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Tasmania and Van Diemens Land

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  • Map of Tasmania – One of a Kind

    Map of Tasmania – One of a Kind

    An epicurean delight, a crepe or pancake in the form of Tasmania by Vibe using the Delia Smith recipe … even a few of the southern offshore islands appear. Mountain ranges and river basins provide good topographical relief.

    Contemporary with fresh eggs and fine flour … awaiting lemon and sugar.

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  • Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania – 1887

    Printed at “The Mercury” Office Hobart in 1888. Bound in original salmon pink paper covered boards, lxvii pages ,289 pages plus 43 lithographic plates mainly of botanical items at the rear. Other folding plates and tables some of significant interest.

    Many papers demonstrating the broad range of intellect in Tasmania at that time.

    Much on fish and the introduction of salmon by Saville-Kent. New botanical discoveries … a short paper on the Comets of 1880 and 1887 with a useful chart … a surprising paper on the orbit of Alpha Centauri. Topographically Colonel Legge’s paper on the Highlands of Lake St Clair is of a high standard and the lengthy review of the Tertiary Rock of Australia by the esteemed R.M. Johnston similarly with many folding tables accompanying this article.

    Showing some age and wear to the covers, see images, and some minor soiling lower down on a few of the preliminary pages, still a very good example of a scarce and worthy journal.

    Substantial Journal with a broad range of Tasmanian interests – many engraved plates.

    $60.00

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  • The Jam Factory [Hobart Waterfront] and other Stories [Tasmanian] – Bill Leitch

    The Jam Factory [Hobart Waterfront] and other Stories [Tasmanian] – Bill Leitch

    Effectively self published by Tasmanian historical writer Bill Leitch in Huonville in 1992. Card covers 70 pages, illustrated from period photographs.

    Anyone who has stayed or intends to stay at the posh Henry Jones Arts Hotel will find this little find enthralling. From the early days of the Peacocks kitchen the making of jam and other preserves in Hunter Street alongside the wharves to the massive international business owned by Henry Jones. Told in a laconic style with references to conversations between Henry Jones and Leitch’s forefather who managed the factory floor are amusing. The difficulties and opportunities they faced, where they lived, who they knew, how they got on …

    Backed up by several other stories … our other favourite being about the Kermandie Sawmill with some great images including the single cylinder engine … imagine the noise!

    Postage will be reduced on billing for domestic customers.

    Money for Jam and it certainly was …

    $30.00

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  • A Pictorial History of The railway & Tramways of Western Australia – Ronald Aubrey.

    A Pictorial History of The railway & Tramways of Western Australia – Ronald Aubrey.

    Effectively self published at the OBM Bookshop, Hobart in 1975. The author a resident of Zeehan in Western Tasmania, in the very heart of this historic account.

    Soft cover, large format, 52 pages, back covers a little edge nibbled, otherwise a very good copy. Ninety seven images from period photographs of the trains and trams make this a special record.

    Through the early mining development of this remote region a number of lines were built and the book covers them all .. Emu Bay to Mt Bischoff; the Waratah Tramway; the Magnet Tramway; Tullah Tramway; My Lyell and Zeeham Railways etc etc

    A special local history – see our broader collection of Industrial History in Tasmania

    $40.00

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  • Historic Stanley [North West Tasmania] – From Original Sketches by Marquerite Close – Signed by the author and artist.

    Historic Stanley [North West Tasmania] – From Original Sketches by Marquerite Close – Signed by the author and artist.

    Well for those that have not been there, Stanley with its impossible to miss “Nut” is one of the most picturesque places you are likely to come across. And, steeped in history being a very early settlement associated with Australia’s first major corporation the Van Diemen’s Land Co.

    Soft cover, landscape, 68 pages with a page of narrative followed by a sketch throughout. A super reference and keepsake for any Stanley lover.

    Beautiful historic Stanley and Artist’s record.

    $30.00

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  • Governor’s Ladies [The Wives and Mistresses of Van Diemen’s Land Governors] – Alison Alexander.

    Governor’s Ladies [The Wives and Mistresses of Van Diemen’s Land Governors] – Alison Alexander.

    An interesting and enlightening book published as a quality book by the Tasmanian Historical Research Association in 1987.

    Tall octavo, 188 pages, produced by Dan Sprod’s Blubber Press. Illustrated with images from early photographs, maps, colour frontispiece of the Old Government House. An excellent copy bar previous name tipped out on a free end paper.

    The official and unofficial companions include … Martha Hayes, Maria Lord, Mary Geils, Margaret Davey, Lady Franklin [of course], Caroline Denison and many more. Well researched and written, a book about strong women and their role up front and behind the scenes.

    Governor’s got the glory – but what about the women alongside them.

    $50.00

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