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  • A Pictorial History of The railway & Tramways of Western Australia – Ronald Aubrey.

    A Pictorial History of The railway & Tramways of Western Australia – Ronald Aubrey.

    Effectively self published at the OBM Bookshop, Hobart in 1975. The author a resident of Zeehan in Western Tasmania, in the very heart of this historic account.

    Soft cover, large format, 52 pages, back covers a little edge nibbled, otherwise a very good copy. Ninety seven images from period photographs of the trains and trams make this a special record.

    Through the early mining development of this remote region a number of lines were built and the book covers them all .. Emu Bay to Mt Bischoff; the Waratah Tramway; the Magnet Tramway; Tullah Tramway; My Lyell and Zeeham Railways etc etc

    A special local history – see our broader collection of Industrial History in Tasmania

    $40.00

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  • Tall Ships and Sailormen – A Concise Survey of Victoria’s early Maritime History – J. K. Loney.

    Tall Ships and Sailormen – A Concise Survey of Victoria’s early Maritime History – J. K. Loney.

    Self published by the irreplaceable Jack Loney who knew everything maritime everything shipwreck there was to know.

    Soft cover, 100 pages with an unusual unpaginated inset of 18 pages with images from photographs .. this may be an addition to the book … printed on smaller paper stock. Bar that, further illustrations, maps, charts etc.

    The usual Loney comprehensive approach covering … Bully Forbes; Lure of Gold; Steamships; Tragic Loch Line; Mosquito Fleets; Hulks and Lighters. And, under “Making History” … Sealing and Whaling; Ghosts at the Rip; West Coast Mysteries; Smugglers; Shenandoah Incident etc etc.

    Even to keep you going for a few wintery nights and at least one round of “Mastermind”

    Loney summarising Victoria … and there is a lot of it!

    $30.00

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  • Richard Siddins of Port Jackson [Australian Maritime History] – Lyndon Rose.

    Richard Siddins of Port Jackson [Australian Maritime History] – Lyndon Rose.

    Published by Roebuck in 1984 a nice production, larger format, 152 pages, Illustrated, end paper maps. A very good copy.

    Richard Siddins was a merchant sea captain who sailed out of Port Jackson from 1804 to 1822. He operated sealing expeditions to the Antarctic Oceans; gathered sandalwood; carried cargo to India and China. Within all this he experienced more adventure seeking gold from a wrecked privateer; taking care at a cannibal feast; chased by Tongan war canoes; wrecked off Macquarie Island … it was all in a day’s work for Captain Siddins.

    Hinted above amongst all this was an important early voyage to the South Shetland Islands.

    Early Australian Maritime History.

    $35.00

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  • World Famous Books in Outline [Simply the Best] – Odhams – First Edition 1948

    World Famous Books in Outline [Simply the Best] – Odhams – First Edition 1948

    Some readers are worried they will not get through all the books they have to read … this understandably can be quite stressful.

    Regarding the great novels, a course in speed reading may help, but this produces its own form of anxiety … am I really giving the book justice etc? Publisher Odhams, London came up with this precis of the best novels in 1948 … there are other books of this type but none as good as Odhams.

    Published in 1948, octavo, 512 pages, with illustrations of some quality and uniform style which helps you along. Very good condition albeit with a solid chip in the dust jacket at spine ends.

    All up 35 books covered, so you can do the maths. Classics include … Pride and Prejudice; Lorna Doone; Jane Eyre; Don Quixote; the Brothers Karamazov; Madame Bovary; Tess; Notre Dame; Vanity Fair; War and Peace; Faust etc … And, some non-fiction … On the Origin of Species for example

    Get ahead of the game … A good way in and a tease for the full work

    $30.00

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  • Flower Fairies of the Autumn – Cicely Mary Barker

    Flower Fairies of the Autumn – Cicely Mary Barker

    A 1950’s edition of a priceless book first published in the 1920’s.

    Published by Blackie, London and Glasgow, pocket sized, unpaginated but 52 pages excluding intermediary blanks. Decorated end papers, image tipped onto decorative cloth covered boards. Very good copy indeed.

    The artwork is superior and one can see why the book is desired on opening. Eighteen full page coloured plates displaying the playful fairies .. Mountain Ash; Robin’s Pincushion; Elderberry [seen one for sure]; Burdock; Rose Hip etc etc.

    If you ever go to Northumberland, try to get to the woods at Callaly … it’s your best chance to see them … stay still and quiet early in the morning when they come out to play.

    Cicely Barker – Best Fairy Illustrator – maybe from Callaly?

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $50.00

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  • Firegrates and Kitchen Ranges – Eveleigh

    Firegrates and Kitchen Ranges – Eveleigh

    From the Shire Album series. Whilst based on records, images and hardware residing in England, this has good Australian appeal for those with period house of a liking for ironmongery of the practical and aesthetic sort.

    Published in 1983, decorated card covers, 32 pages, it’s the forty plus images and descriptions that make this a special little jigger … we love.

    Time to rip out than stainless steel Harvey Norman monstrosity and get a proper oven!

    A Grate Little Book!

    $20.00

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