Special Offer

In this Special Offer if you order three or more of the new books you will be sent complimentary copies of Brooklyn Federation Village, by Tom Richmond, and Growing up on the Hawkesbury – Recollections of a ‘River Rat’,, by John Holland. Together these retail for $33.50.

Please note that the offer is not available for the ex-personal library titles.

Brooklyn Federation Village outlines the close association that the village of Brooklyn, an hour's drive north of Sydney, had with the creation of the Commonwealth. The author describes how the completion of the Hawkesbury rail bridge in 1889 was seen by many as a major step towards federation, a point strongly made by Henry Parkes at the opening ceremony. The federation convention visited Brooklyn in 1891 while drafting the constitution aboard the Lucinda, and in 1901 the Duke and Duchess of York called at Brooklyn on the royal yacht en route to Melbourne to open the first Commonwealth Parliament. Covered also is the development of the locality as a whole, the early oyster and fishing industries, and the activities of the first Progress Association.

Growing up on the Hawkesbury – Recollections of a ‘River Rat describes the author’s childhood during the 1930s and 40s at Bar Point where his relatives owned a boatshed for visiting anglers. He provides a fascinating picture of daily life, the work at the boatshed and the colourful characters that patronised it. In those days there were no roads, electricity or telephones. Everyone travelled by boat and the daily routine was enlivened by visits from trading vessels, storeboat, mailboat, schoolboat, floating parsonage and an extraordinary variety of salesmen. This is a first-hand description of a life-style that was very basic but enriched with humour and community spirit.