Books on the History of the Western Australian Goldfields

Hundreds of books have been written on the Western Australian Goldfields. From reference books to fiction and most of all the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the quest for gold and the search for adventure. There are also many biographies and history books some on the broader subject of the history of the region and others on a specific subject or town. Outback Family History would like to review some of these that you may not have heard of and to tell you where they can be purchased if you would like your own copy. We also have a monthly book giveaway!

A Drop in the Bucket – Mt Margaret Mission

Just to let our readers know that the book by Margaret Morgan ‘A Drop in the Bucket’ the history of the Mt Margaret Mission is now out of print. There will still be copies around in various outlets so if you do want a copy, and you see one, make sure you grab it.  It […]

The Bicycle and The Bush – book review

The Bicycle and the Bush by Jim Fitzpatrick –  Fitzpatrick spent years researching this book, which looks at the bicycle’s use in rural Australia from 1890-1920. It is one of the most unusual, innovative explorations ever undertaken into the role of a transport device and its relationship with a society and its environment. This book surveys the […]

They Wished Upon a Star – book review

They wished upon a star : a history of Southern Cross and Yilgarn  by P.T. McMahon. Did you know that ‘MIRRABOOKA’ is the aboriginal word for Southern Cross??? YILGARNIA On that ancient sea bed of Yilgarnia, one of the oldest land surfaces in the world. Yilgarnia, timeless and mysterious, a land of such antiquity, that […]

Men Of Western Australia – book review

You may not have come across the following book as it is quite rare. Published  in 1937 by V.H. Colless it features men of Western Australia in the public, professional, ecclesiastical, commercial and sporting life. It is from 1936-1937. One person is featured on each page and includes a short biography and a photo of the […]

Whats In A Name – book review

Oddly, I have had several emails during the last week from people looking for the meaning of street names in Kalgoorlie Boulder. I thought it would be a good idea to mention this book for anyone who is interested. Whats in a Name Street Names of Kalgoorlie Boulder Compiled by E A Dawson. ISBN – 0646345419 […]