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Success Secrets of a Professional Photographer

Author: Bernie Griffiths
Price: 29.95

Bernie Griffiths has owned a wedding/portrait business for over forty years. While still photographing weddings and portraits, his passion now is in teaching and consulting with photographers, to help them fast track their businesses.

Running a successful photography business has changed rapidly— ... more

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Success Secrets of a Professional Photographer

Author: Bernie Griffiths
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 88 8
Date: 1/12/2012
Price: 29.95

Bernie Griffiths has owned a wedding/portrait business for over forty years. While still photographing weddings and portraits, his passion now is in teaching and consulting with photographers, to help them fast track their businesses.

Running a successful photography business has changed rapidly—a totally new approach is needed to keep up. Bernie Griffiths’ new and ground breaking plan to succeed in today’s tough business environment isn’t filled with theory and fluff. It sets out to guide, with proven systems, a sure way to create success and fulfilment in your business.

Some of the things that you will learn in this book:

• How to create a good work/life balance

• Finding your niche market

• How to rethink marketing and sales

• Understanding the correct pricing strategy

• How to take control with an action plan

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Mother in the Shadows (revised edition)

Author: Maureen Cooke
Price: $29.95

This is an extraordinary story.

Imagine that your earliest memories were of life in an orphanage. Imagine yourself adopted at eight years of age by an unmarried woman. Imagine spending a lifetime getting to know this person and her remarkable family, especially her sisters, gradually developing a ... more

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Mother in the Shadows (revised edition)

Author: Maureen Cooke
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 87 1
Date: 1/11/2012
Price: $29.95

This is an extraordinary story.

Imagine that your earliest memories were of life in an orphanage. Imagine yourself adopted at eight years of age by an unmarried woman. Imagine spending a lifetime getting to know this person and her remarkable family, especially her sisters, gradually developing a sense of belonging amongst them, nursing them one by one on their deathbeds.

Imagine only then, after they have all died, discovering that the family you had come to know and love as if it were your own had concealed an extraordinary secret, a secret in which you had a central, hitherto unsuspected part …

This revised edition contains some minor corrections together with some additional text, photographs and documents.

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Ad Altiora 125

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Price: 24.95

The purpose of this book is to celebrate 125 years of one of Melbourne’s best-loved Catholic colleges—St Aloysius College, North Melbourne.

Of course, one short book could never hope to encapsulate 125 years of history, so for that reason, it was decided to publish a cross-section of stories, fond ... more

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Ad Altiora 125

Author:
Editor: Paul Kennedy
ISBN: 978 1 875894 86 4
Date: 8/9/2012
Price: 24.95

The purpose of this book is to celebrate 125 years of one of Melbourne’s best-loved Catholic colleges—St Aloysius College, North Melbourne.

Of course, one short book could never hope to encapsulate 125 years of history, so for that reason, it was decided to publish a cross-section of stories, fond recollections and anecdotes from those who were associated with the College over its history.

This oral history approach is woven through with contributions from students, Mercy sisters, teachers, parents, volunteers and many others associated in some way with the college, with additional material from the College archive. It is important to acknowledge that oral history of its nature depends on the fragile human function we call memory. Remembered events may differ in some detail or other from one witness to another. However, in sparking debate these differences may help reignite further memories.

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Essays On The Western District Frontier 1835–45

Author: Martin Davey
Price: $19.95

One day, in Camperdown cemetery, Martin Davey came across a monument to the Aborigines of the Western District. It was funded and erected by James Dawson. Curiosity about him prompted this research which uncovered secrets of Victorian history, not the least of which was the role of convicts on the ... more

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Essays On The Western District Frontier 1835–45

Author: Martin Davey
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 85 7
Date: 1/12/2011
Price: $19.95

One day, in Camperdown cemetery, Martin Davey came across a monument to the Aborigines of the Western District. It was funded and erected by James Dawson. Curiosity about him prompted this research which uncovered secrets of Victorian history, not the least of which was the role of convicts on the settlement frontier … a theme of Davey’s novel BrownJudy is the brutality meted out to the aborigines by these convicts who were already so brutalised themselves. This theme is also treated in essays in this book. All the other essays are about the Aborigines of the Western District, those who were honoured by Dawson’s twenty-feet-high memorial obelisk …

“What the author has given the reader from his research is his insight and detail about the traditional custodians of the land—the people who were living there for thousands of years before European settlement. He … is attempting, in this small book, to set our history back a bit earlier than it has been recorded before the arrival of Europeans to our shores. The author displays an obvious regard for the customs and society of the Aborigines and is a crusader against the many injustices which took place in the Barwon region and Western Districts of Victoria.” (Mark Beasley, Geelong Heritage Centre)

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Horsehair Worms and a Shark

Author: Joyce Suto
Price: $35.95

Horsehair Worms and a Shark is four books in one. The first part is an autobiographical memoir offered partly for its own interest and partly as a background to the selection of poems made by the author in the final part of the book. The second part is the diary of her voyage to Australia. The ... more

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Horsehair Worms and a Shark

Author: Joyce Suto
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 84 0
Date: 1/12/2011
Price: $35.95

Horsehair Worms and a Shark is four books in one. The first part is an autobiographical memoir offered partly for its own interest and partly as a background to the selection of poems made by the author in the final part of the book. The second part is the diary of her voyage to Australia. The third part is the poignant account of her uncle’s disappearance in World War One, told through numerous letters to, from and about him. The fourth part consists of the poems themselves.

… one day when near the horse pond I picked up stray horsehairs clinging to its edge when it struck me that some of them seemed to have a life of their own! The more I handled them, the more they looked like horsehairs which were alive. Onlookers laughed. But not for long … Horsehair worms not only live among horsehairs but actually look just like them! They grow to six inches, are fine like horsehairs, live in tangled knots, and, until they move, their camouflage is perfect …

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Generations of the Ryalls

Author: David S and Vic G Ryall
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Generations of the Ryalls has been compiled by two brothers, David and Vic Ryall, for distribution within their family, although doubtless it will be of some interest also to other genealogists whose research leads them along similar family lines. About their work the editors state: “A ... more

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Generations of the Ryalls

Author: David S and Vic G Ryall
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ISBN: 978 0 646 5578 6
Date: 1/8/2011
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Generations of the Ryalls has been compiled by two brothers, David and Vic Ryall, for distribution within their family, although doubtless it will be of some interest also to other genealogists whose research leads them along similar family lines. About their work the editors state: “A publication such as this is always a snapshot in time – looking both forward and backward. At the time of publication there are 111 known living descendants of Ernest and Frances Ryall. However in the future there will be additional births, deaths and partnerships within the family. In relation to past records, this publication reveals only the information we have at hand now. Doubtless more information on our forebears will come to light as family members discover it and as more historical information is indexed by genealogists.”

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The Lerderderg: yesterday and today

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Price: $24.95

The Friends of the Lerderderg set out to publish a field guide, with an historical background, of the Lerderderg River, the major tributary of the Werribee River. In doing so its aim was to raise the Victorian community’s awareness of an area of pristine wilderness and regrowth forest, 40 ... more

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The Lerderderg: yesterday and today

Author:
Editor: Michael Fox
ISBN: 978 1 875894 83 3
Date: 1/5/2011
Price: $24.95

The Friends of the Lerderderg set out to publish a field guide, with an historical background, of the Lerderderg River, the major tributary of the Werribee River. In doing so its aim was to raise the Victorian community’s awareness of an area of pristine wilderness and regrowth forest, 40 kilometres west of Melbourne, and to encourage walkers, four wheel drivers, horse riders, and lovers of the great outdoors to use, appreciate, and learn about this environment.

Illustrated with many photographs and guide maps, the book contains descriptions of walks; glimpses of its social history; an overview of the geological history; tables of gold yields from its mining era, rainfall records since records began; plant and bird species lists; and the story of the area’s eventual preservation as both State Park and Heritage River.

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A Gift For Life

Author: Ida Moore-van Selow
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Your story is yours and yours alone. It’s unique and worth telling.

This book asks you to write your life story. It’s a bit like an interview on your life. The questions in are there to guide you and to prompt you to write about your life. You can answer them or you can skip them, it’s up to you ... more

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A Gift For Life

Author: Ida Moore-van Selow
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ISBN: 978 0 646 54862 3
Date: 1/5/2011
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Your story is yours and yours alone. It’s unique and worth telling.

This book asks you to write your life story. It’s a bit like an interview on your life. The questions in are there to guide you and to prompt you to write about your life. You can answer them or you can skip them, it’s up to you what you want to write down. There is no right or wrong way. There are empty pages for photographs and memorabilia, perhaps favourite recipes.

Either way it will be a lot of fun and—maybe even a bit sad—writing down all of your memories. The next generations will love you for it. You may not realise it, but the memories are worth sharing.

Leave the book lying on the coffee table, for people to look at, or sit down with your grandchildren or children and let them help you write. The stories will follow … and what a wonderful interaction that would be.

This book can be purchased from the author’s own website: http://agiftforlife.org

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The Uncool Salesman

Author: Rodney A. Potts
Price: $28.95

This work of fiction is about turning points in peoples’ professional lives. It is about people who stand on the church steeple but who never come crashing down. A young woman in advertising lies face down on a lonely beach reflecting upon the insider talk that had governed her early years, the ... more

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The Uncool Salesman

Author: Rodney A. Potts
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 82 6
Date: 1/4/2011
Price: $28.95

This work of fiction is about turning points in peoples’ professional lives. It is about people who stand on the church steeple but who never come crashing down. A young woman in advertising lies face down on a lonely beach reflecting upon the insider talk that had governed her early years, the in-house de rigueur … Her chief executive struggles to change his approach to leadership but suffers misgivings on how successful this change is likely to be … A young man at university adopts one of those ‘officer and gentleman’ poses as if his mere presence is the qualification. When he eventually becomes an associate in a high technology company his working life becomes more difficult than he first imagined it to be … A highly intelligent man in industry takes on the mantle of the spectator sports chauvinist, one whose expertise is valued to a certain degree because he is aware of every success and every failure since the fall of Nineveh … A chief executive has worked hard to create his fortress company; he can now afford to stand by the picture windows of the boardroom looking out upon the clapboard companies of the dirt plain …

Several working environments are introduced to host the theoretical concepts being proposed here. The universality of beliefs, as distinct from moral behavior, is something that needs to be addressed carefully.

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a spider taps its feet in unison

Author: Joachim Matschoss
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‘This book is more than a meditation on solitude. It is a day-by-day calendar full of poems, stories, fragments of memory and intriguing and wonderful discoveries. The writing has a physical reality and the book is a celebration of a curious mind. Joachim Matschoss is deeply engaged with the world ... more

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a spider taps its feet in unison

Author: Joachim Matschoss
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 81 9
Date: 1/12/2010
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‘This book is more than a meditation on solitude. It is a day-by-day calendar full of poems, stories, fragments of memory and intriguing and wonderful discoveries. The writing has a physical reality and the book is a celebration of a curious mind. Joachim Matschoss is deeply engaged with the world in which we live and his writing is poetic and precise.’ (Lukas Drihy)

‘What is never lost is the primacy of experience and the direct way of finding its expression. This is a beautifully constructed book. The writing is clear-eyed, meditative and full of surprises.’ (Frank Rullow)

‘a spider taps its feet in unison’ is designed to be read day by day—a little companion to the reader; or read at random—wherever the reader happens to open it.

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Defending The Eye Of The Needle

Author: Ian C. McKellar
Price: $29.95

When the shadows of war became a reality in September 1939 Australia was forced to look to its own resources for its defence. Initially a number of World War 1 Naval lookouts, known as War Signal Stations, were reopened at key points around its coast. These quickly proved ineffective—in 1940 the ... more

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Defending The Eye Of The Needle

Author: Ian C. McKellar
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ISBN: 978 0 9587492 6 8
Date: 1/12/2010
Price: $29.95

When the shadows of war became a reality in September 1939 Australia was forced to look to its own resources for its defence. Initially a number of World War 1 Naval lookouts, known as War Signal Stations, were reopened at key points around its coast. These quickly proved ineffective—in 1940 the German Navy easily evaded the War Signal Stations at both Wilsons Promontory and Cape Otway to lay 110 mines in Bass Strait. Those mines claimed two ships before they could be cleared. This prompted plans to deploy top secret radar stations at Cape Otway and other key points.

Before the radars could be commissioned, a Japanese aircraft was launched from a submarine in Bass Strait to make a reconnaissance flight over Melbourne. It was sighted, but before action could be taken it had flown back to the submarine which quickly left the area.

In both of these enemy intrusions radar would have provided timely warning so that defences could have reacted successfully.

The Cape Otway radar station was duly brought into operation; this book details its activities—told by the men who served there, as well as drawing on German and Japanese records to detail the enemy actions noted above.

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Come On! Come On!

Author: John E. Mavor
Price: $69.95

John Mavor served the Methodist and Uniting Churches as a Minister of the Word for over 50 years—commencing as a Methodist probationary minister in 1954, mostly in administrative and leadership positions within various church departments, or in mission postings in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. ... more

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Come On! Come On!

Author: John E. Mavor
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 80 2
Date: 1/9/2010
Price: $69.95

John Mavor served the Methodist and Uniting Churches as a Minister of the Word for over 50 years—commencing as a Methodist probationary minister in 1954, mostly in administrative and leadership positions within various church departments, or in mission postings in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. He further served the Uniting Church as Moderator of the Queensland Synod in 1988–89 and as the eighth President of the Assembly from 1997 to 2000.

Come On! Come On! is a comprehensive and detailed account of his journey through those years—the wide range of experiences and issues encountered, and the numerous colleagues with whom he worked. It is an important addition to the history of the life and work, and the people, of these two churches in Australia.

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Murphy’s Lore and Other Stories

Author: various
Price: $39.95

When the growing school on a tiny pocket of land in Moonee Ponds threatened to burst at the seams, one Br P.B. Murphy came to the rescue.

The purpose of publishing this book was to put into print some of the remembered history of St Bernard’s College, as told by those who were part of its first ... more

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Murphy’s Lore and Other Stories

Author: various
Editor: Paul Kennedy
ISBN: 978 1 875894 79 6
Date: 1/5/2010
Price: $39.95

When the growing school on a tiny pocket of land in Moonee Ponds threatened to burst at the seams, one Br P.B. Murphy came to the rescue.

The purpose of publishing this book was to put into print some of the remembered history of St Bernard’s College, as told by those who were part of its first seventy years. It is woven through with contributions from students, Brothers, teachers, parents, volunteers and others associated in some way with the college, at both Moonee Ponds and West Essendon. To paraphrase playwright Bertolt Brecht, we particularly wanted to hear the voices of the previously unheard: the student whose name never appeared in gold-leaf on an honour board; the quiet-achieving Brother; the mother who found time to serve in the tuck shop while raising other children; the worker who mowed the grounds and repaired the buildings year in, year out; the father whose proudest moment was when a son followed in his footsteps and became a St Bernard’s boy.

Through the pages of Murphy’s Lore and Other Stories former students will relive their St Bernard’s schooldays with all their joys, sorrows, humour, escapades and pranks; readers who did not attend the school will join with them to discover the absorbing story of a college that found its own promised land.

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BrownJudy

Author: Martin Davey
Price: $24.95

An ‘Irish-born, London-bred’ ex-con from the notorious island convict colony of Van Diemen’s Land is hired at the 1839 new year convict muster in Geelong to be shepherd on a station at the frontier of white settlement expansion into what was then known as the Portland Bay District. He soon learns ... more

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BrownJudy

Author: Martin Davey
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 78 9
Date: 1/4/2010
Price: $24.95

An ‘Irish-born, London-bred’ ex-con from the notorious island convict colony of Van Diemen’s Land is hired at the 1839 new year convict muster in Geelong to be shepherd on a station at the frontier of white settlement expansion into what was then known as the Portland Bay District. He soon learns that the rules agreed among the self-appointed British laird settlers include giving guns to their assignees to clear away the Australians.

On station are squatter and wife, an overseer and his manservant, three other shepherds on an outstation run, all of whom have also crossed over Bass Strait. Wife has a black housemaid who speaks English; she is the most prized hand on station, BrownJudy, a London-flash name given her by the ex-con. In conversations in his hut after dinner she tells about the creeds and customs of the people he is being paid to murder …

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It All Began With A Horse

Author: Joan Freemantle
Price: $28.00

In her first book, Just Give the Bottom Cupboards to the Mice, Joan Freemantle told the story of her life as the wife of a country school teacher, moving frequently and raising a family of six children in a wide range of houses.

In similar lively and entertaining style It All Began With A Horse ... more

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It All Began With A Horse

Author: Joan Freemantle
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 77 2
Date: 1/11/2009
Price: $28.00

In her first book, Just Give the Bottom Cupboards to the Mice, Joan Freemantle told the story of her life as the wife of a country school teacher, moving frequently and raising a family of six children in a wide range of houses.

In similar lively and entertaining style It All Began With A Horse tells of her life up to her marriage in 1951 … with a brief look at her earliest forebears in Australia, the Hollaways and the McCures, beginning with the convict William Sidebottom who was transported to Van Dieman’s Land in 1825.

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Citizenship of the World in the 21st Century

Author: John R. Siddons
Price: $18.00

“If this book succeeds in encouraging you to develop the habit of meditating for half an hour a day I shall die a happy man.”

John Siddons challenges his readers to replace some of the activity of life with meditation and contemplation, seeing as he does a need for us “to change our attitude as ... more

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Citizenship of the World in the 21st Century

Author: John R. Siddons
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 76 5
Date: 1/10/2009
Price: $18.00

“If this book succeeds in encouraging you to develop the habit of meditating for half an hour a day I shall die a happy man.”

John Siddons challenges his readers to replace some of the activity of life with meditation and contemplation, seeing as he does a need for us “to change our attitude as well as our actions if we are to solve the crisis the world is facing”.

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From Butter and Bacon to Federal Parliament

Author: Patricia R. Davey
Price: $55.00

From Butter and Bacon to Federal Parliament is the story of a most interesting man. He was a businessman, philanthropist, innovator, activist and politician. In 1889 he began in business with a grocery store in Melbourne, moving to Fremantle in 1895 where he established Watson's Supply Store. The ... more

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From Butter and Bacon to Federal Parliament

Author: Patricia R. Davey
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 70 3
Date: 1/10/2009
Price: $55.00

From Butter and Bacon to Federal Parliament is the story of a most interesting man. He was a businessman, philanthropist, innovator, activist and politician. In 1889 he began in business with a grocery store in Melbourne, moving to Fremantle in 1895 where he established Watson's Supply Store. The business grew to include very successful Luncheon Rooms for a few years until World War One led to their closure, then diversified into manufacture and wholesale of smallgoods. The business prospered under his leadership and that of his son Harold, developing its own Watsonia brand; it is now part of George Weston Foods Pty Ltd.

In 1922 he entered Federal politics as the independent Member for Fremantle in the House of Representatives. He was elected in each election in which he stood serving, in all, three terms—1922–25, 1925–28, and 1931–34—twice defeating John Curtin for the seat. He was a fiercely independent parliamentarian with strong views on the negative side of the party system.

Making extensive use of parliamentary records and his own personal correspondence, From Butter and Bacon to Federal Parliament gives fascinating insights into Australia's social and political history during the first thirty years of Federation.

A brief biography can be found in the Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A120453b.htm.

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Warrandyte: the community with a heart of gold

Author: Murray Houghton
Price: $55.00

•  Where was the nearest gold discovery to Melbourne?

•  Where was the State battery opened in ... more

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Warrandyte: the community with a heart of gold

Author: Murray Houghton
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 75 8
Date: 1/7/2009
Price: $55.00

•  Where was the nearest gold discovery to Melbourne?

•  Where was the State battery opened in 1909?

•  Where was gold found years before the first official discovery in Victoria?

•  Where was the ‘Pink Line’?

•  Where are Anderson’s Creek and Whipstick Gully?

•  Where was the Yarra River diverted through a tunnel?

The answer? Warrandyte.

Murray Houghton brings together his metallurgist’s knowledge of how gold was discovered, mined and refined with his passion for the community in which he grew up, in this comprehensive and detailed history of a little known corner of Victoria’s rich goldfields and the strong community that developed there.

Annually, during the late 1930s on the third Friday in November, pupils of Warrandyte School No. 12 would gather at the Louis Michel Gold Memorial Cairn in Anderson’s Creek to celebrate Pioneer’s Day, and listen attentively while Michel’s son-in-law Charles R. Long explained the significance of the district’s golden heritage. It was then that the very young Murray Houghton’s interest in Warrandyte’s gold mining history was initially aroused …

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Down The Track

Author: Ruby Jean Dixon
Price: $33.00

Down the Track tells the story of five families—Bertalli, Gregg, Morrison, Thomas and Settle—which came together on the goldfields of Victoria at Ballarat, Castlemaine and Yandoit in the Central Highlands, before settling into rural life in the Mallee at Underbool and Wycheproof, South Gippsland ... more

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Down The Track

Author: Ruby Jean Dixon
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ISBN: 978 1 875894 74 1
Date: 1/5/2009
Price: $33.00

Down the Track tells the story of five families—Bertalli, Gregg, Morrison, Thomas and Settle—which came together on the goldfields of Victoria at Ballarat, Castlemaine and Yandoit in the Central Highlands, before settling into rural life in the Mallee at Underbool and Wycheproof, South Gippsland at Hoddle Range, and the Western District at Timboon. It is an account, like so many Australian family histories, of simple folk doing their best to create a new life in a strange land, and doing so with honest endeavour and diligence.

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Dobbin

Author: Isabell Bloomfield
Price: $45.00

Isabell and Len Bloomfield shared sixty three years of life together, raising a family of four children in suburban Melbourne in the recovery years following World War II. In Dobbin, Isabell traces her life from her childhood and early working years in rural Victoria, her marriage to Len, the ... more

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Dobbin

Author: Isabell Bloomfield
Editor: Jan Penrose
ISBN: 978 1 875894 73 4
Date: 1/4/2009
Price: $45.00

Isabell and Len Bloomfield shared sixty three years of life together, raising a family of four children in suburban Melbourne in the recovery years following World War II. In Dobbin, Isabell traces her life from her childhood and early working years in rural Victoria, her marriage to Len, the years raising their family together, the joy of seeing the family expand into two more generations. Belle wrote in old age until her eyesight was so poor she could write no more. Her eldest daughter, Janet, completes the story with her own account of the final days of each of her parents.

“In writing my story I look back on a very interesting lifetime and would like this to be read or heard by many who would choose to follow along the passage of time with lots of ups and downs.”

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