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!

Simply Mavis – by Margaret Hamilton

Book Review: – This book is a biography written by a 90 year old nurse/midwife who was one of a family of eighteen children born on the Murchison Goldfields just after the turn of the century (early 1900’s). From humble beginnings Mavis succeeds in fulfilling her training at Royal Perth Hospital and was to become […]

Agents of Empire – book review

How E.L. Mitchell’s photographs shaped Australia By Joanna Sassoon For nearly 100 years, E.L. Mitchell’s emblematic photographs have shaped ideas about Australia. But who was Mitchell and why did he succeed above his competitors? With unprecedented access to private collections and showcasing his extraordinary photographs, Agents of Empire charts Mitchell’s rise from his struggles as […]

Where Was That? – by Geoffrey Higham

-an Historical Gazetteer of Western Australia This publication may not be known to many, but I use it often, as it is invaluable when searching for places that no longer exist in current records. Either the place has ceased to be or it has had one, or even more, name changes over the years. In […]

The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller – book review

A ‘Ripping Yarn’ indeed. Miller was born Jessie Maude Beveridge in Southern Cross, Western Australia, in 1901 and educated in Victoria and New Zealand.   You may remember a TV series back in the ’80s: The Lancaster Miller Affair. An Australian’s true story of adventure, danger, romance and murder:-  The remarkable true story of a […]

Miners Heroic Deeds Recognised – by Robert Baugh

This week we have a guest blogger, Robert Baugh. He has sent me this story which is taken from his recently released book  Kanowna’s story from right back to right now and includes the Baugh family. Full details of the book are given at the end of the story. I have a copy myself and […]