• # 18458

    McIVOR, Roy

    Cockatoo : my life in Cape York / stories and art by Roy McIvor

    Broome, W.A. : Magabala Books, 2010. Small quarto, pictorial limp boards, 176 pp, illustrated in colour; an as new copy. Roy McIvor was 10 when his community were rounded up by the military and shipped 1500 km Woorabinda because of allegations the community was collaborating with the Japanese under the guidance of German Lutheran Missionary …

  • # 18380

    WAWN, William T.

    South Sea Islanders and the Queensland labour trade.

    A record of voyages and experiences in the Western Pacific, from 1875 to 1891. London : Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1893. Octavo, gilt-illustrated blue cloth pp. xvi; colour map, 440, illustrations. A very good copy. The author’s account of nearly twenty years transporting labourers from the Pacific Islands to Queensland in a system of near …

  • # 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 …

  • # 18329

    WATSON, John

    Photographic portrait of a lady in a fine dress, holding a book. Brisbane, 1862-65.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 63 mm, verso with studio imprint of J. Watson, Photographer, Queen-street, Brisbane; the albumen print has a couple of light surface marks (but what appears to be a stain at upper left is in fact simply the dark section of the painted backdrop and a shadow …

  • # 17500

    FLANAGAN, Roderick J. (1826-1862)

    The Aborigines of Australia. (Presentation copy inscribed by the author’s brother)

    Sydney : Edward F. Flanagan and George Robinson, 1888. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked blue cloth boards (rubbed) with gilt device to front, spine lettered in gilt (softened at head, cloth chipped at foot), frontispiece portrait of the author, verso of title inscribed ‘Presented to W.P. Byrne by the author’s brother Edward F. Flanagan, …

  • # 18165

    Short tours round and about Brisbane

    Brisbane : Queensland Government Tourist Bureau, circa 1960. Tourist brochure, single sheet, four panels, printed in colour. Day tours from Brisbane.

  • # 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 …

  • # 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.

  • # 15788

    DIGGLES, Silvester (1817-1880)

    The ornithology of Australia : being illustrations of 244 Australian birds, with descriptive letter-press.

    [Brisbane : Printed for the author by T.P. Pugh, 1866-1870]. Folio, nineteenth century gilt-lettered cloth (joints a little worn), bookplate to the front pastedown of English ornithologist George Dawson Rowley, manuscript list of plates tipped-in, manuscript title leaf supplied (lacking the printed title), unpaginated, 126 hand-coloured lithographed plates, heightened with gum arabic, each with an accompanying …

  • # 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.