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Australian Handbook 1886 – DATA CD – $39.50
Apart from a descriptive account and statistical information for New Zealand and each of the Australian colonies and their towns, you will also find details on climate, education, religion, agriculture, population, societies and clubs, parliamentary and official departments, local self-government, telegraphic and postal details, police, banking, shipping, mining and land regulations, newspaper, manufacturers, emigration, as well as naval and military forces. You will also find details of the governors, consuls and ecclesiastical appointments of the time.

New South Wales Government Gazette 1866 – DATA CD – $47.50
The Government Gazettes are a unique, useful and extremely fascinating resource for local, family and social historians and researchers in other fields throughout Australia. They were published by the government as a means of communication to officials and the general public and therefore contain information that is of great use in establishing an image of Australia and its people in the past.

Historical Records of New South Wales Volumes 1-7 – DATA CD – $69.50
The set of seven volumes covering the period 1762 to 1811 tell the story of exploration, convicts, the administrators, the military, and others associated with the colony of New South Wales during the early days. The extensive collection of journals, logs, personal and official letters, the despatches, State papers, maps and illustrations provide an interesting insight into all facets of the colony.

Queensland Post Office Directory 1921 (Wise) – DATA CD – $39.50
This large Wise’s directory which also includes Port Moresby, Papua (New Guinea) and Darwin (Northern Territory) is comprehensive in its coverage.

My Wife and I in Queensland – DATA CD – $27.50
Published in London in 1872, this book by Charles H. Eden recounts his experience of eight years in Queensland as well as giving an account of Polynesian labour in the colony. He strives truthfully to set before the reader the kind of life a gentleman may expect to meet in Queensland – the fact that his wife shared with me most of the hardships and adventures which it was my lot to encounter, has enabled me to give some idea of the life of an English lady in the bush, which I believe has never before been related.

Radio Call Compendium 1937-1946 – DATA CD – $99.50
Radio Call, described as “South Australia’s Only Broadcasting Newspaper”, commenced during 1937. It covers news from the Adelaide Studios and a host of other topics including all things musical, theatrical, the week’s radio programs, and lots of other news from Australia and overseas. A fascinating read for those who remember this era, this will bring back the radio shows, personalities and news of decades past. This compendium includes all available issues for the period 1937-1946.

Melbourne Directory 1910 (Sands and McDougall) – DATA CD – $49.50
A massive directory of almost 2,700 pages, this Sands and McDougall directory, which in 1910 was in its 54th year of publication, consists not only of a Melbourne Directory, but also its Suburbs and the country areas too.

Per L’Australia: The Story of Italian Migration – J. Church – $39.95 REPRINT
One migrant’s mixed emotions evoke the story of all migrants and refugees throughout history – a story of hope, grief and wilful determination to succeed in a strange new land. For thousands of Italians this new land was Australia.

Quarantined!: The 1837 Lady Macnaghten Immigrants – P. McIntyre & E. Rushen – $34.95
Quarantined! tells the story of one of the first shiploads of family migrants to arrive in Australia. Authors Perry McIntyre and Liz Rushen describe the processes involved in early migration schemes and the lives of the many families who emigrated from Britain and Ireland on this fateful voyage.

They Came Direct: Immigration Vessels to Queensland: Jessie Munn 1862 – E. Johnson – $16.50 NEW EDITION
Contains all known information on this voyage (departed Plymouth 26 October 1861, arrived Brisbane 30 January 1862). Details come from official, newspaper and other sources. Includes a passenger list with surname, first name, age, page number.


Tracing Your Legal Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians – S. Wade – $39.95
Stephen Wade’s concise account of legal history and research resources will be an invaluable guide for anyone who is studying the subject or seeking an ancestor who was associated with it.

An Historical Atlas of Sussex – K. Leslie & B. Short – $82.00 REPRINTED
Sussex (East and West), has been well served by fine cartographers over the past four centuries, but this exciting work is no mere collection of historic maps. All seventy maps are completely new and original, presenting the history of Sussex in a way never previously attempted.

Yorkshire Parish Registers: St Mary, Bishophill Junior 1602-1812 – DATA CD – $25.00
Transcripts of the parish registers for the parish of St Mary, Bishophill Junior, Yorkshire. It covers Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1602-1812. Complete with indexes of names and places. Transcribed by the Rev. B. Ward Wood, published in 1915.

A History of Oxfordshire – DATA CD – $24.00
First published in London in 1899 by Eliot Stock as part of the ‘Popular County Histories’ Series, and republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom, is J. Meade Falkner’s A History of Oxfordshire. Containing some 336 pages, Falkner’s history of the county is, in his own words essentially a sketch history of the county, which unavoidably treats to a large extent on the university and as a book that was intended for a popular audience authorities are kept to a bare minimum. Nevertheless, A History of Oxfordshire is well-written and thoroughly absorbing account of the county from its pre-Roman origins down to the end of the eighteenth century.


Dunlop of That Ilk – DATA CD – $29.50
Originally published 1898, this genealogical and historical account of the Dunlops begins with a discussion of the origin of the name and continues with a history of the early holders of that name in Scotland, including the Dunlops of Garnkirk and Tollcross, and the inter-related Stirlings. It continues with a history of Dunlops in Glasgow, and the University of the Glasgow in particular, in the American Revolution, and as merchants in Scotland and the Netherlands. Lastly, there is extensive material on the life and works of John Dunlop of Rosebank.

Weapons and Tactics of the Scottish Highlanders of the 18th Century – DATA CD – $29.50
The purpose of this article is to describe for you the weapons and tactics of the front rank Highland troops of “The ’45” and to also explode some of the myths that have grown up around them. We will also touch on the post-Culloden activities of the Scottish fighting man. There are sections on the troops, the musket, the pistol, the dirk, the targe, the sword, accoutrements, battle tactics, and the myth of the sword. Of particular interest are the extensive full-colour photographs of the weapons themselves, as well as of the elements of the Highland charge.

The Family of Burnett of Leys, with Collateral Branches – DATA CD – $29.50
This is a history of an ancient Scottish baronial family, the Burnetts of Leys, and of the cadet lines of that family. The families which are included are the chiefly line of Burnett of Leys, the Burnetts of Balmain, Craigmyle, Kemnay, Crimond, and the Burnetts of Monboddo. This, then, is a historical and genealogical account by Dr. George Burnett, Lord Lyon, and edited after his death to include additional archival materials. There is no attempt to include descendants outside Great Britain. An extensive set of appendices record official documents, charters, deeds, letters, arms, wills, and muster rolle of this extended family. There are as well numerous illustrations of Crathes and its numerous and unique antiquities.

MacArthur Family Records – DATA CD – $29.50
This family history selection provides a variety of materials relating to the MacArthurs.

History of the Town of Greenock – DATA CD – $29.50
The rapid rise of the town of Greenock was due primarily to its location relative to the Firth of Clyde and the city of Glasgow. Its earlier history involved the Shaws, the Houstons, and the Nocolsons of Carnock, The first portion of this history is devoted to those and other families resident in the region. As the town grew, its churches, schools, and public buildings reflected the growth of this town on the edge of Glasgow’s great expansion. The history of the town in the 18th and early 19th centuries therefore is the primary focus of the work.


Cruise T-shirt: ladies polo – Shirt – $36.00
The front will consist of an embroidered Unlock the Past logo; the back being screen-printed with ‘I have found my past, it is the future I am having trouble with’. Available in a variety of colours and sizes.

Cruise T-shirt: ladies tee – Shirt – $32.50
The front will consist of an embroidered Unlock the Past logo; the back being screen-printed with ‘I have found my past, it is the future I am having trouble with’. Available in a variety of colours and sizes.

Cruise T-shirt: mens polo – Shirt – $36.00
The front will consist of an embroidered Unlock the Past logo; the back being screen-printed with ‘I have found my past, it is the future I am having trouble with’. Available in a variety of colours and sizes.

Cruise T-shirt: mens tee – Shirt – $32.50
The front will consist of an embroidered Unlock the Past logo; the back being screen-printed with ‘I have found my past, it is the future I am having trouble with’. Available in a variety of colours and sizes.