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Catalogue of books on the Blue Mountains

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97753
Allen, Alfred (Jim Smith, ed.)
A Correct & Faithful Account of a Journey to the "Fish River Caves" by the "Pickwick Corresponding Club" in 1886
Den Fenella Press, Wentworth Falls NSW, 2012.
Quarto; paperback; 78pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. New. In 1886 seven members of Australia's own 'Pickwick Corresponding Club' set out to walk the then uncompleted 46 km bridle track between Katoomba and Jenolan Caves. After a stay of several days they walked back to Katoomba. The track they followed later became well known as the Six Foot Track. The club members adopted the names of their favourite characters from Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers and the three young ladies of the party became the first women to walk the track (two of them later became prominent feminists). Alfred Allen, the leader of the group and a well-known and controversial member of the Quakers, styled himself Samuel Pickwick. The family members and friends accompanying him adopted the following names from Dickens's book: Nathaniel Winkle, Tracey Tupman, Samuel Weller, Mrs Bardell, Aunt Rachael, and Arabella Allan. Alfred Allen's full diary of this trip, illustrated with his many drawings and photographs is published in this book for the first time, together with a detailed commentary by Blue Mountains' historian Dr Jim Smith. The diary includes many humourous references comparing the adventures of the Australian Pickwick Corresponding Club with those of Charles Dickens's characters. Alfred Allen's photographs were the first to be taken of people walking, picnicking and camping on the track. The interior and exterior photographs of Jenolan Caves are of considerable historical importance. The detailed descriptions of the party's stay at Jenolan Caves house, their cave tours and meetings with the cave guides, including the eccentric Jeremiah Wilson, provide a detailed account of what it was like to visit Jenolan Caves 125 years ago.
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$30
33759
Armitage, Audrey
The Katoomba - Leura Story
Rotary Club, Katoomba NSW, 1998.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and illustrated endpapers; 192pp., with a map and many monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. New. "Katoomba should never have been built. It's no place for a town. And by rights it should have died about five times. You know why it didn't? Sheer bloody tenacity." With this pithy quote, Armitage kicks off her history of the town of Katoomba and its close neighbour, Leura. This is the second stab by the Rotary Club community of the Upper Blue Mountains to pen an informative history of the area for local residents: chairman of the project, Reg Mitchell, states in his introduction that the previous attempt suffered by not being the work of a single author; and so he called in the assistance of Audrey Armitage with whom he had previously written a local history of the Newcastle region. Armitage's status as an outsider pays off in this work: coming fresh to the area, she easily sifts the historical information into what is crucial and interesting, from what is banal and of little consequence; thus, her questions are also those of the visitor passing through and therefore, the book accords more strongly with that disposition. She touches on all the relevant issues from King Billy to the Leura Bushfire in 1950s, from Harry Phillips to Harry Hammon. She even includes the "Legend of the Three Sisters", an old chestnut created by visitors in the 30s and purportedly (erroneously) the indigenous take on the rock formation. I wonder if she knew? Nevertheless, the hoary tale is a mainstay of local folklore and its inclusion - like much of the information selected here - eloquently sums up the character of these two tenacious Blue Mountains towns.
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$34
91766
Austin, J., B. Craven & G. Silvey
A Brief History of the Township of Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains Historical Society, Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia, 2016.
Octavo; stapled booklet; 25pp., monochrome illustrations. New.
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$10
12303
Baker, Margaret & Robin Corringham
Native Plants of the Blue Mountains - second edition
Bower Bird/Three Sisters Productions Pty. Ltd., Winmalee NSW, 2004.
Octavo; paperback; 112pp., with map and full-colour illustrations. New. A handy - and the best - guide to the vegetation of the Blue Mountains, this is a highly functional presentation for walkers and fieldwork botanists. The book is divided into the major environmental landscapes that cover the Blue Mountains - both wet and dry sclerophyll forest terrains, as well as the hanging swamp and eucalypt forest ranges - and discusses the plants in three categories based upon their height within the bush: canopy, undergrowth and groundcover. In this way, the plant spotter is able to speedily find and identify the plants they encounter, from the tallest eucalypts to the tiniest fragile plant assemblages of the cliff faces. A ruler is included on the back cover for quick size comparisons.
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$18
58339
Barrett, Jim
Cox's River Discovery, History and Development.
Neville Bush Holdings, Glenbrook, NSW, Australia, 2009.
Octavo; paperback; 117pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. Whilst outlining the history of the Kowmung River and the Burragorang region, author Jim Barrett realised that there was a need to document the history of the Cox's River into which drain three of the major rivers of the Blue Mountains area. The river and its valley were discovered by Blaxland during his trek over the Blue Mountains, but for various reasons, it was named after William Cox who built the road in his footsteps, much to Blaxland's chagrin. Barrett takes us from this point through the development of the surrounding region, noting its uses under indigenous husbanding and then during European occupation up until today. This includes the extensive flooding which was instigated in 1958 by the Sydney Water Board during the construction of the Waragamba Dam.
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$15
60300
Barrett, Jim
The First Bushwalker The Story of Fred Eden
Jim Barrett, Glenbrook, NSW, Australia, 1995.
Octavo; paperback; 90pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. Fred Eden was a British citizen who arrived in Australia in 1889. For twenty-five years he walked widely around the country particularly the Eastern coastal regions, South Australia and Tasmania, before settling in the Blue Mountains in the early 1900s. During his walks he kept extensive journals of his experiences, only a few of which have, unfortunately, survived. Jim Barrett edits his way through this material to highlight the adventures of this pioneering bushwalker. Fred Eden left Australia to administer his mother's estates in Switzerland and died in 1948, and wasn't able to get back to this country; nevertheless he left a fascinating legacy in his footsteps.
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$15
89241
Barrett, Jim
Gandanguurra: The Language of the Mountain People... and beyond
Neville Bush Holdings, Glenbrook NSW, 2015.
Quarto paperback,131pp., monochrome illustrations. New. " 'I am always sorry when any language is lost, because language is the pedigree of nations.' This quote, attributed to Samuel Johnson during a tour of the Hebrides, occurred about the same time as the first real British contact with the Australian Aborigine - at the Endeavour River in northern Queensland in 1770. Cook's party then recorded the first Australian Aboriginal words, including 'gangurru' (kangaroo). When Governor Phillip arrived in Australia he brought with him the Aboriginal word lists collected by Cook's party. At this time it was assumed that there was only one Australian language. The early Sydney settlers used the Endeavour River words in conversation with the local people around Sydney Harbour who knew the kangaroo as 'buurruu' and, as a result, the local natives thought that 'kangaroo' was the English word for their 'buurruu'. In fact the number of Australian languages was considerable, such as in New South Wales where there were probably about forty. Sadly, in this state where the collision between white settler and Aboriginal dweller was the most disruptive, the ancient languages are now virtually extinct... No adjective could adequately describe the enormous difference between the growth of English and Gandanguurra in terms of their vocabularies. The Oxford English Dictionary has over 60,000 entries; Gandanguurra - like other Australian languages - is believed to have a vocabulary of about 10,000 words. Furthermore, Gandanguurra (like its neighbours) suffers a consistent loss of words through the practice of taboo-ing the name of a person who dies..." - from the Preface.
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$25
42445
Barrett, Jim
Kanangra Walls Discovery and History
Neville Bush Holdings, Glenbrook NSW, 2009.
Octavo; paperback; 58pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. Adding his voice to an ever-increasing community of people who claim that the Kanangra Walls are the most spectacular landscape in the country, Jim Barrett laments the fact that, despite being only a short drive from Sydney, the region is most often overlooked by visitors to the Blue Mountains. In this booklet he outlines the discovery of the area and reproduces some of the earliest maps of the Walls region, along with a plethora of photographs from across the years. From there he discusses walking trails and points of access to the Kanangra Walls, in the hope that it won't be the Blue Mountains' "forgotten destination" for too much longer.
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$15
60301
Barrett, Jim
The Kills of Kedumba The Story of a Blue Mountains Pioneering Family
Neville Bush Holdings, Glenbrook NSW, 2008.
Octavo; paperback; 54pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. In 2005, Jim Barrett visited the area where settler George Kill built his farm on the banks of the Cox's River. Since 1960 and the flooding of the Warragamba Dam catchment area, only members of the Sydney Water Catchment Area (SCA) are allowed within the three kilometre exclusion zone promoted by the Authority. Accompanying George Kill's modern-day descendants, Barrett was chosen to document the settling and development of the region, instigated and largely led by the Kill family. George Kill emigrated to Australia from England in 1893; in 1900, he married Mary Ann Hunt, herself a descendant of the earliest convict settlers of the Burragorang district, and they retired to the Kill landholding to begin their married life. That life was documented by George in a journal which has become known as the "Kill Diary" and which forms the guide and the key to Barrett's investigation of the life and progress of the family. Needless to say, that lifestyle was hard in the extreme, a subsistence living which involved grubbing for cedar and droving bullocks through the harsh terrain. Including a short history of the Kedumba Valley, this story is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the earliest Blue Mountains settlers.
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$15
58340
Barrett, Jim
Kowmung River Discovery, History and Development
Neville Bush Holdings, Glenbrook, NSW, Australia, 2009.
Octavo; paperback; 86pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. The Kowmung river has its start south of the Jenolan Caves area where it traverses wild and rugged country, passing through plateaus of over 4,000 feet in height before joining Cox's River at its headwaters. The first white man to see the Kowmung was Francis Barralier in 1802, followed by George Caley in 1806; but it wasn't until 1833 that W.R. Govett finally succeeded in surveying the entire area, including the Kowmung, especially the lower 24 mile stretch. Aboriginal assistants to these exploring parties have contributed to some confusion regarding the naming of the river, but then again, none of the early mappers were accompanied by the local Gundunggurra tribespeople for whom the river is known as the Barnalay. In 1833, H.C. White named the river Kowmung after questioning his Dharug and Tharawal guides, and this name may have been either their own term for what the the Gunduggura called Barnalay, or their own tribal word for the Cox: the real reason is lost in time. In the years since then, the river has been the site of cattle speculation and various attempts to forge stock routes; the logging range of cedar cutters; and the location of limestone mines. Nowadays it is best known for its spectacular bushwalking possibilities, most of which are attempted only by the very experienced.
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$15
91770
Barrett, Jim
Life in the Burragorang
Jim Barrett, Glenbrook, NSW, Australia, 2016.
Revised edition. Octavo; paperback; 122pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. With this title, Jim Barrett tries to make up for an oversight which he made in his earlier title, "Shack Country and the Old Burragorang". In that book, Barrett declares, any references to the Burragorang people and the surrounding landscape were supplemental to the work's main issues and he saw the passing out of print of that book as an opportunity to redress the oversight. The Burragorang region, which was mostly flooded when the Waragamba Dam construction was completed, was an area of relative isolation, canyoned in as it were by unrelenting walls of stone. Barrett argues that this isolation, while still only 60 miles from the heart of Sydney, informed the lifestyle of all who lived there. Escaped cattle seems to have been the first to drive through the gorges of this terrain and break through into the west, followed by settlers who - for reasons that are all too obvious - kept the nature of these trails a secret. Life in the Burragorang was hard and frugal, a living eked out of a grudging soil and an uninviting bushland; that a community of individuals grew there and prospered is cause to declare them special people and to laud their history.
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57840
Barrett, Jim
Narrow Neck and the Birth of Katoomba
Jim Barrett, Glenbrook, NSW, Australia, 1996.
Octavo; paperback; 64pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. Prior to 1874 there was nothing at Katoomba except for a railway siding known as "The Crushers", after the rock crushing equipment that was situated nearby. In the period 1879 to the late 1880s, John Britty North, a local engineer, made an extensive survey of the landforms which comprised Orphan Rock and Narrow Neck, and found deposits of shale oil and coal beneath them which opened up the possibility of profitable industry in the region. In this evaluation, Barrett makes the claim that without this early mining endeavour, Katoomba might not have risen to the prominence that it enjoys to this day, citing such developments as the Scenic Railway, which grew out of the old shale coal transport bucket system used to bring the ore up from the valley floor. This is an insightful short history of the town which links its foundation and development to the presence of those early mines and the people who worked them.
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94774
Barrett, Jim
Place Names of the Blue Mountains and Burragorang Valley ... from Aboriginal and Convict Origins
Neville Bush Holdings, Glenbrook NSW, 2016.
Reprint: octavo; paperback; 117pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. The naming of locations in the Greater Blue Mountains region has been a haphazard affair comprising the emotional remembrances of convict settlers and misheard or mis-transcribed Aboriginal dialectical references. Formalised on maps by Sir Thomas Mitchell (Surveyor-General 1828-1855) and Myles Dunphy (in the post-1932 years of codification) much of the meaning behind the origins of these names was in danger of being lost. To this end, Jim Barrett has put together this wide-ranging catalogue which aims to pin down as much material as possible - both indigenous and from white sources - to preserve the links of nomenclature that bind all those who dwell in and who visit the region.
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$15
42446
Barrett, Jim
Shack Country ... and The Old Burragorang
Guntawang Catholic Youth Centres, Emu Plains, NSW, Australia, 2009.
Octavo; paperback; 80pp., with maps and monochrome illustrations. New. For some 150 years, from the 1820s to the 1950s, the Burragorang Valley lay in idyllic solitude, virtually on the outskirts of Sydney. Part One of this book is the story of five priests from Sydney who acquired Kiaramba, 174 acres on Scott's Main Range, in 1940 and who built a shack there as a retreat from their parochial duties. The flooding of the Burragorang as part of the Warragamba scheme seemed to spell the demise of Kiaramba, but the emergence of the Catholic Bushwalking Club gave it new life. Part Two is a nostalgic look back on the Old Burragorang.
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$15
61562
Barrett, Jim
Through the Years with the Catholic Bushwalking Club
Catholic Bushwalking Club, Strathfield, NSW, Australia, 2008.
Quarto; paperback; 114pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. The Catholic Bushwalking Club (CBC) was established at the end of the Second World War as a community and pastoral organisation under the oversight of an appointed chaplain. Under the direction of its Walks Secretaries (including, at one time, the author), much exploration of the surrounding bushland was undertaken with an aim to training club members in the skills of endurance, confidence, self-reliance and leadership. The range of exploration and trekking that the Club has undertaken is faithfully recorded by Barrett in these pages, showing the dedication and doggedness of the CBC members over some unforgiving and downright unfriendly terrain.
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42444
Barrett, Jim
Yerranderie Story of a Ghost Town
Jim Barrett, Glenbrook, NSW, Australia, 2005.
Octavo; paperback; 72pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. Between 1890 and 1950, the township of Yerranderie was a booming miners' town, bringing up silver and lead from within the earth. In those days it was a major thoroughfare and a hive of commercial activity; however, when the boom ended, like many such communities predicated on a finite resource, its days were numbered and the long slide into obscurity began. Nowadays, Yerranderie is a hive of another type of activity, one that is much kinder to the environment: from trails that start at such diverse points as Kanangra Walls, Katoomba and Mittagong, the bushwalking and trekking community have dragged this sleepy ghost town back from the brink and have made it a centre for nature walkers and campers. Within these pages is the complete story of this much overlooked hamlet on the shores of Lake Burragorang in the southern Blue Mountains.
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71826
Bayley, William A.
Blue Mountains Railways
Locomotion Productions, Mount Victoria, NSW, Australia, 2011.
Reprint: octavo; paperback; 79pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. Before trains could take passengers and goods over the Blue Mountains, rail lines had to be built from the coast to the foothills. Although the Blue Mountains were crossed for the first time in 1813, and coal and shale oil haulage had begun by 1815, it wasn't until 1830 that the first passengers began to make their way by train up into the mountains and beyond. Cox's first road across the Great Divide, built by convict chain gangs, followed the tracks of Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson; later alterations were made to accommodate horses and bullock drays. When Lt. Major Mitchell took over as Colonial Surveyor in 1828, the proposed line he plotted to allow trains over the Blue Mountains followed suit. Much of what went on in terms of railway infrastructure development was motivated by trends in steam technology and its applications in England: whatever Britain had, we had to have as well. However, the challenges of the Australian bushland environment and the underpinning geography made the progress of rail transport here particularly unique. This booklet, first published in 1980, is a goldmine of information on these and other issues of the Austrailan railway phenomenon. While the original proofs were destroyed in a house fire, the Locomotion Productions group at Mt Victoria in the Blue Mountains of NSW, have resurrected it and now oversee its continuing availability. A must for local railway buffs.
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71824
Bayley, William A
Lapstone Zig Zag Railway Blue Mountains - New South Wales
Locomotion Productions, Mount Victoria, NSW, Australia, 2011.
Reprint: octavo; paperback; 68pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. While many people are aware of the Zig-zag Railway which connected trains to Lithgow from Sydney, few know that at one stage there were two of these constructions bookending the Blue Mountains in NSW, the first of them being built in Lapstone on the eastern side of the range. Only 40 miles from Sydney, after it was first opened it became "the thing" to ride to Lapstone and try out the Zig-zag. At the time, such devices to move trains up or down steep mountain slopes were relatively rare; in fact, the man who designed both of these rail sections, John Whitton, told an inquiry in 1894 that he had heard of them in other parts of the world but had never actually seen one. The zig-zag is a short course of track with reversing points on one end which, after the train has moved onto the points, allows the train to proceed backwards up an intersecting piece of track, moving once more onto another set of points; these in turn allow it to move forwards again onto a higher elevation of track. An American term for them is a "switchback", however true switchbacks have turns at each extreme of the 'Z' rather than points. Two years after the Lithgow Zig-zag opened for operation, the Lapstone Zig-zag was shut down due to extensive roadworks and tunnelling in the region which made it obsolete. Without Bayley's history of the line, few would be aware of its existence at all, and that is why the Locomotion Productions people of Mt. Victoria have resurrected this 1975 booklet (after the original proofs were lost in a house fire) and are keeping it in print.
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$15
71825
Bayley, William A.
Lithgow Zig Zag Railway Blue Mountains - New South Wales
Locomotion Productions, Mount Victoria, NSW, Australia, 2000.
Third, expanded edition: octavo; paperback; 64pp., with many maps and black & white illustrations. New. The Zig-zag Railway near Lithgow in the Blue Mountains, was the second and largest of such constructions in Australia, designed to move trains and their cargoes up or down steep slopes where straight tracks could not be laid. The Little Zig-zag in Lapstone was a tourist attraction in its own right after it opened, and the super-sized Lithgow version was set to be even more popular. Two years after the Lithgow Zig-zag opened in 1869, the Little Zig-zag was decommissioned, replaced by a series of tunnels and deviations; by 1910, the Great Zig-zag itself was mothballed, as railway technology leapt beyond the restrictions of 1860s track design. Despite not being used in the general run of transporting people and goods, the decommissioned section of track still proved popular with tourists and the site has been a drawcard for railway enthusiasts ever since. In 1973, William A. Bayley wrote this comprehemsive history of the Great Zig-zag and the Locomotion Productions people of Mt. Victoria NSW, have ensured that it has remained in print (despite the loss of the original printing proofs due to a house fire). Coming years may see a revised edition come out, especially after the destruction of the Great Zig-zag site during the bushfires in 2013, but time alone will tell.
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$15
97377
Bennett, Joseph Ralph, & Philip J. Hammon (Erik Halbert, ed.)
John Britty North & The Katoomba Coal Mine
Blue Mountains Historical Society, Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia, 2017.
Octavo; paperback; 105pp., monochrome illustrations. New. A more appropriate paper could not be written on Katoomba than that of John Britty North, so aptly named "The Father of Katoomba" and his enterprise of opening up the coal mine in South Katoomba. It is not quite known when he first came to the Blue Mountains, but it would be about the year 1870. Possessing boundless energy, incomparable courage coupled with an indomitable will, he laid the foundation of this city which we now proudly boast of as "The Premier Tourist Resort of the Commonwealth".
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$15
67924
Bentley, S.J
"Christmas Swamp": A History of Lawson
Springwood Historical Society, Springwood, NSW, Australia, 1986.
Octavo; paperback; 96pp, with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New.
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$15
98599
Blaxland, Gregory
A Journal of a Tour of Discovery - Second Edition Across the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, in the Year 1813.
Gibbs Shallard & Co. Printers & Publishers, Sydney NSW, nd. (1870).
Duodecimo; hardcover, full morocco with gilt spine titles, rules, board decorations and dentelles; 84pp. [4 Blank; 1-46; 34 Blank]. Minor wear; some offset to the text preliminaries; text block edges toned; very mild scattered foxing throughout. Very good in a bright, contemporary binding. The crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813 was an expedition jointly-led by Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth; it is regarded as the first successful crossing of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales by European settlers. The feat enabled settlers to access and use the land west of the mountains for farming, and led to the establishment of Australia's first inland settlement at Bathurst. The expedition party led by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson, included four servants, four packhorses and five dogs. Two of the four men who assisted the party have been identified as James Burne (or Burnes), a guide and kangaroo hunter, and Samuel Fairs, a convict who arrived in Australia in 1810. The other two are also thought to have been convicts but remain unidentified. The party left from Blaxland's South Creek farm (near the modern suburb of St Mary's in western Sydney) on the 11th of May in 1813 and crossed the Nepean River towards evening. They continued over the mountains, following the ridges, completing the crossing in 21 days. Their success has been attributed both to their methodical approach to the journey and a decision to travel on the ridges instead of through the valleys. The three explorers and two of their servants would set out each day, leaving the other two men at their campsite, and would blaze a trail, before turning back later in the day, cutting a path for the horses and allowing the rest of the party to progress. Upon reaching Mount York, they first saw the plains beyond the mountains. They continued on to Mount Blaxland (25 km south of the future site of Lithgow) on the western side of the mountains. At this point Blaxland declared there was enough forest or grassland "to support the stock of the colony for thirty years", while Lawson called it "the best watered Country of any I have seen in the Colony". Then the party turned back, making the return journey in just six days. All three explorers wrote accounts of their journey, however Blaxland was the only one to publish his account - "Journal of a Tour of Discovery Across the Blue Mountains" - which he did in 1823, whilst on a visit to England. His journal, written in the third person, records their progress in detail and includes their reasons for believing they had achieved their goals and making the decision to turn back. Four early editions of the Journal were produced (including a facsimile edition in 1893) and all are increasingly hard to find, with first editions being practically non-existent. This handsomely-bound copy is the second edition, published by Blaxland's son John; in his Introduction he claims that the scarcity of 1823 edition compelled him to commit his father's endeavours to print once more and to perpetuate the memory of his grand achievement.
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$3000
80595
Bolotin, Yuri, and Michael Keats
Wollemi National Park The Complete Wollemi North-South Traverse
Design Portfolio Pty. Ltd., Redfern NSW, Australia, nd. (but 2014).
Octavo: paperback; 424pp., many full-colour photographic illustrations. New. Twenty years ago the Wollemi National Park was a blip on the radars of only the most dedicated of bushwalkers. Then suddenly the discovery of the world's most ancient tree - the Wollemi Pine - made world headlines and the area has since become something of a magnet for trekkers and those with a yen to see the living fossils. This walking guide contains the most complete collection of facts concerning the region and those who are familiar with the other guide-books of Michael Keats and Co., will certainly not be let down by the detail contained here. Unfortunately, as of 2014, the numbers of Wollemi Pines in the area have been steadily declining due to virus outbreaks brought into the Park by well-meaning adventurers, and emergency provisions have been set in place to prevent further outbreaks. Thus, if reading about it is the only option, the precious Wollemi can now be explored without even setting foot out of doors.
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$50
205330
Bolotin, Yuri, Michael Keats & Brian Fox
Wollemi National Park Day Walks from Newnes - Part 1; Plus a Concise History of the Wolgan Valley
Design Portfolio Pty. Ltd., Redfern NSW, Australia, nd. (but 2019).
Octavo: paperback; 448pp., with many full-colour photographic illustrations. New. The ghost town of Newnes provides one of the most accessible entry points into the spectacular and wild Wollemi National Park, part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. What sets this region apart is the amazing and unique geology, history, flora and remote pristine places. And yet it is located within a couple of hours drive out of Sydney. This book is about a spectrum of walking opportunities around Newnes that can be accomplished in a day or two from Sydney or other parts of the Blue Mountains. It features spectacular lookouts, cliffs, rock formations, slots, passes, caves, overhangs, rainforest ravines, ledges and traverses, as well as a concise history of the Wolgan Valley. The walks described in the book range from the very easy to the extreme. The great thing about a visit to Newnes is that you can be as energetic or as laid back as you wish.
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$58
82121
Brown, Ian
Wild Blue World Heritage Splendour of the Greater Blue Mountains
Windy Cliff Press, Mount Victoria, NSW, Australia, 2003.
Quarto; paperback, with illustrated gatefold wrappers; 127pp., with many full-colour photographic illustrations. Minor wear only; near fine.
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$25
10711
Brownscombe, Ross
On Suspect Terrain Journals of Exploration in the Blue Mountains 1795-1820
Forever Wild Press, Kingsdene NSW, 2004.
Quarto; paperback; 337pp., with maps. New. Sale price. History has a way of choosing certain notable figures over others; some adventurers gain prominence and become household names while others are consigned to the mists of time and the occasional dry academic work. We always hear of Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson, for example, or Cox and Macquarie, but rarely are the names Caley, Barallier, or John Wilson, so lauded. In this work, Ross Brownscombe seeks to address the imbalance by re-printing all the journals of the little-known explorers of the Blue Mountains region. In doing so, he reveals the overlooked contribution of the indigenous inhabitants and explodes the myth that these men were mere "agents of Empire" working for the vested interests of the Colony.
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$50
69742
Caganoff, Gary
National Pass, Blue Mountains, 1908 - 2008: DVD A documentary on the history and restoration of one of Australia's most iconic walking tracks, 'The National Pass'
Lysis Films, 2008.
PAL DVD. New. National Pass reconstruction won the National Trust's top award for 'conservation of a built heritage', and a UNESCO 'Award of Distinction' for Culture Heritage Conservation. The track was the idea of a Scottish sea captain, James Murray who, in 1906, led a small team of men called 'the Irish Brigade', for two years in the building of the National Pass. After a century of floods, landslides, and bush fires the track has been restored to its former glory, and improved upon under the leadership of master trackbuilder Colin Delap. This entertaining and sometimes breathtaking film follows Delap, Ben Correy and historian Jim Smith, as they take us along the track, pointing out the unique challenges of the original construction and re-construction. The film includes historic photos, reconstructed 'historic' footage and scenes of the National Pass that make you want to get out there and experience it for yourself.
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$20
79133
Cameron, Bruce
A History of the Blue Labyrinth: second edition Blue Mountains National Park
The author, Sun Valley, NSW, Australia, 2014.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 352pp., with many monochrome and full-colour illustrations. No dustwrapper as issued. New. "As we destroy our bush land environment we destroy just so much of ourselves. The balance of Nature is finely adjusted; upset it, and there will a desert on our doors. All the glory of the canyons, caves and rolling plateaus of our great Blue Mountains is not nearly so much a commercial asset as it is Nature's Heritage for legitimate enjoyment, and our own gift to posterity." - Katoomba Daily, 1934. From this prescient statement the current volume springboards its history of the Blue Mountains National Park, covering all aspects of the establishment and development of the "Blue Labyrinth" from the earliest days. Anyone interested in the history of the region should think of this work - now in a new updated edition - as their first port of call.
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$65
78111
Campbell LS, FRAHS, J.F.
Historical Notes on the Earliest Days of Springwood and District
Springwood Historical Society, Springwood, NSW, Australia, 1986.
Octavo; paperback, staple bound in decorated wrappers; 20pp., with monochrome illustrations. New. Facsimile reprint of the original 1937 publication; limited edition print run of 1,000 copies.
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$8
86986
Carter, Simon, et.al.
Blue Mountains Climbing 2015 Edition
Onsight Photography and Publishing, Leura, NSW, Australia, 2015.
New edition (previously published 2010). Octavo; paperback, with illustrated gatefold wrappers; 392pp., with maps and full-colour illustrations. New. To photograph some of the most talented rock climbers plying their craft amid stunning backdrops and light you not only need skill, experience and patience, but also a willingness to dangle from a rope for hours to find the perfect vantage point. It's a rare form of making a living that Leura resident Simon Carter does particularly well. This guidebook's 392 pages feature hundreds of spectacular action illustrations matched with maps, practical information and insightful descriptions of 3,200 climbing routes in 55 areas across the Blue Mountains. Carter used two approaches when shooting for the guidebook - ' documentary one and a creative one, where I'd find a climb that I felt is really spectacular to shoot and then ask a climber to go there and be a subject.The guidebooks have become a way for me to use my skills to provide a really important resource for the climbing community. Since the last [2010] edition of this guidebook, the Blue Mountains climbing scene has grown and a lot more people have moved into the area who are into climbing and wanting that lifestyle. The really positive thing is many old, established routes are being rebolted by experienced volunteers.' - Simon Carter
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$60
92671
Cawthorne, Magda
Hidden History of the Blue Mountains
JP Solutions, Hazelbrook NSW, 2016.
Square quarto gatefold paperback; 207pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. New. Who were the Three Sisters? Who was 'Blind Freddy' and where did he die? Does the ghost of a teenage girl haunt the Mt. Victoria bridge? Why did Govett Leap? Why is the Hydro majestic? Whether you live in the Blue Mountains, come to visit or are just driving through, you will be surprised by what you discover in this book. "Hidden History" explores each of the villages along the Great Western Highway, many of them tucked away from the traveller's view. Inside you will find many beautiful buildings and places, and read of fascinating folk. Much more than a travel guide or a tourist brochure, and generously illustrated with more than 500 photographs, the book reveals how each village started, how it was named and the stories behind many of the buildings and landmarks that people drive past each day. "Hidden History" tells of crimes and criminals, accidents and feats, and the local characters who have battled nature to build a community and leave their mark.
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$45
88957
Colley, Alex & Henry Gold
Blue Mountains World Heritage
Colong Foundation for Wilderness, Sydney, 2004.
Large quarto hardcover; 126pp., colour illustrations, dustwrapper. New. Special price. Over more than seventy years, from the early visionaries to the negotiators and advocates of recent times, this book describes the campaigns for preservation of the Blue Mountains. It records the determined efforts of volunteers against seemingly impossible odds to secure bit by bit a 240 kilometre long chain of national park reserves across the Blue Mountains. Without these efforts many environmentally damaging proposals would have prevailed over any possibility of World Heritage Listing. This is their story.
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$25
98646
Collier, Robyn (Foreword by Bob Brown; Essay by Jim Smith)
Paintings from Burragorang the Lost Valley
Auspress Publishing, Katoomba NSW, 2017.
Quarto; hardcover, full leather with upper board titles; 168pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. New. A keen bushwalker and conservationist, Robyn Collier has lived in the Blue Mountains since 1975 and has found inspiration for her paintings there from that time. Her subjects are the features and vistas which she encounters on her rambles through the wilderness and she delights in bringing those views back to those unable to go out and discover them on their own. This book contains a wide selection of her work from over the years and is prefaced by the writing of conservationist and former senator Bob Brown, as well as local historian Dr. Jim Smith.
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$68
69545
Cox, Richard
William Cox Blue Mountains Road Builder and Pastoralist
Rosenberg Publishing Pty. Ltd., Dural NSW, 2012.
Octavo; paperback; 312pp., with colour and monochrome illustrations. New. William Cox (1764-1837) was soldier, road builder and pioneering pastoralist in the colony of New South Wales. He made his name building the road across the Blue Mountains in 1814. In just over six months, his team of 30 convicts hacked out 163 kilometres of road through appalling terrain, without serious accident. Cox was also the builder of some of our finest buildings, including Windsor Court House and St Matthews Rectory, both designed by Francis Greenway. He was the first president of the Windsor Benevolent Society, chairman of the local Macquarie Memorial fund, and a vice-president of the Agricultural Society. He was also a popular magistrate and a champion of rights for emancipists. However he had a dark side: as Paymaster of the New South Wales Corps, he was accused of using the regimental funds to buy his first farms, resulting in dismissal from the army. When rehabilitated by Macquarie as a magistrate, he used his position to favour his own interests, and while recognising that farming deprived the Aborigines of their livelihood, he did little about it. This book by his great-great-grandson, Richard Cox, is the first to be published on the subject of the man remembered as "Cox the builder". According to the publisher, it "spares no blushes".
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$30
91765
Duvollet, Mindah
A Place Called Weatherboard - Second Edition Reminiscences of Old Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains Historical Society, Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia, 2016.
Octavo; paperback; 83pp., monochrome illustrations. New. New edition with note on the author and the addition of an index.
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$15
200522
Fox, Brian & John, & Michael Keats
Blue Mountains Geographical Encyclopaedia

Octavo; hardcover; 544pp., with many full-colour illustrations. New. Between the Nepean River and Mount Victoria is sandwiched over 200 years of NSW history and some 2700 names have been applied to the places in between. This book is about those names, the men and women who named them, why and when they did. Lead author Brian Fox has been on the job for over 20 years, systematically collecting and documenting every fact and every event. Researching and honing the text has been the role of co-authors John Fox and Michael Keats respectively. The result is a text of compelling reading enhanced by the best photography available.
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$50
90264
Gibson, Colin (ed); ill. by Lloyd Jones
Song of the Wild (100 Bushwalkers' Poems)
Greenaissance, Panania, 2015.
Paperback, octavo, 176pp, monochrome ills. New. 'Song of the Wild contains verse by some of the writers who appeared in Sing with the Wind - its precursor - including Dorothy Lawry, Marie Byles, and Roy Davies (to whom the book is dedicated), with many more recent contributors as well. Song of the Wild contains a generous selection from a century of poetry and verse out of the hearts of bush-walker poets. The lines herein celebrate nature and the experience of places untouched by the march of civilization: experiences that give us an appreciation of ourselves in connection to the natural world, of which poetry is the expression.' - Colin Gibson. Considerable Blue Mountains content and inspiration.
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$20
85501
Goldney, David
Cox's Road Dreaming Guide Book A Natural History of Cox's 1814/15 Road - Australia's First Inland European Road
Land and Property, Bathurst, 2015.
Quarto; paperback; 96pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations, and eight maps on three separate fold-out sheets in a plastic envelope. New. In the years 1814 to 1815, Lt. William Cox pushed a road across the Blue Mountains in the wake of Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth's controversial traversing of the "impenetrable" barrier. In doing so, he created the first European inland road in Australia, and set the scene for those about to follow. In this work, David Goldney turns a gimlet eye on all things to do with Cox's Road, creating for readers a broad tapestry of investigation. Nothing escapes him: scenic and historical sites; museums and galleries; areas of importance to the land's traditional owners; and the ranges of some well-known wildlife. If they lie along the line from the Flag Staff on the Macquarie River to Emu Ford on the Nepean, it will be mentioned in this book and its eight accompanying maps - along with map co-ordinates and estimated travel times. And if that wasn't enough, the material is all backed up by a website providing updated and further information. This is Cox's Road Dreaming indeed!
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$35
73810
Goodlet, Ken
Blue Mountains Journeys
Ken Goodlet, Hazelbrook, NSW, Australia, 2013.
Quarto; hardcover; 229pp., with many maps and colour and monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. New. The term 'Blue Mountains' here covers the area from the Cox's River catchment in the southern mountains to the Colo River to the north; also the mountainous parts of the Hawkesbury Council area and a slight overlap into the eastern fringe of the Lithgow City Council area and a slight overlap into the eastern fringe of the Lithgow City Council area. Blue Mountains Journeys by long-term Blue Mountains resident Ken Goodlet takes a look at journeys within and across the mountains from pre-colonial times to the present. With over 380 images, illustrations and maps, this book is the author's fifth community history. The book investigates the sojourns of indigenous peoples, colonial explorers, fortune-seekers heading for green pastures west of the mountains, wagoners, marauders, rail travellers and workers, holidaymakers, settlers, commuters, bush trailblazers and ramblers, cyclists, walkers and motorists. While not all significant journeys are covered, it is the sheer variety of traveling styles that makes this book a fascinating read.
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$45
89819
Goodlet, Ken
Hazelbrook and Woodford
Ken Goodlet, Hazelbrook, NSW, Australia, 2016.
Third edition: quarto; paperback; 189pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New.
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$30
73927
Halbert, Erik & Ross Ellis
Sandstone Caves of Mount Victoria People, Tracks, History, Access, Maps & Mystery
Sydney Speleological Society, Broadway, NSW, Australia, 2012.
Quarto; spiral-bound paperback; 180pp., monochrome illustrations & maps. New. "What immediately springs to mind when most people hear the word 'cave', is Jenolan, and rightly so as it is one of Australia's iconic cave systems. However, what most people do not realise, is that not all caves are of limestone origin and that our sandstone caves and overhangs, while not as famous and elaborate, are more prolific across a wider expanse of the Blue Mountains. It is our sandstone caves which have played a pivotal role in Aboriginal occupation and in recent times as a haven to bushwalkers and rock climbers for rest and shelter" (Brian Fox). The authors focus on those in the Mount Victoria area, researching and recording in detail not just the physical details but also the history and usage of the caves.
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$32
78591
Halbert, Erik and Ross Ellis
Doing the Grand Canyon Blackheath Sydney Speleological Society Occasional Paper no. 18, 2014
Sydney Spelelogical Society, Broadway, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2014.
New: stapled octavo booklet; 55pp., colour illustrations and maps. Taking its line from the years of tourist invasion of the Grand Canyon walk in Blackheath, this guide compares the faded postcards of the halcyon days of the Twenties and Thirties with the current state of this wilderness retreat. It reveals that the environment is thriving as it always has, and is slowly erasing the signs left by previous visitors: rusted post holes, worn sandstone steps, the occasional section of ragged fencing - all of these clues serve to point the way for the authors to revealing the hidden delights of this often-overlooked walk. As a publication by the Sydney Speleological Society, there are aspects of this trail - those which involve dangling over cliff faces, specifically - which will not suit every adventurer; however, there is plenty in this guidebook to assist those keen to throw on their boots and walk.
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$18
79132
Hallinan, Mark
Jenolan Caves The Complete Guide
Critical Concepts, Brisbane, Qld., Australia, 2013.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpaper maps; 268pp., with many monochrome and full-colour illustrations. No dustwrapper, as issued. New. The Jenolan Caves complex is not particularly well-known outside of Australia; however, it is a world-class limestone formation on a par with anything on offer elsewhere in the world. Along with the crystalline brilliance of stalactites and stalagmites are an abundance of curtain and pillar formations in a veritable labyrinth of caves, some of which yet remain unexplored. All of this geological magic is presented against a colourfully historic backdrop involving Aboriginal culture, horse and cattle rustlers from the earliest days of white settlement, and of course the revelations of the first European explorers and entrepreneurs, determined to unearth Jenolan's secrets and present them to the wider public. However, the true history of the area begins over 40 million years ago with the creation of the caves from an extensive southern ocean and the development and evolution of the natural environment which still flourishes in the bushland surrounds to this day. All of this fascinating knowledge is presented in this mammoth undertaking, the veritable 'final word' on the Jenolan Caves.
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$65
33876
Hampshire, Carole
Artists Observed - signed copy Blue Mountains Artists Close Up.
UNSW, Sydney NSW, 2007.
Quarto, gatefold paperback. Colour plates. New. Sale price. Over a period of two years, photographer and writer Carole Hampshire met the sculptors, painters, photographers and potters of the Blue Mountains, some famous and others less so. The resultant book of interviews together with her portraits of the artists themselves, as well as photographs of their homes, studios and art works, is an insider's view of the creative process and the relationship between place and artist.
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$30
77921
Hertog, Sonja den (ed.)
Walking the Valley - Sydney Speleological Society Occasional Paper, No. 11 An Oral Record of Caving and Bushwalking in the Burragorang and Beyond, during the 1930s
The Sydney Speleogical Society, Broadway, NSW, Australia, 1994.
Octavo; staple-sewn booklet with illustrated wrappers; 62pp., with maps and black & white photographic illustrations. New. This paper from the Sydney Speleological Society (SSS) is almost unique in that it contains no caving information at all; rather, it discusses exploration and hiking through the Kowmung River region and Burragorang Valley region of the Blue Mountains area in NSW, areas often trekked through en route to caving sites. In this work Sonja den Hertog has edited the transcriptions of oral statements provided to fellow Society member Ron Mills, turning these reminiscences into a highly readable overview of the sometimes harrowing journeys these long-time bushwalkers undertook in the early days of settlement in the area. Although the Burragorang Valley has been flooded to form the Waragamba Dam, the Kowmung River Valley and other wildernesses mentioned in this work are still undeveloped and as wild as they were back in the 1930s, progress through them - to known caving and other speleological sites - is still daunting; thus this guide might be seen as a veiled warning to those who would cross this wilderness to reach caving adventures!
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$16
97586
Hicks, George, & Dennis O'Brien (Jeff Rigby, Robert Kingsford-Smith & Dean Oliver, illus.)
Shays in the Valley A History of the Wolgan Valley Railway
New South Wales Rail Transport Museum, Burwood NSW, 1999.
First edition: quarto; hardcover; 164pp., with maps and many monochrome and colour illustrations, one folding. Minor wear; mild softening to the spine extremities; sticker ghost to the front pastedown; previoius owner's name in ink to the flyleaf (elided). Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. The story of Newnes and the Wolgan Valley railway began in 1905 when a London based company initiated ambitious plans to exploit the oil shale reserves in the Blue Mountains. The massive monetary investment in the project by English capitalists was a reflection of the global, economic and political climate of the time. The scheme envisaged for Newnes was probably the largest and most ambitious in Australia until that date. Those behind the project were people of high academic, financial and social position and it appears that even though their judgment was, in hindsight, to prove wrong, their initial proposals had solid foundations and justifications.
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$120
86872
Horne, Julia
The Pursuit of Wonder - signed copy How Australia's Landscape was Explored, Nature Discovered and Tourism Unleashed
Miegunyah Press, Melbourne Vic,, 2005.
Signed first edition. Hardcover, octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling and red endpapers; (vii, 351pp), richly illustrated in colour and monochrome. Minor wear only; faint spotting to upper text block edges and minimal wear to lightly rubbed dustwrapper edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Near fine. Follows colonial tourists as they rolled up their sleeves, loosened their corsets, and set out in the pursuit of nature. The beginnings of environmental tourism together with the influence of European ideas of travel, nature and art on the perception of the Australian landscape. A chapter on the Blue Mountains and many other references.
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$40
42478
Hurley, Frank
The Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves A Camera Study
Angus & Robertson Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1952.
Quarto; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with gilt spine titles and endpaper maps; 116pp., with maps, a chromolithographic frontispiece, 6 illlustrations likewise and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; board edges and spine extremities scraped and softened; previous owner's ink inscription to the title page. Dustwrapper is very worn; heavy chipping to the spine panel extremities (minor loss of text) with associated creasing; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$45
76578
Jamieson, Rick
Canyons Near Sydney Fifth Edition
Rick Jamieson, Grose Vale NSW, Australia, 2012.
Octavo; paperback; 96pp., with maps and monochrome illustrations. New. In the fifth edition of this canyoning guide to the Blue Mountains, the author presents a plethora of canyon walks in the Blue Mountains region, detailing their stunning sights and their potential dangers to those walkers who aren't afraid of mixing their trail-tramping with the occasional abseil, or river swim. This edition revises the information presented in the first four editions, in line with recent changes in the area (not only those imposed by the National Parks Service), to ensure preparedness for all who brave these breath-taking environments.
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$17
10968
Johnson, Dianne
Sacred Waters The Story of the Blue Mountains Gully Traditional Owners.
Halstead Press, Broadway, NSW, Australia, 2007.
Quarto; hardcover; 237pp., with many monochrome and colour illustrations. Dustwrapper. New. Special price. This is the story of the Gundungurra and Darug people of the Burragorang Valley and lower Hawkesbury, commemorating their survival in a changing world and their ongoing struggle to protect their sacred lands and waters. The Blue Mountains were occupied as a summer camp by the tribespeople before white settlement. After colonization, an exodus began from the valleys and their homelands with many people being pushed into makeshift camps as land development started to encroach on the traditional ranges. Eventually, most families moved to the Gully, in Katoomba, when the Burragorang was flooded in the 1950s to create the Waragamba Dam. This, along with the impact of a new racetrack in 1957 impeded access to the tribal lands. The emotions and impact of history are conveyed through the voices of those who lived through the loss of their traditional lands, and through their descendants, in this moving collaborative effort.
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$35
203297
Jones, Gil
Bulga Bala Boree Country and Culture; Pastoral Invasion and Darkinyung Dispossession; Hawkesbury to Hunter
Bulga Books St. Albans NSW, 2017.
Quarto; paperback; 100pp., with colour and monochrome illustrations. New. "Bulga is a name for the valley-etched sandstone plateau extending from the Hawkesbury River to the southern edge of the Hunter Valley - the country of the Darkinyung. This book reviews its history of pastoral invasion and Darkinyung dispossession in the early eighteen-hudreds, and the significance of the surviving cultural imprints and cultural resonances of its first people. Included is an essay on the 'settler' conspiracy of silence surrounding a notorious act of genocide by a locally-raised 'wild colonial boy'." - John Fleming
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$35
204105
Jones, Gil
Powers of Nature Spirits of flood and fire, thunder and lightning across Sydney's Sandstone Country
Bulga Books St. Albans NSW, 2018.
Quarto; paperback; 51pp., with colour illustrations. New. Gurangaty, Ghindarun and Daramulan - manifestations of the energies inherent in flood, fire, thunder and lightning - are the names of spirit beings once familiar to Aboriginal people of Sydney's sandstone country. Guragaty we know of through a Gandanguurra legend, Ghindarun through a unique record of Darginyung initiation, and Daramulan largely through accounts of initiation among tribes beyond the sandstone country - particularly the Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi. For Gurangaty and Ghindarun, what we know comes from the invaluable research of a surveyor-turned ethnographer writing at the turn of the Nineteenth Century - Robert Matthews - who also contributed substantially to our understanding of Daramulan. By the time Matthews came to record what he could of the language, lore and rites of the Aboriginal people of the sandstone country, they had experienced dispossession and cultural disintegration for most of the Nineteenth Century. For Matthews' anthropologist contemporaries working in Central Australia, on the other hand, Aboriginal dispossession was much more recent and pre-contact culture less damaged - as for their successors working in northern Australia through the 1900s. Given the many clear similiarities between the cultures of the first peoples across the continent, I have felt it legitimate to draw on such parallels to illuminate the often sparse evidence afforded by the records and relics of the first peoples of the sandstone country. "Wasteland, Wilderness, Wonderland" is a book in which I explore the landscape of Sydney's sandstone country, and touch particularly on the cuilture of one of its first peoples, the Darginyung - as that culture can be read from rock engravings and cave paintings in the light of Matthews' research. That reading is amplified in a second book - "Bulga Bala Boree". The essays I present here summarise and further amplify my previous readings of the nature of Daramulan and Ghindarun of the Darginyung, and of Gurangaty of the Gandanguurra.
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$35
76854
Jones, Gil
Wasteland Wilderness Wonderland Getting to Know Sydney's Sandstone Country
Blue Mountain Education and Research Trust, Lawson NSW, 2013.
Quarto; paperback; 140pp., with maps and colour and monochrome illustrations. New. 'Sydney's sandstone is here explored by Gil Jones as a geologist, historian, poet and, above all, lover. Is it Wasteland, Wilderness or Wonderland?' - Eugene Stockton. This is local history literally from the ground up: Gil Jones describes the geomorphology of Sydney - essentially a huge bowl of sandstone extending north to Newcastle, south to the Illawarra escarpment and as far west as Lithgow - and examines its impact upon all aspects of the environment which it underpins. This sweeping analysis looks at the evolution of the flora, fauna and local weather systems and also encompasses the human impacts, from the activities of the indigenous caretakers to the ravages of those who brought about their disenfranchisement.
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$30
10597
Kay, Phillip
The Far-Famed Blue Mountains of Harry Phillips
Megalong Books/Second Back Row Press, Leura NSW, 1985.
Quarto; paperback, with decorative endpapers; 96pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; spine faded. Very good to near fine. Phillips, photographer, printer and publisher, produced at least eighty photographic books in the period 1909-1944, principally of Sydney and the Blue Mountains. During this period, photographic albums showing views of the local scenery around holiday spots were quite the fashion, reaching their pinnacle during the 1920s; Harry Phillips, with his collections of images from Katoomba and the Blue Mountains generally, turned this tourist catch-penny publishing game into an art form. Credited with single-handedly boosting the Blue Mountains' profile as a tourist destination across the world and of innovating such various phenomena as the Scenic Railway and the career of Frank Hurley (who was a devotee), Harry Phillips' name has come to be synonymous with the place in which he chose to work.
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$65
32488
Keats, Michael
Day Walks in the Lower Grose River and Tributaries (with particular reference to the Engineers Track)
Keats Holdings Pty. Ltd., Pymble, NSW, Australia, 2011.
Reprint: octavo; paperback; 61pp., with maps and black and white illustrations. New. Michael Keats has spent a lot of time in the bushland of the Blue Mountains, tracking its walking trails, unearthing their history and co-ordinating activities among the numerous local organisations which dedicate their time to the signposting, preservation and upkeep of the region's bush trails. Over time, Keats (and later, with another local author, Brian Fox) has written many authoritative guides of the various walking areas that the Blue Mountains have on offer. This title, one of his first, covers a region of river tributaries relatively close to Sydney but often overlooked by walkers. The book takes the form of a written record of executed walks undertaken by members of the Bush Club, under Keats' supervision; these diary notes clearly explain each stage of the track, highlighting treacherous crossings, local fauna and flora and handy references to local resources. While not for the novice bushwalker - using as it does, some fairly rigorous topographical map work - it is a wealth of information for the experienced hiker and a fascinating read for the armchair traveller.
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$18
32487
Keats, Michael
Day Walks in the Therabulat Country also known as the Wild Dog Mountains in the Greater Blue Mountains National Park
Keats Holdings Pty. Ltd., Pymble, NSW, Australia, 2006.
Octavo; paperback; 200pp. with many maps and full-colour illustrations. New. Following on from his previous publications, Michael Keats takes the reader deep into Therabulat Country for another gruelling series of fascinating bushwalks. As with his previous effort, this book takes the form of a series of diary entries tracking the progress of sorties made by members of the Bush Club under Keats' oversight. While outlining the events of those particular treks, these epistolary reports detail the conditions and encounters which other bushwalkers can likely expect, whilst following in Keat's footsteps. Unlike Keats' previous efforts, the book is organised in discrete sections which concentrate on the flora, fauna and local history of the area covered: these historical notes make for fascinating reading in themselves, and cover the sorts of local minutiae that grander histories would sweep over. While not a guide for the inexperienced walker, it is a wealth of information for experienced hikers and also makes for engrossing reading for armchair walkers who prefer to put their feet up and relax with a good book and a cup of tea.
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$30
79091
Keats, Michael & Brian Fox
The Gardens of Stone National Park and beyond Book 5: Bushwalks in the Ben Bullen Ranges; and Local Place Names
Keats Holdings Pty. Ltd., Pymble, NSW, Australia, 2014.
Octavo; paperback; 680pp., with maps and many full-colour illustrations. New. The latest in the ongoing series of collaborations by Michael Keats and Brian Fox, this instalment of the Gardens of Stone National Park guidebooks concentrates on walks within the Ben Bullen ranges. As usual, the walks outlined within these pages are diarised re-tellings of hikes made into these regions by the Bush Club under the authors' supervision. In this style, a sense of the landscape and of the terrain to be traversed is conveyed with a sense of immediacy to the reader, be they an intrepid hiker wishing to follow in their footsteps, or an armchair explorer who prefers the aid of their imagination in trekking these trails. Perhaps "trails" is too strong a word in describing these walks: much of the area covered in this book requires skills and equipment far above a willingness to walk and a good pair of boots. Topographical map skills, the ability to swim and climb - with or without ropes - are all features of the "walks" revealed here. Along with these descriptions the authors have this time focussed on the human history of the areas they wander through, as well as highlighting the various types of fauna that inhabit these regions. Typically for the series, the walks outlined are of the kind not lightly undertaken; but the sheer wealth of information captured within these pages makes this a compelling resource for anyone with interests in the wilderness areas of the Blue Mountains.
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$50
72891
Keats, Michael & Brian Fox
The Gardens of Stone National Park and beyond Book 3: Bushwalks at Donkey Mountain, Carne Creek, South of the Wolgan River and Mount Cameron; plus regional Aboriginal History and Historical Maps
Keats Holdings Pty. Ltd., Pymble, NSW, Australia, 2013.
Octavo; paperback; 448pp., with maps and many full-colour illustrations. New. In this third collaboration between the authors, they extend their coverage of the Gardens of Stone National Park north of Lithgow, this time narrowing their focus to the walks and trails around the impressive plateau known as Donkey Mountain. Again, the use of the word "trails" for some of these treks is perhaps overstressed: these are outings designed to be undertaken by bushwalkers of no small ability and much experience. The use of a topographical map and a compass is required to navigate these missions and swimming and climbing (with or without ropes) is often par for the course. That being said, these diarised descriptions of the journeys, along with the intriguing photographs, make this book a diverting read for all armchair explorers too. As an added feature for this instalment, the book reproduces old maps of the area, executed by the original settlers of the region, and there is also a chapter outlining the indigenous historical perspective on the area. As we've come to expect with this series of books, here is local knowledge and history of a high order, and a useful resource for anyone with an interest in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
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$50
82965
Keats, Michael & Brian Fox
The Gardens of Stone National Park and beyond Book 6: Bushwalks on the northern Newnes Plateau; plus regional Flora and Fauna.
Keats Holdings Pty. Ltd., Pymble, NSW, Australia, nd. (2015).
Octavo; paperback; 676pp., with maps and many full-colour illustrations. New. Michael Keats and Brian Fox go once more into the breech and have produced a further instalment of their Gardens of Stone bushwalking series. In this volume they traverse the Newnes Plateau, highlighting all of the walks in that vicinity for the purposes of letting avid walkers follow in their footsteps, or for armchair explorers to vicariously satisfy their wanderlust. Included in this instalment is a listing of all the flora and fauna in the region - possibly the most complete privately-compiled gathering of such information to have seen print.
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$50
69599
Keats, Michael & Brian Fox
The Gardens of Stone National Park and beyond Book 2: Bushwalks at Newnes and along the Wolgan-Capertee Divide; plus Regional Climate
Keats Holdings Pty. Ltd., Pymble, NSW, Australia, 2012.
Octavo; paperback; 492pp., with maps and many full-colour illustrations. New. "One can look at the pagoda country in two ways, first as a scientist, and second as a poet. As a scientist I see the biodiversity and geodiversity side of the pagodas. They are hotspots of both. Like remnants of lost peoples in the Himalayas, the pagodas are rich in rare and threatened species. The species themselves change from north to south, but you always find rare species there....As a poet, these are places of magic and mystery. They abound with lost cities, temples, tables and chairs, stone bells and pulpits... mysterious winding rock passages, the overwhelming honey scent of spring myrtles and mint-bushes, lone pools set in rocks plated with dark ironstone the texture of dragon's skin, vistas for kilometres beside intimate miniature works of ikebana in stone combine with the ever present calls of lyrebirds and honeyeaters.... it is a symphony in stone we should witness and feel wonder in - and keep in trust for the future" (Haydn Washington, from the preface).
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$50
75354
Keats, Michael & Brian Fox
The Gardens of Stone National Park and beyond Book 4: Bushwalks in the headwaters of Bungleboori Creek, Wollangambe River, Nayook Creek and Dingo Creek; plus regional River Catchments and Water Pollution.
Keats Holdings Pty. Ltd., Pymble, NSW, Australia, 2013.
Octavo; paperback; 932pp., with maps and many full-colour illustrations. New. This guidebook focusses upon various creek and river tributaries of the Gardens of Stone National Park, part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Following in the tradition established by Keats in his earlier books, the walks outlined within these pages are diarised re-tellings of hikes made into these regions by the Bush Club under the authors' supervision. In this style, a sense of the landscape and of the terrain to be traversed is conveyed with a sense of immediacy to the reader, be they an intrepid hiker wishing to follow in their footsteps, or an armchair explorer who prefers the aid of their imagination in trekking these trails. Perhaps "trails" is too strong a word in describing these walks: much of the area covered in this book requires skills and equipment far above a willingness to walk and a good pair of boots. Topographical map skills, the ability to swim and climb - with or without ropes - are all features of the "walks" revealed here. Along with these diarised descriptions are discrete sections outlining the flora and fauna of the region, along with notes on the local history and geology, including an assessment of the levels of water pollution through the region and into the Western Blue Mountains area, provided by Dr. Ian Wright. As far as walking guides go, this is not for the faint-hearted; but the sheer wealth of information captured within these pages makes this a compelling resource for anyone with interests in the wilderness areas of the Blue Mountains.
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$50
38062
Keats, Michael & Brian Fox
The Passes of Narrow Neck
Keats Holdings Pty. Ltd., Pymble, NSW, Australia, nd. (2008).
Octavo; paperback; 126pp., with maps and many full-colour illustrations. New. Narrow Neck is a long flat-topped ridge of land which marks the westernmost boundary between the Jamison and Megalong Valleys at Katoomba. For as long as people have settled this region, Narrow Neck has been a focus of bushwalking activity, either for those walking along its length out to its furthest extent near Mt. Solitary, or for those who viewed it as the jumping-off point for explorations down to the valley floors. This exploration was not without its benefits: when shale oil was discovered in the Blue Mountains, this area was the location of many of the major mines. With the passing of time, the memory of many of the trails along and over the edge of Narrow Neck have passed into local lore and the exact locations of these points of access have faded away. In an effort to rectify this situation, the authors - Michael Keats and Brian Fox, in their first collaborative effort - set out to re-learn the trails and see what remained of them. The results are presented here in a format established by Keats and which would become the hallmark of their ongoing bushwalking guides. Diarised accounts of the current day trekkers reveal their progress along the faint trails, while fragments of local history - including old maps and photographs - round out the experience and ground the walks in the local settlement. As usual, the text is peppered with many full-colour photographs and sketches taken by the authors and their Bush Club associates. These are not walking trails for the faint-hearted - many of them include ladders made from spikes driven into trees, or pitons hammered into rock faces (and not always maintained) - but for experienced walkers there is a wealth of detail here for planning an expedition, not to mention the sheer volume of history available for the armchair explorer.
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$28
87730
Keats, Michael & Brian Fox & Yuri Bolotin
The Gardens of Stone National Park and beyond Book 7: Bushwalks on the Southern Newnes Plateau: plus the Last Three Centuries of European Settlement
Keats Holdings Pty. Ltd., Pymble, NSW, Australia, 2016.
Octavo; paperback; 744pp., with maps and many full-colour illustrations. New. This latest instalment of the Gardens of Stone project begins with an observation that the areas covered by the Gardens of Stone National Park are due for an upgrade which may see the incorporation into the park of many intervening parcels of land that have been developed by private concerns. With this in mind, the writing team has used this volume to focus on the human heritage of the National Park, cataloguing almost three hundred years of industry, construction, development and usage by human communities in the region. Everything is examined here, from indigenous shelters and manufacture, through to coal and diamond mining, forestry and recreational businesses. Once more, this is a book that will serve the owner well if taken out into the wilds which it covers; but it will also greatly entertain any reader who chooses the comfort of their own home as their adventure playground.
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$50
67059
Keats, Michael and Brian Fox
The Gardens of Stone National Park and beyond Book 1: Bushwalks in the North West section, including Mugii Murum-ban (Mount Airly - Genowlan) mesas; plus regional Geology and Geomorphology
Keats Holdings Pty. Ltd., Pymble, NSW, Australia, 2011.
Octavo; paperback; 400pp., with maps and many full-colour illustrations. New. After their success with "The Passes of Narrow Neck", the authors team up once more, this time to explore the area known as the Gardens of Stone National Park, north of Lithgow in NSW, and its surrounding region. The area they take us adventuring through is replete with strangely-formed rock pagodas and other twisty stone formations, upon which a fevered (and Classically-trained) mind has conferred such names as the Poseidon Arena, Hades and the Underworld, and Hecate's Cauldron. As usual with these authors' works, the trails (a word used here in its broadest sense) are presented by means of diarised extracts, showing the experiences of the authors and their Bush Club associates during their own explorations. Infused with a wealth of local history and a wide knowledge of the local fauna and flora, the guide provides a prospective walker with enough information to set out on their own travels. Don't be fooled however: these treks are not for lightweight bushwalkers and some serious preparation is warranted! That being said, the information is well-presented and fascinating, so if you use the the book to plan an expedition into the unknown, or simply to fill in a few hours before the fireplace with a cup of tea, there's something here for all comers.
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$50
56885
Keats, Michael and Brian Fox
The Upper Grose Valley Bushwalkers Business
Keats Holdings Pty. Ltd., Pymble, NSW, Australia, 2010.
Octavo; paperback; 567pp., with many maps and full-colour illustrations. New. Taking a break from the Gardens of Stone National Park (an undertaking expected to be covered by eight titles all up), the authors pull back into the Blue Mountains proper, and take on some serious "bushwalker's business" in the Grose Valley near Blackheath. As we've come to expect from Messrs Keats and Fox, the walks that they describe are based upon their own experiences in re-tracing old trails with their associates from the Bush Club. These are presented as diarised excerpts, showing the progress of the group along the planned routes. Along the way there are discussions of local history, geology, geomorphology and wildlife, including - in this case - extensive examinations of the local fungi and snail species. These walks are definitely not for the faint of heart, or the walker without some miles beneath their boots: some of the trails are barely signposted and some involve rock-climbing experience, or someone who knows their way around a compass and a topographical map. Nevertheless, this guide (and the others that this collaboration has produced) are full of interesting details and their chatty narrative structure makes for some pleasant, informative reading.
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$50
91075
Keats OAM, Michael & Brian Fox & Yuri Bolotin
The Gardens of Stone National Park and beyond Book 8: Bushwalks on the headwaters of Deanes Creek, Rocky Creek and Budgary Creek; plus, Threatened Environments and Threatened Species within the region.
Keats Holdings Pty. Ltd., Pymble, NSW, Australia, 2016.
Octavo; paperback; 604pp., with maps and many full-colour illustrations. New.
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$50
81308
Kilbey, Russell
The Man from Cox's River: DVD
Umbrella.
New. All regions. This movie follows the adventures of Luke Carlon, descended from a family of horse trainers who settled in the Cox's River district in the 1820s. Time and the policies of nature preservation saw the Carlon family slowly driven off the land in the face of the establishment of the National Park and the construction of the Waragamba catchment zone. Ranger Chris Banffy contacts Luke and, with him, outlines a plan to lead feral horses - brumbies - out of the Burragorang Valley region, a means of pest control vastly more preferable to the use of shooters in helicopters which had caused public outcry in the past. The film follows Luke and his hand-picked gang of stockmen as they take on this grueling task, entering a largely uncharted wilderness, capturing and breaking-in horses, then leading them out to safer pastures. This is a beautifully-shot film which reveals the rich untrammeled wilderness of the Blue Mountains and was written with the assistance of local historian, Jim Barrett.
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$20
85006
Knapman, Leonie
Glen Davis in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales A Shale Oil Ghost Town and its People 1938-1954
Halstead Press, Ultimo, NSW, Australia, 2010.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpaper maps; 270pp., with full-colour and monochrome photographic illustrations. New. The town of Glen Davis nowadays is a ruin, a ghost town nestled and forgotten within the remote Capertree Valley. However, 60 years ago it was a bustling hive of activity, the home and livelihood of thousands of miners, industrial chemists, engineers and their families, and the businesses which supported their lifestyle. Built upon one of the richest oil-shale deposits in the world, Glen Davis was, at one time, the backbone of Australia's pioneering industrial infrastructure. Over time though, federal policy shifted and pushed the town into the shadows; wartime restrictions and rationing brought the death knell and the settlement was abandoned by those who felt that they had been as equally abandoned by the economic counsellors of their day. This is the complete history - social, industrial and political - of this lost town by someone who knew the place and grew up there as one of its citizens.
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$50
205515
Knox, Kelvin, & Eugene Stockton (eds.)
Aboriginal Heritage of the Blue Mountains Recent Research and Reflections
Blue Mountains Education and Research Trust, Lawson NSW, 2019.
Quarto; paperback; 256pp., with maps and many monochrome and full-colour illustrations. New. People have inhabited Australia for thousands of years. At the foot of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, human occupation is dated at up to 50,000 years ago. In 1788, the way of life for Aboriginal people living in the Mountains irrevocably changed. However, their cultural heritage, handed down from ancient generations, has remained in the form of occupation sites, art, artefacts, axe-grinding grooves, scarred trees, stone arrangements and other physical traces of their presence in the landscape. "Aboriginal Heritage of the Blue Mountains" gathers together some new research, stories and reflections about the Mountains' Aboriginal inhabitants and their heritage, perhaps what could now be understood as Australia's shared heritage.
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$50
74926
Leckbandt, Ollie
Convict Stockades From Mount Walker to Mount Victoria
The Author, Lithgow, 2010.
Quarto paperback, 146pp., colour illustrations. New. This book describes the historical remains and artefacts found at stockade sites along the old Mitchell's Road to Bathurst. These stockades housed convict road gangs and their regiment guards building the Mitchells Road and bridges over the Cox's River in the 1830s. These little-known sites are located just south of Lithgow, NSW, between the townships of Rydal and Mt Victoria. In particular, this book focuses on Bowen's Hollow Stockade, Hassan's Walls Stockade and Mount Victoria Stockade. It includes detailed maps and photographs of each site, along with over 70 photographs of coins, military buttons and domestic buttons, musket rounds, buckles, insignia, clay pipes, bottles, pottery, nails and many other fascinating relics. This well researched book delves also into the lives of the convicts and soldiers whose grim lives have left their marks on the historical narratives of the court houses, memoirs of government officials and early travellers.
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$35
74927
Leckbandt, Ollie
The Forgotten Stockade Old Bathurst Road
The Author, Lithgow, 2002.
Quarto paperback, 76pp., monochrome illustrations. New. This book describes the historical remains and artefacts found along the Old Bathurst Road. This includes Mount Kirkley Stockade - a relatively small workcamp though vital to colonial road building; Hassan Walls and the Mt Victoria and Mt Walker stockades. These stockades housed convict road gangs and their regiment guards building the Mitchells Road and bridges over the Cox's River in the 1830s. The author notes that the last recorded colonial regiments in the Lithgow district were the 80th and 28th at Hassans Walls, in 1839 and 1840 respectively. Major Mitchell's road from Mount Victoria Pass to Bathurst, is rich in colonial history, particularly old road works; convict stockades; military stations; road camps and inns. All of these were an integral part of colonising the west. As Ollie Leckbandt writes, "Not all history is contained in library records; it is also concealed in the ground." Finds of coins, military buttons and domestic buttons, musket rounds, nails and brass name plates provide a sense of this hidden record. A wide variety of historical documents give insight into the colonial lives of the protagonists at these stockades, who have left behind their nameplates in the earth.
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$20
79942
Leckbandt, Ollie
Heritage Without Recognition Lithgow District
The Author, Lithgow, 2013.
Quarto paperback, 132pp., colour illustrations. New. In Ollie's previous volumes he has outlined the locations and histories of the various convict and military stockades scattered across the Lithgow landscape. In this book, he examines the impact across the region of the creation and development of residential estates, infrastructural relocations and roadworks, particularly upon the heritage sites involved. He compares the state regulations which define objects removed from the earth - for example decimal coins dating from 1966, some of which are still in circulation - as of heritage value, but which completely ignore structures and foundation works which comprised Nineteenth Century beachheads of early Settlement occupation. As usual, many intriguing and pertinent colour photographs help underscore his compelling case.
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$35
79104
Leckbandt, Ollie
The Mount Walker Stockade Cox's River
The Author, Lithgow, NSW, Australia, 1998.
Quarto paperback, 76pp., monochrome illustrations. New. The Mount Walker Stockade was the largest and most complex of the convict stockades established in the 1830s. Convict iron gangs were moved here from Mt Victoria after difficulties at Mt Victoria Pass had been overcome and the road made. Mt Walker Stockade had many auxiliary buildings and accommodated up to 500 people at its peak: convicts, military guards, surveyors and other officials. The stockade enclosure, built on the bank of the Cox's River and had rows of convict huts with skillion roofs, elevated security lanterns and flogging triangles. The convicts spent their days in chains while they worked on the roads, and were then locked up at night. These were some of the hardest criminals, repeat offenders who were considered as a scourge on society, unsuitable even to be assigned to a land owner. They worked in a range of three miles in either direction from the stockade. In the morning they would be handed their tools and marched to their place of work under supervision of soldiers. In the evening, after a day of back-breaking labour, they would be marched back and locked up again.There were two classes of convict who worked on the roads. The more trusted among them worked as carpenters or stonemasons further away, living in huts along the road and working free of irons. Ultimately, through good behaviour and hard work in these trying conditions, many of these convicts would earn their freedom. Along with the stockade, there were overseers' huts, a guard house, barracks, sergeants quarters and store, military officers quarters, two hospitals, a cooking hut, blacksmith shops, a butcher's shop and a baker's shop.There is a unique artist's impression of Mt Walker Stockade, attributed to Major General James Pattison Cockburn, 1832. It shows the high slab wall surrounding the rows of convict huts, and an array of small buildings covered by the haze of smoke from their chimneys. A military guard keeps watch and a convict work gang plods around a bend in the Mitchell's Road under construction. This painting is now in the Mitchell Library. Convicts stationed on this site built bridges over the Cox's River and Farmer's Creek, and constructed road buttresses and several difficult road cuttings up to 1835. The stockade was also used as an administrative centre with a weekly Court session. In its final years, the site was mainly used as medical, stores and administration facility. In this book, Ollie Leckbandt documents a wide range of historical relics found on this site including: coins, buttons, insignia, buckles, name plates, musket rounds, thimbles, pieces of spoons, knives and forks, and tool fragments. There are also many site photographs, maps and historical notes about the stockade.
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$20
10575
Liddle, David (Introduction by Margaret Baker)
Blue Mountains Wilderness
Megalong Books/Second Back Row Press Pty. Ltd., Leura NSW, 1987.
Square quarto; hardcover; gray boards with white upper board and spine titling, blue endpapers; 132pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minor wear only; creasing on dustwrapper head of spine. Near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Liddle has long watched and wandered the tracks and byways of the mountains and has gathered, in the process, a master collection of photographs of this singular environment. The images are accompanied by quotations from early visitors, explorers and mountain dwellers.
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$45
85522
Lollback, Suzanne with Helen Drewe, Robert Coveny & Ken Durie
Native Plants: Hassans Walls Reserve Lithgow
Lithgow and District Community Nursery, Lithgow, 2014.
Ringbound paperback, octavo; 161pp., colour illustrations. New. This book features 390 native plants and lists another 97 in Sections on Wildflowers, Orchids, Grasses, Rushes, Sedges, Eucalypts, Ferns, Liverworts and Mosses. With this number of native plants, which includes over 70 orchids and four plants listed as threatened on the listing of Rare or Threatened Australian Plants, the Reserve is a special place. While primarily about Native Plants the book also includes a sample of other forms of life such as Fauna, Fungi and Lichens.
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$23
36749
Low, John & Jim Smith
The Prince of Whips The Life and Works of the Blue Mountains Pioneer Harry Peckman.
Den Fenella Press, Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia, 1993.
Octavo; paperback; 112pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. Author's remaining copies. The 'whips' were the men who drove horse teams along the roads of the developing colonies. Peckman, 'Prince' of them, was witness to many of the changes that affected the mountains, whose beauty he celebrated in verse "tuned to the beat of his horses' hooves".
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$6
202970
McClelland, Matt and the Wildwalks Team
The Six Foot Track - second edition Katoomba to Jenolan Caves/Jenolan Caves to Katoomba
Woodslane, Sydney NSW, 2018.
Octavo; paperback; 124pp. [81pp. + 43pp.], with many full-colour photographic illustrations and maps. New. Presented as two books in one - the trip from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves and the one from Jenolan Caves to Katoomba - this walking guide takes the hiker step-by-step through this classic Blue Mountains long-distance track. Included are details for making the trek in one three-day hike or in a series of half- or one-day legs, with notes for planning to stay at campsite or lodge accommodation along the way. Topographical maps and plenty of photographs make this the essential guide for an iconic Blue Mountains journey.
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$20
91764
McLaurin, M D
Old Katoomba The 1860s to the 1900s
Blue Mountains Historical Society, Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia, 2016.
Octavo; paperback; 34pp., monochrome illustrations. New.
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$12
10592
Macqueen, Andy
Back from the Brink: second edition Blue Gum Forest and the Grose Wilderness
The author, 1997.
Quarto paperback, 347pp, monochrome illustrations. New. The forest stands as the Cradle of Conservation in New South Wales. This is its story from when it was first reserved in 1875 as a national spectacle, the threats to its existence and those who have preserved and been part of it.
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$40
60032
Macqueen, Andy
Frederick Robert D'Arcy Colonial surveyor, explorer and artist, c1809-1875
Andy Macqueen, Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia, 2010.
Quarto; hardcover; 272pp., with many maps, monochrome illustrations and 16pp. of full-colour plates. New. Frederick D'Arcy arrived in New South Wales in 1828 and embarked upon a long career as a surveyor. Descended from a long line of military antecedents, he threw himself into a long and arduous work routine, surveying country that few other cartographers until that point had dared attempt. Much of his greatest efforts were centred around the Colo River country - a tangled and tortuous wasteland at that point - and his maps helped open that territory up to further settlement and cultivation. But it was not only the landscape which threatened him with disaster: recalcitrant convicts, mutinous assistants and the demands of his long-suffering wife and children all played their part in his unfolding story. There are those who would say that he was, in part, his own worst enemy, becoming embroiled in scandals and disputes in such far-flung parts of the opening territories as Tasmania and in Queensland; however, some say that much of this notoriety was the invention of his superior officer, the domineering Major Mitchell. Andy Macqueen pulls all of the threads of this man's story together into one coherent narrative, ably marshalling his facts together to support his case that D'Arcy may well have been cruelly defamed (as much as he was prone to gambling and drinking). Along the way he reveals several intriguing paintings and ink drawings now attributed to the surveyor, including an early portrait of a Port Phillip Aboriginal man, discovered by the author.
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$45
11199
Macqueen, Andy
Somewhat Perilous The journeys of Singleton, Parr, Howe, Myles & Blaxland in the Northern Blue Mountains
Andy Macqueen, Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia, 2004.
Quarto; paperback; 192pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. After crossing the Blue Mountains, explorers set out to find other approaches not only to the far side but to northern expansions of the white settlement, to Windsor, north to the Hunter Valley, and to the opening territories around Newcastle. In this work, Macqueen provides a full transcript of the explorers' journals and letters and determines a range of facts which overturn several previously-held notions, while simultaneously shedding light on some heretofore unconsidered material, including indigenous burning regimes and bushfire maintenance. This is a thoughtfully-considered study, penned by a descendant of the men involved in this "somewhat perilous" undertaking.
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$30
98352
Macqueen, Andy
Wayfaring in the Wollemi Stories of people in wilderness
Andy Macqueen, Wentworth Falls NSW, 2017.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpaper maps; 352pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. No dustwrapper, as issued. New. Wayfaring in Wollemi celebrates the human side of wilderness. It presents the stories of 28 people: colonial explorers and surveyors, wanderers, cattlemen, would-be developers, adventurers and conservationists. For one reason or another they each spent a part of their life in the Wollemi, the largest declared Wilderness in New South Wales. What took them there and what did they get up to? Did the experience change their lives? In telling their stories, the author follows their footsteps through the gorges, over the mountains and into the hideaways. Along the way he weaves some of his personal story, revealing how he, like many of his subjects, has been touched by a landscape largely unaffected by transient modern society
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$40
202527
Martyn, John
Rocks and Trees A photographic journey through the rich and varied geology, scenery and flora of the Sydney region
STEP Inc., Turramurra NSW, 2018.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpapers; 311pp., with many full-colour illustrations. No dustwrapper as issued. New. The perfect way to learn about the geology that underpins the landscape and diverse flora of the Sydney region, "Rocks and Trees" captures the dramatic scenery of the Greater Blue Mountains, the beauty of the coastline and the great sweep of plains west of the CBD; but its main purpose is to highlight the geology and flora and their interrelationships. The book journeys from the Illawarra along the coast to Newcastle and inland to the Greater Blue Mountains, staying within the framework created by the massive sandstones and conglomerates of the Triassic Narrabeen Group.
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$60
67925
Morony, Thomas (ed.)
Passing Through Springwood 1813-1841 Being Extracts from Journals and Diaries of Explorers, and Travellers over the Western Road
Springwood Historical Society, 1992.
Stapled paperback, octavo, 31pp. New.
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$6
55583
Painter, Keith
Centennial Glen and Porters Pass Blackheath, Blue Mountains
Mountain Mist Books, Raglan, NSW, Australia, 2009.
Duodecimo; paperback; 40pp. with many maps and full-colour illustrations. New. Those looking for bushwalking adventure beyond Katoomba at the Grose Valley end of the ranges, will find this Pocket Pal of great use. On the western side of Blackheath a group of walking tracks provide access to sights that, though not as spectacular in size as the Grose Valley side of the town, are nevertheless awe inspiring. Starting with some essential safety tips this guide reveals the secrets of Centennial Glen, The Grotto with its Slippery Dip Falls, and the Birdwood Headland Track.
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$7
85140
Painter, Keith
The Chert Bubble - Vol. 2: The Shire 1920s Chert Ventures at Mount Victoria
Mountain Mist Books, Raglan, NSW, Australia, 2015.
Paperback, quarto, 192pp, colour and monochrome plates. New. In 1922 the Chert Road Metal and Timber Co. Ltd. was established next to the Western railway near Mt. Victoria in the Blue Mountains with an aim to exploit chert deposits and timber leases. It took four years to create the Company's railway siding and a one kilometre-long incline railway down into the Kanimbla Valley to provide access; one year after this was accomplished, the whole operation went into liquidation. Keith Painter, writer of the popular Pocket Pal series of Blue Mountains bushwalking guides, has penned this account of the region's most spectacular commercial implosion, complete with a wealth of documentary evidence tying the venture to the well-known Taubman's Paint Company and as far afield as the Wedgwood Pottery company in England. Given that time and the environment have almost obliterated all signs of the Company, this is a timely reminder of this fascinating piece of Mountains history.
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$50
79522
Painter, Keith
The Chert Bubble - Vol.1 1920s Chert Ventures at Mount Victoria
Mountain Mist Books, Raglan, NSW, Australia, 2014.
Paperback, quarto, 148pp, colour and monochrome plates. New. In 1922 the Chert Road Metal and Timber Co. Ltd. was established next to the Western railway near Mt. Victoria in the Blue Mountains with an aim to exploit chert deposits and timber leases. It took four years to create the Company's railway siding and a one kilometre-long incline railway down into the Kanimbla Valley to provide access; one year after this was accomplished, the whole operation went into liquidation. Keith Painter, writer of the popular Pocket Pal series of Blue Mountains bushwalking guides, has penned this account of the region's most spectacular commercial implosion, complete with a wealth of documentary evidence tying the venture to the well-known Taubman's Paint Company and as far afield as the Wedgwood Pottery company in England. Given that time and the environment have almost obliterated all signs of the Company, this is a timely reminder of this fascinating piece of Mountains history.
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$50
12126
Painter, Keith
Federal Pass Leura - Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia
Mountain Mist Books, Raglan, NSW, Australia, 2003.
Duodecimo; paperback; 36pp. with many maps and colour and monochrome illustrations. New. The Federal Pass is a challenging walk for any explorer, wending its way from Leura across the Jamison Valley to Katoomba, via the Golden Stairs; the experience however is well worth it. You'll find the Federal Pass (named to honour the federation of the Australian states on January 1, 1901) in the Jamison Valley below Leura and Katoomba: the original section of the Federal Pass extended only from Leura Forest to Katoomba Falls. Later it was extended, first to the Scenic Railway and later to the Ruined Castle along the old mine tramway via the Landslide. Some people prefer not to call these additions part of the Federal Pass; however these extensions and revisions provide the intrepid walker with a number of approaches to the main walk and the ability to edit the trek according to the time available. As usual, the informtion about the walks is prefaced the with some useful safety tips for bushwalkers, both novices and aficionados.
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$7
12125
Painter, Keith
The Giant Stairway Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia
Mountain Mist Books, Raglan, NSW, Australia, 2005.
Duodecimo; paperback; 28pp. with many maps and colour and monochrome illustrations. New. One of the great man-made icons of the Blue Mountains has to be the breathtaking Giant Stairway; it is practically the quintessential walk for visitors to the Blue Mountains. The best known of the tracks which link the clifftop with the valley below, this Pocket Pal covers the Echo Point area, the Giant Stairway and the Dardanelles Pass which links the stairway to the Federal Pass. The Giant Stairway and the Dardanelles Pass both belong to the same era of walking track construction although, due to lack of funds, the Giant Stairway was not completed until 17 years after the Pass was opened. Included are safety tips for those willing to brave this trek and reap the reward of breathtaking views and magical bushland experiences.
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$7
70718
Painter, Keith
Great Walks at Mount Victoria Blue Mountains
Mountain Mist Books, Raglan, NSW, Australia, 2012.
Duodecimo; paperback; 56pp. with many maps and full-colour illustrations. New. One of Keith Painter's aims in producing the Pocket Pals series is to rediscover and renovate old walking tracks with have "vanished" over the years through disuse and which are on their way to passing from living memory. This guide features the southern area of Mount Victoria with over 12 kilometres of historic walking tracks that hold many fascinating secrets. Working from oral history, local tradition and slight map and other references, Keith reveals tracks and geological features of the area which had long since disappeared from view: Solitary Rock is revealed; the lost steps into Fern Cave have reappeared; the century-old track beyond Dunns Leap has been restored and connected to the end of Hourn Point; and the engineer of Engineer's Cascade and the Little Zig Zag has been researched and named. Along with a myriad of caves to encounter, the contents of this guide provide more than enough material to keep any trekkers occupied for up to five days.
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$7
94360
Painter, Keith
Hassans Walls Prized and Pillaged
Mountain Mist Books, Raglan NSW, 2017.
Landscape quarto; paperback; 160pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. New. "In 1882 the NSW Government had the foresight to create the Hassans Walls Reserve. Nowhere else on a drive along the Great Western Highway through the Blue Mountains does one look up at such a line of towering cliffs. There have been many far-sighted residents who have realised what a treasure Hassans Walls is. They have prized it and taken action to make it accessible for others to enjoy and prize this spectacular escarpment. But there are some who have looked at the area as one to be exploited by removing the coal under the reserve. This has turned into one of the great tragedies of the Twentieth Century in the Blue Mountains. There is now an enduring legacy of rockfalls, cracked rocks and destruction of natural and man-made features that will probably go on for many years to come. These people have pillaged the reserve. This book documents the natural and man-made assets of Hassans Walls. For over 120 years nature-loving citizens have laboured so that residents and visitors can appreciate the natural treasure on their doorstep. Readers will want to be those who prize Hassans Walls far into the future!" - the author.
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$35
12127
Painter, Keith
More Katoomba Walks Blue Mountains, Australia
Mountain Mist Books, Raglan, NSW, Australia, 2004.
Duodecimo; paperback; 32pp. with many maps and colour and monochrome illustrations. New. There's more to Katoomba than just the Three Sisters and Echo Point - this Pocket Pal will lead the way! Scattered along the western side of Katoomba, from just past Scenic World all the way around to the Explorers Tree, are many lesser known walking tracks, some of which date back to the 1880s or even earlier Aboriginal use. Just a few hundred metres beyond Scenic World is Eagle Hawk Lookout and a short distance further is Malaita Point which has a historical connection with the island of that name in the Solomon Islands. Cyclorama Point, Landslide Lookout, Hildas Lookout, O'Sullivans Road, Boars Head Rock, Cahills Lookout and Peckmans Plateau are all covered in this book with insights into the history of their names and locations. Longer walks include the fascinating and historic Devils Hole Track and the Nellies Glen and Bonnie Doon area.
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$7
12124
Painter, Keith
North and South Lawson Walks Blue Mountains, Australia
Mountain Mist Books, Raglan, NSW, Australia, 2004.
Duodecimo; paperback; 36pp. with many maps and colour and monochrome illustrations. New. While not loudly heralded in the tourist literature, Lawson offers the bushwalker a number of intriguing options for exploration. Just a few minutes from the town centre is a peaceful area of waterfalls and bushland made accessible by many kilometres of easy walking tracks. As revealed in this guide, several variations of circuit walks are possible on the north of Lawson and one on the southern side: numerous waterfalls, quiet secluded gullies, gurgling creeks and, in season, spectacular waratahs and Christmas bush - you'll find all of these as you meander along Lawson's gentle tracks. After a brief discussion of safety tips to observe whilst walking in the Blue Mountains, this Pocket Pal guide leads the intrepid bushwalker to such alluring places as Adeline Falls, Dante's Glen and the enigmatic Turtle Rock. As usual Keith Painter outlines his rediscovery of a number of "lost" tracks, including the old Lucy's Glen loop track - a must-do walk for all fans of Blue Mountains walks.
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$7
203676
Painter, Keith
Padley of the Pedestal James McMillan Padley
Mountain Mist Books, Raglan NSW, 2018.
Quarto; paperback; 208pp., on coloured stock, with many colour and monochrome illustrations. New. "This book is more than just a biography. Within its pages over 500 photos, news clips, documents, maps, and transcripts will take you on a journey with the Padley family from 1801 Yorkshire, England, through the Victorian gold rush at Castlemaine, followed by the heady days of Melbourne's boom years, then 'home' to England. But the great Southern land of opportunity called the family back in the 1880s. For James there were shop ventures in Sydney, Windsor, and northern NSW, followed by a ten-year yo-yo relationship with Windsor, finally settling in Lithgow in 1902. Here he put down roots and was soon the driving force in the Lithgow Progress Association and the chief instigator of the development of Hassan's Walls. He left his mark on Lithgow in many ways..." - from the blurb.
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$40
12129
Painter, Keith
Prince Henry Cliff Walk Leura - Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia
Mountain Mist Books, Raglan, NSW, Austrralia, 1994.
Duodecimo; paperback; 64pp. with many maps and colour and monochrome illustrations. New. Dozens of scenic lookouts; hundreds of breathtaking views; open forest, heath, rainforest and hanging swamp; sheer cliffs and fascinating rock formations; tumbling waterfalls and gurgling streams; unique plants and mimicking birds - the Prince Henry Cliff Walk has all of these and more. This clifftop walk stretches from Leura's Gordon Falls Park to the Scenic World tourist centre at Katoomba. You can access Prince Henry Cliff Walk at more than 20 points: choose small sections or the whole walk; take walks that last five minutes or a full day; or use it to link with other tracks: at most starting points you have a choice of going in either direction. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, you should experience for yourself at least a part of this clifftop wonderland.
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$7
12128
Painter, Keith
Terrace Falls South Hazelbrook, Blue Mountains, Australia
Mountain Mist Books, Raglan, NSW, Australia, 1997.
Duodecimo; paperback; 32pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. Walking tracks in the mid mountains are generally not as strenuous as those in the upper mountains. Try the gentle walks of South Hazelbrook where for over a hundred and fifteen years walkers and nature lovers have been inspired by the majestic scenery of Terrace Falls Reserve. Here you will find a historic and complex layout of walking tracks. Thoughtful walkers will appreciate the effort that went into creating the beautiful stone steps and gently-sloping paths that give access into this wonderland of tumbling waters, sandy "beaches", still pools, peaceful rainforests and strangely shaped rocks. The old track layout had eight bridges providing easy access over Terrace Falls and Bedford Creeks at various points: all have been lost through floods or bushfires, but the watchful eye can spot the remains at creek crossings. The track plan originally consisted of paths on both sides of the creeks from Terrace Falls to Bedford Pool: the western track fell into disuse, largely because of the loss of the bridge over Bedford Creek near Picnic Point; however, since the publication of this Pocket Pal guide, renewed interest has seen it again signposted.
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$7
67131
Pells, Philip J., & Philip J. Hammon (with contributions from Amanda Mackie, Karen Carlson and Brian Fox)
The Burning Mists of Time - signed copy A Technological and Social History of Mining at Katoomba
Philsquare Publishing, Katoomba, NSW, Australia, 2009.
Quarto; hardcover; 258pp, with many maps and colour and black & white illustrations. Signed in ink on the flyleaf. Dustwrapper. New. Brings together disparate information to tell the fascinating story of the establishment of the town of Katoomba and the present day Scenic World. It traces the people, the geology and the visions that led to the creation of an amazing infrastructure for mining of oil shale and coal in the Jamison and Megalong Valleys, infrastructure that today forms the basis of one of Australia's major tourist attractions.
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$60
58915
Pembroke, Michael (Libby Raines, illus.)
Trees of History and Romance Essays from a Mount Wilson Garden.
Bloomings Books Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Vic. Australia, 2013.
Third edition: octavo; hardcover; 266pp., with many duotone illustrations. Dustwrapper. New. The author's subjects are the deciduous trees and conifers thriving in the cool-climate, basalt soil and altitude of Mount Wilson. He draws from history, literature, poetry, mythology, botany, and folklore to meditate upon a deeply felt connection with the land and its nature.
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$35
74055
Penlington, John
Wentworth Falls 1813- 2013 A Short Bicentennial History
Wentworth Falls Chamber of Commerce Inc., Wentworth Falls NSW, 2013.
Octavo; paperback; 43pp., with a map and monochrome illustrations. New.
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$15
60765
Ralston, Basil
The Men of Jenolan Caves: third revised edition 1838-1964
Sydney Speleological Society, Broadway, NSW, Australia, 2010.
Quarto; paperback; 82pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. New. This is the story of the men who explored, guided and helped with the development of the Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains. Officially discovered in 1838, some question remains as to whether this complex of limestone caverns was encountered by earlier European visitors with the distinct possibility that it may have served as a hideout for bushrangers. Of course, indigenous explorers have known about the caves for a longer period than that, but this is not the scope of the present work: rather, it looks at the custodial and exploratory services rendered by scientific and community-minded individuals who took upon themselves the task of mapping, examining and preserving the complex for the benefit of all comers. Basil Ralston was uniquely able to provide this perspective as a long-time guide, conservator and explorer of the caves. Within these pages are many photographs and reproduced documents revealing everything from great moments of discovery to the tourist paraphernalia generated by the site over the years. This revised third edition expands the older versions with new scientific material and more photographs, some never before published.
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$28
42466
Richards, Joanna Armour (ed.)
Blaxland - Lawson - Wentworth 1813 - signed, limited edition
Blubber Head Press, Hobart TAS, 1979.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling and illustrated endpapers; 222pp., with monochrome plates and fold-out maps at rear. Minor wear; creasing at lower corner of pp. 49 with small loss to the page; mild spotting to upper text block edges. Dustwrapper spine panel very slightly faded. Otherwise, near fine in like dustwrapper (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.) Signed, limited edition, this being number 205 of only 750 copies.
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$120
206004
Ridge, Robyne (Foreword by Erik Halbert, ed.)
Once Upon a Time in History - The Lower Blue Mountains & Remembering 150 Years of Railways
Blue Mountains Historical Society, Wentworth Falls NSW, 2019.
Octavo; paperback; 119pp., with many monochrome illustrations. New.
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$15
97634
Ridge, Robyne (Foreword by Erik Halbert, ed.)
Once Upon a Time in History - The Upper Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains Historical Society, Wentworth Falls NSW, 2017.
Octavo; paperback; 101pp., with many monochrome illustrations. New.
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$15
10594
Rotary Club of Blackheath
Blackheath Today from Yesterday
Rotary Club of Blackheath, Blackheath, NSW, Australia, 2005.
Quarto; hardcover; 640pp., with many maps and black & white illustrations. Dustwrapper. New. Sale price. The development of the township from the time of the crossing of the Blue Mountains to the present day. Emphasis has been placed on sourcing the primary historic records.
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$45
67923
Searle, Allan E.
The History of Faulconbridge, Linden and Woodford
Springwood Historical Society, Springwood, NSW, Australia, nd. (c.2012).
Octavo; paperback; 153pp., with many maps and black & white illustrations. New.
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$13
57520
Silvey, Gwen
The Healing Mountains Tuberculosis in the Blue Mountains, 1882-1959.
Blue Mountains Historical Society, Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia, 2009.
Octavo; paperback; 74pp., with a map and monochrome illustrations. New. The Healing Mountains describes a time when tuberculosis sufferers were first cared for in rented cottages, private homes and then sanatoria in the Blue Mountains. 'Such a climate as that of Australia may save him the constant sorrow of seeing his family drop one by one into their early graves'. This is how an old world physician saw the new world and, as it transpired, the Blue Mountains, as a prospective healer for tuberculosis sufferers. Gradually the location of tuberculosis caring changed from city to alp. Ethel Robison began to care for tuberculosis sufferers in a Leura cottage in 1900. She practised open-air treatment for the disease, the standard practice for consumptives from 1897. The promotion of healthy constitutions with more 'airy rooms' on offer, the development of X-ray treatments and the provision of new drugs - all contributed greatly to the development of the Blue Mountains region.
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$15
204738
Smith, Jim
The Aboriginal People of the Burragorang Valley: revised, second edition "If we left the Valley our hearts would break"
Blue Mountains Education and Research Trust (BMERT), Lawson NSW, 2018.
Revised and expanded: Quarto; paperback; 340pp., with maps, 198 full-colour and monochrome illustrations and index. New. "Burragorang Valley is unlike any other place in Australia. Every part of Aboriginal land was touched by invasion, and Gundungurra Country was no different. Some areas experienced violent conflict, or were almost immediately wiped out by sicknesses that native immune systems could not cope with. Some communities were flushed out by sending Aboriginal people to missions and alternate settlements to make way for 'progress' and 'colonisation'. Burragorang was different, and this is what made the Valley so special. The black and white people lived together in relative harmony. The patchwork of my heritage is one of many colours, and I am proud of each and every black and white relative who lived and worked in the Valley. Jim Smith captures the beauty, and also the fiery will and perseverance of the Valley's people, living through some very tough times. Burragorang Valley bred strong and formidable, hard-working people who didn't want to leave the Valley as my family were forced to do when the Dam was built. On behalf of my family we would like to thank Jim Smith for the work he has done for us and for out community. His passion for research and conserving history has been such an asset and a privilege for us, as without his tireless effort, we would surely not have compiled such an extensive family and community history." - Taylor Clarke
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$50
10560
Smith, Jim
From Katoomba to Jenolan Caves The Six Foot Track, 1884 -1984
Second Back Row Press, Katoomba NSW, nd. (but 1984).
Small quarto; paperback, with illustrated wrappers and endpaper maps; 167pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. Inscription; foxed preliminaries and spotted text block edges; moderate wear to card covers with sunning along the spine. Good to very good.
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$30
42751
Smith, Jim
Lindeman Pass: The Blue Mountains Mystery Track A History of the Jamison Valley, Volume 1.
Three Sisters Productions Pty. Ltd., Winmalee, NSW, Australia, 1990.
Quarto; paperback; 112pp., with maps, illustrations and 16pp. of monochrome plates. New. Author's remaining copies. Between 1909 and 1911 a 6km walking track was built at the base of the cliffs between Wentworth Falls and Leura. It was never opened and long lay neglected. The book tells the story of its rediscovery and restoration.
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$6
34757
Speirs, Hugh
Landscape Art and the Blue Mountains The Artistic, Historical, and Environmental Influences upon the Landscape Art of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia; with An Introduction to the Ways in which Nature and Art may be linked in Painting
Alternative Publishing Co-operative, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1981.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and decorated endpapers; 203pp. with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Lightly rubbed dustwrapper with a little edgewear (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good. An extended musing upon Nature's impact upon Art, and its ramifications for history and the environment. On one level, Speirs' work is a catalogue of over 220 artists - from Augustus Earle to Reinis Zusters - who have committed paint to canvas in the Blue Mountains region; on another it discusses the effect that such imagery has on the viewers of those works and on their expectations of what the Blue Mountains have to offer, not just artistically, but also socially and commercially. In discussing the "poetic transformation" which the artist imposes upon the landscape, Speirs tracks this change back from the Image to the Human and Natural worlds, on to its logical conclusion: do we see the Blue Mountains as they are? Or as they have been envisaged for us, with all of the baggage which that presumes?
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$40
82699
Stevens, Brian (Barney)
Cycle Across the Blue Mountains Without Using the Highway
Author, Springwood, 2014.
Second edition. Stapled booklet; octavo, 27pp., colour illustrations. New. With the general completion of the highway upgrades providing greater vehicular access to the Blue Mountains, bicycle enthusiasts have also leapt at the chance to use the bitumen to get out into the wild. However, not all cyclists are keen to go one-on-one with the traffic and so this invaluable little guide comes into its own. Back roads, footpaths and dirt tracks are all highlighted to give the avid bike rider truck-free access to the 'Mountains, with this new edition continuing the line all the way out to Lithgow. On your bike!
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$15
63186
Stickley, Christine
The Old Charm of Penrith: signed copy
Christine Stickley, Penrith, NSW, Australia, 1984.
Second edition. Hardcover; quarto; blue boards with upper board silver gilt titling; 85pp., with many colour plates; signed by author in ink on the title page. Minor wear; mild foxing to prelims; black illustrated dustwrapper somewhat rubbed and edgeworn with frayed head of spine. Very good. A commemoration of the many important buildings in the township, some of which have fallen victim to the bulldozer, others of which linger on.
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$30
42132
Stockton, Eugene & John Merriman (eds.)
Blue Mountains Dreaming - Second edition The Aboriginal Heritage
Blue Mountains Education & Research Trust, Lawson, NSW, Australia, 2009.
Quarto; paperback; 256pp., with many maps and full-colour and monochrome illustrations. New. In 1788 the Aborigines of the Blue Mountains had had no contact with Europeans: within 30 years their traditional way of life had been irrevocably changed. Of the generations of new Mountains dwellers who followed, few appreciated the Aboriginal heritage of the region, even though evidence of their presence was known from the Nepean River and the adjacent escarpment. Increasingly however, widespread discoveries of art sites, occupation sites, stone tools, axe-grinding grooves and stone arrangements, research into the journals and early writings of European explorers and settlers, and the compilation of oral histories, are providing a rich, if incomplete, account of the traditional lifestyles and environment of the Gundungurra and Darug people. This greatly expanded second edition gathers together new information about the original inhabitants of the Blue Mountains and provides a fascinating account of histories, languages, legends and European contact.
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$40
81467
Stockton, Eugene (Ed.)
Sydney Rock On the Ways to the West; Hazelbrook - Lawson, NSW
Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust, Lawson, NSW, Australia, 2014.
Reprint: landscape octavo; paperback; 64pp., with maps and many full-colour and monochrome photographic illustrations. New. The Mid-Mountains ridge that defines the Linden to Lawson "Tortuous Ridge" is the site where the western-most edge of the Hawkesbury Sandstone outcropping gives over to the Narrabeen Sandstones and Shales of the Upper and Western Blue Mountains. The domed summit of this ridge - the eponymous Sydney Rock - forms the centre of an area containing many Aboriginal sites and probably served as a landmark for tribespeople pushing westwards into the hanging swamps and level territory beyond. In this work, Eugene Stockton catalogues the history and environmental features of the Rock, including his own childhood memories of using the site as a playground. Trainlines, highways and the changing years have bypassed Sydney Rock and left their scars; now Stockton makes a claim to its being the Blue Mountains' own Uluru and champions its preservation for posterity.
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$20
81466
Stockton, Eugene (Ed.)
This Tortuous Ridge Linden to Lawson
Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust, Lawson, NSW, Australia, 2014.
Quarto; paperback; 118pp., with many full-colour photographic illustrations. New. With this publication, Eugene Stockton celebrates the Central Blue Mountains region, defined by the five now-interconnected villages stretching from Linden through to Lawson at the top of the rocky ridge that forms the edge of the Hawkesbury Sandstone platform of the Lower Blue Mountains. Not well-pleased at the notion of this area being dismissed as neither Upper Mountains or Lower but somewhere nebulous and in-between, he covers a range of topics - geological, social, environmental and historical - to outline the unique qualities of the Central Mountaineers and the region which they inhabit.
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$40
91193
Stuart, Veechi
Blue Mountains Best Bushwalks - 3rd edition
Woodslane Press, Sydney NSW, 2016.
Revised, expanded edition: octavo; paperback; 232pp., with maps and many colour illustrations. New. There are 65 walks in this edition which fills the gap between the scant detail provided by tourist brochures and the hardcore bushwalking guides where you need a compass and rope. This book covers a broad spectrum of walks - those suitable one or two hour treks for families and children as well as several full-day walks, plus one overnight walk, for those who want to be challenged. The Sydney Morning Herald has called her bestselling Mountains bushwalking guide an 'indispensable companion'. Veechi Stuart says the newest edition has more up-to-date information which is important for bushwalker safety. 'I do re-walk every walk for a new edition: sometimes there are not many changes, but there is almost always something that can be improved, such as more detail on the maps - more info about the history. I also sometimes modify walk routes and with each new edition I add two or three new walks', she said. The book also has detailed maps and colour photos with grades, times and ascents and some descriptions of flora, fauna, history, geology and ecology.
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$30
202695
Tippins, Jenifer
The Lake at Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia
The author, Wentworth Falls NSW, 2018.
Quarto; gatefold paperback; 105pp., with many full-colour illustrations. New. In the Blue Mountains of New South Wales lies the Wentworth Falls Lake - a beautiful lake with a rich history. The precinct was always enjoyed by the indigenous peoples and by the early explorers and settlers. The creek running through it was named after Sir John Jamison, a physician and friend of Governor Macquarie. In 1903, Wentworth Falls Lake was born when Jamison's Creek was dammed to provide a water source for steam trains travelling through the Blue Mountains. Today the lake is a playground for men, women and children of all ages, all races, from all regions of the State and indeed from all over the world. It is a place of beauty and tranquillity and a haven of passive peacefulness.
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$45
59898
Williams, Michael, and Rebecca Lang
Australian Big Cats An Unnatural History of Panthers.
Strange Nation Publishing, Hazelbrook, NSW, Australia, 2010.
Quarto; paperback; 436pp., with many black and white illustrations. New. Sightings of outsized black feline creatures have been regularly reported in Australia's press and other media and have caused a wave of interest and sometimes hysteria throughout the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Are these mutant felines roaming the Bush? Could they be escaped circus animals, or abandoned US Army mascots? Or are they relic native creatures, long since thought to be extinct? The coverage that this book provides on the subject will intrigue sceptics and believers alike. Included is a full chapter on the Blue Mountains' own ghostly feline, the Lithgow Panther, with discussions of its origins and reports of its sightings.
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$30