• # 19743

    CHIRNSIDE, Andrew Spencer (1818-1890)

    [WESTERN DISTRICT] Autograph letter of Andrew Chirnside, Carranballac Station, who writes to his bank manager in Ballarat regarding his profligate son, Andrew.

    [Carranballac Station, Victoria, April 1885]. Manuscript in ink on single sheet of watermarked laid paper, 200 x 125 mm, written on both sides; headed ‘Carranballac, 9th April, 85’, and addressed to ‘The Manager, Union Bank, Ballarat’; signed in full ‘Andrew Chirnside’ at the foot; original folds, in fine condition. The Scottish brothers Thomas Chirnside (1815-1887) …

  • # 19629

    GRAHAM-STEWART, Michael; McWHANNELL, Francis; DICKSON, Jonathan

    Bitter fruit : Australian photographs to 1963

    Melbourne : Michael Graham-Stewart, 2017. Quarto (285 x 230 mm), cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket, 280 pp, illustrated in colour throughout with hundreds of photographs documenting the collision of Indigenous Australian and European cultures; the photographs, ranging in date from the 1850s to the 1960s and taken in every region of Australia, represent some …

  • # 19494

    BENNETT, Mary M. (1881-1961)

    Human rights for Aborigines : how can they learn without a teacher?

    Brisbane : Printed by “Truth” and “Sportsman” Ltd., [1957?]. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers (sunned at edges), lower wrapper with map of Central and Western Aboriginal Reserves and the Rocket Range, staple bound, 63 pp, illustrated, a fine copy. An important work by a significant advocate of Aboriginal rights, based to a large extent on Bennett’s …

  • # 18928

    STANFORD, Edward

    Map of the province of Victoria (Australia,) showing all the roads, rivers, towns, counties, gold diggings, sheep & cattle stations, &c.

    London : Edward Stanford, s.n. [c. 1860]. Engraved map, 480 x 730 mm, dissected and laid on linen, original hand colouring, housed in publisher’s cloth case with paper title label. A fine copy. An attractive and detailed map of the newly formed colony of Victoria at the height of the gold rush, showing the newly …

  • # 12178

    GREAT BRITAIN. COLONIAL OFFICE. [ARROWSMITH, John, 1790-1873]; [GIPPS, George Sir, 1791-1847]

    [STRZELECKI] Return to an address of the Honorable the House of Commons, dated 26 February 1841

    : for, copy of a despatch from Sir G. Gipps, Governor of New South Wales, to the Secretary of State for the colonies, transmitting a report of the progressive discovery and occupation of that colony during the period of his administration of the government. [London] : Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be printed, …

  • # 19164


    [MELBOURNE; CINEMA] New Screen News. Volume 8, number 11. October 13, 1945. [Hoyts Suburban Theatres’ 25th Anniversary issue]

    Melbourne : Hoyts Theatres Ltd, 1945. Folio, original pictorial wrappers featuring Vivian Austin inviting readers ‘to celebrate Hoyts Suburban Theatres’ 25th Anniversary’, lower wrapper featuring Errol Flynn in Gentleman Jim and Rosalind Russell in Roughly Speaking; 11 pp, photographically illustrated throughout; a fine copy. This extra-large format Anniversary issue of Hoyts’ New Screen News previews …

  • # 19012


    The Regent, Melbourne. Souvenir programme. Direction: Hoyts Theatres Ltd.

    [Also titled]. The Regent, Melbourne. Direction: Hoyts Theatres Ltd. Managing Directors G.F. Griffith & F.W. Thring. Erected to the enhancement of the Motion Picture and allied Arts, dedicated and opened Friday March 15th 1929. [Melbourne] : Hoyts Theatres Ltd, 1929. Large quarto (310 x 250 mm), original decorative wrappers (some mild foxing and creasing), [20] pp, with …

  • # 16379

    Sands and Kenny

    The Victoria gold ready reckoner

    Carefully revised. Commencing at £3 and terminating at £4. 5s 9d per ounce. Melbourne: Sands and Kenny, 1857. Sextodecimo, cloth bound blind-embossed boards with gilt lettering to upper board, 218 pp, one gathering with soiling and wear from use, most liking during mining activities, advertisement endpapers, charming contemporary ownership inscription of a gold miner ‘A. …

  • # 19158


    [MELBOURNE] Mechanics’ Institute, Cheltenham … S. G. Barrett’s Excelsior Pictures Entertainers.

    The following artists have been engaged: musical director, Charles Jarvis, Australia’s leading pianiste … Arthur Cooper, brilliant tenor … Miss May White, the popular refined balladist … Jack Elton, comedian … Jarvis, creative juggler and hoop spinner … Humorous and Interesting Pictures just arrived will be shown for the first time …. [Melbourne] : S.G. …

  • # 19209

    "Julian Thomas, Le Vagabond" [JAMES, John Stanley]

    [WINE] Victoria en 1889

    At head of title: Australie, en avant!, 1789-1889. Melbourne : Robert S. Brain, Imprimeur du Gouvernement, [1889].  Large octavo, original cloth-backed stiff wrappers, pp [8], 56, with folding map and 24 lithographed plates (the last plate with small perforation); a good copy. Illustrated catalogue promoting the Colony of Victoria’s display at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, …

  • # 19213

    RAYMOND, James (compiler)

    The New South Wales Calendar and General Post Office Directory, 1833

    [Sydney] : [Stephens &​ Stokes], [1832 or 1833]. Octavo, original half morocco over marbled boards, rebacked, preserving the original gilt decorated backstrip; front pastedown with early binder’s label of William Moffitt, King Street, Sydney, and twentieth century bookplate; front free-endpaper with a presentation inscription from the Sydney shipping agents Messrs. Aspinall, Brown & Co., Sydney …

  • # 19197

    The Victorian Schoolmaster and literary review (complete)

    Vol. 1, No. 1 – vol. 1, No. 12. Melbourne : Alex. M’Kinley & Co., 1879 – 1880. Twelve issues (complete), contemporary cloth binding by Alex. Greig of Fitzroy, lettered in gilt to spine, bookplate to front free endpaper, pp. 156, institutional stamp with cancel stamp from the Melbourne Teacher’s College Library to the first …

  • # 19145

    HARRIS, John William (1835-1901)

    [WESTERN DISTRICT] An “at-home” card for the Harris family, “Warrowitur”, Beaufort, February 1891.

    Gilt-edged card, 75 x 115 mm, printed recto only in gold, with the guest’s name in manuscript ‘Mr. and Mrs. Harris request the pleasure of [Miss Robertson’s] company on Thursday Evening, February 19th, 1891, at 8 o’clock. “Warrowitur,”, Beaufort. An early reply will oblige.’; bottom corner crease, otherwise in fine condition. The agricultural township of …

  • # 19160


    [MELBOURNE] The genuine Perfection Stitching Machine … the most perfect stitcher ever built.

    Melbourne : S. Cooke Prop. Ltd., [1937]. Writing blotter, 143 x 225 mm, recto printed in black on silver, with illustration of Cooke’s Perfect Stitching Machine; calendar for April 1937 top right; in fine unused condition, accompanied by its original manila mailing envelope (the promotional blotter was sent to the Avoca Post Office, Victoria).

  • # 19014

    CASEY, Maie

    An Australian story 1837 – 1907 (signed copy)

    Melbourne : Sun Books, 1965. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 181, signed by Casey on the half-title.

  • # 18973

    BROWN, George

    Bendigo goldfield

    Melbourne : Mines Department, 1936. Octavo, printed wrappers, pp. 51, illustrations, folding map. A detailed study of the history and current state of the lines of reef on the Bendigo goldfields. Scarce