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Adventures of Sonya the freshwater Sawfish

The adventures of Sonya the Freshwater Sawfish leads young readers through the tumultuous and challenging first year of life of one of Australia's most enigmatic and least understood aquatic animals. Inhabiting remote and inhospitable areas of Northern Australia, freshwater sawfish exhibit unique evolutionary characteristics. Identifiable by a toothy rostrum and shark like appearance, the freshwater sawfish grows to a massive 7m and can live in freshwater and seawater. From her birth in a turbid estuary of a northern Australian river, we join Sonya as she faces the challenges of crocodiles and bull sharks as she migrates hundreds of kilometres upstream to avoid these hungry predators. But as Sonya is to discover, there are obstacles to swimming upstream and there are unexpected perils that threaten her quest for survival. Join Sonya for a journey full of trepidation and excitement as she discovers the challenges and joys of growing up in northern Australia.

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Robert Solomon Wainwright - A Man for all Regions
An adventure story of a vibrant man who has managed to see life as something he could manipulate to suit his own unique style. A man of the times and regions in which he has lived, dreamed and accomplished.


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A New Broome
Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Broome and its history


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Aussie Twos like to

This beautiful board book reflects Australia’s rich multicultural society and shows two-year-olds doing all the things they love—digging at the beach, finger painting and more. Each page is brightly coloured with funky Aussie images and lots to learn.

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BURUNGA - by Hugh Edwards
The transition from aboriginal culture, unchanged for 40,000 yea
Albert Barunga was a unique Australian. In his head he carried a significant knowledge of two cultures - the traditions of his Aboriginal Worrora people, and an intuitive understanding of the new European Culture which had come to an ancient land from far across the sea. In that sense he was, as he described himself, "A man of two Worlds". He was born in the bush and raised on bush tucker. This is his story.

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Common Plants of the Kimberley
If you're travelling the Kimberley, Common Plants of the Kimberley is a must to take as you explore and wonder 'What plant is that?'. Covering over 30 of the more common plant species you are likely to encounter as you immerse yourself in this beautiful part of the world.
Common Plants of the Kimberley is a delightful guide to the plants of Western Australia's Kimberley region, from the boab to the birdflower. It gives the Aboriginal names of most plants and outlines their value as bush tucker or as cures for common ailments. Colour photographs will help you identify each plant.

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Fog a Dox

Albert Cutts is a tree feller. A fella who cuts down trees. Fog is a fox cub raised by a dingo. He’s called a dox because people are suspicious of foxes and Albert Cutts owns the dingo and now the dox. Albert is a bushman and lives a remote life surrounded by animals and birds. All goes well until Albert has an accident. This is a story of courage, acceptance and respect. With a gentle storytelling style and finely crafted dialogue, Indigenous cultural knowledge and awareness are seamlessly integrated into the narrative.

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Frogs of Western Australia
Bush Books are a series of practical field guides to help you learn about and discover WAs unique plants, animals and special features, region by region.
Australia is blessed with a remarkable number and variety of frogs. More than a third of Australia's total frog fauna occurs in Western Australia and more than half of these are found only in WA.The state's 80 or so frog species have a remarkable variety of shapes, sizes, life histories and mating calls.

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Kimberley History, People Exploration and Development

The Kimberley History Seminar, which gave rise to this volume, was the third public seminar organised and presented by the Kimberley Society. The previous seminars also resulted in the publication of proceedings: Aboriginal Rock Art of the Kimberley: proceedings of a Seminar held at the University of Western Australia Perth - 8 March 1997, edited by K.F. Kenneally and others: next was Rock Are of the Kimberley, edited by Mike Donaldson and Kevin Kenneally.

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Mammals of North-Western Australia

Mammals of North-Western Australia is a full-colour guide to more than 32 species of mammals found in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia. There are colour photographs, delightful descriptions, distribution maps and illustrated footprints for each animal, as well as tips on the best places to see them in the wild.

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Our Big Island

Set sail around the island's shore, Cody, Napuru, Nangala and Sheila, his brave shipmates and a little blue heeler.

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Out of the Desert
Book; Out of the Desert - Stories from the Walmajarri Exodus
Within only one generation, the Walmajarri desert dwellers left their traditional lands of the Great Sandy Desert behind to face station life and a world far beyond the sandhills. A compelling collection of art and stories from the Walmajarri people.

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Pioneer and Aboriginal Cemetery
History
On 7th June 1994 the old cemetery in Derby was registered as a Heritage Site under the Western Australian Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972. this occurred because some local people wanted to properly acknowledge those who are buried there,so they talked to the then Department of Aboriginal Affairs about it and so laid the foundations for the current project. THe Old Cemetery was for a short time the only registered cemetery in the whole Kimberley. It was gazetted on 7 July 1887 but the earliest headstone is dated some six months earlier at 26 December 1886. That headstone was erected for James Mallard by the West Kimberley Police but does not indicated why this was done. The Old Cemetery was used until 1972 when the new one was opened.

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Ride for the Brand, A Chronicle in Verse
A Book of verse Written to recall characters, incidents and reflections, through a working life centered around that as a stock man on cattle stations of the Fitzroy Valley, West Kimberley. Written by Keith Anderson.


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The Man from the Sunrise Side

In classic storytelling style, Ambrose Mungala Chalarimeri speaks from the heart in this powerful life story.

It is an extraordinary account of a people from the far north Kimberley of Western Australia who have experienced change and upheaval on a monumental scale. Chalarimeri tells of the lives and customs of his 'people from the sunrise side', and what he calls 'the clash of two cultures'.

His views on contemporary issues that are impacting on his beloved country-such as native title, the appropriation of rock art, Aboriginal health, and the effects of tourism on the pristine Kimberley wilderness-are compelling.

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The Voice of the North
The Voice of the North - The collected verse of Cecil James (Jim) Kelly
The Old Kimberley is gone but it still speaks to us from the memories of its bushmen. Jim Kelly was one of the last of the old time drovers and cattlemen who made the North.

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Thr Rivers of Home: Frank Lacy-Kimberley Pioneer
Mr Frank Boswood Lacy was born in 1899, the first son of the Harbour Master of Auckland. As a young man of twenty-four he visited Australia and within a year had reached the tropical far-north of Western Australia, the Kimberley district. Although he was officially 'holidaying' in Australia, he felt an appeal in this raw new area, in its giant cattle and sheep stations, which were developing after the gold-rushes of the late 19th century, and stayed.


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You Call It Desert-We used to live here
For several years, English woman Pat Lowe shared a camp with her lifetime partner, Walmajarri man Jimmy Pike. Their camp faced south into the Great Sandy Desert where Jimmy was born. While spending time in the red heart of country that had been home to the Walmajarri people for thousands of years, they recorded Pike’s stories through his painting and Lowe’s writing. With Jimmy Pike as her teacher, Pat Lowe explored the day-to-day lives of the desert dwellers.
Not so long ago people were living throughtout the Great Sandy Desert. They usually travelled in small family bands, meeting up with other bands from time to time for companionship, to discuss and settle matters of importance, to exchange news and to hold ceremonies. They lived by hunting and gathering, and travelled with the seasons and acording to whatever food and water were available. They belonged to several different language groups who shared a similar way of life and whose members sometimes intermarried. Each clan had its own territory and waterholes, around which its members moved in the course of the year, occasionally paying visits into neighbours' territory as relations and guests.

Soon after the arrival of European settlers, or kartiya, in Australia the lives of the earlier inhambitants changed radically. The people who had lived in the regions now taken over by the newcomers were quickly displaced, while those who lived in the interior were gradually drawn towards the new settlements, attracted by the stories they heard from travelling relations and intrigued by the European goods and livestock the visitors had brought with them. In time the desert became almost empty of people and the few who remained were finally compelled to join those who had gone before them.

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