Judith Drake Brockman

 

Judith was one of our favourite authors, her book being Wongi Wongi which we published in 2001. This is an important personal memoir that used her own life and background as well as access to then ‘secret’ files to counteract insidious and poisonous anti-white-Australian propaganda that was highly promoted and inflicted upon a generation or so of schoolchildren, through the efforts of communists in a State and Federal government funded publisher and by ‘profits are everything’ corporations.

While her book was vilified by the usual suspects it was reviewed in several sensible journals and used by critical thinkers to awaken the public as to their deception.

Unfortunately codswallop and just plain lies have become the standard of much of the captive media and maggot ridden organisations of all stripes.

Born in 1920, Judith was a record breaking swimmer competing nationally and internationally. But her life story is well told in Wongi Wongi.

For some years Judith had been living in Paddington, Sydney and with her daughter Ashley. She died in late August 2019, so at the age of 99.



Hal Colebatch

 

Hal was an old friend. We first met in the mid-1950s at the Saturday meetings of the WA Naturalists Club held in the basement of the old Perth Museum. We were both ‘loners’ and the calls we followed were not those that most others heard.

In the early 1960s he came caving with WASG at Augusta and never lost his fascination with the exploration of those unknown underground places.

He asked me to be his scrutineer when he stood for Parliament. A hard night’s work.

In 1996 we published his biography of Claude De Bernales, The Magnificent Miner. It is still in print.

A slightly ‘amusing’ story attached to this was the result of arranging by telephone with the personnel of the eponymously named Hannan Street bar for a book launch. Well, we arrived per the Prospector, took a room at a local motel and fronted up to the bar. No one knew anything. It was a disaster. I think we got an interview with a local radio station and maybe with the Kalgoorlie Miner. I never did find out who had set us up, or why. But Hal got a good look around the dilapidated focus of old De Bernales’ fortunes.

I think Hal got badly burnt in a publishing venture set up by a local thieving bullsh artist, who also stripped me, and many others, of hard won funds. In fighting the oleaginous left sometimes it is those in your own ranks who are most likely to do a Brutus. Whether the blow is from left or right the result is the same.

I think this is where our different views were based. Hal appeared to be thinking above the strife of the mundus muckus whereas I had to fight in that dirt. Consequently my views are rather more non-PC.

In later years we lost contact but I did get a call from him only a month ago.

I hope that a complete bibliography of his large and varied literary output will be compiled and published.


 

Leo Laden

1937-2019

 

The passing of Dr Robert David Leopold Kosak Laden, universally known as Leo, on 19 January 2019 was a changing of the zodiac.

There have been few like him and in our degenerate age, with its soul crushing political correctness, aka Leninist claptrap (appropriate for one who died of raging syphilis), most do not want to raise their heads above the parapet.

Leo was the public pox doctor in Perth, and he endured the presence of such illuminating degenerates as the one who had a light bulb lodged in his rectum. His antagonism towards psychopathic sexual perverts is detailed in his bestselling book. 

This led to his early retirement at 54. And for that, all who remember him are thankful.

So when Leo came to me in 1995 with his manuscript of Dicks and Dickheads I have known, there was an instant rapport of like individual minds against the hive.

His public lectures on the subject allowed all those questions which previously many were too embarrassed to ask. The result was almost revolutionary.

The book raised instant antagonism from the ‘Health’ Department as he flatly contradicted the mass propaganda about those poor inoffensive people with AIDS. There were apparently threats of legal action from the government and if it had been anybody but Leo the scum of our bureaucracies might have shut us down.

He empathized with the main MASH characters in their contempt for the irrelevancies of officialdom designed for lesser minds.

Leo was born in London on 18 December 1937 to Georg and Leah Kosak, of Russian and German stock. He grew up in London and was evacuated to Wales during the blitz. His father died just after the war and his mother remarried to a Dr Laden. He never wanted to be a doctor but perhaps this pleased his mother.

He met Daphne at University College whilst performing on stage in a hospital review. Apparently neither the girlfriend nor the acting was supported by his Jewish mother. Lovely Daf remained his best friend who accompanied him everywhere until she passed away in 2017.

He joined the RAF and served as a Flight Lieutenant in Aden but the troubles there and the birth of Guy (1963) and Helen (1965) resulted in returning to Cornwall. A rainstorm in London and shelter in WA House led to his signing up as a doctor in outback Leonora. He built a house at Sorrento. Steven (1968) and Jon arrived (1972). He worked at Heathcote and Graylands as a staff psychiatrist and a Quarantine Officer at Fremantle and the airport.

Tennis clubs, P & C, wide travelling and sporting interests were all played well.

Later their haven at Nowergup with Leo’s arms collection became a place of pilgrimage for all arms collectors.

Leo was a passionate collector since a teenager and his wheeling and dealing in all things military led to his Antique Arms and Armour business and to his Perth Muzzle Loading Club championships and international competitions. His involvement with the SSAA(WA) and his outspokenness regarding licensing matters with the government and police flummoxed them and was a great support for rational licensing.

The Sherlock Holmes Society and re-creations of historical events with the Perth Volunteer Rifles were important catalysts for all in appreciating the historical wealth of the nation.

His interest in things that went bang, like gumnut bombs and cannon, was  appreciated as the editor was also an early disciple of the Big Bang club.

A special edition of the Perth Muzzle Loading Club Inc newsletter, The Black Powder Report, February 2019 is dedicated to Leo.

Unfortunately I could not go to his funeral but Sanghee, Calliope and Celene of Hesperian were there to wave goodbye.

I am indebted to Leo’s children for sending me their funeral orations which gave much detail on this extraordinary chap and old friend.

Peter J Bridge, OAM

 

Norm Manners


1932-2019. The author of Bullwinkel, one of our most popular books.

As is not unusual with many good books, the major publishers based in the multicult hellholes of Melbourne and Sydney, knocked it back. We were happy to publish, both for a hardworking author and an illustrious Australian.

Norm and his good mate, detective Max Baker, had many meetings with us going through the text. The book was launched by the Governor to some acclamation which was only marred by the publication in the local rag of a vicious review organised by their embedded trotskyite termite.

Unfortunately for us Westralians, we have to put up with many of that ilk in our mess media. But what goes round…

 

Len Hill

The passing of Len Hill at Charters Towers on 3 December 2019, was one of those changes marking the irrevocable end of an era. The best of Australia is in its past and the bush life of Len is one that will be a yardstick of the lives of those that straddled the transition between the millenia old droving traditions and the mechanized agribusiness of now. I am proud to have known him. A handmade stockwhip from Len is in easy reach as I write this. He will not need it as he rounds up those scattered celestial stragglers to the strains of Ghostriders.    

Len Hill was born at Mount Barker, Western Australia, on 27 June 1926 and grew up on a farm in the Cranbrook district. The family moved to Perth in 1937 and Len attended Kent Street Central High school. At 16 he became a jackeroo on Tootra Station and later on Carnegie Station in the far north east. As a nineteen year old he was offered the opportunity to be part of a team under boss drover Ben Taylor, to take stock up and then down the Canning Stock Route.

After several years as a stockman, Len moved to the Kimberley, broke horses at Flora Downs Station, and became head stockman. In 1958 he married Robin Richardson and went to manage Nicholson Station near Halls Creek. For most of his twenty five year management stint he was also group manager for four additional stations. With the sale of all the Vestey's Australian Investment Agency Pty, Len then became the manager of Go Go Station for the Emmanuel Brothers for another seven years before retiring to Charters Towers in Queensland in 1989.

During that time, he held numerous civic positions: a Halls Creek Shire Councillor for 15 years including 6 years as Vice President; a member of the Kimberley Zone Development Committee, WA for 8 years: member of the Agricultural Protection Board, Halls Creek for 3 years; president of the East Kimberley Negri Race Club for 6 years; Justice of the Peace, Halls Creek for 6 years.

In 1991 Len was inaugurated into the Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach, Queensland.

His book, Droving with Ben Taylor: Up and down the Canning Stock Route in 1946, (Hesperian Press, 2009.) has become a latter day bush classic. Unfortunately his record of his Kimberley pastoral experiences could not be completed.

Peter J. Bridge.

The funeral eulogy will be published as a HP booklet.




Peasley, William John (Bill)

1927 – 2020

 

William John Peasley was born in the central west of NSW and spent his boyhood on his father’s farm. He left school at the age of fourteen to work on the family farm as a shearer and drovers’ assistant. He enlisted in the 2nd AIF and was a member of the British Occupation Forces in Japan.

In 1950 Bill Peasley was married to Anne Catherine Anderson, and the couple had four sons: Mark, Lloyd, Mitchell and Scott. Anne died in March 2012.

When he left the army in his mid-twenties, Bill decided to study medicine. He was advised that he would have to matriculate first and he was expected to complete five years of high school study in one year. It was a struggle, but Bill matriculated  and commenced studying medicine at the University of Sydney.

In 1955 Bill graduated and the following year, moved to WA, crossing the Nullarbor in a 1946 Mark 4 Jaguar. He spent twelve years working with the State’s North West Medical Service and was stationed at various towns throughout the Pilbara and Kimberley. Via the RFDS he visited and provided medical services to many outback stations. It was in the north-west that he was able to pursue his interest in Aboriginal culture and was privileged to witness secret and sacred rites.

In 1968, Bill and his family travelled to Italy and lived in Rome for three and a half years while he worked for the Australian Migration Office in Rome. He travelled throughout Italy, as well as travelling to Spain in the course of his duties.

After returning to Perth, Bill worked for the Community Health Service, as well as relieving doctors in the north-west. During this time he studied anthropology and continued to follow his interest in Australian history, particularly exploration history.

From the 1970s onwards, Bill Peasley took his recreational interests in the history, geography and the Aboriginal people of outback WA into the field, as well as exploring the archives. His field trips into the remote desert regions of Western Australia included the following:

1974, as medical doctor and participant of the Geraldton Historical Society’s centenary retracing of John Forrest’s 1874 Expedition across central Western Australia.

1975, two journeys on the Commonwealth Railways remote service known as the ‘Tea and Sugar Train’.

1976, member of an expedition to retrace part of the 1896 route taken by David Carnegie. During the expedition the party found Namma and Naomi and their children, Dadina and Boya, who they relocated from the desert to Wiluna.

1977, member of a search expedition to find the nomadic Aboriginals Warri and Yatungka. The couple were found and taken to Wiluna.

1979, researcher and leader of an expedition to retrace Alexander Forrest’s explorations of 1879, from the De Grey River in WA to the Overland Telegraph Line in what is now the  Northern Territory.

1980, with a small party retraced The Calvert Scientific Exploration Expedition’s 1896 route from Geraldton to the Fitzroy River.

1982, completed the retracing of David Carnegie’s 1896 route from Coolgardie to Halls Creek.

1984, travelled with a Pilbara Regiment party of twelve people, from Newman to the Canning Stock Route southwards to Well 18, deviating to the Calvert Range, returning to the CSR to head southwards to Wiluna, then returning to South Hedland via Newman.

1985, with Jim Tough, discovered Charles Stansmore’s grave on the Margaret River in the Kimberley region. (In 1997, Stansmore’s remains and the commemorative plaque were relocated to a site well above the high water level.)

1986, journeyed to Halls Creek and Margaret River to erect a cairn on Charles Stansmore’s Grave.

1996, aged 70, Bill Peasley used camels on a ten week long expedition to retrace Carnegie’s northward  journey of 1896. That year, he also assisted a film crew to complete a documentary on the 1977 rescue of Warri and Yatungka.

1999, followed Carnegie’s 1896 route and confirmed the location of many geographical features.

2000, the Warri and Yatungka retracing expedition, which followed the routes taken in 1977 in search of the two nomads, and during the making of the 1996 documentary.

2001, 2002 and 2006, assisted the Italian botanists Professors Erika and Sandro Pignatti, by leading them through the Great Victoria, Gibson, Great Sandy and Little Sandy Deserts, where they collected over 500 plant specimens.

2004, with a small party, followed the route of the Calvert Expedition with the aim of locating features not found during the 1980 expedition.

2010, an expedition with Mick Hutton and Connie Sue Beadell, travelling from Marble Bar to Halls Creek, much of which was cross-country.

2012, an expedition into the Gibson Desert, and a trip to Patience Well with Martin and Sheree Hayes.

 

The graves of Warri, Yatungka and Mudjon in the Wiluna cemetery were restored by Bill Peasley, Chris Gilbert and Trevor and Maureen Herbert, in November 2000. The grave surrounds, in the same style as used for Stansmore’s grave, were made by Chris Gilbert and the plaques provided by Peasley.

 

Bill Peasley’s investigations, explorations and research have resulted in the following achievements:

 

The publication of six books.

The Last of Nomads, Fremantle Press, 1983. The story of Warri and Yatungka and their relocation from the desert in 1977. Second edition, 2009. Both editions have been reprinted numerous times.

Les derniers nomads d’Australie. French edition of Last of the Nomads, 2001.

In the Hands of Providence. The desert journeys of David Carnegie, St George Books, 1995.

In the Hands of Providence. The desert journeys of David Carnegie, Hesperian Press, 2013. This publication is the original manuscript before it was reduced for the 1995 book.

Through Spinifex and Sand to the Last Desert Family, Hesperian Press, 2013. The story of the finding of Namma and Naomi and their children.

The last Outposts. From Port of Pearls to Desert Sands. A flying doctor in NW Australia, Autobiography, Hesperian Press, 2014.

 

A documentary in 1996, recording the rescue of Warri and Yatungka.

 

Numerous reports and manuscripts.

 

Thirty-three new place names.

 

The confirmation of the location of several historical sites.

 

The recording of the names and position of twenty-two Aboriginal sites.

 

Interviews and oral histories with:

A.G. Herbert, dogger, 1975.

Iris Wade, missionary at Warburton 1930 to 1960s, 1977.

Michael Terry, prospector and explorer, 1980.

Sam Hazlett, prospector and explorer, 1980.

Hugh Barclay, surveyor, 1981.

John Norris, war veteran, 1993.

 

In 2015 Bill Peasley was made a Member of the Order of Australia ‘For significant service to the community as an inland explorer, historian and author, and as a general practitioner’.

His contribution to Australia’s historical record places him at the forefront of modern day explorers, historians and anthropologists.

 

 

Peter Board

Peter Board was a British sailor, born in Devonshire, who joined the Royal Navy at 16 and served on HMS Newcastle and HMS Consort. With his mate Ron Palmer they jumped ship after the Montebello nuclear tests. Peter headed for country WA and after some adventures ended up at Dwellingup. In his book, A Short Walk in Paradise, he describes bush town life and its people and working on the bush railways of the forest area. Eventually the RN found the pair and it was back to swabbing decks. He returned to Australia in 1972 and worked in the Pilbara. Here he took up diving, metal detecting, boating, and expeditions with the WA Museum archaeologists around the islands. He was an agent for my metal detectors in the early 1980s. Retiring from Hamersley Iron in 1987 he married again, after the death of his first wife from cancer and retired to the hills, surrounded by his collections of Nelsonia, (in his Nelson Room), beer mugs and books on a multitude of subjects.

Our condolences to Lou and family.

 



Bill McGrath.

Another of the old time bookseller-publishers gone.

Old Bill is missed for his cheery and very informative updates on the Pacific.

There were few enough to begin with and we can ill afford the loss of any when they are the embodiment of the living books of Fahrenheit 451.

https://pngaa.org/site/blog/article/the-passing-of-pacific-man-a-tribute-to-william-adrian-bill-mcgrath-1932-2019-by-chips-mackellar/

Where are the replacements? Uncouth, near illiterate, ebay 'dealers' are not booksellers, merely scavengers on the corpse of the Western Canon.

When the greatest stench arises from the destructive faecal expulsion called Amazon, what can one expect from those merely trading on the far edge of civilisation.

Bezos, being a male of indeterminate origin, we could, perhaps, do the world a favour, by excising the morphic equivalent of the Amazon breast. But did the sod breed already?

Much the same sentiments can be expressed towards the central Libraries run by leprotically political creatures whose mental vacuums far exceed their capabilities of curating the books of our culture.

I think I will go and write another book.



Norma Duro. Direct descendant of the first British settler in WA.


Norma DURO (nee Sydney), born Carlisle WA, Nov 1925, died Lindisfarne, Tasmania, July 2020.

Her Mother Elizabeth, was a YOUD from Albany-Collie; Her Father Arthur, was a SYDNEY from Guildford-Swan.

Her Husband, John Duro, was from a Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK family, settled in West Perth.

Norma & John moved to Hobart post WWII and brought up their family of five (Yvonne, Jennifer, Stephen, Susan, Lynne).

Norma's only sibling, elder sister Joyce Bridge (nee Sydney), stayed in Carlisle-Vic Park with a family of four and died Aug 2013.

Norma & Joyce were direct descendants via their Father, of WA Convict George Sidney/Sydney (1866) and NSW-WA convict William Thacker (1824).

Anyone wishing to get in contact, please call Peter Bridge of Hesperian Press, on 9361 8667, or email.