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  • Rare First Edition – Confessions of a Beachcomber – E.J. Banfield – 1908

    Rare First Edition – Confessions of a Beachcomber – E.J. Banfield – 1908

    Published by Fisher Unwin, London 1908. This is the now rare first edition of the Queensland classic. With the striking cover which appeared only in this first edition.

    Title continues … “Scenes and Incidents in the Career of An Unprofessional Beachcomber in Tropical Queensland”.

    Thick octavo, 336 pages, top edge gilt with map and 52 illustrations. Embossed “Presentation Copy” but no indication who received it as a gift.

    Re-cased professionally by Roger Perry as super job as would be expected. A bit of foxing as usual with the spongy paper … overall still a good to better copy.

    Much about the natural history of the island and the area and important content and remarkable photographs of the aboriginal people, their dwellings and going about their business.

    Classic collectors book re Dunk Island and environs written in the early 1900’s

    Rare First Edition Queensland Treasure

    $280.00

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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

    $340.00

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  • Brisbane City Medal Celebrating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee 1897

    Brisbane City Medal Celebrating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee 1897

    Minted by Stokes and Sons, 31 mm diameter circa 14 gms weight. Reference authority Carlisle 1897/43

    Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated with enthusiasm around the Commonwealth. This medal was issued by the Municipality of Brisbane to celebrate the event.

    On the obverse we have Jugate busts of a young and older Queen Victoria, around Queen Victoria’s 60th Year of Reign *1837 to 1897* … mint name Stokes & Sons in tiny letter on the rim below the date.

    The reverse has at its centre within a wide rim the Shield of the Municipality, quartered with top left … horses, sheep and bull; top right … farmer with plough, wheat sheaf and spade; bottom left early steam-ship and lighthouse; bottom right … sailing ship at Brisbane Port loading produce including bale of wool and barrels. Around the rim *Municipality of Brisbane* Incorporated 1859.

    Posted will be reduced to cost on this light item.

    Collectable Victoriana Unique to Brisbane.

    $70.00

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  • Tom Petrie’s Reminiscences of Early Queensland — First Edition 1904

    Tom Petrie’s Reminiscences of Early Queensland — First Edition 1904

    First edition written by his daughter, Constance Campbell, and published in Brisbane by Watson & Ferguson & Co in 1904.

    Large octavo, 319 pages with 15 full plate photographs of very good quality and historical significance along with the early plan of Brisbane. Possibly the most important and sought after book of its type. The lovely green pictorial covers of this book are usually badly flecked .. this one is a s good as we have seen, there is some general ageing but really for its rarity its a beauty to us. Previous owners bookplate

    Thomas Petrie (1831-1910) was an Australian explorer, grazier and friend of aborigines. An important early source book for Queensland history with much on the aborigines and vividly describing life in Moreton Bay from the 1830’s.

    Probably the best historic Queensland read — Petrie

    ON HOLD FOR CUSTOMER CONSIDERATION

    $490.00

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  • Special Aviation Item – Amy Johnson Commemorative – Queenslander Pictorial – June 1930

    Special Aviation Item – Amy Johnson Commemorative – Queenslander Pictorial – June 1930

    A special Queensland Pictorial published 5th June 1930 a photographic commemorative of the great Amy Johnson solo flight from England to Brisbane arriving Brisbane six days earlier. Large format, 16 pages of which 7 pages are devoted to Amy Johnson and a further 2 to contemporary aviators. Foxed and a one inch tear at the inner fold … excuse it for its rarity and special content.

    In 1928 Burt Hinkler from Bundaberg was the first man to fly solo from England to Australia. Charles Kingsford Smith later that year completed the first trans-Pacific flight.

    Amy Johnson had only one year’s flying experience when she set off in her green Gypsy Moth. She hoped to beat Hinkler’s 15 day record but was thwarted by trouble in Burma and Thailand where she had dodgy landings. She arrived in Australia first at Darwin on 24th May 1930 nineteen days after leaving London. To reach Brisbane she stoped at Cloncurry, Longreach, Quilpie, Charleville and Toowoomba. On the 29th May tens of thousands waited at Brisbane’s Eagle Farm for her arrival. Unfortunately she overshot hit a fence and crash landed.

    Despite the ungraceful ending she was feted as a heroine in Brisbane with civic receptions and massive crowds everywhere she went.

    Amy Johnson went on to do other aviation firsts but was sadly killed ferrying an RAF training plane in 1941.

    A special item of aviation and Queensland ephemera

    $120.00

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  • The Broadbeach Aboriginal Burial Ground – Laila Haglund -1976

    The Broadbeach Aboriginal Burial Ground – Laila Haglund -1976

    Published by the University of Queensland Press, 1976. Quarto, 1118 pages in pretty good condition.

    In 1963 a building contractor stumbled across some bones. Police were called and it was some time before it was realised that it was the site of an aboriginal burial ground.

    The site protected, Laila Haglund from the University of Queensland began her anthropological work with remarkable, depth and respect. She gained her PhD (Voyager at one time held her brilliant Thesis) and this book resulted from that.

    Aboriginal burials understood and protected.

    $30.00

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