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.
Bang-em-all. Bush life, and death, on the Gascoyne
Bangemall and the Thomas River Police Station
by Peter J Bridge, with Gail Dreezens
ISBN 978-0-85905-512-3, (2013, New), A4, Illustd., 260 pp, 710 grams
$50.00* + POST
Bangemall, a Gascoyne mining village, 290 km ENE of Carnarvon, near Mt Augustus, cut a swathe through WA history in the 1890s.
Lonely graves, lost gold mines, death by thirst, suicide and native attack. Cattle and gold, natives, cops and crooks, prospectors and gold, in an eye opening collection of details of a forgotten mining town and region.
Frank Hann’s Lolworth Diaries 1866-1875
Transcribed and edited by Ian Elliot
ISBN 978-0-85905-547-5, (2013, New), A4, illustd., 192pp, 515 grams
$50.00* + POST
The long awaited precursor to Do Not Yield to Despair. Frank Hann’s early days in North Queensland. Annotated and indexed. Cattle Cape mining, characters, conflict, social and family life. Essential for any work on the period in N. Q.
In the Hands of Providence
The desert journeys of David Carnegie
by Bill Peasley
ISBN 978-0-85905-530-7, (2013), A4, illustrated, 246pp, 675g
$45.00* + POST
This is a facsimile of the original ms before it was cut for the earlier and much smaller edition. Contains photos, maps, sketches, etc. An essential companion to Spinifex and Sand.
Also contains an appendix on the death of Stansmore and the finding of his burial site.
Landlords of the Iron Shore
John Slade Durlacher, with an Introduction by Dr Peter Gifford
ISBN 978-0-85905-539-0, (New 2013), 106pp, illustrated, 275g
$25.00 + POST
J. S. Durlacher was a Pilbara pastoralist with a great interest in native customs. In 1900 he wrote his reminiscences of these, together with a unique series of sketches.
Lost for a century his fascinating descriptions are now available courtesy of the Roebourne Shire and Rio Tinto Iron Ore.
The Magic Snake
Billy Miller Linklater
ISBN 978-0-85905-371-6, (1946 R 2013), 96pp, illustrated, 205g
$26.00* + POST
Billy was the author of Gather No Moss, a NT classic. He wrote of the Territory when it was young. These are his collected legends of the Warramunga tribe among whom he lived and worked for many years. A forgotten classic of the North.
The String of the Last Wreath
The Hall’s Creek goldfields diary of Henry Berand
transcribed by Ray Scott
ISBN 978-0-85905-553-6, (New, 2013), A4, 74pp, illustrated, 230 grams.
$22.00* + POST
Henry Berand emigrated from Prussia to Australia, via New Zealand, around 1852, apparently following the Gold Rushes in the Eastern States. About 1887 Henry with his young wife and daughter migrated to the Kimberley Gold Fields at Halls Creek in search of their fortune.
Unfortunately, his wife Harriett died in 1890 leaving Henry to care for their 2 year old daughter, Ruby May. By 1896 Henry could see that the Goldfields were no place for a widower to raise a daughter, and so, after he and Ruby each laid a last wreath on Harriett's grave, they set out to return to Harriett's Family in the East.
This is Henry's story from that decision until close to his death in 1913. It is a factual account of the early Kimberley goldfields and the place of the Prospectors, Businessmen and Families of the time.
There’s Gold There – Look For It
ISBN 978-0-85905-544-4, (R New 2013), A4, 128pp, 380g
$30.00* + POST
60 true tales of real finds and lost mines from Queensland to the Kimberley. Treasures from the files of John Drayton, prospector and journalist of the 1890s to 1940s. This could be the jackpot for a modern prospector. With a biographical introduction by Peter J Bridge.
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.
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.