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  • Strahan and Macquarie Harbour – Tasmania’s Eldorado

    Subtitled … The Commercial Port for the Western Mineral Fields and … the Gem of the States for Tourists and Travellers. Unsurpassed for Scenic Grandeur and as a Health Resort.

    Originally published by John Ware of Strahan in 1908 and nigh impossible to get. This like for like facsimile was produced by the western Pioneers’ memorial Museum in 1981. Printed by Walch, Hobart.

    Small format, staple bound card covered. Altogether 84 pages, heavily illustrated from period photographs. The last 24 pages with period advertisement as per the original – amazing in themselves.

    Well what a vibrant area it was and Strahan was full steam go ahead just after the turn of the previous century. In those days the Union Line brought two stack steamers to Strahan from Hobart, Launceston and the Mainland … they also embarked on voyages connecting New Zealand the South Sea Islands and Vancouver, via Fiji. The Macquarie Harbour Hotel had sixty rooms available.

    Mining booming … the previous years returns had show 20,548 oz gold, 1,810,559 oz of silver, 7,682 tons copper, 7,400 tons lead, 5,158 tons galena and zinc, tin etc

    It was all go on the West Coast in 1908.


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  • The North East [Tasmania] – Owen Reid

    The North East [Tasmania] – Owen Reid

    A scarce illustrated history of the North east of Tasmania produced under the auspices of the Education Department in 1977.

    Staple bound, large size, card covered, 62 pages with 52 illustrations taken from period photographs … including Bert Hinkler with his aircraft (after his solo England – Australia flight) at Scottsdale and an image of the grandest tree you will ever see. Timber, Mining and the Railways feature well.

    Divided into almost equal parts – early Days and then St Helen’s and the Fingal Valley.

    The Tasmanian North East – a rich history not to be missed – super illustrations


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  • Manuscript Pharmacy Dispensing Journal – Hobart 1929-1931

    Manuscript Pharmacy Dispensing Journal – Hobart 1929-1931

    Large cloth backed ledger recording the precise details of prescriptions diligently recorded against each patients name and cross referenced to a list of individuals at the front. 502 pages of prescriptions and the many receivers listed in an alphabetical construction as the front. Nice condition- entries in a strong legible hand.

    42cm tall by 18cm and 5cm thick a fair weight so not suitable for Overseas. Red leather title label.. some scribbled names which do not seem to correlate with the J.R.R. and M.B and A.E.G. of the dispensing chemists.

    The date range 1929 etc is right on the bell for the discovering of penicillin … antibiotics in the broader structure coming much later. So here we still have a host of syrups and powders and the Elixir Simplex … and chloroform (for personal use?) and a grand mixture of lead and opioid products.

    Interesting Pharmaceutical Record approaching 100 years.


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  • A Tour of Old Tasmania – Tatlow, Wooley and Mercer

    A Tour of Old Tasmania – Tatlow, Wooley and Mercer

    This tour guide is not dated and what would you expect from the three rogues Tatlow, Wooley and Mercer.

    Self published in 2008. Softcover, 232 pages, extensively illustrated. Ownership signature at front, otherwise a very good copy.

    The three claim the book to be “Your official guide and ripper true tales of the past” … Overseas buyers to translate “ripper” to can’t be beaten etc.

    We have a map near the front that plots the referenced route – all tow thousand plus kilometres of it – often to out of the way off the beaten track places.

    Really a special guide all the more readable because of the muted eccentricity of the writers – true Tasmanian boys.

    A Tasmanian guide book to start and finish with.


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  • Original Joseph Lycett – Mount Wellington – near Hobart Town – Van Diemens Land -1826

    Original Joseph Lycett – Mount Wellington – near Hobart Town – Van Diemens Land -1826

    An original hand coloured aquatint from the scarce “Views in Australia, or New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land”

    By Joseph Lycett published in London in 1826 by J Souter of 73 St Pauls Church Yard.

    Lycett was a convict artist of great distinction – he had been sent out for forgery. He was pardoned and later returned to England where he again went about his forger’s ways – he took his own life in prison. His artistry is unique and charming and he produced 50 images of New South Wales mainly in and around Sydney and a number of beautiful views in Tasmania.

    A strong colourful Lycett – most sought after view

    Price $690.00 unframed – rare and very collectable


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  • The Story of Battery Point  – Street by Street – Donald Howatson

    The Story of Battery Point – Street by Street – Donald Howatson

    Produced by the author in 2012. A must have for anyone interested in the history of delightful upmarket and historic Battery Point, Hobart. Not rare and quite often reproduced.

    Comb bound, 62 pages, nicely illustrated and a first “printing” for sure … some we see the images (which are many and important) deteriorate as further copies are made by the xerox method.

    Blue protected covers with various ornament front and back. Our favourite is the shipyards with the pubs a close second … many have closed – such a pity.

    Battery Point more to the point.


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