About Us

Welcome to Deerubbin Press

Deerubbin Press was established by John and Jocelyn Powell in 1988 (initially as Hawkesbury River Enterprises) with a focus on the Hawkesbury River. The aim was to assist local authors with writing and publishing titles about the Hawkesbury and its colourful history.

John was a trained teacher and researcher in Philosophy of Education, Jocelyn a research botanist and biogeographer. Prior to setting up Deerubbin Press both had been editing academic journals at their respective workplaces and knew publishing processes. They were also assisting a local historical society with editing and publishing local history books.

Since 1989 some 33 books have been published and widely distributed. Second editions have been produced of some of these titles and the popular Cruising Guide to the Hawkesbury River and adjacent waterways is now in its fourth edition.

In 2004 Hornsby Shire Council approached Deerubbin Press to work with authors to publish a series of books on the Shire's local history as part of their 2006 Centennial celebration. We were happy to do so and this resulted in seven titles being published in association with the Council.

The time has come for down-sizing of our extensive personal reference libraries and so Deerubbin Press is now offering a wide range of second-hand titles at good sale prices to those interested. 

Some years after John’s death Jocelyn decided to return to live in New Zealand and Sue Stannard joined Deerubbin Press in 2014 to assist with sales of both the new and the ex-personal library books.

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