We stock a wide range of local and regional Wheatbelt history, natural history and wildflower books which are listed below. Contact us on 9041 1666 if you are interested in purchasing any publications and we can arrange payment and postage of them.
Local History Publications
A History of Trayning – Reg Appleyard & Don Couper $55
A history of Trayning is a timely description of Western Australia’s eastern wheatbelt. Apart from its study of governement policy in the area, it also covers the achievements of pioneer farmers.
A Piece of String – Maxine Cornish $55
Stories of the Nungarin District. This is not a history of facts and statistics, but a collection of stories about ordinary people who pioneered the Eastern Wheatbelt and managed to achieve remarkable things.
A Literary History of the Wheatbelt – Like Nothing on this Earth – Tony Hughes-d’Aeth $49.95
Tony Hughes-d’Aeth examines the creation of the wheatbelt through its creative writing. Some of Australia’s most well-known and significant writers – Albert Facey, Peter Cowan, Dorothy Hewett, Jack Davis, Elizabeth Jolley, and John Kinsella – wrote about their experience of the wheatbelt. Each gives insight into the human and environmental effects of this massive-scale agriculture.
Ballardong Noongar Dictionary – Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management – $22
To speak any language, you need to know not just a list of words, but also an understanding of how to put them together into sentences, as well as have the right form of the word to convey the meaning you intend.Explore 50 pages to understand language, colours, weather and the history of the Ballardong people. The ‘Ballardong Noongar Dictionary’ also features a 23-page wordlist.
Bullfinch & the Yilgarn Goldfield – Gilbert Ralph $35
Bullfinch and the Yilgarn Goldfield had its beginnings with a suggestion from Sir Laurence Brodie-Hall that the unique nature of the community at Bullfinch during the Great Western Consolidated era from 1950 to 1963 deserved recording. Sir Arvi Parbo, who began his mining career at Bullfinch, supported the concept and they encouraged Gilbert Ralph, a retired Executive from Western Mining Corporation, to write a history of Great Western and Bullfinch. Gilbert has taken five years to research and write this history.
Cardonia – B.W Leake $28
This collection of the writings of the well known farmer, historian, naturalist, Bruce Leake, contains:- Pastoral Pioneers of the Eastern Wheat belt, Reminiscences, Pioneers of Kellerberrin, Eastern Whelt Wildlife, The Mallee Fowl, The Dingo
CC Hunt’s 1864 Koolyanobbing Expedition $12
Charles Cooke Hunt was one of Western Australia’s greatest explorers. However, he died young and his exploits were never fully acclaimed. Hunt’s trip from York to the Koolyanobbing area and return is his ‘forgotten expedition’. Nearly all published information on Hunt erroneously claim that he made ‘three expeditions to the eastwards’, neglecting this one, his first of four.
Chased but chaste – Joan Ridley $39.95
A Story about great Australian shearers from 1892 -1979.
Cobb & Co in the Golden West – edited by Gail Dreezens, P J Bridge, Phil Bianchi $30
The WA coaching companies covered immense distances in scarcely explored country. Among them was the WA Cobb and Co run by Nicholas and Kidman. This collection of reminiscences, reports, timetables, adverts, etc is heavily illustrated. An essential volume on bush history and transport.
Curlews in the Moonlight – Joan Major $25
This book is a compilation of short stories, my memories, adventures, loves and heartaches.
C. Y. O’Connor, A brief biography – Cyris Ayris $15.95
This brief biography traces O’Connor’s life from the Irish potato famine that ruined his parents, to the wilds of New Zealand and final to Western Australia where his achievements are celebrated to this day.
C.Y. O’Connor, His Life and Legacy – A.G Evans $29.95
Charles Yelverton O’Connor is a legendary figure in early colonial civil engineering. But the fame of his great works, particularly the Goldfields Pipeline Scheme, which brought water 560 kilometres to the desert Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia, has almost been matched by that of his enigmatic death.
C. Y. O’Connor by Tony Evans, introduces fresh research material in examining O’Connor’s character, influences and background. Evans confirms his subject as a tragic genius whose works changed the face and fortunes of both New Zealand and Australia in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Dark Emu Black Seeds: agriculture or accident? Bruce Pascoe $34.95
Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing – behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag.
East of the Fence – Early years of Walgoolan-Jilbadji – Terry Spence $40
A history of the early years of Walgoolan-Jilbadji region.
The Family Farm—Success & Succession – Judith Stanich $10
An essential handbook that deals with the very sensitive and taboo subject of family business succession. The author believes she has found a way for families to deal with and resolve this issue.
Henrietta – Patricia J. Howe $25
The story of Henrietta Blackburn who arrived in WA from Lancashire England in 1912 with her two young daughters. Having home nursing experience she acquired the position of Bush Nurse in the Narrogin area.
How to Cook Wheat – Mary Farrelly $8.95
A depression cookbook with many great old ads. A series of recipes using whole wheat and including the original advertisements
Ingenious Inventor, Frank Mather and his Electweld Steel Co. at Kellerberrin – Phil Bianchi and Ray Mather $22
Frank Mather was an inventor and engineer whose work was renowned in the WA wheatbelt. This book details his work on gas producers, farming implements, and refurbishing and recycling the Eastern Goldfields water pipeline.
Koorda – Corn Dolly Country – Lesley McNee $40
History and origins of the ancient art of making Corn Dollies, and its association with the wheat and grain industries and the pioneers of the Koorda District.
Land of Ancient Tears – Kevan & Rose Davis – $16.50
Wyalkatchem – The Nyoongar Story
Mindebooka, south eastwards of Doodlakine – May Hayes Thompson $40
A history of Mindebooka, Mindebooka reserve and a small little rural school called Mindebooka.
Moondyne Joe, The Man and the Myth – Ian Elliot $22
Joseph Bolitho Johns, ‘Moondyne Joe’ (or ‘Moonie’ to his mates), was a good badman who gallops across the pages of Western Australian history with all the spirit of a wild bush brumby.
Mulberry Tree, Growing up in Merredin – Esme Park $25
In Mulberry Tree, Esme Park brings to life childhood scenes, voices and personalities. It is a story of striving, sometimes failing, of getting up and striving again and making the most out of every opportunity in the widening circle of family, neighbours and the modern world.
Murder on the Rabbit Proof Fence – Terry Walker $25
It was a murder mystery writer’s worst nightmare come true. In 1929 Arthur Upfield, Australia’s premier crime writer, plotted a perfect murder for his novel The Sands of Windee. To his horror, one of his friends, Snowy Rowles, put the scheme into deadly effect even before the book was published. The result was Western Australia’s most sensational murder trials of the 1930s.
Newcarnie – Nukarni and surrounding districts 1912-1942 – P.J Howe $25
A history of the Newcarnie – Nukarni district.
Nyoongar Boodja – Koomba Bardip Kooratan – Francesca Robertson, Noel Nannup, Glen Stasiuk, Stephen Hopper $20
An illustrated history of Nyoongar people and land from the Dreamtime to approximately 7,000 years ago. This work collates Nyoongar stories with geology and climate history.
Rainbows End – A history of the Muntadgin District – Nadia & Mary Wanless $32.50
In 1911 the earliest known pioneers were allocated virgin bush lots in the Muntadgin area. This tells the history of the early pioneers to Muntadgin.
Secrets Mothers Keep – Linda J Bettenay $27
A brutal murder occurs on an isolated farm in the 1920’s in Western Australia and the victim’s wife and children are violently abused, scandalising the whole country. The killer has no apparent motivation but admits his guilt and the abused wife has to rebuild her shattered life.
Seedtime & Harvest, A history of the Narembeen District – Iris Bristow $25
A story of courage & perseverance, humour and pathos all richly illustrated in some 130 short family histories from 1910 – 1940.
Still on the Move – Ryszard Wiland $25
In this sequel to “Mother Don’t Cry” Ryszard tells the story of his adulthood in his adopted country. It chronicles his working and family life in the Southern Region of WA and all the challenges involved in replacing and constructing a new power supply in that region during a period of great change from 1950’s to the early 1990’s.
Stories of the Rabbit Proof Fence – Rachel Dalais $18.95
The Rabbit Proof fence was built to and maintained to stop the rabbits from reaching farming lands. Many characters lived and died along the fence. These are their stories.
That’s not rubbish, That’s our possessions – Zelma Claydon $25
This book chronicles the Bates family and other pioneering families in the Eastern Wheatbelt town of Merredin from 1896 onwards. It describes aspects of life in this
environment and a snapshot into the lives of some of our early pioneers and the hardships and joys they experienced.
The Apple Core Wars – Linda Bettenay $27
The Apple Core Wars is based on the astounding war experiences of Charlie Parkin, one of seven brothers to serve during WW2. Charlie’s boyhood enemy Jacky Bellamy from nearby Karragullen. Their rivalry and childhood dislike, morph into mateship as they become POWs and face unspeakable ordeals. By the end of the war, Jackie and Charlie had found that they had more in common than divides them.
The Mangowine Story – Maxine Cornish – $5
The story of Hisitoric Mangowine homestead which was built by Charles Adams and his wife Jane in the mid 1870s and is the oldest exisiting building in the central wheatbelt.
The Longest Fence in the World – F.H Broomhall $35
A History of the No 1 Rabbit Proof Fence from its beginning until recent times.
The Early Days of the Yilgarn District – Peter Bridge $22
This collection forms part of a series of biographies and reminiscences of the earliest prospectors of the Yilgarn Goldfields.
The Red Road – Robert Hayes Thompson $25
Autobiographical Tales by Robert Hayes Thompson.
Vengeance of the Outback – Charles Page $30
A wartime air mystery of Western Australia. It is 1944 and a Vultee Vengeance dive bomber is lost in the outback of Western Australia. This is the story of a wartime tragedy and a search that has become a legend of the outback.
Westonia, The Wheels of change – Jocelyn Maddock $55
A history of the Westonia district, from the days of the first white explorers to the present period of High Technology in mining and farming.
Wheat, Wool and Wodjil – Des Repton $44
A tribute to the people and events that moulded the district of Tammin.
Wishes for Starlight – Linda Bettenay $27
The central character in ‘Wishes For Starlight’ is Starlight; a mixed blood, deaf mute Aboriginal who lived over the period 1889 – 1930’s. The plight of the Aboriginal is shown through the prism of the discrimination and racism of the time; the imposition of the 1905 Aborigines Act, the establishment of Aboriginal reserves and the gradual removal of rights from Aboriginal people.
5 Base Ordnance Depot Nungarin WA – Maxine Cornish $10
This book gives a pictorial record of military installations during wartime in Nungarin and the construction of the 5th Aus base workshop from May 1943 to October 1943.
17 Miles from Kellerberrin – Phil Bianchi – $25
Ethel Higginson’s story of growing up on a farm in North Kellerberrin.
Natural History Publications
Birds of the Avon River Basin – Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management – $40
The ‘Birds of the Avon River Basin’ is a must-have for any person or group interested in the rich ornithology of Western Australia. Over 224 recorded species reside in WA alone (that’s over 25% of the national total). This book is 228 pages long and includes full-colour photographs, Category, Common Name, Scientific Name, Conservation Status, Feeding and Ecology, Preferred Habitat and Breeding, and Nesting.
Eucalypts of Western Australias Wheatbelt – Malcolm French $49
Compiled especially to assist the beginner in the identification of each species, this book also caters for the professional botanist. With over 1300 images you will be able to understand the eucalypts of the region and identify previously unknown species. Also included is the history of each species, including when & where they were first collected, who named them and the original meaning of the scientific and common names.
Exploring WA’s natural wonders, national, marine and regional parks $39.95
A must have book if you’re visiting Western Australia’s world-class parks! This 327-page region-by-region guide to 64 of Western Australia’s national parks, regional parks, conservation parks, nature reserves and marine parks is packed full of information about each area and is complimented with stunning photographs and maps through-out.
Geology of Western Australia’s National Parks – Peter Lane $29.95
Covering national parks from the Darling Fault right through to the Kimberley, the author has endeavoured to give the reader an appreciation of the global forces that have formed our State’s national parks, and indeed our planet.
Guide to the Great Western Woodlands – DEC $29.95
Stretching from Southern Cross to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, south towards Esperance and east to the Edge of the Nullarbor. The Great Western Woodlands is a delightful area to visit, with numerous granite outcrops, secluded bush camping areas and historic attractions scattered across this large chunk of Western Australia’s heartland.
Malleefowl Believers – Frank Rijavec $30
Stories of the Malleefowl and its champions with DVD.
Noongar Bush Medicine – Medicinal Plants of the South West of WA – Vivienne Hansen and John Horsfall $34.95
In Noongar Bush Medicine, the authors have recorded information on many of the medicinal plants that were regularly used by the Noongar people of the south-west of Western Australia. They hope it will ensure that the traditional knowledge is not lost forever with the passing of elders and traditional healers.
On a wing and a Prayer – Leighton De Barros $24.95
The story of a Carnaby’s cockatoo family.
Colour Coded Field Guide of Western Australian Wildflowers – Ann Newman & Casey Tours – $10
A guide that allows you to quickly look for a matching photograph of wildflowers based on colour, and identify the botanical and common name. The guide also details which regions the varietals are common to, helping with the identification process.
Colour Guide to Spring Wildflowers of WA – Part 3 Esperance & the Wheatbelt – Eddy Wajon $20
This conveniently sized guide contains vivid colour photographs of more than 220 of the most common spring wildflowers which grow in the woodland and heath between, Perth, Albany, Cape Arid and Hyden. Flowers in this guide are grouped by colour.
Common Wildflowers of Western Australia – Simon Nevill – $8.95
This small publication illustrates some of the more easily identifiable common and not so common wildflowers (215 species are illustrated).
Guide to Native Orchids of South Western Australia – Bob Liddelow – $39.95
Instead of covering all species with total distribution areas, this book treats a very representative collection of orchids in great detail. The specific sites for each orchid are illustrated with ‘mud maps’. The book also cross-references some 239 orchids with about 200 sites in the greater south-west of Western Australia. Every orchid is illustrated fully in colour. There are also comprehensive Indexes, a Glossary, Author’s Notes and more.
How to enjoy WA Wildflowers – Jim Barrow $20
This book will tell you good spots to look for wildflowers and how to put together touring routes ranging from Shark Bay to Hyden, Albany and Esperance.
Threatened and poorly known flora of the Yilgarn Region – $20
This book with its beautiful pictures and informative text provides an opportunity for us to play our part in saving threatened Wheatbelt flora from extinction.
Can a Skeleton have an X-ray? – Kyle Hughes-Odgers $24.95
How does sound taste? Do colours smell? Why do onions make me cry? Who builds the wings for birds to fly?
Renowned artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers brings his unique vision to these and many other questions. From the practical to the philosophical, this book is guaranteed to fire young imaginations!
In the Lamplight – Dianne Wolfer $26.95
From fighting for the right to vote to nursing conscripted young men, Rose’s life changes forever when World War I arrives in the peaceful English village of Harefield. With an influx of wounded Australian soldiers, the villagers rally around to provide care and comfort, despite suffering their own casualties and grieving for their own losses. Training to nurse Australian soldiers like Jim the Light Horse boy is hard work, but with it comes much for Rose to treasure – in the gaining of a vocation, in confidence won and in finding new love in a new land.
Lighthouse Girl – Dianne Wolfer $19.95
Based on the true story of Fay Howe, this gentle tale brings to life the hardships of those left at home during the war – waiting, wondering, hoping. Drawing on fascinating archival material, and interweaving fact with fiction, award-winning author Dianne Wolfer deftly recreates this period in Australian history from the perspective of a young girl.
Light Horse Boy – Dianne Wolfer $26.95
In 1914 Jim and Charlie abandon the Australian outback for the excitement and adventure of the war to end all wars. But in the Light Horse they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline. And nothing will ever be the same again. Light Horse Boy goes behind the scenes of the great Anzac legends for an intimate look at their experience of World War I.
On a Small Island – Kyle Hughes-Odgers $24.95
On a small island, in a gigantic sea, lives Ari. Ari longs for the large ships to stop at his island, he longs to see remarkable things and to have interesting friends. On a small island, in a gigantic sea, Ari has an idea. A dazzling idea. An irresistible idea …
One Thousand Trees – Kyle Hughes-Odgers $24.95
Deep in the heart of the city, Frankie dreams of a thousand trees … over them, under them, through them, above them. Award-winning artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers takes readers on a journey of imagination and discovery, exploring the art of nature and the nature of art.
Ten Tiny Things – Written by Meg McKinlay and illustrated by Kyle Hughes-Odgers $24.95
Tessa and Zachary have a machine that is swift and splendiferous. Every day it carries them from here to there and back again in cool calm comfort. But one morning, the machine breaks down. Tessa and Zachary are forced to venture into the world beyond its metal walls – a place of secret somethings and hidden happenings. Getting from here to there may never be the same …
Our Wheat Farm – Dianne Mastores and Mel Wahlsten – $19.95
This book is the first in a series to assist children in understanding Australia’s Primary industries. Our wheat farm looks at a working farming community in the period of one year and focuses on the 4 seasons – from seed to grain export.
The Wind Farm – Dianne Mastores and Mel Wahlsten – $14.95
This is the 2nd book in a series to assist children in understanding Australia’s Primary Industries. The Wind farm looks at a wind/wheat farming community in WA.