Recollections of the pioneering years of transportation in the deserts of OUTBACK Australia.
Memoirs of a man starting with a horse and cart, who pioneered a reliable outback transport service, including the Birdsville Track mail run for twelve yearsRead More
Our online shop has a range of books on display. It is our intention to grow this display. Some books in the shop are listed below. “Thirty years with Men”, is the story of Harry Ding of Yunta and Olary area. Harry Ding operated a number of trucks, employing men to drive them through the…Read More
Written by John Maddock, a past editor of Truck and Bus magazine It is an easy to read book about the mail runs in the corner country and about Harry Ding’s (H.E. Ding of Yunta South Australia) and trucks which contributed so much to those living in isolated areas of Australia in the 1930’s.Read More
This revised edition now looks at the next phase of seed collection; that is, its use in revegetation. Our rapid clearance of the Australian landscape during the past 200 years has brought many serious land problems to this great continent. Our land has not been managed well during that period and, in many ways, the original indigenous peoples had a better record of land management. This does not to any extent take away from the excellent efforts to redress this by many people during the past thirty years.Read More
When Harold Bell Lasseter disappeared in late 1930 it could have been the end of a mystery. Thirty-three years earlier he had staggered out of the desert, almost dead, his pockets bulging with gold, claiming to have found a 15 kilometre gold reef. The mystery deepened when he and a surveyor returned to the isolated and mysterious ranges where the reef was supposed to be located. It became legendary when the largest inland expedition since Burke and Wills was launched.
In LASSETER’S GOLD, Warren Brown vividly recreates the drama of the search – the characters, the fights, the soaring temperatures, the impossible terrain, the plane crash, the pistol-carrying dingo-skinner who appeared out of nowhere. And just who was this man Lasseter? A one-time sailor, a bigamist, a man who claimed John Bradfield stole his plans for a single-span bridge to cross Sydney Harbour – was he also a very, very good liar?
LASSETER’S GOLD is the gripping story of an outback legend. Is it just a myth – or is there really a massive gold reef out there, just waiting to be discovered?
Tin Mosques and Ghan towns covers one hundred and thirty neglected years of Australian history, for fifty years of which the camel trains criss-crossed the continent, carrying the necessities of life, and some few of its luxuries, to settlements in the isolated interior. Throughout those years the turbaned camel drivers, exotically dressed and often fragrant with the oils and perfumes of the East, fought a bitter battle for the inland cartage trade with the quintessential symbol of outback adventure, the bullocky. Christine Stevens has recreated the story of the Afghan camel men, their wives and their families, from a wealth of unpublished sources. Supplemented by over one hundred rare and original photographs, the result is a mixture of adventure, courage, villainy, tragedy, high romance and low humour. No one with an interest in Australian history should miss it.Read More
The men and women you’ll meet in this fascinating book in all shapes in sizes, from convicts and engineers to cattleduffers and anthropologists. These remarkable Australians share an extraordinary ability to survive the rigours of the bush.
In Outback Heroes, Evan McHugh brings together his favourite ripping yarns from the Australian frontier. He beings with escaped convict William Buckley, who emerged, who emerged from the forest after thirty-two years in the wild
These and other true stories of courage and ingenuity remind us how the Australian character was forged – through encounters with the bush, desert and outback.Read More
Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other women and children whom the Japanese forece to walk for miles through the jungle, leading to the deaths of many. Due to her courageous spirit, Jean takes on the role of leader of the sorry gaggle of prisoners. While on the march, the group run into an Australian prisoner, Joe Harman, who helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished as a result. Jean’s adventures, and her bond with Joe, form the heart of this gripping and moving story.
Tom Cole hunted crocodiles and buffalo, was a horse-breaker, brumby runner and drover, owned and managed cattle stations and coffee plantation.
The Last Paradise is the sequel to Tom Cole’s bestselling autobiography Hell West and Crooked and recounts his story of thirty years in New Guinea amongst ‘crocodiles, cannibals and coffee’.
Operating as the first professional crocodile shooter in New Guinea, Tom Cole risked life and limb hunting from frail canoes in wild and sometimes unexplored country, working with everyone from cannibals to missionaries to government officials, and the larger-than-life characters still drifting around the Pacific after the war.Read More
Hawker is located in South Australia’s Central Flinders Ranges and is an ideal location for exploring the Flinders Ranges. Hawker is 64 kms north of Quorn and 110 kms from Port Augusta and accessible by sealed road from all capital cities in Australia and is approximately 5 hours drive from Adelaide, the population of Hawker is approximately…Read More