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Robert BrownSPECIAL PRICE $20.00 plus P & H

Robert Brown - botanist with Matthew Flinders, by Janette Gathe - Mollie Edgecombe - Bevan Carter

This book contains a brief description ofthe 1801 voyage to Australia of the Investigator under the command of Matthew Flinders, a short biography of Robert Brown and over 80 beautiful photographs of Western Australian plants. During a four week stay in Albany and adjacent places on the south coast of Western Australia, Brown collected over 600 specimens of local plants, many of which still have the original name he gave them. Examples: Fringed lily Thysanotus multiflorus; Kingia australis, Bristly cottonhead Conostylis setigera, Cowslip orchard Caladenia flava, Blueberry lily Dianella revoluta, Wedge leaved dampiera Dampiera linearis, Christmas tree Nutsia floribunda, Prickly Moses Acacia pulchella, Poverty bush Eremophila alternifolia, one sided bottle brush Calothamnus quadrifidus, Scarlet runner Kennedia prostrata, Holly leaf Banksia Banksia ilicifolia, Catkin Grevillea Grevillea synapheae, Prickly Hakea Hakea amplexicaulis, Pixie Mops Petrophile linearis, Sandalwood Santalum spicatum, Reed trigger plant Stylidium junceum. Some images are of plants named after Brown like Brunonia australis in recognition of his botanical work on Australian plants. Brown was still naming Western Australian plants after the Swan River had been colonized by the British; the genus Stirlingia was named after James Stirling the first Governor of Western Australia.




Nyungah LandSPECIAL PRICE $10.00 plus P & H


Nyungah Land - Records of Invasion and Theft of Aboriginal Land on the Swan River 1829-1850

by Bevan Carter with Lynda Nutter. Foreword by Robert Bropho


Nyungah Land is a collection of documents written by the British Colonists that:

· names the Aboriginal owners of the land on the Swan River.

· outlines measures taken by the landowners to persuade the invaders to leave.

· outlines measures taken by the British to stay - their ‘shock and awe’ policy.

· reveals the disruption and loss caused to the lives of the original owners.

· reveals moral misgivings of some Colonists at taking someone else’s land and food.

· reveals early massacres in the Swan Valley.


James StirlingPRICE $19.95 plus P & H

James Stirling and the Birth of the Swan River Colony - by Pamela Statham Drew

James  Stirling and the Birth of the Swan River Colony, is a small-illustrated volume about the first Governor of Western Australia. It is a condensed version of the outstanding 655 page biography by Pamela Statham Drew, which was launched in 2003. As the launcher of that book, Governor John Sanderson, has said, both versions make absorbing reading. Stirling’s story is an integral part of the struggle of empire building that characterised the first half of the 19th Century,  and his leadership, ambition and courage match those of many celebrated British heroes of that period. Without him we might have had a very different Australia with the Western third speaking a different language. The beautifully illustrated short version of his adventures brings to life for a wider audience the story of how Western Australia began, and the story of the man who started it all.


Swan River Letters PRICE $30.00 plus P & H

Swan River Letters Volume 1 - Collected and edited by Ian Berryman

Swan River Letters Volume 1 is a significant and original contribution to the literature on the founding and early history of the Swan River Colony in Western Australian.

Based on the editor’s extensive study of British and colonial newspapers, the book has two parts. The first part is an essay detailing the reaction in Britain which followed the receival of the first news from the colony. By an unfortunate mischance, the first news was not the official despatches, or letters from colonists, but consisted of second or third-hand rumours of disaster that has been passed on by a shopkeeper living on the remote island of St Helena. As a result, the new colony suffered a near-fatal setback – emigration from Britain ceased, and Western Australia acquired a bad name which lasted for decades afterwards.

The main part of the book contains annotated transcripts of over one hundred letters and reports from Swan River colonists that were published in contemporary newspapers and pamphlets. These letters, most of them previously unknown, include a letter from James Stirling himself. Written during the voyage from Britain to Cape Town, it gives a unique insight into Stirling’s plans and hopes for the new colony. Other correspondents include William Stirling (the Governor’s cousin), Alexander Collie, Thomas Hester, C.D. Ridley, James Purkis, Alfred Stone and John and Joseph Hardey. Although most of the letters are from the middle-class colonists, there are some from tradesmen and servants, which are among the very few known letters from working-class colonists.

In the Foreword, Emeritus Professor R.T. Appleyard describes this book as ‘a goldmine of information on the early years at the Swan River colony’, which ‘will be an essential reference for scholars’.