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  • Keith Miller – Signed letter three days before the First Ashes Test in Brisbane November 1954

    Keith Miller – Signed letter three days before the First Ashes Test in Brisbane November 1954

    The great Keith Miller was getting near the end of his test career and was overlooked as Captain for this Ashes series in Australia.

    At the time he was the main writer for the Sydney based “Sporting Life”. Here he is writing to Sri Lankan identity Percy Samarawickrama.

    On Sporting Life letterhead …

    Dear Percy

    Many thanks for your kind thought in sending along the drawing which I thought excellent.

    We start the Test against England on Friday and I think the games should be fairly even.

    So far the English batsmen have failed, but they are too good to miss out for much longer.

    Anyway, Percy many thanks again, it was appreciated.

    Your sincerely
    Keith Miller

    Envelope post marked 22nd November 1954. The first Test of the 1954/55 ashes series was to begin four days later on Friday 26th November at Brisbane.

    Miller made a good contribution with bat and ball despite being injured for the second Test. The Brisbane Test went Australia’s way and they lead the series before Sydney. Captained by Len Hutton England fought back, both through the bat as Miller suggests but, and also through the ball. England’s new terrific fast bowler Typhoon Tyson took 28 wickets in a Series won by England 3:1.

    Cricket legend Keith Miller forecasts an improvement in the English batting line up, but not the “Typhoon”, four days before the first Ashes Test 1954.


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  • Peaks and High Places [Tasmania] – Ian Boss-Walker

    Peaks and High Places [Tasmania] – Ian Boss-Walker

    Well it had to be a “Walker” to put together such an amazing book.

    Published in 1950 by the “Scenery Preservation Board” in 1950. Soft cover with a striking period style front cover, internally many charts of tracks and images from period photographs of the mountain scenes along the way.

    For anyone planning a nowadays hike this would make an interesting reference to support you iphone or whatever. We particularly like when the mountain huts are listed we are given information on who built, them when and why …

    Hiking in among the Tasmanian Peaks


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  • The Southern Cross – Australia’s 1974 Challenge for America’s cup – Hugh Whall

    The Southern Cross – Australia’s 1974 Challenge for America’s cup – Hugh Whall

    Bondy won the Cup for Australia in 1984 … it had been a long haul … this the book about the mighty effort made in 1974.

    Published by Admiralty Publishing, Maryland, USA in 1974, a first edition.

    Octavo, 172 pages, finished with the “Basic 12 metre formula”… learn it by heart. Nicely illustrated throughout from photographs taken along the way. Very nice copy.

    The author a sailor of note, ex Fastnet, Sydney Hobart etc. From Rhode Island where he kept his hand in. Bondy … well we all know about Bondy.

    A super book with good concentration on the design development and the desire to win at all costs.

    The America’s Cup maybe the best thing invented in America..


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  • Saddlery and Harness-Making – Paul Hasluck.

    Saddlery and Harness-Making – Paul Hasluck.

    There are many facsimiles of important hard to find works … this is one of the more unusual ones .. and one we find interesting and curious.

    First published in 1904, this issue published by Allen, London in 1962. Thick pocket book format, 160 pages, heavily illustrated for those that may wish to progress to the manufacture of these leathery items.

    Time to do something real … turn you hand the leather work.


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  • Chasing Liquid Mountains [Adventures of a Solo Yachtsman] David Adams

    Chasing Liquid Mountains [Adventures of a Solo Yachtsman] David Adams

    Only ever in soft cover this edition published by Macmillan in 1997. Octavo, 246 pages, nice illustrations, charts, images from colour photographs etc.

    Australian adventurer, David Adams, was first across the line in the Class 2 of the BOC Challenge around the World single handed yacht race in 1995.

    We love the title and from then on the book only gets better … if you need motivation to get out of bed this is the book for you

    Highly respected liquid mountain chaser.


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  • Hockey – the Game that Grows – Fred Browne.

    Hockey – the Game that Grows – Fred Browne.

    Fred Browne was the Australian Olympic Coach for Hockey at the time of publication in 1960.

    Perfect bound soft cover, 141 pages and some blanks for notes. Illustrated with the odd image from photographs and a multitude of diagrams regarding play and tactics. A very good unmarked copy.

    A super education that stands up well today all down to the knowledge of Coach Browne and his ability to communicate that in writing and drawings.

    Hockey much more than Jolly Hockey Sticks


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