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  • The Mysterious Anonymous Confession to the Murders of Constable George Doyle and Albert Christian Dahlke at Lethbridge’s Pocket (Queensland) on 30th March 1902

    The Mysterious Anonymous Confession to the Murders of Constable George Doyle and Albert Christian Dahlke at Lethbridge’s Pocket (Queensland) on 30th March 1902

    A report of investigations made to the Queensland Parliament. Foolscap, 16 pages plus map of the locality where all manner of things took place. Scarce real crime investigation involving poetry, with many other unusual circumstances.

    Patrick and James Kenniff had already been found guilty of the murder of Doyle and Dahlke and sentenced to death. Then an anonymous letter turned up the writer claiming to be the perpetrator and admitting to previous orders.

    Unfortunately, the anonymous party was soon found out to be James Matthew O’Brian who had been dismissed as a Constable who was at one time stationed at Windorah and who has been prosecuted for robbing, being a “hawker” and perjury … he had also charges a Constable Scanlon with attempting to poison him. O’Brian was pretty slack in his approach as he had left some self-penned poetry and this had been written on the same hall-marked paper that the confession was made on … and experts attested to the handwriting being the same person although different pens. Strangely the poetry is published here.

    Interestingly, one of the experts will be well known to Queensland history buffs … none other but Thomas Welsby.

    The “Goings On” are much more complex than this but too much to summarise here .. they would make a good plot to a Queensland murder mystery … the jury is still out at Voyager. And poetry, well quite endearing … about love, separation and friendship.

    Real Crime with Poetry in Queensland 1902

    $70.00

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  • Goliath Palm Black Cockatoo – Rene Lesson – 1838

    Goliath Palm Black Cockatoo – Rene Lesson – 1838

    Original hand coloured copper engraving of the Goliath Palm also known as the Great Black Cockatoo, Australia’s largest. It was produced for Rene Primevere Lesson (1794-1849) for his extension of the great natural history work originally produced by Count Buffon. They were published in Paris in 1838. Lesson participated as doctor and naturalist in the Duperry voyage round the world on board La Coquille (1822-1825).

    The Goliath Palm or Great Black inhabits the Cape York Peninsula and is an impressive bird standing 60cm tall and carries the second largest beak of any parrot in the world, just behind the Hyacinth Macaw. The bird uses this large beak to break open large nuts and also to break off thick sticks which it uses as part of a drumming display. It is highly intelligent … we love it!

    Price $270.00 framed in Voyager Natural History Style … enquire if you would like him unframed … no issue …

    Goliath Cockatoo a giant of a bird in many ways …. click on me to see my big beak!

    SO SORRY SOLD

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  • Incidents of a Collector’s Rambles in Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea – Sherman Denton 1889

    Incidents of a Collector’s Rambles in Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea – Sherman Denton 1889

    Published by Lee and Shepard, Boston 1889. 272 pages with 13 plates and numerous text illustrations.

    Original cloth covered binding. A pretty good copy.

    Travels through New Zealand then to Australia (Victoria, Melbourne, Brisbane, trip through Queensland to Townsville) then to New Guinea, beginning at Port Moresby and moving inland.

    A well illustrated and interesting account of the tour of a family devoted to natural history. Good New Guinea and Queensland content. Early note of the extremely unusual and primitive Mary River Lung Fish (The Jumping Fish).

    Scarce Australian, Papua New Guinea item and a favourite of Voyager

    $80.00

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  • Pearls from the Pacific – Florence Young – 1925

    Pearls from the Pacific – Florence Young – 1925

    A First edition 1925. Pretty good condition a little scattered fox marks.

    Florence Young was a hard working missionary. In service she spent time first in Queensland at the “Kanaka Mission” in the 1880’s.

    Then to China and over 50 pages here covers her time at Kue-k-i and Shang-ts’ing she was there during the period of conflict before the Boxer outbreak.

    After another period in Queensland she went to the Solomon Islands and Malaita and spent most of the time from 1900 to the outbreak of WWI there working with the natives.

    Over ninety very good photographic illustrations.

    Best Solomon’s Missionary Account and More

    $80.00

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  • Sir Thomas Mitchell – Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia, In Search of a Route From Sydney To the Gulf of Carpentaria – First Edition 1848

    Sir Thomas Mitchell – Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia, In Search of a Route From Sydney To the Gulf of Carpentaria – First Edition 1848

    First edition published by Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, London 1848. Original embossed red cloth boards re-backed professionally with the original gilt decorated spine laid down. Lithographic frontispiece and 11 other plates (10 of which are tinted lithographs), 7 maps (4 folding) and some text illustrations. 437 pages after preliminaries plus 32 pages of advertisements at the rear often missing. Ferguson 4828, Wantrup 129. Very clean inside, a good copy.

    In December 1845, Scottish explorer Thomas Mitchell (1795-1855) set out for the fourth and last time in search of an inland route from Sydney to Port Essington, Northern Australia. By the middle of the following year he reached Maranoa and spent some months exploring the Maronoa, Warrego and Belyando rivers hoping to find a great river flowing north and west. By September he had reached the Barcoo (which he called the Victoria). Running short of supplies and experiencing hostilities he returned to Sydney under the misunderstanding that in the “Barcoo” he had found the great river he had sought. Despite the inconclusive nature his expedition had done much to explore vast areas of unknown territory in Queensland.

    Thomas Mitchell’s Final expedition – Lovely Illustrations and Maps

    $790.00

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  • Map of Colony of Queensland 1895

    Map of Colony of Queensland 1895

    Nicely coloured antique map of Queensland up to Endeavour Reef. Published in London by Bacon a good size 44cm by 32cm with centre fold as issued.

    Rather late for a Voyager map but then Queensland was still changing and being populated. Many of the larger northern centres are still to emerge. Fraser Island is still named Great Sandy Island and the ocean has yet to break through Stradbroke Island to form the North and South islands we now know. This happened in 1898.

    Price $80.00 unframed
    Late 19th century map of historical interest

    $80.00

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