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  • The Women of the 1790 Neptune [Convict Ship]  – Anne Needham et al – 1992

    The Women of the 1790 Neptune [Convict Ship] – Anne Needham et al – 1992

    Self published by the principal author in 1992. The work follows a further four years research by Anne Needham after she first published on the subject.

    Perfect bound large format, card cover, 187 pages illustrated nicely throughout. Scarce and sought after – a very good copy

    The seventy-six convict woman are listed on the front cover and the list of free female passengers are listed on the title.

    The convict women came from all parts of England. At the end of a good Introduction we see a map with the locations and names. The extraordinary history behind many, if not all, is set out incredibly well in the first 120 pages. Then the voyage out then the goings on at Norfolk Island and New South Wales.

    Needham’s well researched history of the women from the Neptune.


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  • The Hunter Sketchbook. Birds & Flowers of New South Wales drawn on The Spot in 1788 89 & 90 By captain John Hunter of the First Fleet.

    A really rather beautiful and slightly strangely titled work.

    We say strangely titled because we do not have to read far about the original sketchbook, (once owned by the great Rex Nan Kivell and now housed in the Australian National Library) to find that the sketches include fishes and people … and of New South Wales and also Norfolk and Lord Howe islands. Peeking at the reproductions of the sketches we can also see a kangaroo and a dolphin. What is really surprising is the rarity now of some of the birds he drew e.g. the Swift Parrot and we wonder where he saw that bird …

    Captain Hunter, to be Governor Hunter, known as a skilled sketch artist through the illustrations in his sought after First Fleet journal .. but these images take one’s understanding and admiration to a whole new level.

    No expense spared production limited to 500 copies and with a further 50 sets of unbound plates. Edited by John Calaby with assistance. Published in 1989. Quarto, x, 252 pages with 100 full page colour plates and other illustrations in the lengthy introductions. Bound in quarter calf, raised bands to spine, separate green leather title label, exotic marble paper covered boards, original removable glassine protector, silk ribbon release from original open slip cover. A fine copy.

    A special edition from a unique work of historical significance – an Australian National Treasure.


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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.


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  • Tasmanian Photographer ( Beattie) – Margaret Tassell and David Wood – 1981

    Tasmanian Photographer ( Beattie) – Margaret Tassell and David Wood – 1981

    Published by Macmillan in Australia. Quarto, 155 pages heavily illustrated, as you would expect. Good dust jacket and generally a very good copy.

    The first name that springs to mind when it turns to photography in Tasmania.

    A well put together collection by Tassell and Wood published in 1981. Many examples of his better work categorised into – Historic; Industrial and Scenic, and Norfolk Island for a broader interest in that association. Some of the “originals” clearly showing their age but the subject matter and technique still very worthy.

    Beattie Photographic Imagery – Defining Tasmania


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  • Fiji and its Possibilities – Beatrice Grimshaw – First Edition 1907

    Fiji and its Possibilities – Beatrice Grimshaw – First Edition 1907

    A first edition published by Doubleday, New York 1907. Published at the same time in London under the title “from Fiji to the Cannibal islands”.

    Large tick octavo, 315 pages, original green cloth covered binding, top edge clean gilt. Embossed image of native to front board. A very good, very clean tight copy. Carries the bookplate of Maine educationalist Walter Francis Kimball to the front past down. Despite the title more than Fiji with rather graphic writing from the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) and an unusual ending in the Norfolk Islands

    Beatrice Grimshaw (1870 – 1953) was an Irish born travel writer who spent most of her working life in the Western Pacific. In 1904, she was engaged by the London Daily Graphic to report on the Pacific Islands and she did so sailing around in her own cutter. She was commissioned to write for the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa and Tonga. This book on Fiji was one of her earlier works. In 1907, she went to Papua and remained there for most of the next 27 years becoming a close friend of Sir Hubert Murray.

    Nicely illustrated with over 80 photographic images including a frontispiece of the author. Contents cover … history of Fiji; the days of Thakombau; Fijian language; native food and “how to drink yanggona”; hospitality and introduction to mbill-mbill; Fijian fun and a night on the Wainikoro; Ndreketi and the Fijian smart society; the last of the cannibals; the vanilla planters; history of the New Hebrides; dynamite fishing; coffee and a plan to eat a Planter; Malekula an uncanny place; the marriage market; a stronghold of savagery; ten stick island; Malekula the outer and inner man; slaughtered traders; the idol dance; interview with the cannibal chief; poisoned arrows; hot times in Tanna; a Council of War; returned labour trouble; up the Volcano and the Valley of Fire; Norfolk Island and the fate of the Mutineers.

    Very good copy of key Fiji book – 1907


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