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Crime of the True Variety

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  • Black Widow – America’s Most poisonous Spider – Thorp and Woodson

    Black Widow – America’s Most poisonous Spider – Thorp and Woodson

    What a super subject for a standalone book.

    First edition published by The University of Morth Carolina Press in 1945.

    Octavo, 222 pages, illustrated with spidery goodness. A very good copy and very clean and well produced given the end of WWII publishing date.

    All about the Widow as one would expect. Comparison’s with other spider devils, experiments on people .. the life cycle and habits of this avoidable octopod.

    Would make a great gift for someone who has it all …

    $40.00

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  • The Aboriginal / Settler Clash in Van Diemen’s Land 1803-1831 – N.J.B. Plomley

    The Aboriginal / Settler Clash in Van Diemen’s Land 1803-1831 – N.J.B. Plomley

    Published in 1992 by the Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, where Plomley was at the time an Honorary Research Assistant and the University of Tasmania. Described as their “Occasional Paper No 6”. Very hard to find a copy.

    Printed internally on what A4 sized paper, one hundred pages, staple bound, binder’s tape, cream heavy card covers, image to front on a conflict ex Bonwick. Fine and clean.

    The structure of the work is interesting, twenty-six pages of narrative, bibliography, tables of Aboriginal population, rather sad graphs of the decline and the level of incidents which peaked in 1830, numerous maps of Tasmania showing the location of clashes and a lengthy table of the nature of those clashed.

    Sobering history not to be ignored …

    $50.00

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  • To Hell or to Hobart – A New Insight into Irish Convict History – Patrick Howard

    To Hell or to Hobart – A New Insight into Irish Convict History – Patrick Howard

    Published by Kangaroo Press in 1994, a soft cover edition in fine condition. Octavo, 199 pages, illustrated throughout.

    The author the great grandson of Irish convicts Stephen Howard and Ellen Lydon who were transported to Van Diemen’s Land in 1843 and 1849 respectively. Stephen had stolen a gun from a landowner and Ellen and her family had been caught stealing a sheep during a time of high famine.

    This book is a joy. We first get the “’back history” the situation in Ireland both generally and specifically to Stephen and Ellen. The offences, the trial, the jails, the transportation. Time in Tasmania as convicts and their eventual release or ticket of leave. There striving to survive, success and the successes of subsequent generations …

    One Irish Convict family in depth but much deeper than that ..

    $25.00

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  • Banditti Beware – Bushranging with Bardy in Old Van Diemen’s Land – Bob Minchin.

    Banditti Beware – Bushranging with Bardy in Old Van Diemen’s Land – Bob Minchin.

    Self published in 2000. Softcover, perfect bound, 100 pages, illustrated. A fine copy.

    Convict Matthew Brady was banished to Van Diemen’s Land but it was not long after William Sorrell declared, in June 1824, the security system ‘Nearly Perfect” that Brady and a bunch of renegades escaped from Macquarie Harbour. Between then and the eventual hanging of Matthew Brady in May of 1826 the gang that Brady was soon to lead caused Mayhem throughout Van Diemen’s Land.

    Great references to the locations, building, pubs that the gang frequented … would make for a good historical tour.

    Minchin and the works on Mattheew Brady Bushranger Royalty.

    $30.00

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  • Knopwood: A Biography – Geoffrey Stephens

    Knopwood: A Biography – Geoffrey Stephens

    Self published in 1990 by Geoffrey Stephens the Rector of the Anglican Church Moonah, Tasmania.

    Large format softcover, perfect bound, 226 pages, illustrated throughout ending with references, index etc and “Knopwoodiana” an interesting list of Knopwood relics and where they are housed .. e.g. the Museum has not just his sermons and bible but his Magistrates wig and wig block .. his riding cap and his fishing creole.

    Very good condition albeit top corner creased. Clean as a whistle inside

    The author a holder of several degrees in history and theology has left no stone unturned in writing this chronological biography of maybe Tasmania’s best known early identity. Arriving on the very first settlement ship and recording for many years his and others activities all the way through to the Franklins.

    Knopwood a good all round account of the well liked often controversial Bobby Knopwood.

    $30.00

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  • Martin Cash [Tasmanian Bushranger] – Autobiography

    Martin Cash [Tasmanian Bushranger] – Autobiography

    First published in 1870 by Walch, Hobart and here we have a seventh edition 1961 by the same publisher – itself maybe an Australian record – not sure.

    Octavo, small format pictorial soft cover, 174 pages the odd useful illustration added from original period photographs.

    The full title – Martin cash – the Bushranger of Van Diemen’s Land 1843-4 – A Personal Narrative of his Exploits in the Bush and His Experiences at Port Arthur and Norfolk Island.

    Cash had an interesting life and despite his Bushranger activity – quietly admired.

    $20.00

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