To Hell and Gone

To Hell and Gone - Penryn Goldman

This book, at first glance, appears to be just another old travel book concerning selected parts of the  globe, however to those interested in Australian History, it’s pages give a large amount of detail on a trip taken by an 18 year old English aristocrat, nephew of Sir Penny Goldman, Viceroy of India, who was determined to see the regions of the British Empire.

Penryn Goldman (Monck) who, upon acquiring a 1926 Baby Austin car, made a unique trip from Adelaide to Daly Waters in the Northern Territory via the undeveloped “Australian Outback” now famously called “The Never Never land.”

Travel with Penny as he heads for Darwin, only to have the body of his second hand Austin collapse at Daly Waters.

After joining newly made friends Frank and Win Wright of Melbourne, he journeys with them in the 1925 Vauxhall Tourer back to Roto in central New South Wales.

An exciting book on human endeavour in early Australia.

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  • Released 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-9941510-6-3
  • Written by Penryn Goldman
  • Price $45 Aus plus postage.

John Fairfield – The Overlander

John Fairfield - The Overlander

This book is a novel written by Peter Beveridge based on actual events of that time.

It is thought to have been written in 1862 in the lounge room of the Tyntyndyer Homestead, near Swan Hill

The term “Overlander” generally applies to those pioneering men and women who braved the wilderness to walk their sheep and cattle over long distances to remote  areas where new runs and  stations were being created.

Livestock was also walked to newly created towns such as Melbourne, Adelaide and others and to the new goldfields that had come into existence following the discovery of gold in the 1850’s

Although place names are not mentioned, it is possible to re-create a pathway of where the Overlander’s of this book traversed.

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  • Released 2016
  • Written by Peter Beveridge
  • Price $45 Au, plus postage
  • ASRP Catalogue Number 2009

Old Times in the Bush of Australia

Old Times in the Bush of Australia

In March, 1839, James Kirby was requested to commit his early experiences in the Australian bush to paper by the then Governor General of Australia Lord Hopetoun.

The Kirby family along with the Beveridge family, who were then living at Mercer’s Vale organised an exploratory party to search for new lands to better their pastoral existence.

Arriving at Major Mitchell’s Swan Hill, the two Kirby brothers and the two Beveridge brothers set up a station which they called Tyntyndyer, ten miles down stream.

From this beginning and following the murder by natives of Andrew Beveridge at Piangil Station, the brothers left the district and became store keepers, stock and station agents, hotel proprietors and lessees of three large properties in and around Casterton in Victoria’s Western District.

James has included in this 1896 book, the first meeting with the local tribe of the Watti Watti people of the Tyntynder and Poon Boon area, the killing of Andrew, several tales of station life in and around Casterton and his final occupation of a station at Minyip.

An excellent, factual book written from first hand experience.

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  • Released 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-9941510-5-6
  • Written by James Kirby
  • Price $45 Au, plus postage
  • ASRP Catalogue Number 2042

Two Historic Gumtrees – Revisited

'Two Historic Gumtrees', Burke and Wills

Two Historic Trees is a transcription of a report commissioned in 1928 to investigate and report on two important trees relevant to the Burke and Wills Expedition of 1860 – 1861.

Confusion existed in many quarters at that time as to which tree was which, also which was the tree that Robert Burke died under, and the tree that became known as the Depot Tree or as we know it today the Dig Tree.

Another factor prompting this report was in which State each tree was located.

Two Historic Trees is a minor document in some ways, however it does show the diligence and effort that people with a passion for Australian history will go to in recording the true details of an event.

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  • Released 2016
  • ISBN – 978-0-9941510-4-9
  • Written by Charles Fenner
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The Memorial History of Melbourne


This transcription is of a book written by Isaac Selby and funded by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Published in 1924, Lecturer and Historian Selby relates the history of Melbourne using the Old Melbourne Cemetery as a lead-in to people and events that shaped that city from its inception up to 1924. The book contains much information about the founder of Melbourne John Batman and dispels the claims of others who, even today, claim otherwise. He commends the growth of charitable institutions, the arts, free education, science and industry. He comments on the creation of the eight hour working day and the white Australia Policy. There is a chapter relating to the early history of the suburbs.

Throughout the story he continually refers to the efforts, skills and qualities of Batman. He led a lobby for the erection of a statue of John Batman and campaigned vigorously against the relocation of the Old Melbourne Cemetery.

Excellent reading for those interested in authentic Melbourne history.

Samuel McCaughey – Revisited

Samuel McGaughey – Revisited


This is the story of Samuel McCaughey, an Irishman who came to Australia in 1856.

Walking from Melbourne to Horsham he commenced his life as a Pastoralist/Squatter, becoming one of the largest and richest land holders in Australia.

He is remembered by his massive achievements in water management in which he created a diversion dam on the Murrumbidgee river, moving the water down normally dry creeks and billabongs into distribution channels which brought the soil to life allowing him to create what was to become a famous sheep stud.

He introduced the Vermont breed of sheep known as wrinklies, however he moved back to the merino strain. His inventions are an be seen in museums and displays across the Riverina.

On each of his pastoral stations he created well-constructed, solid buildings of which many are still being used today. He became a member of the Legislative Council which secured the passage of the Australian Federation Bill and was a great philanthropist making large contributions to many organisations including Schools and Universities. He was knighted in 1905.

Conrick of Nappa Merrie

Conrick-of-Nappa-MerrieThis is the story of John Conrick, who as an eighteen year old from Tower Hill near Warrnambool assembled a mob of cattle and with others walked them to the Cooper Creek in Queensland.

He took up a selection of land known by the Aborigines of the area as “Gnappa Merri” (Water and Sandhill).

Nappa Merri became famous in Australian history as the location of the Burke and Wills expedition “Dig Tree” and the location where Wills passed away.

A man of incredible physical strength, Conrick persevered through droughts, floods and isolation to establish first a cattle station then, as markets changed he introduced sheep and wool to his activities, excelling in both. He owned and bred several racehorses

Conrick was the man who blazed and opened the now famous Strzelecki track which ultimately gave pastoralists access to the Adelaide stock markets.

His story tells of his first contacts with the native population. Nappa Merrie remains a model Coopers creek cattle station.

A true pioneer by any standard, this book by Helen Mary Tolcher is a fine easy to read history of a most intriguing part of Australia.

William Westgarth’s Australia Felix

William Westgarth’s Australia Felix


Arriving in Melbourne in December 1840, William Westgarth became a leading citizen of that township and a prominent recorder of the history of “Australia Felix” the name accorded to the southern portion of NSW by Major Thomas Mitchell.

This narrative gives the reader an uncluttered view of the founding days of the colony of Victoria and an insight into the lives of the aboriginal inhabitants of that time. It also gives an insight into how the British Government setup their respective colonies and of the controls placed upon the local administrators.

Classified as a rare book, this transcribed version will no doubt assist the modern reader to understand more fully the bounteous treasure of the land we have inherited from our forefathers.

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  • Released 2014
  • ISBN 978-0-9941510-0-1
  • Written by William Westgarth
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