel etc. John Adams a name many are familiar does not appear on the navy lists …. He had gone by the name Alexander Smith an alias that he only discarded when his first son was born on Pitcairn. Much here about the whole of the Bounty “situation” and as often searching for the true character of both Bligh and Christian.

    A useful Author’s Note at the beginning and Epilogue at the end puts everything in its proper place.

    A good one for those with an interest in Bounty / Pitcairn

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $30.00

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  • Report to The Council of the League of Nations on the Administration of the Territory of New Guinea from 1st July 1930 to 30th June 1931.

    Report to The Council of the League of Nations on the Administration of the Territory of New Guinea from 1st July 1930 to 30th June 1931.

    A very good, near fine copy of the annual report on all things New Guinea. The Council of the League of Nations was the first inter-Governmental organisation formed to maintain world peace. It was established after WWI, the consequences of which saw the administration of New Guinea pass from German to Australian hands.

    Foolscap, stapled, 130 pages plus large folding coloured map at rear. Printed in Canberra by L.F. Johnston for the Commonwealth Government.

    We are always taken aback by the depth and detail of these reports. The key items of interest, we believe, are … the report on the state of gold mining and associated aviation activities … Edie’s Creek was just starting to produce; the District Patrols; the lengthy report from Sir Hubert Murray on his mammoth tour covering 4,440 miles in the steam yacht Franklin … and the super coloured map 72cm by 34cm.

    Complete New Guinea report during the gold discovery era, special tour by Hubert Murray and fine map of “influence”.

    $120.00

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  • First Annual Report of the Acclimatisation Society of Southern Queensland – 1897 – Robert Logan Jack’s Copy

    First Annual Report of the Acclimatisation Society of Southern Queensland – 1897 – Robert Logan Jack’s Copy

    Fragile yet very scarce original report published at Warwick, Queensland in 1897. Printed at the Argus in Palmerin Street, Warwick.

    The principal object of the Society was to introduce fish (trout), birds (pheasant, partridge, quail) for the purposes of promoting gentlemanly country pursuits.

    Famed geologist, explorer, and author Robert Logan Jack’s copy with his signature clear top right front cover despite edge chipping,

    The report covers the year ending 31st July 1897 and includes a Balance Sheet with Appendices. The Office Bearers are listed on the front cover … the President being His Excellency Lord Lamington.

    13 pages starting with a nice plan of the Society’s facilities during establishment at Killarney. The narrative report includes Finance; Work of the Society; Fish; Birds all dealt with by the Chairman Arthur Morgan. Then a “Report of the Manager” W.G. Morris regarding his achievements to date … which include the building of a “substantial 4-roomed Veranda Cottage, in which I reside”. A list of Rainbow and Brown trout distributed to several rivers is provided. Those of an accounting bent will notice that the Balance Sheet takes the form of a Statement of Receipts and Expenditure and appears to be in the red … well that’s start ups for you.

    A curious rather unique Queensland item – Logan Jack’s Copy.

    $90.00

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