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  • Man Tracks [With the Mounted Police in Australian Wilds] – Ion Idriess

    Man Tracks [With the Mounted Police in Australian Wilds] – Ion Idriess

    Published by Angus & Robertson 1936, a ninth edition issued one year after the first. The copy of Chicago resident, Idriess friend and admirer, Frances Van Cleef with a note indicating she acquired it in Melbourne on Feb 16, 1937.

    Very good condition, a couple of chips to the dust jacket, very clean and tight internally. A super copy.

    An impressive Idriess book about the Australian Mounted Police up through the Centre, the North and West. Many lively accounts recounted in the normal Idriess way. The photography in this book is special with a number of unique aboriginal images.

    Real Crime solved by Australian Police on Horseback

    $70.00

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  • Dreamtime Justice [In the Northern Territory] – Vic Hall – First Edition 1962

    Dreamtime Justice [In the Northern Territory] – Vic Hall – First Edition 1962

    A first edition of an interesting true bush crime book, the author a member of the Northern Territory Police.

    Published by Rigby, Adelaide in 1962. Octavo, 160 pages, end paper maps and illustrated throughout from period photographs.

    The event took place in the early 1930′s. The spearing of Constable Albert McColl and the shooting of the Rev John Evans is at the heart of this book. The perpetrators being from the Balamumu at Caledon Bay in Arnhem Land and then Woodah Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. A patrol set out, including the author and aboriginal trackers. Despite the killings, the author writes with warm and sympathetic feelings towards the aboriginal people.

    Outback expedition to bring culprits to justice.

    $35.00

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  • The Murder of Alma Tirtschke – A Challenge to T.C. Brennan – By Madame Ghurka Prenologist 1923

    The Murder of Alma Tirtschke – A Challenge to T.C. Brennan – By Madame Ghurka Prenologist 1923

    Colin Ross was accused of the ‘violation and throttling’ of a young girl, Alma Tirtschke, whose body was found near Gun Alley, Melbourne.

    Ross was found guilty and executed in April 1922.

    His defence counsel, T.C. Brennan, was convinced of his client’s innocence published his opinions in “The Gun Alley Tragedy”.

    Madame Ghurka a phrenologist in the Eastern Arcade, (and a key witness for the prosecution) wrote this extraordinary response to the deliberate and malicious lies that Brennan made regarding Madame Ghurka in The Gun Alley Tragedy.

    Octavo, 138 pages in original wrappers, with tape holding the front cover on and quite grubby. Still a good copy … and try to find another one … only second time we have seen it in a dozen or so years.

    Very scarce publication relating to a sensational Australian murder case in Melbourne in 1923

    $90.00

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  • (Sir) Mick Jagger as Ned Kelly

    (Sir) Mick Jagger as Ned Kelly

    An original photograph of “Old Rubber Lips”, rock icon Sir Mick Jagger starring as the famous bushranger Ned Kelly “Down Under” in the movie about the said Ned Kelly.

    Taken as part of the movie promotion in 1984.

    We think Ned would have liked jumping Jack Flash!

    Impress your friends with this family photo

    $50.00

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  • Michael Howe: The Last and Worst of the Bush rangers of Van Diemen’s Land

    Michael Howe: The Last and Worst of the Bush rangers of Van Diemen’s Land

    A nice facsimile production by The Folio Society, London, published in 1977. With useful introduction by Ian Atkins

    Three copies of the original book are known to exist, one in the Bodleian (from which this facsimile is produced), one in the British Museum and the other in the National Collection, Canberra from which was bought from Maggs in 1946 having been purchased by them at Sotheby’s.

    This original account was the first book of general literature published in Australia, in Hobart Town, in December 1818.

    Nostalgic and interesting in many ways

    $25.00

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  • Account of a Duel between William Bland and Robert Case – George Mackaness – No 41 of 100 Limited and Signed.

    Account of a Duel between William Bland and Robert Case – George Mackaness – No 41 of 100 Limited and Signed.

    George Mackaness’s limited monograph published by the author in Sydney, 1942. Signed boldly by Mackaness and numbered 41 of 100 copies only.

    Mackaness referencing Bland’s own publication on the matter, the title continuing … and the circumstances that led thereto, drawn up for posterity by Dr William Bland. With a Report of the Trial, Rex v Bland, Randall and Fulton, before the Recorder of Bombay, 14th and 17th April 1813 (Extracted from the Bombay Courier) and a Memoir of Dr William Bland.

    Small quarto, 40 pages with illustrations, stiff wrappers in normal Mackaness style, rubbed with some transfer on inside of covers, internally very good.

    Bland one of the most interesting convict identities was sentenced to seven years transportation to Botany Bay for defending his honour and successfully killing Robert Case during a dual at Bombay. The circumstances leading up to the dual are lengthy and a most interesting account of all the carry on that ensues between gentlemen of the time to protect their honour.

    In Sydney it was not long before Bland was pardoned and put his medical training to use. He rose to be an important member of the Colony … but not without a wayward period initially were his penchant for criticising the establishment saw him back in jail.

    Dr Bland an interesting early identity and a good shot!

    $70.00

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