Online Catalogues

K is for Kangaroo

A light-hearted selection of kangaroo games and alphabets, celebrating one of our favourite marsupials. It includes: alphabet primers featuring the letter “K for Kangaroo”; a range of educational books, games and puzzles; and a selection of beautiful kangaroo plates.

Hawaii 2016

A selection of rare books and prints on the Hawaiian islands, from first discovery to the late nineteenth century. It includes: Captain Cook and Hawaii; surreptitious accounts written by sailors aboard the third voyage; and the French and Russian expeditions of scientific enquiry; as well as  Mission Press books,social history and ethnography.

Cartography

A diverse selection of cartographic material from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. In addition to freestanding maps the list includes bound volumes with their charts as issued, as well as a separate section of historically significant atlases. The list concludes with some scarce books relating to the history of map-making, and a handful of recently published reference books.

Convict history and transportation

The penal history of Australia, presented in an eclectic range of books, reports and manuscripts. Some unusual items are included, including a nineteenth-century needlework sampler featuring a ditty about Botany Bay, and a lengthy autograph manuscript regarding convicts and prisons by Alexandre Dumas, the author of 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.

Missionaries in Australia and the South Pacific

A survey of Missionary activity in Australia, the South Pacific and beyond, from the late eighteenth-century to relatively recent times. Of special interest are Australian Aboriginal grammars, historical accounts of the London Missionary Society and Hawaiian mission press bibles. Some New Zealand pamphlets have been included, and a small number of items relate to East Asia.

Scandinavia

Antiquarian books with a Scandinavian imprint, or a biographical connection, shed light on the common early history of Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. This selection also includes Pacific voyage books, and related maritime works.

Van Diemen's Land

Books and prints relating to early Tasmanian history, including much fascinating material on convict discipline and reform, the administration of George Arthur, and the end of the transportation era. Emigration guides and the Hobart Town Almanacs provide insights into the day-to-day affairs of free settlers, while scenic views and prints depict the growth of townships from the wilderness. 

Inland exploration

Printed material on the exploration of the Australian interior, with special emphasis on South Australia and the central deserts. Many are fine copies from the library of Dr. Robert Edwards AO in attractive Sangorski & Sutcliffe bindings.

Gold in Australia

Books and manuscripts relating to the Australian gold rushes. A wide range of material is included, encompassing legal and technical reports, geological surveys, the art of prospecting, day-to-day life on the goldfields and social history of the era. Most are from the gold-rush era of the mid-nineteenth century, although a few later items relate to prospecting in northern Australia and central desert geological surveys. A handful of fictional works, including stories for children, are also included for good measure.

Of particular historical importance are the official reports into the Eureka stockade, and material relating to the history of Chinese miners on the Australian fields.