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  • Hanji Mahomet Allum – Afghan Camel-Driver, Herbalist and Healer in Australia – Madelaine Brunato – Very Rare

    Hanji Mahomet Allum – Afghan Camel-Driver, Herbalist and Healer in Australia – Madelaine Brunato – Very Rare

    A scarce book published by Investigator Press of Leabrook in 1972; effectively self published. Octavo, 80 pages, illustrated throughout.

    Mahomet Allum was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan about 1857. He came to Australia in the 1880’s as a camel driver, working in Western Australia mainly in and around the gold-fields. He was a true transport pioneer, carrying mail and supplies thousands of miles into the most isolated of areas. Over time he built up a reputation as a herbalist and healer. In his later years he settled in South Australia … a well known and liked colourful and controversial figure … people flocked to receive his cures. He lived until he was 106 … no wonder he became known as the “Wonder Man”

    Pasted at the front is a note on the author Madeleine Brunato who had spent time among the Mahommedan tribes of Quetta. The note is signed and annotated by the author.

    Camel driving in the Western Deserts or was it the herbs that kept him alive so long …

    $40.00

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  • A Matter of Speculation [Financial Scandel in 1815] – The Case Against Lord Cochrane – Henry Cecil – First edition 1965

    A Matter of Speculation [Financial Scandel in 1815] – The Case Against Lord Cochrane – Henry Cecil – First edition 1965

    It’s the year before Waterloo, 1815 and a fine plot is put into effect to manipulate the London Financial Market – a false report is made in grand style that Napoleon has been defeated … indeed dismembered. The idea is to cause a run on the stocks taking quick and sizeable profits.

    Lord Cochrane, yet to carry out his boldest endeavours, fighting the Spanish and Portuguese in South America, makes a handsome profit buying and selling large holdings before settlement is required at the Broker. It’s all rather complicated … but is Cochrane personally involved in all the shenanigans?

    The book is very cleverly written, presenting the background, evidence from the Courts, without revealing the outcome. We will not either.

    Published by Hutchinson, London in 1965. Octavo, 208 pages, ownership signature on pastedown, otherwise a fine copy.

    Cochrane one smart cookie but was he guilty?

    $30.00

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  • Saddlery and Harness-Making – Paul Hasluck.

    Saddlery and Harness-Making – Paul Hasluck.

    There are many facsimiles of important hard to find works … this is one of the more unusual ones .. and one we find interesting and curious.

    First published in 1904, this issue published by Allen, London in 1962. Thick pocket book format, 160 pages, heavily illustrated for those that may wish to progress to the manufacture of these leathery items.

    Time to do something real … turn you hand the leather work.

    $25.00

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  • Ways of Working [Industrial Heritage in Tasmania] – Marwood – 1986

    Ways of Working [Industrial Heritage in Tasmania] – Marwood – 1986

    Effectively self published, printed by Kangaroo Press in 1986.

    Perfect bound quarto size, 160 pages. A hefty piece of work on the industrial heritage of Tasmania, a new found Voyager favourite category.

    Marwood provided the text which gives him naming rights but the photography was done by several camera happy individuals. Some historic images elected from various archives.

    Six major projects are covered, each one done very well. West Coast Mines (the E-Z Company of Roseberry); Hydro Electric; Roads; Waverley Woollen Mills; James Nelson [Weaver] of Launceston and Tasmanian Railway Workshops.

    Historic Record of Tasmanian Industry

    $45.00

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  • North British Australasian Company Limited – Delay on Wool Clip creates liquidity issues – 1892

    North British Australasian Company Limited – Delay on Wool Clip creates liquidity issues – 1892

    Original manuscript letter from the Company Secretary of the North British Australasian Company Limited from their headquarters at 10 Moorgate Street, London E.C. dated 5th July 1892.

    Addressed to Cochran Macpherson who were likely the lawyers of 152 Union Street, Aberdeen who were no doubt attending to their wily Scottish clients interests.

    I legible hand but for ease of reading … “Dear Sirs, I am in receipt of your letter of the 1st inst and in reply beg to say that the delay in the payment of the Guaranteed interest is owing to the non-arrival of the greater part of the Wool Clip. We have however received a Cablegram saying that same is being pushed forward and expected to arrive here in September. On the completion of the sales whatever amount remains after meeting out-goings in the Colony will be appropriated for interest on the Guaranteed Stock. A payment on account would have been made ere this had it been possible to have sold a large quantity of surplus Live Stock on the Stations at the present time but prices are so extremely low that we are prohibited from doing so .. ”

    The North British Australasian Company were formed in the early 1840’s and by the time of this letter had extensive interests in Australia.

    What at first hand may be a routine business letter … reflects the difficulties facing the Australian agricultural sector to this day … overstocking when prices are low, delays caused by unforeseen reasons and shareholders expecting guarantees when they cannot be fulfilled.

    10 Moorgate is a beautiful building now occupied by ING Group.

    Liquidity Issued Politely Explained
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    NB – Postage will be reduced on final billing

    $90.00

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