Gold Rush

  • # 17859

    Photographer unknown.

    Group of photographs of Coolgardie, Western Australian goldfields, 1901.

    Four silver albumen print photographs, in identical format 110 x 150 mm, mounted recto and verso of a page removed from a travel album, all with an accompanying manuscript caption by the photographer and with a date of 1901; they show the Vale of Coolgardie Mine, Bonnievale; Lake View Mine; interior of the Church of …

  • # 17787

    WILLETTS, George

    Photograph of the grave and headstone of brothers Thomas and Alfred McVeigh, Ballarat New Cemetery, circa 1873.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format (102 x 64 mm), recto imprinted ‘Willetts, Photo. Bridge Street, Ballarat’; verso with decorative lithographed back mark including the legend ‘Secure the shadow, ‘ere the substance fade’, an advertising slogan which had been made popular as early as the 1850s by daguerreotype photographers specialising in postmortem images; both the albumen …

  • # 17773

    MACKAY, Richard

    Recollections of early Gippsland goldfields

    / by Richard Mackay ; with an appendix, being memorandum of the discovery and exploration of Gippsland by the discoverer, the late Angus McMillan, and supplied by him, in 1862, to the present writer, from discoverer’s original notes. Traralgon, Vic. : W. Chappell, 1916. First edition. Octavo, original gilt lettered stiff linen wrappers (sunned, some …

  • # 17080

    WESTGARTH, William

    Victoria ; late Australia Felix, Port Phillip District of New South Wales; (presentation copy)

    being an historical and descriptive account of the colony and its gold mines. With an appendix, containing the reports of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce for the last two years upon the condition and progress of the Colony. Edinburgh : Oliver & Boyd and London : Simpkin, Marshall & Co., 1853. Octavo, half-calf over marbled …

  • # 17122

    GORDON, Joseph

    The emigrant barque : with some traits of Australian life and culture, in prose and verse

    Edinburgh : Maclachlan & Stewart, 1871. Octavo, half-calf, cloth covered boards with decoration in blind (rubbed), bookplates on front pastedown and endpaper, pp. 398. With descriptions of the Bathurst gold fields.

  • # 17035

    POLEHAMPTON, Arthur, Rev.

    Kangaroo land

    London : Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1862. First edition. Octavo, blind blocked purple cloth boards, gilt lettering to spine (sunned), recent bookplate to front pastedown, free-endpaper with gift inscription dated 1866; lithographed frontispiece (tissue guard intact), title with vignette illustration, pp 269; front hinge cracked, else a good, clean copy. The account of a …

  • # 17759

    "WURAMA" (editor)

    Bushranging days

    Melbourne : Georgian House, 1944. First edition. Octavo, pictorial stiff wrappers, stapled, 99 pp, illustrated with line drawings in the text, a very good copy. ‘In this book, the first “anthology” of Australian bushranging, the editor has brought together a variety of narratives from contemporary writers illustrative of that disreputable phase of Australian history which …

  • # 17212

    WHITE, Charles; ADAMSON, Bartlett (editor)

    Ben Hall : also Mudgee Mail Robbery, Daniel Morgan, “Thunderbolt” (Frederick Ward)

    Sydney : Marchant & Co. (distributed by N.S.W. Bookstall Limited), [1921]. Series: History of Australian Bushranging by Charles White. Octavo, illustrated pictorial wrappers (lower wrapper with pale foxing), staple bound, 64 pp; mild foxing to the outer leaves, but a very good copy.

  • # 16879

    LA CARRIERES, A.-C. de

    [GOLD RUSH] Voyage aux pays aurifères : Afrique, Mexique, Californie, Pérou, Chili, Nouvelle-Calédonie, Australie, Russie.

    Illustré de 12 gravures à deux teintes et d’un très-grand nombre de vignettes sur bois par J. B. Arnout père. Paris : A. Courcher, [1855]. Octavo, original quarter morocco over blind blocked pebbled cloth boards (stained, upper board a little bowed), spine with raised bands, gilt lettering and ornament (rubbed), all edges gilt, silk lining …

  • # 17091

    MACDONALD, Alexander

    The hidden nugget : a story of the Australian goldfields

    London : Blackie and Son Limited, 1910. First edition. Thick octavo, original pictorial blue cloth with gilt lettering on upper board and spine, olivine edges, grey endpapers, first blank with pencilled gift inscription dated Xmas 1909 (predating publication date!), pp 284, [16] publisher’s advertisements, illustrated with 7 monochrome plates; occasional light foxing, but a fine …

  • # 17102

    HOWITT, William (1792-1879)

    A boy’s adventures in the wilds of Australia: or, Herbert’s note-book

    London, Glasgow and New York : George Routledge & Sons, n.d. [between 1870 and 1880?]. Octavo, pictorial cloth blocked in two colours and lettered in gilt (boards rubbed, slight edge wear, spine a little softened at head and tail), front pastedown with later ex libris, free-endpaper with school prize inscription dated 1888 and inscription to …

  • # 17143

    SMITH, A.V.

    Photographic portrait of a young man, Ballarat, 1869

    Albumen print photograph with hand colouring, carte de visite format, 103 x 63 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘A.V. Smith, Photographic Artist, 29, Sturt Street, Ballarat’; the albumen print with a few toning spots, otherwise very good; the mount fine.

  • # 17137


    Photographic portrait of Rev. John Downes, Presbyterian minister, Ballarat, late 1860s.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 63 mm; verso with imprint of ‘Solomon and Bardwell, Photographers, Ballarat’, and contemporary inscription in pencil ‘Rev. John Downes, First Minister of the charge / Rev. H.H. Donaldson, Present Minister of the charge’; the albumen print and mount in good condition, with a few light toning spots.

  • # 17071

    GILL, S. T.

    The Australian sketch-book

    Melbourne : Lansdowne Press, 1974. Oblong folio, gilt-lettered cloth in slipcase (scuffed), pp. [viii]; 25 colour plates reproducing Gill’s work first published in 1864.

  • # 15970


    [BROADSIDE] Lively flea. / Australia our home.

    A rare broadside with a ballad about the Victorian gold diggings. [s.l. : s.n., circa 1855]. Single lithographed sheet, printed on thin paper, 255 x 190 mm, containing two anonymous ballads, each presented in a single column separated by a vertical divider; in the left column a humorous verse titled ‘Lively Flea’ (a parody of …

  • # 16487


    Her Majesty’s territories : stereographic views of Australian sceneries

    Bendigo : Bendigo Art Gallery, 2013. Oblong octavo, decorative wrappers, 135 pp, mostly full-page colour photographic illustrations of J.H. Jones’ wonderful stereoviews of the Victorian goldfields region, Melbourne and the Bellarine Peninsula, taken in the 1860s; essay by curator, Alva Maguire; an as new copy of this fine catalogue produced for the Bendigo Art Gallery’s exhibition …