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  • Australian Mammals – Trade Cards over 100 Years Old

    Australian Mammals – Trade Cards over 100 Years Old

    A group of six brightly coloured trade cards by Liebig advertising their delightful food products. Printed and issued from 1904-1910.

    Six delightful card chromolithographs of 1 the dingo and spotted quoll 2. the echidna and the Tasmanian devil 3. The wombat and the Tasmanian tiger (Buidelwolf) 4. The sea elephant and sea lion 5. Fruit bats looking for fruit 6 the kangaroo rat and the wallaby. 0cms x 7.3cms.

    Price $80.00 the group

    A nice early set of mammals with the desired no longer living Tasmanian Tiger

    $80.00

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  • The Diaries of John Helder Wedge 1824-1835 [in Tasmania]

    The Diaries of John Helder Wedge 1824-1835 [in Tasmania]

    A first edition published by the Royal Society of Tasmania in 1962 much credit given to the North-West division.

    Small quarto, 99 pages, illustrated, bound in blue cloth covered boards, gilt title to spine … no dust jacket as issued. A very good if not fine copy.

    Very few early diaries exit from this period. The fact the Wedge meticulously made records of every day makes this account most readable and rewarding.

    Norn in England in 1793 youngest son of Charles Wedge a leading surveyor of the day. John Helder Wedge assisted his father and brought his skills to Van Diemen’s Land where he arrived in the thick of it in 1824. He settled on land near Perth just south of Launceston where he was granted land by Sorell. He began to ply his trade which meant travelling the length and breath of Tasmania. There are many interesting points of detail … the Church in Launceston has not been built square to the roadways so Wedge is asked to change the street plan which he duly does … he gets called down to Hobart, as the Van Diemen’s Land Company has been formed under Charter and he is required to assist in the surveying of the allocated pastures which takes him up to the North-West and area he becomes most intimate with.

    The book is nicely set out and put in context. We start with the background of Wedge; the forming of the Van Diemen’s Land Company; the Survey Department; Exploration; Land Settlement; Bushrangers and the Aborigines … before the diaries in full followed by research notes, a bibliography and useful index.

    Wedge made an early impact and left a lasting record

    $50.00

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  • Captain James Kelly of Hobart Town – K.M. Bowden

    Captain James Kelly of Hobart Town – K.M. Bowden

    Published by the Melbourne University Press in 1964, a first edition in very good if not fine condition condition.

    Octavo, 126 pages, nicely illustrated, perfect dust jacket.

    James Kelly was born in Parramatta in 1791 the son of a convict Irishwoman. He took to the seas as soon as able – was the first man to sail round Van Diemen’s Land in a small boat, survived shipwreck at Macquarie Island and had battles with the natives in New Zealand and back in Tasmania.

    Kelly rose to be Master of a successful whaling and sealing fleet … and then to legend.

    James Kelly was Hobart

    $50.00

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  • George Bass – Discovery of the Bass Strait – Commemorative Bronze Medal – 1968

    George Bass – Discovery of the Bass Strait – Commemorative Bronze Medal – 1968

    George Bass, Surgeon and Explorer carried out two voyages to confirm the Bass Strait and the separation of Tasmania (then Van Diemen’s Land) from mainland Australia – known affectionately in Tasmania as “The Other Island”.

    First, in 1797 he set off in an open whaleboat with a crew of six. They sailed to Cape Howe at the farthest point of South-east Australia and, from there sailed west along the Gippsland coast to Western Point, at the entrance to Port Phillip. Observations of the rapid tide and long south-western swell supported his view that a large Strait lay in front of him.

    In 1798 he set out again, with Matthew Flinders in the sloop Norfolk and circumnavigated Van Diemen’s Land. They visited the Derwent River which had previously been named by Captain John Hayes. On return to Sydney, Flinders promoted the naming of the Strait after Bass … the then Governor, John Hunter agreed.

    Bass’s later life was adventurous and possibly … likely … tragic, making the date of his death noted on the medal questionable.

    The medal was struck in 1968. It was produced by K.G. Luke & Sons, Melbourne for the Numismatic Association of Victoria. 160 examples were produced in this bronze form and a similar number in silver. 50mm in diameter, 48gms weight, with a high relief bust of Bass facing right, carrying his spyglass. On the reverse a delightful image of the whaleboat, the sloop Norfolk and the chart and route of the vessels, appropriately dated.

    Unusual medal to celebrate the achievements of George Bass

    $170.00

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  • Lachlan Macquarie – His Life, Adventures and Times – Ellis   – First Edition 1947

    Lachlan Macquarie – His Life, Adventures and Times – Ellis – First Edition 1947

    The definitive work on Australia’s early Scottish Governor. The man that brought civilisation to the country from paved streets to the arts – also pushed harder for inland exploration and a greater understanding of the vast outback.

    First edition 1947, quarto, 697 pages, differing end paper maps and eight full page colour plates. Dust jacket a bit tired but scarce and has protected the boards well, flecking to page edges and some age near the ends, otherwise bright and clean internally. Previous ownership name and stamp at front. A pretty good copy priced accordingly. A heavy book which mat require a tad more postage dependent on buyer location.

    The author Malcolm Henry Ellis (1890-1969) … Queensland born journalist and historian. An avid ant-communist … he dislike Manning Clark and his historical work believing Clark inclined to leftist’s views in his writing and inclined to via away from historical fact when it suited his point of view.

    Lengthy but written in an easily read style, we can see why this has become the go to text on Macquarie. The format is set out as if five separate books covering distinctive periods in his life … the titles of which give little away as to content Needless to say we cover his early years as a dashing lieutenant, time in India, his loves, Egypt and to Australia and his early successes … a period that would stretch from 1810 to 1821. He pioneered the development of commerce, inland exploration and urban development. A patron of the arts and literature.

    Macquarie much more than a flash Bank

    $50.00

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  • Narrative of Some Passages in the History of Van Diemen’s Land, during the Last Three Years of Sir John Franklin’s Administration of its Government

    Narrative of Some Passages in the History of Van Diemen’s Land, during the Last Three Years of Sir John Franklin’s Administration of its Government

    A special facsimile of a very unusual book. The original only issued privately “Not Published” and each of those few issued were annotated by Franklin himself giving some further control we expect over their authenticity.

    A work essentially about the long and vigorous dispute Franklin had towards the end of his time in Tasmania with his Colonial Secretary, John Montagu.

    A young doctor named Coverdale had been dismissed for negligence (a man had died) … Montagu supported this action. Franklin found out further information that suggested Coverdale had been hard done by and re-instated him. Monatagu was not happy, and the way he expressed his feelings verbally and in writing and his later in-actions made his relationship with Franklin unworkable. Lady Jane Franklin was dragged into it … not something that happened lightly in those days.

    Montagu was dismissed back to England. However, in England Montagu pleaded his case very well and gained the support of Lord Stanley, Secretary of State for the Colonies, who essentially reprimanded Franklin who was soon to see his tenure in Tasmania over.

    This personal compilation of evidence by Franklin was completed just as he was off on his Arctic expedition from which he never returned.

    There is a movie in this episode alone.

    This facsimile produced from the copy given by Sir John Franklin to R.I. Murchison. Presumably Roderick Impey Murchison author of Siluria and then President of the Royal Geographical Society. Franklin would have been very close to Murchison at the time due to the Arctic plans.

    Published by Platypus Publications, Hobart in 1967. Octavo, 157 pages, original cloth covered boards (there was no dust jacket). Limited to 750 copies this one numbered 489. A very good copy.

    Sir John Franklin puts his case re Montagu.

    $30.00

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