Historical author and publisher John Dowson scours the world for early WA photos and in this little book he illustrates early life around Perth through old postcards. Many are in colour - hand-coloured - and a fascinating view of earlier times.
No trains, but steamers on the river, long-forgotten buildings, and people enjoying life in simpler times.
An ideal gift for Christmas, or any time.
A very interesting collection of Perth memories and scenes from years gone by, in and around Perth. Buildings, transport, people, scenery, etc.
A follow-up to the popular "Lost Perth " book which sold out quickly.
A4 size, hard covers, 128 pages, numerous illustrations, including colour.
One hundred years ago, over 250 railwaymen from all across WA volunteered to help the Britain and her allies to keep trains operating in the war-torn areas behind the Western Front in France.
Many of the men were older than regular recruits, but believed it was their way to contribute.
Valuable family history. Well illustrated and with useful maps to clarify the text references and the movements involved.
A4 size, soft-covered, 100 pages.
The remarkable story of how a trapped miner Modesto Varischetti, was rescued from a flooded mine near Coolgardie in the WA goldfields, with special coverage of the train
which rushed divers and their equipment from Perth in what was then (and for many years) record time.
A minor hero of the rescue was the record-running, high-wheeled steam locomotive R174, which was saved from scrap and now spends its retirement in the Railway Museum.
Second edition, published by Shire of Coolgardie to make this well-written and researched book available again for the centenary of the rescue in 2007.
214 pages including historic black and white photos, sketches, map.
Subtitled a "Centenary commemorative souvenir", this book is not about the war, but about enlistment campaigns, the volunteers, the training, the departures, the journey there (especially from Albany and Fremantle),
the hardships and the memories.
A fascinating mixture of photos with reproductions of posters, with memories recorded by those involved, honours the memories of those who served and in the process highlights the difference between official publicity and the harsh reality which the soldiers experienced, as told once the heavy wartime censorship was finally lifted.
A worthy memory of those who served.
112 pages, A4 size, soft covers.
The timber industry was once WA's third biggest railway business, both an operator of its own railways and a major customer
of the government system.
This very readable story of how Western Australia's timber industry actually worked is written by an insider - Jack Bradshaw grew up in typical saw milling communities, and his knowledge makes the workings and all the jargon easily understood.
120 pages, well illustrated, soft covers.
The story of the privately-operated trams and buses of Kalgoorlie. Privately produced using laser printing and thermal binding to keep the cost reasonable.
115 pages, interesting and informative text with reproductions of a great collection of early postcard photos of Kalgoorlie-Boulder trams, including construction and opening scenes.
Also covers the company's later bus operations. Illustrations include tickets and timetables.
What makes Dowson's books special is the superb quality of the photographs, in this case spanning the period 1870-2011.
The latest book by the author of Old Fremantle and Old Albany maintains his very high standard.
198 pages, photographs and plans in monochrome and colour. Ships old and new, inside and out, the wharves, trains and tracks,
workmen, passengers - illustrated and put in context with insightful text. Highly recommended.
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