History of the Manning Valley Sawmills – Book 1

Arthur Cooper

Timber getters first became interested in the Manning River catchment in about 1828 when the abundance and quality of cedar became known and, later, for the enormous resources of high quality hardwood construction timbers that are milled today.

In this set of seven books Arthur has recorded the history of some eighty sawmills.

Book One includes: Scotts Creek  and Summer Hill Sawmills  (Mitchells Island), Coopernook, Pampoolah, Redbank, Old Bar Forest and Walterston (Lansdowne) sawmills.

Softcover
100 pages with photographs
21 cm x 29.5 cm
Printed 2015
Cost: $25

History of the Manning Valley Sawmills – Book 2

Arthur Cooper

Book Two includes:  HG Watson Sawmills at Bulga and Wherrol Flat, Bulga Sawmill Co. at Wherrol Flat and Bobin, Donaldsons at Bulga and Bobin, Glenwarrin Timber Co. at Bulga, Oaks at Doyles River, Kings Head, Green, Allan Taylor, Wallis, Goldsmith, Anderson & Cooper, and Slater, Doyles River Sawmills: Gam, Mulhearn, Trotter & Trotter, and Boyd & Boaden.

Softcover
98 pages with colour and black & white photographs
21 cm x 29.5 cm
Printed 2015
Cost: $25

History of the Manning Valley Sawmills – Book 3

Arthur Cooper

Book Three includes saw milling companies Graham Timber Co., Eriksson’s, Clarke’s, Duncan’s, Keppie, Lee & Jones, George Dunn Logging, McBurnie’s, Douglass, Killabakh Sawmills, Donaldson’s Excelsior Sawmill.

Softcover
90 pages with black & white and colour photographs
21 cm x 29.5 cm
Printed 2015
Cost: $25

History of the Manning Valley Sawmills – Book 4

Arthur Cooper

In Book Four Arthur explores the history of sawmills in the Mount George, Bundook,  and Marlee areas .

Softcover
93 pages with colour and black & white photographs
21 cm x 29.5 cm
Printed 2015
Cost: $25

History of the Manning Valley Sawmills – Book 5

By Arthur Cooper

In Book Five Arthur explores the history of sawmills in the Lansdowne, Hannam Vale, Moorland, Johns River, Crowdy Head and Harrington areas.

Softcover
96 pages with photographs
21 cm x 29.5 cm
Printed 2016
Cost: $25

History of the Manning Valley Sawmills – Book 6

Arthur Cooper and Pam Murray

In book number six Arthur explores the history of sawmilling in Tinonee, Krambach, Nabiac, and Taree.

Softcover
101 pages with photographs, black & white and colour
21 cm x 29.5 cm
printed 2017
cost $25

 

History of the Manning Valley Sawmills – Book 7

 Arthur Cooper and Pam Murray

In  Book seven, Arthur explores the history of sawmilling in Duncan’s at Elands, Mt. George and Wingham,  Machin’s at Wingham, Cross and McLeod’s at Pampoolah,  Cross’s at Pampoolah.

Softcover 97 pages with black & white and colour photographs
21 cm x 29.5 cm
printed  2017
cost $25

Horace Dean: A Pocketful of Lies

 Maurie Garland

American-born Horace Dean had arrived in this Colony in 1849. A doctor and magistrate of high repute, he became the first mayor of Angaston in South Australia.  The popular and charismatic Horace Dean later moved on to New South Wales, where he published and edited a newspaper.  He became a Member of Parliament and was elected mayor of Grafton.

But was he who he said he was?

Softcover
294 pages
13.5 cm x 21 cm
Printed 2011
Cost: $27

Jimmy Governor: Blood on the Tracks

Maurie Garland

Jimmy Governor challenged the white man’s Aboriginal stereotype in 1900.  He was highly intelligent, better educated than many of his white contemporaries, personable, a hard worker, and was married to a white woman.

So how did Jimmy become a mass murderer?

Using meticulous research, Maurie Garland provides  a new analysis of the events that gripped Australia in 1900.

Softcover
370 pages
13.5 cm x 21 cm
Printed 2009
Cost: $25

Lest They Be Forgotten

Bulga Beginnings

Lawrence R. Alley

For and on behalf of the Back to Bulga Committee

This book was published “to try and revive the memory of most of those early settlers who came here with a big heart and a tremendous ambition”.

Softcover
37 pages
Includes class photo, Honour Roll, family photos and photos of work and play
15 cm x 21 cm
Printed 1982
Cost: $10

Life in the Lower Manning Valley

The First Thirty Years of Settlement

Katherine M. Bell

This book is a comprehensive account of the early settlement of the lower Manning Valley and the personalities who were instrumental in establishing and developing settlements in the Valley. It also recounts the role of women in supporting menfolk and families in the harsh conditions that prevailed in this pioneering era.

Softcover
223 pages
Includes extensive photographs and maps
14 cm x 21.5 cm
Printed 2016
Cost: $25

Life of Henry Ward Beecher

by J. T. Lloyd

The preface is dated 1881 and the printer is stated as “Walter Scott, The Kenilworth Press, Felling, Newcastle” but no printing date is given (Memorable Men of the 19th Century series: #3).

Beecher (1813-1887 and brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe) is described as “minister of the gospel, statesman, lecturer, man of letters and philanthropist”.

Included is a printed fold-out message to the author in Beecher’s handwriting.

320 pages
18.5 cm x 12 cm
Condition: fair
Hard cover
Cost: $50 (plus postage)

Maitland Gaol 1844-1998

John Ramsland

“In this lively history John Ramsland provides compelling case studies of some of the gaol’s infamous inmates from the past two centuries………”
Dustjacket

Softcover
78 pages
14 cm x 20 cm
First published 2001
Cost: $10

Manning Men in Africa -The Boer War 1899-1902

by Eric Richardson & Margaret A. Clark

Eric Richardson has researched and recorded the attitudes of residents in the Manning Valley to this military campaign from newspaper reports of the time.  His work acknowledges the courage and dedication of the men who left the Manning Valley and fought in this “forgotten war”.   It includes copies of letters from local servicemen to their families back home.

Softcover
104 pages
21 cm x 29.5 cm
printed 2017
cost $18

Manning Volunteers in the Great War, Volume 1

Volume 1     A – L
by Margaret Clark

Many men and women enlisted from the Manning Valley to serve their country during World War 1. They served in the army, navy, air force and medical services.

This record endeavours to portray the work of these men and women through the war dossiers held by the National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial Museum.

268 pages with photographs
A4 (21 x 29.7cm)
Printed 2019
Cost $25.00

Manning Volunteers in the Great War, Volume 2

Volume 2     M – Z
by Margaret Clark

Many men and women enlisted from the Manning Valley to serve their country during World War 1. They served in the army, navy, air force and medical services.

This record endeavours to portray the work of these men and women through the war dossiers held by the National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial Museum.

268 pages with photographs
A4 (21 x 29.7cm)
Printed 2019
Cost $25.00

Mount George Railway Station in the 1960s

by Lindsay Gardiner

Lindsay writes about his memories, experiences and observations as a young Assistant Station Master appointed to Mt. George railway station during 1961 – 62.

27 pages with photographs
14 x 21.5cm
Printed 2019
Cost $10.00

No Lilies in This Valley

Stories of Rural Women in the Manning Valley 1850 – 1950

Compiled by Lucy Weller and Ruth Woodward

This book is dedicated to the many women who have made their home in the Manning Valley.

Di Morrissey’s Foreward noted:
“Their perspectives reflected through reminiscences and research show clearly that devotion to the values of hard work, truth, frugality, family, friends and community, greatly enriched the heritage of future generations…It is a fitting tribute to the battlers of bush and town back in those very simple yet difficult days …Their stories are inspiring, and a valuable contribution to the recorded history of the region, and our nation.”

Softcover
200 pages
14.5 cm x 21 cm
Printed 2005
Cost: $20

Of Greater Worth than Gold

The History and Legacy of Isabella Murray

Ross Murray

Like thousands of other Scots, John and Isabella Murray were victims of the vast changes that transformed British society during the Industrial Revolution. As tenant farmers, they lost their small holding as farms on the large estates were amalgamated and as sheep production replaced the more traditional intensive cropping. When John died in 1845, Isabella was left with ten children in a situation of great uncertainty.

This book traces the story of the families of John and Isabella, as far as available records allow, for the two centuries prior to these events. It considers the issues involved in the decision of Isabella and the children to migrate to Australia, describes the voyages themselves in 1848 and 1851, and records the settlement of the family in the fertile and picturesque Manning Valley.

It is the story of the pioneering origins of a prolific family that has made a significant contribution to the Manning District.

Softcover
96 pages
21 cm x 29.5 cm
Printed 2012
Cost: $25

Postcards from the Front

Still Going Strong

Margaret A Clark

This book is based on over 200 postcards sent by Alfred Haynes to his wife and children during the years 1916-1919 . Author Margaret Clark has also used letters written by other soldiers from the Manning Valley to provide additional detail.

Alf’s cards, in particular reflect the anguish experienced by a soldier who has left wife and family behind to proceed to a war that was consuming men at a fearsome rate.

Softcover
230 pages
15.5 cm x 23.5 cm
Printed 2010
Cost: $10