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  • Opals and Agates – or Scenes under the Southern Cross and The Magelhans  – N. Bartley

    Opals and Agates – or Scenes under the Southern Cross and The Magelhans – N. Bartley

    A first edition of this unusual reminiscence by Nehemiah Bartley, Queensland identity of the later 1800’s.

    Published by Gordan and Gotch, Melbourne etc in 1892.

    Octavo, 311 pages, with nine illustration. Original embossed red cloth covered boards with gilt titling to front and spine. Re-cased professionally with spine laid down. A couple of marks to boards, a little age internally, still a good to better copy. Priced accordingly.

    Well, Bartley got about and knew many people of consequence in the day. The style of writing is very usual, with a seemingly obsessive attention to detail and a rather meandering structure.

    He opens with much time in Tasmania, with an interesting image from Beattie of snow on Mount Wellington and three masters in the dock. Time in the Pacific Islands with good references to Tonga and Samoa. Back to Swann Hill in Victoria and then up to Queensland. Mount Morgan and the gold rush, many identities and locations. Bullock driving a list of the largest nuggets then found (including Scotland!) and some rather strange lightly connected content … poetry, the Brisbane Cup and the Melbourne Cup.

    Bartley’s reminiscences from 1840-1890 – Australia and Beyond

    $90.00

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  • More About Cairns : Echoes of the Past – J.W. Collinson – First Limited Numbered Signed Edition

    More About Cairns : Echoes of the Past – J.W. Collinson – First Limited Numbered Signed Edition

    The second of Collinson’s books about Cairns and the Far North .. an a little bit of New Guinea.

    Signed limited edition number 337 0f 500. Printed in Brisbane by Smith and Paterson, 1943.

    Small octavo, 134 pages with six illustrations. Original brown cloth covered boards with gilt lettering to, rubbed somewhat. Internally very clean and tight a pretty good copy.

    Charming first person narrative of goings on in early Cairns from the Jungle to the Business Centre. Kuranda and the Falls; early Pioneers; the Wreck of the Ranelaigh etc. Interesting section of gold in New Guinea … quite a few ounces taken in some unusual locations.

    Collinson, regarded as a classic of the Far North ….

    $80.00

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  • The Border and Beyond – Camooweal 1884 – Queensland History – Lillian Miller.

    The Border and Beyond – Camooweal 1884 – Queensland History – Lillian Miller.

    Much more than a local history or if it is the best we have seen and read.

    Lillian Miller was the wife of Rocklands Station Manger Robey Miller. The forward is by the great Sir James Balderstone, Chairman of Stanbroke Pastoral and BHP .. he knew them well.

    Self published 1984. Folio, softcover 161 pages illustrated throughout many from period photographs. Very clean inside, a very good copy signed by the author.

    Camooweal is situated in north west Queensland, 105 kms from Mount Isa and close to the Northern Territory border. The local area covered by this work is known as the Barkly Tablelands and, was named by William Landsbourough on his great inland explorations aligned to finding Burke and Wills. A tree on the Rocklands Station was cut and marked by Landsborough. William Hodgkinson also explored the area.

    Great work on many topics including the massive local cave networks.

    Detailed history about a remote part of Australia.

    $50.00

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  • Brisbane Centenary Medal – Discovery by John Oxley  1823 -1923

    Brisbane Centenary Medal – Discovery by John Oxley 1823 -1923

    John Oxley (1784-1828)officially discovered the Brisbane River naming it after the then Governor of New South Wales in 1823. He had some assistance from three shipwrecked sailors, Parson, Finnegan and Pamphlett who had been taken in by a local aboriginal group. Oxley was looking for new locations for convict sites and recommended Moreton Bay on his return. In 1824 he returned and discovered the Bremer River a major tributary.

    The medal 3cm in diameter of light white metal shows the Brisbane Shield with its connection to the land and sea … Brisbane Centenary 1823 and 1923. On the obverse boldly “To Commemorate the Discovery of the Brisbane River by Lieut Oxley in 1823”.

    Accompanied by a card tag with a typical profile image of Oxley related to celebrations carried out the following year. Amazing that this has survived.

    The Discovery of Brisbane Celebrated nearly another hundred up!

    $70.00

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  • Gold Mining in Queensland – Four Hand Coloured Magic Lantern Slides – 1890’s

    Gold Mining in Queensland – Four Hand Coloured Magic Lantern Slides – 1890’s

    Four rare original magic lantern slide issued by George Washington Wilson (G.W.W.) in the late 1890’s. Hand coloured to a high standard.

    Original 3.5 inch square, standard size, lantern slide. Original label from G.W.W.. Fine quality image – no damage except the odd ageing to the securing tape, easily replaced.

    G.W.W. sent their top photographer, Fred Hardie, to Australia in the 1890’s to take images for their business in magic lantern slides. Hardie travelled from South Australia to Cairns, Queensland mainly by train but occasionally by horse and trap. Very active at the time. G.W.W. went out of business just before WWI, through competition and a waning in interest in the product. The slides produced are quite scarce, and rarely seen coloured. The bulk of the G.W.W. catalogue eventually ended up at Aberdeen University.

    The slides comprise:

    Alluvial Gold Diggings – Cradle at Work – Aberdeen Reference 30591; Alluvial Gold Digging Queensland – Good Prospect – Reference 30592; Sinking in a Payable Reef – Reference 30593 and Gold Digging – The Whim – Reference 30595. Note we have an uncoloured slide of 30594 The Whip which is being sold separately.

    Rare Hand Coloured Images of Queensland Gold Mining Activity.

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $390.00

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  • James “Digger” Nash – Discoverer of the Gympie Goldfields, Queensland –  Original Magic Lantern Slide 1890’s

    James “Digger” Nash – Discoverer of the Gympie Goldfields, Queensland – Original Magic Lantern Slide 1890’s

    A rare original magic lantern slide issued by George Washington Wilson (G.W.W.) in the late 1890’s.

    Original 3.5 inch square, standard size, lantern slide. Original label from G.W.W.. Fine quality image – no damage or mould. We are sorry that if you look closely you will see my iphone reflected in the image …

    G.W.W. sent their top photographer, Fred Hardie, to Australia in the 1890’s to take images for their business in “Travelogue” lantern slide. He travelled from South Australia to Cairns, Queensland mainly by train but occasionally by horse and trap. Very active at the time G.W.W. went out of business just before WWI, through competition and a waning in interest in the product.

    The slides produced are quite scarce, some more so such as this one. The bulk of the G.W.W. catalogue eventually ended up at Aberdeen University. Expert in the field, Mark Butterworth, tells us that the original plate for Digger Nash is missing from that archive. He regarded this as probably the finest photograph of Digger Nash known to exist. He donated a copy to the Gympie Gold Mining Museum.

    James Nash (1834-1913) discovered gold at Gympie in 1867. Born in England, he migrated to Sydney at the age of 23. In 1863 he moved to Queensland, to calliope and Nanago. On an extended prospecting tour in 1867 he found rich deposits near the Mary River. His report of the find on 16th October of that year started on of the wildest gold rushes in history.

    Original Magic Lantern Slide – a Fine example – “Digger” Nash

    $160.00

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