A Source Book Of Australian History compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne
A Source Book Of Australian History compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne - published 1919. " The greatest historian can find no materials ulterior to such as are here presented, for there is nothing ulterior to them but the deeds themselves. They are the records written by the men who gave their life and health to lay the foundation of Australia's greatness—by Phillip, weakening under the racking cares of the infant state; by Sturt in the scorching desert, as the last duty of an exhausting day. They are aglow with the heat of action; they are inspiring in their quiet modesty and strength." Descriptions of discovery and the development of Australia. Download now in PDF eBook format (850kb).
Wonderful period publication - turn of the century 1900s - pre autombile - early full page photographs of Western Australia - and very rare - 39 pages in excellent condition. Provides a fascinating insight into pre World War One Western Australia. Shots of Perth city, river, Rottnest, Fremantle, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Albany, Bunbury, Albany, Darling Range, aborigines etc. Download now (12.5MB)
Australia Twice Traversed - Volumes 1 and 2 by Ernest Giles
AUSTRALIA TWICE TRAVERSED:
The Romance of Exploration,
A NARRATIVE COMPILED FROM THE JOURNALS
FIVE EXPLORING EXPEDITIONS
INTO AND THROUGH
Central South Australia, and Western Australia,
FROM 1872 TO 1876.
ERNEST GILES Includes a full reproduction of this extraordinary and historic publication. Illustrated and complete with expedition maps.
Ernest Giles was born on July 7, 1835 in England. At the age of 15, he emigrated to Australia, taking up residence in Adelaide. During the next few years, he took employment at various cattle and sheep stations, and developed a keen bush sense.
He was the first European to see the rock formations of The Olgas, now known by their Aboriginal name of Kata Tjuta, and Lake Amadeus. He had wanted to name these Lake Ferdinand and Mt Mueller respectively, to honour his benefactor Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, however Mueller prevailed on him to instead honour the King of Spain and the Queen of Württemberg.
He named the Gibson Desert, after his travelling companion Alfred Gibson who disappeared there. He crossed the desert from Port Augusta to Western Australia, then back again via a different route in order to search for any trace of Gibson. On a number of occasions, he was close to death from starvation or thirst, but managed to make his way through. He was made a fellow, and gold medallist, of the Royal Geographical Society of London. He published an account of his expeditions from 1872 to 1876 as Australia Twice Traversed.
Despite his explorations, the various Australian governments at the time turned their respective backs on his achievements once they had been completed, and refused to patronise any further exploits or give him much in the way of financial reward.
He made a number of other minor journeys, but ended his days as a clerk on the Western Australian goldfields. He eventually died of pneumonia, virtually forgotten, on 20 November 1897, and is buried at Coolgardie Cemetery.
A massive set of books on the arduous expeditions of Giles, the tragic loss of Gibson in the desert and the many clashes with desert tribesmen. Complete with maps. Download the PDF ebook now (15MB)
Australia Versus Germany - The Story of the taking of German New Guinea
An account of the first military campaign undertaken single-handedly by the new Australian Nation. This book provides a detailed account of the opening campaign of the First World War undertaken by Australian Army and Navy forces. Following the outbreak of World War I, Australian troops captured Kaiser-Wilhelmsland and the nearby islands in 1914, after a short resistance led by Captain Carl von Klewitz and Lt. Robert "Lord Bob" von Blumenthal. The only significant battle occurred on 11 September 1914 when the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force attacked the low-power wireless station at Bitapaka (near Rabaul) on the island of New Britain, then Neu Pommern. The Australians suffered six dead and four wounded — the first Australian military casualties of the First World War. The German forces fared much worse, with one German officer and 30 native police killed and one German officer and ten native police wounded. On 21 September all German forces in the colony surrendered. Includes numerous photographs and details of this little known campaign. Download in PDF ebook format (80MB).
by Ernest Scott
Professor of History
in the University of Melbourne. Published in 1929. An excellent description of the voyages of discovery of the Spanish, Portugese, Dutch, French and English. Read of the wrecks and disasters on the West coast hundreds of years before Cook reached the East Coast. Also has extensive coverage of discovery on land from Blaxland to Stuart. Engaging extracts from explorer's journals never better presented than in this collection by the eminent Australian historian Ernest Scott. Illustrations and maps included. Downlaod now (11MB).
Provides a fascinating insight into pre World War One Australia in the early 1900s - 80 pages and 72 pictures.
Originally printed in Melbourne by Department of External Affairs, 1912. Oblong 8vo. With 72 photographic views of the six States of Australia. Very rare propaganda work on Australia. The book contains 72 photographic views that show the beauty and prosperity of this country, such as pastoral scenes, mining, and views of its most Capital cities as amongst others Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart and Adelaide. The photographs are ordered according to the different States, and before each chapter of views there is statistical information on each State, mentioning the size of the area, the size of the area under wheat, the population, the total income by trade, and the amount of money on saving deposits. On p.2 there are facts about the whole of Australia, which makes it clear that "Australia is the best of the New Countries, the least developed, the richest in resources, and offers unrivalled opportunities to the man both with and without capital". Good quality illustrations. One copy known of in the National Library of Australia. One copy only known of being for sale on the internet, a 1912 edition for US$1593. So unless you are Bill Gates enjoying this wonderful publication is best done in eBook form. Download now (21MB)
Cyclopaedia of Western Australia - Volumes 1 and 2
The Cyclopaedia of Western Australia was produced in two huge illustrated volumes. The Cyclopedia of Western Australia, edited by James Battye, was the pre-eminent written summary of Western Australia's development and context prior to World war one. Volume 1 -
Aborigines, Agriculture, Biographies, Commerce and Industry, Fauna and Flora, Geology, Government, History of Western Australia, Immigration, Tourism, Lands department, Medical, Fremantle, Perth, Police, The Press, Public services, Railways, Trans-Australian Railway, Shipping, Suburban Municipalities, Telegraph and Telephone, Trade and Customs, Woods and Forests.
Volume 2 -
Agriculture, Churches and Ecclesiastical, Caves of WA, Mining, Hospitals, Schools and Education, Country Districts, Cities and suburbs, Dairying, Farming, Institutions, Explorers and exploration, Political parties, Pearling, Biographical index, Sporting and recreation. 1200 pages of photographs of towns and localities in Western Australia plus biographies of prominent local people, politicians, miners, businessmen and agriculturists. Fantastic and fascinating history of western Australia printed in 1912-13. Purchase and download PDf ebook of both volumes here, 700mb.
DISCOVERIES IN AUSTRALIA: WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE COASTS AND RIVERS EXPLORED AND SURVEYED DURING THE VOYAGE OF H.M.S. BEAGLE - Volume 1
DISCOVERIES IN AUSTRALIA:
WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE COASTS AND RIVERS EXPLORED AND SURVEYED DURING THE
VOYAGE OF H.M.S. BEAGLE, IN THE YEARS 1837- 38- 39- 40- 41- 42- 43 by COMMAND OF THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF THE ADMIRALTY - Volume 1. Admiral John Lort Stokes (1812 - June 11, 1885) was an officer in the Royal Navy who travelled on the HMS Beagle for almost 18 years. Stokes grew up in Scotchwell near Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. He joined the Navy on September 20, 1824. The first ship he served on was the HMS Prince Regent, then in October 1825 he joined the crew of the Beagle under Captain Philip Parker King. The Beagle was involved in a survey of the waters of South America, in 1828 the commander of the HMS Beagle, Pringle Stokes (not related to John Lort Stokes) passed away and Robert FitzRoy assumed command, the ship returned to England in 1830 and was recommissioned and from 1831 to 1836 Stokes was onboard with Charles Darwin.
Following the second voyage of the Beagle Stokes was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and served under Commander John Clements Wickham for a survey of Australasian waters. When Wickham was invalided in 1841, Stokes took charge of the ship. While Stokes was in command the Beagle surveyed Timor and New Zealand, returning to England in 1843. When he returned he wrote Discoveries in Australia, with an account of the coasts and rivers explored and surveyed during the voyage of the Beagle, 1837–1843, it was published in 1846. Massive book, illustrated with maps, covers voyage from England to the Swan River, survey of the Kimberley, Port essington, Bass Strait and visit to Sydney. Download PDF eBook now (2.5MB).
DISCOVERIES IN AUSTRALIA: WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE COASTS AND RIVERS EXPLORED AND SURVEYED DURING THE VOYAGE OF H.M.S. BEAGLE - Volume 2
DISCOVERIES IN AUSTRALIA:
WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE COASTS AND RIVERS EXPLORED AND SURVEYED DURING THE
VOYAGE OF H.M.S. BEAGLE, IN THE YEARS 1837- 38- 39- 40- 41- 42- 43 by COMMAND OF THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF THE ADMIRALTY - Volume 2. Admiral John Lort Stokes (1812 - June 11, 1885) was an officer in the Royal Navy who travelled on the HMS Beagle for almost 18 years.
Stokes was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and served under Commander John Clements Wickham for a survey of Australasian waters. When Wickham was invalided in 1841, Stokes took charge of the ship. While Stokes was in command the Beagle surveyed Timor and New Zealand, returning to England in 1843. When he returned he wrote Discoveries in Australia, with an account of the coasts and rivers explored and surveyed during the voyage of the Beagle, 1837–1843, it was published in 1846. Massive book, illustrated with maps, covers voyage from Port Essington to Victoria River, Swan River, Champion Bay, South Australia, Indies, bass Strait, Sydney and return to England. Download PDF eBook now ( 2MB).
Explorations in Australia - by John Forrest
1. Explorations in Search of Dr Leichardt and Party,
2. From Perth to Adelaide, Around the Great Bight and
3. From Champion Bay, Across the Desert to the Telegraph and to Adelaide,
with an Appendix on the condition of Western Australia.
First printed in 1875 with illustrations and maps. An account of several of the most arduous exploring trips in Australia, where survival was reliant on superb bushmanship, Aboriginal guides and good fortune. A classic in Australian exploration on CDROM.
John Forrest went on to become the Premier of Western Australia during the goldrush era of the 1890s and he was appointed a peer in the British House of Lords. As Sir John Forrest he is remembered for his vision and grand projects such as the Perth to Kalgoorlie pipeline.
In his book on his explorations in Australia he traversed the harsh Western deserts of Australia and pioneered the telegraph routes and later expansion of pastoral and agricultural districts. Epic journeys of discovery in the age of discovery. Includes maps and plates. Download now (4MB)
History of West Australia: A Narrative Of Her Past Together With Biographies Of Her Leading Men
Warren Bert Kimberly, an American, came to Australia from Chicago in the mid-1880s and edited commemorative histories of the gold mining towns of Ballarat and Bendigo before completing this comprehensive (340,000 words) History of Western Australia in 1897.
The book consists of two parts: The first (and larger) section deals with the history of Western Australia from the earliest European hypotheses of the country's existence in the 14th century tto extensive detail on European exploration across the state from 1829, through to the height of the gold rushes in 1897 . Two appendices which are essentially essays, follow and deal mainly with gold and the gold mining industry which was the dominant social and economic factor in the state at the time of publication.
The second section is a volume of 163 biographies of notable Western Australians and typically includes several pages of text as well as a large portrait photo for each entry. Extensively illustrated with period photos of Western Australia, this publication is a rare treat and an impressive production. 24MB download in searchable PDF format.
JOURNALS OF EXPEDITIONS OF DISCOVERY INTO CENTRAL AUSTRALIA AND OVERLAND FROM ADELAIDE TO KING GEORGE'S SOUND IN THE YEARS 1840-1: SENT BY THE COLONISTS OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, WITH THE SANCTION AND SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT: INCLUDING AN ACCOUNT OF THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE ABORIGINES AND THE STATE OF THEIR RELATIONS WITH EUROPEANS. by EDWARD JOHN EYRE In Two Volumes
Detailed description of Edward Eyre's exploration in Central South Australia and his desprate overland journey across the Nullarbor Plain to Western Australia. This outstanding feat of exploration was not achieved without tragedy and also tremendous luck. Edward Eyre's journals are a record of an epic feat of endurance across a waterless and hostile land. 6.7MB in PDf form this ebook of the two volumes of exploration is illustrated and also accompanied by recent photographs of key points in Eyre's journey.
Journals of Several Expeditions Made in Western Australia, During the Years 1829, 1830, 1831, and 1832 and a Descriptive account of the panoramic view, &c. of King George's Sound, and the adjacent country
Two ebooks in one. Includes 2 maps and panorama picture. Journals of several expeditions in Western Australia provides details of pioneering exploration of the South West of Western Australia in the early years of settlement. The descriptive account of King George's Sound provides a fascinating picture of the first settlement in Western Australia. Also an account of the death of Yagan and the strange description of his character by a phrenologist. Fascinating period accounts of settlement on an unexplored coast, download now in searchable PDF ebook format (27MB)
MY FOURTH TOUR
WESTERN AUSTRALIA -
ALBERT F. CALVERT, F.R.G.S. -
Illustrated by Walker Hodgson and from Photographs.
Facsimile of the 1897 edition.
Quarto, boards, frontispiece portrait, illust., pages 351.
Large colour map of Western Australian goldfields
One of the most magnificent books on the WA goldfields and bush, with hundreds of photographs and sketches. In November 1895 Calvert landed at Albany with his fourteen-year-old brother Leonard and two menservants. He was joined by a journalist, an artist, his private secretary and a mining engineer. They visited Perth and the eastern goldfields, were fêted socially, sailed for Roebourne and, leaving the ailing Leonard at the port, visited the inland diggings. Calvert returned to Roebourne on 4 January 1896 with sunstroke; Leonard died of typhoid on the 11th. Calvert visited Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney before returning to London where he published My Fourth Tour in Western Australia (1897). Click on the thumbnail for full details of this amazing book. Download now (45MB)
NARRATIVE OF AN EXPEDITION UNDERTAKEN UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE LATE MR. ASSISTANT SURVEYOR E. B. KENNEDY, FOR THE EXPLORATION OF THE COUNTRY LYING BETWEEN ROCKINGHAM BAY AND CAPE YORK; BY WM. CARRON, ONE OF THE SURVIVORS OF THE EXPEDITION.
NARRATIVE OF AN EXPEDITION UNDERTAKEN UNDER THE DIRECTION OF
THE LATE MR. ASSISTANT SURVEYOR E. B. KENNEDY,
FOR THE EXPLORATION OF THE COUNTRY LYING BETWEEN
ROCKINGHAM BAY AND CAPE YORK;
BY WM. CARRON, ONE OF THE SURVIVORS OF THE EXPEDITION.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED,
1. THE STATEMENT OF THE ABORIGINAL NATIVE JACKEY JACKEY, WHO
ACCOMPANIED MR. KENNEDY.
2. THE STATEMENT OF DR. VALLACK AND CAPTAIN DOBSON, WHO RESCUED
THE SURVIVORS OF THE EXPEDITION: AND
3. THE STATEMENT OF CAPTAIN SIMPSON, OF THE "FREAK," WHO
PROCEEDED IN SEARCH OF MR. KENNEDY'S PAPERS, &C.
SYDNEY: 1849. EDMUND KENNEDY (1818-1848) - Edmund Kennedy was an educated Englishman and a qualified surveyor when he migrated to NSW in 1840. He joined the Surveyor Generals Dept and became second in charge to Thomas Mitchell the surveyor General. During the next few years he made several exploratory trips into N W Qld. Then in 1848 during Mitchell's absence in England he was commissioned by the NSW Gov to explore the Cape York Peninsula. Starting from Cardwell the most northern settlement at the time. Kennedy came to a stocky end after a harrowing journey through the untracked jungle of Far North Queensland. This account by WM Carron provides a graphic account of this extraordinary expedition into country which even today defies entry. To take a wagon, horses and men into this mountainous rain forest is mind boggling. Includes a full transcript of this book. Illustrated with period maps and drawings and photographs of the region. Download now in PDF format (2.75MB)
includes a full scan of the 1916/17 road guide to Western Australia.
Includes strip maps of the roads of the South-West and the Goldfields.
Has detailed description of the roads and sights eg.
Yallingup - "Cave House as everyone knows is a State Hotel, and the touring motorist will find there every convenience for himself and motor. A guide is staioned at the House to show visitors over the caves in the vicinity; these are fine and well worth inspecting, and as they are all lit up with electricty, one sees the beauties of Nature enhanced by the aid of modern science"
Boyanup - "The motorist should be sure to sound his horn at the very sharp turns in this part of the road and to be careful approaching the very narrow bridges"
Also includes many period advertisements.
130 pages - available in PDF eBook format. Download now (44MB)
David Carnegie was the fourth son of the Earl of Suffolk, England. After education as an engineer, David Carnegie worked on tea plantations in Ceylon, but joined the rush to Coolgardie when gold was discovered in Western Australia in 1892. Over a period of five years he prospected, and led several important exploring expeditions into some of Australia's most arid areas. In 1896-1897, the Hon. David Wynford Carnegie, born in 1871, youngest son of the Earl of Southesk, led one of the last great expeditions in the exploration of Australia. His route from Lake Darlôt to Halls Creek and return, took thirteen months and covered over three thousand miles. Carnegie financed his expedition from the results of a successful gold strike at Lake Darlôt.
"Spinifex and Sand" is not a dry, daily journal but a remarkable account of discovery and survival in a most inhospitable part of the world.
A fascinating account of pioneering exploits in the desert between Coolgardie and Hall's Creek and back again, against all odds and across inhospitable country that still remains wilderness today. Despite controversy over his treatment of the aborigines Carnegie's achievement is a monument to his survival skills. Well illustrated. Download now (2MB)
Sir Ernest Scott KB (1867-1939) was an Australian historian. He was born and educated in England and worked as a journalist on the London Globe before migrating to Australia in 1892, where he joined the staff of The Herald newspaper in Melbourne. After the publication of Terre Napoleon: A History of French Explorations and Projects in Australia (1910) and Life of Laperouse (1913) his reputation as a historian was established. Scott's other works included The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders (1914), A Short History of Australia (1916) and Australian Discovery (1929). Terre Napoleon is a fascinating discussion of French intentions in Australian waters, also covering the encounter of Flinders with Baudin and his subsequent incarceration in Mauritius. Illustrated edition - 1.5MB, order and download now.
Includes a full scan of the 1888 book on the Australian Aborigines by Roderick J. Flanagan. A humane and unbiased, sympathetic view of the Australian Aborigine. Includes a description of the "Rising" of 1842-3 and the Myall Creek massacre. 167 pages.
Fascinating descriptions of a tragic period in Australian history and a clash of cultures. Download now (650kb)
Photo essay of the Duyfken Replica built in Fremantle Western Australia. The Duyfken Duyfken (also Duifken or Duijfken) ("little dove" in English, "duifje" in modern Dutch) was a small Dutch ship built in the Netherlands. She was a fast, lightly armed ship probably intended for shallow water, small valuable cargoes, bringing messages, sending provisions, or privateering.
In 1606, during a voyage of discovery from Bantam (Banten), Java, captained by Willem Janszoon, she encountered the Australian mainland and Janszoon is thus credited with the first authenticated European discovery of Australia. Download now in PDF eBook format (22Mb)
THE JOURNAL OF GREGORY BLAXLAND, 1813 incorporating...a JOURNAL OF A TOUR OF DISCOVERY ACROSS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, NEW SOUTH WALES, IN THE YEAR 1813
This eBook contains the "JOURNAL OF A TOUR OF DISCOVERY ACROSS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, NEW SOUTH WALES, IN THE YEAR 1813" written by George Blaxland that was published in 1913, to coincide with the centenary celebrations of the first crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813 by Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth. This edition includes a number of photographs from 1913 which record the route of the explorers. Download now (495kb)
Massive Publication - large full size plates and coloured illustrations. Full descriptions of all photos. Volume 1 - 368pp - 170mb download. Contents - How the King and his subjects Travel, Workers in the Empire, How the King's subjects Worship, Sport in the King's Empire, the Government of the King's Empire, On His Majesty's Service: The Army, On His Majesty's Service: The Navy, the Homes of the King's subjects and The Pastimes of the King's Empire.
Massive Publication - large full size plates and coloured illustrations. Full descriptions of all photos. Volume 2 - 361pp - 177mb download. Contents - The Education of the King's Empire, The Trade of the Empire, The Homes of the King's Subjects, Famous Places of Worship in the King's Empire, Places of Interest in the King's Empire, How the King's Writ runs and how the King's peace is kept, The Capitals and the Chief Cities of the King's Empire, The Markets of the King's Empire, His Majesty's Mails and telegaraphs and Customs and Ceremonies of the King's Empire. Wonderful collection of historical photos from around the world.