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  • The Cattle King [ Sir Sydney Kidman] – Ion Idriess

    The Cattle King [ Sir Sydney Kidman] – Ion Idriess

    Published in Sydney in 1951. Octavo, 277 pages. A very good copy in a pretty good dust jacket

    The Biography of Sir Sidney Kidman who started with five shillings and eventually controlled over 100 cattle stations an area half the size of Queensland.

    Well illustrated from period photographs and end paper maps showing the extent of the Kidman interests at the front and stations, stock routes, coach routes and railways referred to in the text … at the rear.

    Good reading & photographs … a cattle empire much in the financial news of late.


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  • Wrecks in Tasmanian Waters – Harry O’May

    Wrecks in Tasmanian Waters – Harry O’May

    Self published printed by the Tasmanian Government printer. Not date but first edition 1950′s. Very good condition, Marjorie Morgan OAM’s copy with her ownership label on the free end paper.

    Octavo, 209 pages plus … Index; List of King island wrecks; List of Macquarie Island Wrecks and List of Vessels Hulked at Hobart. Many great illustrations from early photographs at the rear.

    Harry O’May’s comprehensive book on Tasmanian shipwrecks. Folding map at rear showing each known wreck location. All the wrecks (many of them) listed chronologically from the early days of the East India Co up to the Alvena in 1951

    Tasmanian Wrecks in Full


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  • Captain James Kelly of Hobart Town – K.M. Bowden – A Fine Copy

    Captain James Kelly of Hobart Town – K.M. Bowden – A Fine Copy

    Published 1964 by Melbourne University Press a first edition in very good near fine condition condition.

    James Kelly was born in Parramatta in 1791 the son of a convict Irishwoman. He took to the seas as soon as able – was the first man to sail round Van Diemen’s Land in a small boat, survived shipwreck at Macquarie Island and had battles with the natives in New Zealand and back in Tasmania. Kelly rose to be Master of a successful whaling and sealing fleet … and then to legend.

    James Kelly Tasmanian Legend


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  • History of The Colony of Queensland From 1770 to the Close of the Year 1881 – William Coote – Rare First Edition 1882

    Published in Brisbane by William Thorne Edward and Adelaide Streets in 1882. Octavo, 256 pages.

    Nicely re-bound with deep blue cloth covered boards with gilt lettering on spine. Internally some ageing to Title and the very last page otherwise sound and clean 256 pages. The folding map of Queensland at front at the date of separation 1859 appears to be a quality facsimile.

    The full title of this book anticipates covering the period up to 1881 on two volumes. Sadly Coote died having only completed this volume I which takes us up to the separation of Moreton Bay from New South Wales and its constitution as a new colony in 1859.

    A very scarce and well written text on the history and development of Queensland.

    Published Brisbane 1882 – Scarce as they get


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  • Cook the Discoverer – George Forster

    Small quarto, number six in the prestigious Maritime series published by Hordern House in 2007. Limited to 1050 copies, 276 pages, bound in quarter tan kangaroo with speckled papered sides. Fine condition as new.

    The book includes a facsimile of the original book published in the German language with a new English translation to follow. Copious notes and a good bibliography the whole supported by an excellent introduction by Nigel Erskine, Curator of Explorations at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

    It was eight years after the death of Cook that Forster completed his essay on the great man Cook der Entdecker (Discoverer). Partly written as an introduction to Forster’s own translation of Cook’s Third Voyage. Foster had participated in Cook’s second Voyage along with his father who had taken over as naturalist with Joseph Banks dropping out. Forster displays a true understanding of the character of Cook and that alone makes his viewpoint worthy of this sumptuous presentation by Hordern House.

    Forster required reading for all Cook followers


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  • Wooden Hookers of Hobart Town & Whalers out of Van Diemen’s Land – Harry O’May

    Wooden Hookers of Hobart Town & Whalers out of Van Diemen’s Land – Harry O’May

    Published by the author a fine copy of the second impression 1978.

    Octavo, 137 pages plus 101 pages indices not paginated. Very clean superb dust jacket.

    This is a first edition of Harry O’May’s compilation of two books packed with historic detail about the Tasmanian early whalers – superb photographic record nowhere else seen.

    One of the best Tasmanian Maritime


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