Welcome to Hesperian Press
Hesperian Press has been publishing Real Australian Books since 1969 when its principal, Peter Bridge, first published technical material. The current program commenced in 1979 and Hesperian now has published over 500 titles, with up to 20 works in progress at any time.
PLEASE NOTE: Any book title starting with "The" - the second word of the title is used to list by.
All prices quoted are in Australian currency and include GST. * Short trade discount.
Amongst Stone Age People in the Queensland Wilderness
by Eric Mjoberg
Translated by FM Fryer, Edited by Asa Ferrier and Rod Ritchie.
ISBN 978-0-85905-593-2, (New 2014), 421pp , 160 x 250, heavily  illustrated + 4 colour plates, casebound, dj, 1.3kg,
$110 .00* + POST
Published in Swedish in 1918 and now available for the first time in English. A magnificent book on Eric Mjoberg's North Queensland anthropological and natural history collecting expedition. Rarely seen photos of NQ Aboriginals, ethnographic items, tropical rainforests and their endemic animals.
A small run with only a few casebound so Queenslanders please do not delay.
The Australian Medicine Man
(Der Australische Medizenmann)
by Helmut Petri
ISBN 978-0-85905-583-3, (2014, New), 206pp, SC – French flap, 160 x 250, 515g.
$55.00* + POST
Available for the first time in English, Petri’s landmark 1952 book on Aboriginal medicine men, shamans, witchdoctors. With a Foreword by Susan Bradley and Introduction by Kim Akerman.
The second volume of a trilogy of translations of Petri’s important work in a culture now destroyed.
Before Coolgardie I
Colonial mineral discoveries and mining, a listing to 17 September 1892
by Peter J Bridge
ISBN 978-0-85905-579-6, (2014, new), Softcover, A4, illustrated, 120pp, 350 g.
$30.00* + POST
A detailed listing and text of the discoveries from 1829 to Bayley and Ford. Essential reference for historians and prospectors. The culmination of decades of collecting data.
Before Coolgardie II
The Prospectors of the Yilgarn
by Peter J Bridge
ISBN 978-0-85905-580-2, (2014, new), softcover, A4, illustrated, 158pp, 450g.
40.00* + POST
The definitive history of the rushes to Golden Valley and Southern Cross up to the discovery of Coolgardie.
Biographies and photos of the main prospectors involved. This book gives far more detail than any other on the subject, and uncovers much previously unknown material.
The First Actor on the Goldfields
by Tom Cannam
ISBN 978-0-85905-577-2, (2014, new), 15pp, SC, B5, 40g
$8.00 + POST
English actor ‘Tom Cannam’, Thomas Arthur Sowden, 1863-1940s, arrived in Australia in 1891 and soon ended up at the Coolgardie rush. A long life on the stage made him a household name between the wars. This is his autobiographical account of his travails in early Coolgardie.
Mungilli : Poor Little Fella
by Maureen Herbert
ISBN 978-0-85905-588-8, (2014, new), Softcover, A4, well illustrated - some colour, 111pp, 325g
$30.00* + POST
Maureen and Trevor Herbert, on a desert expedition with Dr Bill Peasley, found a half starved desert dingo and he adopted them.
This is the story of their times together, enlightened by the correspondence of Mungilli and Dr Bill.
A good read for those interested in desert travel, wildlife, and people.
A Bicycle Dreaming from Belgium to Broome
by Antoine Bloeman
ISBN 978-0-85905- 589-5, (2014, New), 160 x 250, illustrated, SC, 213pp, 580grams
$40.00 + POST
Antoine Bloemen exploded on the wider public in 1997, when, as a magistrate in the North, he introduced innovative forms of solving social problems among Aboriginal offenders. Asking a young recidivist what he really wanted elucidated the illuminating answer of, ‘a bike.’ The promise of a bike for three months abstinence from court appearances changed the life of both parties.
Antoine’s life from a Belgian peasant to slushy to feckless sailor to American paratrooper to Australian lawyer and magistrate is a storyline that is usually restricted to novels of romance.
No Regrets is to be launched by the Chief Justice of Western Australia on the 25 November.
Escape from the Rising Sun
by Allen Metherell
ISBN 978-0-85905- 581-9, (2014, new), Softcover, well illustrated, 206pp, 575 g
$45.00* + POST
Fleeing the Japanese onslaught from Singapore the Metherell family landed in Darwin and boarded an MMA Lockheed 10A Electra, RMA Gascoyne for Broome. The plane crashed in the Leopold ranges, 60 miles from Derby. This is the detailed story of the planes discovery, rescue of the survivors and the repair and the final flight to safety. The unique collection of photographs greatly enhances the book.
The Last Outposts
From Port of Pearls to Desert Sands.
A Flying Doctor in North Western Australia
by William Peasley
ISBN 978-0-85905-586-4, (2014, New), A4, SC, illustrated, 3pp colour, 152pp, 450g,
$40.00* + POST
In 1956 Bill Peasley set off overland to WA with his family, a beloved jaguar, and a medical degree.
He started practice in Derby and there commenced an affair with the bush which is still going strong. This book covers his time in the NW and Kimberley, the people and places, incidents both clinical and recreational and is a welcome read for all old hands of the North.
The story of Stephen Montague Stout
by Irma Walter
ISBN 978-0-85905-565-9, (2014, New), A4, illustrated, SC, 162pp, 455g
$35.00* + POST
Stephen Montague Stout was one of the 10,000 convicts sent to WA in the 1850s. His education, personal charm and intelligence both charmed and antagonised the colonials. Starting as a teacher he became a renowned photographer, journalist, and publisher.
This is one of the most interesting colonial biographies to have been written and will create a wider audience for our almost forgotten past.
His numerous descendants contain those that have reached the pinnacles of success in Australian life.
The Western Australian Explorations of John Septimus Roe 1829-1849
edited by Marion Hercock
ISBN 978-0-85905-527-7, (2014, New), Casebound, dj, 160x240, Illustrated, 726 pp, 1.9kg
$100.00* + POST
The long awaited complete collection of Surveyor General Roe’s expeditions from the Western Australian Explorers’ Diaries Project. Contains appendices on the plants, animals, and navigation. Fully indexed.
Gold and Ghosts volumes. We have been inundated, harassed, and aggravated by enquiries for these out of print books. Please do not contact Hesperian as we are no longer the publishers, all rights having been reasserted by the author long ago.
All Hesperian Press books are prepared, printed and published in Perth.
Many years ago, due to the stranglehold that certain local companies had on the industry, we printed in Singapore, but those days are long past.
We do not subscribe to printing in mainland China, a degenerate habit of several of our “reptile contemporaries,” as the old goldfield’s papers termed other “rags”.
It appears that the more taxpayer funds that are received by these PC groups, the quicker they send the dollars offshore. The use of overseas slave labour does not appear to result in the lowering of local prices, or to substantially increase the viability of said groups. CCP cannibalistic murder for thought crimes, where the prisoner's organs are sold to local and foreign scum for transplants, makes accessories after the fact all who trade with China, in some of the worst mass murders of this century.
Just because we are anti-China does not mean we support the USSA-UK, which are actually far worse, not the least because they should know better. If you do not understand by now who the real enemy is (vide Pogo) then it is time you did the world a favour. There is little doubt that the Earth has never seen a greater degeneracy than that exhibited by the USA-UK 1% and their satanic incubus. It has been hard work to descend to that level, and it's a 'one way' street.
Localisation, not globalisation.
We believe that one must support the nation that breeds you and feeds you, both physically and spiritually. Exporting our jobs is like exporting our raw minerals, it only benefits a comprador class of parasites.
"While this photograph may be on a slant, nothing about the book production is. Overseas printing using cheap labour is expensive when local industries and jobs are lost. Support quality printing in Western Australia."