• # 17896

    KING, Henry (1855-1923)

    Aboriginal man with throwing club, parrying shield and boomerangs, 1890s

    Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm, contemporary handwritten captions to the mount: ‘Australian Aborigine’ and ‘H. King, Sydney’; the slide is in perfect condition. A photograph taken in the studio of the major Sydney photographer Henry King, probably in the early 1890s. The painted backdrop and studio props are reminiscent of the …

  • # 17849

    Photographer unknown.

    [TORRES STRAIT; QUEENSLAND] Native dancer and musician, Murray Island.

    Circa 1910. Photomechanical process postcard, 90 x 140 mm, recto with printed caption in lower margin ‘Native dancer and musician, Murray Island’; postally unused, verso imprinted ‘Post Card’ with no publisher indicated. In very good condition. A rare photographic image of a masked dancer and musician playing a shark-mouthed drum, taken on Murray Island (Mer) in the Torres …

  • # 17755


    Alstons’ patent steel windmills, patent steel-framed galvanized stock troughs, pumps, valves and fittings.

    South Melbourne : James Alston, [1928?]. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, staple bound, 128 pp, illustrated throughout, a fine copy. Approximate dating suggested by reference to a ‘1927 model’. A superbly produced and illustrated agricultural trade catalogue – a goldmine for research into life on the land in Australia in the interwar years. Copies of this edition …

  • # 17042

    MERII, Wulla (pseud.)

    The Fire Stick : incidents in the shearer’s strike : a tale of Australian bush life

    [s.l.] : [s.n.], [1893]. Octavo, illustrated boards (minor rubbing), recent bookplate to front pastedown, pp. 223; a very good copy. A novel set against the 1891 Queensland Shearer’s Strike. This dispute between unionised and non-unionised shearers is regarded as a direct precursor to the formation of the Australian Labor Party. The novel is written from …

  • # 17069

    STOKES, John Lort (1811-1885)

    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, also, a narrative of Captain Owen Stanley’s visits to the islands in the Arafura Sea.

    London : T. and W. Boone, 1846. Two volumes, thick octavo, original blind blocked green cloth boards, spines (a little faded) with gilt lettering and gilt kangaroo and emu vignettes; hinges expertly strengthened; pp xv, 521 ; x, 543; with 8 folding engraved maps (6 in endpockets) and 26 plates (15 engraved, 11 lithographed) depicting …

  • # 17775

    WHITE, A.A.

    Queensland illustrated : 70 exquisite views

    Brisbane : A.A. White, [between 1920 and 1930]. Series: White’s views of Queensland. Oblong quarto, original string-bound pictorial brown wrappers (mild corner and edge wear, a few small scratches to front), [32] pp, all black and white photographic plates, contents clean and sound; a good copy.

  • # 17101

    BANKS, Mary Macleod (1861-1951)

    Memories of pioneer days in Queensland

    London : Heath Cranton Limited, 1931. Octavo, cloth boards with pictorial dust jacket (chipped and rubbed), illustrated with 8 black-and-white plates, pp. 80; introduction by Lord Lamington; a good copy. Mary Macleod Banks (1861-1951), folklorist, was the daughter of D.C. McConnel, an early colonist of Queensland, where she spent her formative years.

  • # 17410

    [Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art]

    The Torres Strait Islands

    Brisbane : Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, 2011. Quarto, pictorial wrappers, pp 319. An exhibition monograph exploring the artistic culture of the Torres Strait islands, with examples of photography, painting, sculpture, and dance reproduced. Illustrated in full colour.

  • # 17498

    BERNDT, R.M. & BERNDT, C.H. (eds.)

    Aboriginal man in Australia : essays in honour of Emeritus Professor A.P. Elkin.

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1965. First edition. Thick octavo, publisher’s black cloth in dust jacket (a little rubbed along spine), pp xiv, 452, photographic plates, maps, music notation; a fine copy. Includes essays on archaeology (Frederick McCarthy); language (A. Capell); totemsim (W.E.H. Stanner); women and the “secret life” (Catherine H. Berndt); law and order …

  • # 17231


    [QUEENSLAND] Little people in other lands alphabet.

    London : A. Brown & Sons, Ltd., 5, Farringdon Avenue, E.C. and at Hull and York, [between 1890 and 1900]. Complete set of 26 large format alphabet cards, each 225 x 190 mm, chromolithograph printed on thin board, each with an upper and lower case version of a letter and an illustration of a young …

  • # 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.

  • # 17657

    HENNING, Rachel; LINDSAY, Norman (illustrator)

    The letters of Rachel Henning / with forty pen-drawings by Norman Lindsay.

    Introduction by David Adams. Sydney : The Bulletin Newspaper Co. Pty. Ltd., 1952. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (a little sunned, bumped at corners), staple bound, 128 pp, with 40 line illustrations by Lindsay, a very good copy. Reproduces the correspondence of an English female immigrant, most of whose letters, written between 1853 and 1882, were sent …

  • # 16919

    PARKER, K. Langloh (Katie Parker), 1856-1940

    The Euahlayi tribe : a study of Aboriginal life in Australia.

    / by K. Langloh Parker, with an introduction by Andrew Lang. London : Archibald Constable and Company, Ltd., 1905. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked blue cloth (boards rubbed and lightly marked), spine lettered in gilt (sunned), front pastedown with bookplate of John Calaby, pp xxvii, 156; illustrated with 5 plates (photographic reproductions of drawings), …

  • # 16740

    HALL, Mary

    A woman in the Antipodes and in the Far East.

    London : Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1914. First edition. Octavo, original red cloth boards lettered in gilt (spine sunned) previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, School prize label dated 1929 to front free endpaper, half title with offsetting, frontispiece plate with tissue guard intact, pp. viii, 374, 31 pages of publisher’s advertisements, with 34 black-and-white …

  • # 16738

    MINNIS, John

    In our midst, but not of us, or, The true origin of the Roman Catholic Irish.

    At head of title: “Sentinel” series, no. 1. Brisbane : R.G. Gillies & Co. Ltd., printers, [1918]. Octavo, original printed green wrappers (lower wrapper stained at top edge), inside front cover with later ex libris, pp. 12; scattered foxing, a good copy. In this controversial religious tract – essentially a polemic against Irish Catholicism – …

  • # 16915

    MATHEW, John

    Eaglehawk and crow : a study of the Australian Aborigines, including an inquiry into their origin and a survey of Australian languages. 

    London : David Nutt ; Melbourne : Melville, Mullen and Slade, 1899. First edition. Octavo, original gilt lettered maroon cloth boards (upper board with tiny mark, else very clean and bright), bookplates to front pastedown and front free-endpaper, xvi, 288 pp, illustrated with [6] leaves of plates (1 folding linguistic map); uncut, a fine copy. …