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.
THIS MONTHS SPECIALS
5 books, $100 worth for $60 plus post.
Aboriginal String figures, All in my stride, All men back, Along the road to Cue, The apotheosis of the kero tin.
No mix and match.
Australia's Fighting Sons of the Empire
– portraits and biographies of Australians in the Great War.
ISBN 978-0-85905-568-0, (1922, 2014), illustrated, indexed, 240 x 300, (A4 plus) Section sewn with stiffened soft cover and French flaps, glossed paper, 298pp, 1.4 kg.
$95.00* + POST - Interstate post is $14.80 (express) or $13.40. Perth are $6.50.
This difficult to obtain book was first published in 1922 after a troubled gestation. Many of the original copies have disintegrated due to binding problems. It is now available again in an attractive facsimile edition. Contains over 1450 biographies and illustrations of the soldiers. This is a book that will become a family heirloom.
The Golden Era of Animal Health
The History of Disease Control in Farm Animals in Western Australia 1829 – 1990
by Fred Newman with Alex Williams
ISBN 978-0-85905-574-1, (2014, New), A4, 93pp, illustrated, 280 grams.
$30.00* + POST
Through the years a stock inspector has been; a stockman, bush vet, bush lawyer, and as a public servant committed and dedicated to protecting, improving and enhancing livestock production throughout the State of Western Australia.
Gold Fields Maps of the early 1900s
WA Mines Department
ISBN 978-0-85905-569-7, (1905-8, 2014), A4, 56pp, 180grams.
$22.00* + POST
A reprint of the rare booklets of WA goldfields maps supplied to the early prospectors. Essential for goldfields historians and modern prospectors.
Gim! Gold stealing tales and trials of in the Golden West
By Peter J Bridge
ISBN 978-0-85905-575-8, (2014), A4, 175 pp, 505grams.
$35.00* + POST
Gold stealing was a way of life on the WA goldfields. It still continues in the boardrooms of the corporations in which are ensconced only the 'best' people. In our Darwinian economy only the most brazen and successful thieves survive to rob again. Many Westralian fortunes were and are built on these rorts. But it is usually the small miner who got caught. These latter stories have become part of the folklore of the goldfields.
Lieutenant Bunbury's Australian Sojourn
The letters and journals of Lt. H.W. Bunbury, 21st Royal North Fusiliers, 1834-1837
Edited by JMR Cameron and Phyllis Barnes
ISBN 978-85905-551-2, (2014, New), 298pp, illust., case bound, dj, 685 grams
$70.00* + POST
Henry William St Pierre Bunbury, after whom the City of Bunbury in Western Australia is named, was a professional soldier, the son and nephew of distinguished professional soldiers. He was just 21 years old when he sailed for the Australian colonies in charge of the military guard on the convict transport Susan. Between his arrival in Sydney in July 1834 and his departure in November 1837, he spent 10 months in New South Wales as aide-de-camp to Governor Bourke, 9 months in Van Diemen's Land, and 21 months in Western Australia.
Sir James Mitchell
Premier and Governor of Western Australia
By Bruce Devenish
ISBN 978-0-85905-528-4, (2014), 227pp, Soft Cover, French flaps, illustrated, 550 grams
$35.00 + POST
This first definitive biography of one of the State's notable historical figures is well overdue. Foremost in promoting the wheat industry, Sir James Mitchell served his State wearing many hats, being at various times banker, farmer, parliamentarian, Premier, Lieutenant Governor and universally acclaimed Governor.
Sand and Stone
Pt 1. Colonists and Convicts
Pt 2. Pastoralists and Prospectors
By Kevin Moran
ISBN 978-0-85905-572-7, ISBN 978-0-85905-573-4, (2000, 2013), A4, 730 pp, Soft cover, illustrated, indexed, 2kg.
$140.00*. + POST
Sold only as a set.
A magnificent overview of the colony from a police perspective. Contains a great deal not available elsewhere.
Memories of Life in Fiji During Four Decades. 1924-1953
By Reginald Caten
ISBN 978-85905-570-3, (2014, new), 217pp, soft cover, 355 grams.
$45.00 + POST
With a preface by Phillip Snow. A lyrical and entertaining observation of life in the tropics. The stories of the people of various races, their life and foibles are described by a quintessential Englishman whose love of all the islands and their people shines through in a thoroughly readable book for all who either lived in, visited, or merely dreamed of a South Seas paradise. This is Hawaii or Tahiti without the Jmurcans.
THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN EXPLORERS’ DIARIES PROJECT INC.
“Work Completed, Canning”
A Comprehensive History of the Canning Stock Route
1906 – 2010
by Phil Bianchi
ISBN 978-0-85905-549-9, (2013 New), 724pp, 274 photos, 38 maps, casebound, dust jacket, 1kg+
$120.00* + POST
Stiffened soft cover $85.00* + POST
The story of Alfred W. Canning and the development and subsequent use of the 1800 kilometre long Canning Stock Route from Halls Creek to Wiluna is told in this new volume.
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.