Australian History

Cyclopaedia of Western Australia – Volumes 1 and 2 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.
Calvert’s Fourth Tour of Western Australia MY FOURTH TOUR IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA. Illustrated by Walker Hodgson and from Photographs. Facsimile of the 1897 edition. 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.
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.
The Life and Adventures of William Buckley: Thirty-two Years a Wanderer Amongst the Aborigines of the Then Unexplored Country Round Port Phillip, Now the Province of Victoria William Buckley (1776 – 30 January 1856) was an English convict who was transported to Australia, escaped, was given up for dead and lived in an Aboriginal community for many years. An intriguing account of Buckley’s transportation as a convict, his life among the aborigines of Port Phillip and his subsequent pardon and employment as an interpreter. With illustrations and a new introduction.
The Last of The Tasmanians, or The Black War of Van Diemen’s Land Composed by James Bonwick, this is a sympathetic work that extensively documents the tragic history of the indigenous Tasmanian people in their period of contact with European settlers and Government forces in the nineteenth century. Includes many period illustrations. The Black War describes the period of conflict between British Colonists and Tasmanian Aborigines in the early nineteenth century, a conflict which had such impact on the Tasmanian Aboriginal population that they were believed to have been exterminated either violently or through disease and despair.
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 first section deals with the history of Western Australia from the earliest European hypotheses of the country’s existence in the 14th century to extensive detail on European exploration across the state from 1829, through to the height of the gold rushes in 1897 . Two appendices 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.
JOURNALS OF EXPEDITIONS OF DISCOVERY INTO CENTRAL AUSTRALIA AND OVERLAND FROM ADELAIDE TO KING GEORGE’S SOUND IN THE YEARS 1840-1:  by EDWARD JOHN EYRE  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.
The Aborigines of Australia The Aborigines: of Australia: Includes a full scan of the 1888 book 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.
“The Aborigines of Western Australia” The full text plus illustrations of Albert F Calvert’s book printed in 1894. 55 pages and 4 illustrations. Fascinating descriptions of a clash of cultures.
Views of Colonial Western Australia Late 1890s book. Each picture can be viewed full-screen and has been enhanced from the original. These rare pictures of Western Australia taken only 60 years after the founding of the colony. The effect of the gold-rushes can be seen in the new magnificent public buildings as well in the pictures of the actual gold-field.
Twentieth Century Impressions of Western Australia 1901 edition. Large quarto, maps, folding panoramas, profusely illustrated. with photographs,  800 pages. Extensive coverage of the early history and development of the colony of Western Australia, voyages and navigation, settlement and exploration, natural history, government and federation,  Aborigines, mining, agricultural, pastoral, timber, fishing and pearling industries, commerce and trade. 100s of unique and historical photographs including multi-page panoramas.
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. Also includes many period advertisements. 130 pages – available in PDF for PC Windows and Mac
Springtime in WA 3 Period publications –  – from the 1940s:  1940s tourist guide to Western Australia – Springtime in WA
The Western Third  Late 40’s tourist guide to Perth and WA
Perth in Pictures Early 50s photos of Perth
Australian Scenes Period publication – July 1914 – early pictures from all States of Australia – all pre-automobile and a very rare publication – 82 pages – full page photos – plus statistics on each State of the Commonwealth of Australia
Souvenir of Western Australia  Period publication – turn of the century 1900s – pre automobile – early full page photographs of Western Australia – and very rare – 39 pages in excellent condition. All scans are full-screen and provide 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
Spinifex and and Sand 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.
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.
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.
Western Australia – A History from its Discovery to the Inauguration of the Commonwealth. – J.S. Battye 1924 Edition – 480pp c/with maps and charts. It includes maps and charts and additional illustrations to accompany the text. This book covers the discovery of Western Australia and its transition from a small settlement into a bustling mining boom endowed State of the Commonwealth within the short period of 70 years. Written by a renowned historian of the State of Western Australia this account by JS Battye is a significant contribution to the understanding of the challenges faced by this remote colony of the British Empire.
Australian Discovery By Ernest Scott published in 1929. An excellent description of the voyages of discovery of the Spanish, Portuguese, 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.
The Present Picture of New South Wales, 1811  By D D Mann – published 1811 – illustrated with 4 coloured views taken from drawings on the spot of Sydney, the seat of Government with a plan of the Colony taken from actual survey by public authority.
A Source Book Of Australian History Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne – published 1919. The aim is to place the reader in contact with the evidence of history in order that he may become his own historian by drawing his own deductions from the contemporary records. These are the records written by the men who gave their life and health to lay the foundation of Australia. They are aglow with the heat of action; they are inspiring in their quiet modesty and strength.
The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765  By J. E. Heeres, LL. D. Professor at the Dutch Colonial Institute Delft – published 1899. Here in Dutch and English from original documents is a description of the discoveries of Western and Northern Australia hundreds of years before Cook landed on the East Coast. Amazing tales of shipwreck, mutiny, conflict with aborigines and voyages in unknown waters.
The Duyfken 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.
Discoveries in Australia: with an account of the coasts and rivers explored and surveyed during the voyage of HMAS Beagle – Volume 1 An extraordinary account of the exploration of the coast of Western Australia, Northern Australia and the Arafura Sea. Well illustrated and informative.
Discoveries in Australia: with an account of the coasts and rivers explored and surveyed during the voyage of HMAS Beagle – Volume 2  An extraordinary account of the exploration of the coast of Western Australia, Northern Australia and the Arafura Sea. Well illustrated and informative.
Australia Twice Traversed – Volumes 1 and 2 – Ernest Giles The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1872 To 1876. Ernest Giles crossed the continent in both directions, an immense achievement despite aboriginal attack, thirst and deprivation. His companion Simpson was lost in the Desert and never found again. A remarkable of narrative of exploration complete with illustrations and expedition maps.
Narrative of an Expedition undertaken under the direction of the Late Mr. Assistant Surveyor E. B. Kennedy (1849) By William Carron. A description of a tragic tale of exploration in the wet Tropics of Far North Queensland. A Victorian heroic tragedy of Australian exploration. Illustrated.
Terre Napoleon 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.
The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders This biography, published in 1914 to mark the centenary of his death, was the first comprehensive study of this central figure of Australian maritime exploration. The leading Australian historian Ernest Scott (1868-1939) based his account on material held in private collections in France as well as on documents deposited in Australian libraries. Includes details of the duplicity and spying conducted by Peron and de Freycinet whilst at Port Jackson in NSW. This book is well illustrated with additional colour photographs of places visited by Flinders added to the original edition.