July 23 - 29, 2017: Issue 322

Old Books: July 2017 - read in full here: online!

Diary of ten years eventful life of an early settler in Western Australia; and also A descriptive vocabulary of the language of the aborigines by George Fletcher Moore, Published 1884

Clever Criminals, Or, Recollections Of Botany Bay By John Lang, 1816-1864; James H. Graff, , Published 1870

For the Love of Grace - The Next Generation

Pam Bayfield has just published the third book in the For the Love of Grace trilogy. These are historical novels set back in the 1850s following the adventures of Grace and her family. This one is set at the beginning of World War I and it is called For the Love of Grace – The Next Generation.

How many of Grace’s grandsons enlist and how many return? These brave men experience life in the trenches at Gallipoli and then go on to fight the Germans at the Battle of the Somme.

What is life like for the ones who return? How hard is it for the wives? Grace is the matriarch of her large family and is living a happy life with Ralph in her beautiful home in Elizabeth Bay and returning quite often to her Manly house.

The story follows the lives of her grandchildren and great grandchildren during the 20s, 30s up until the beginning of World War II.

Pam’s books are available on her web site – www.pambayfield.com
Voice Of The Bush - A History Of ABC Rural 1945 - 2015
Rob Linn

ABC Rural is the original home of cross-platform reporting for the ABC and there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world. The ABC ‘owns’ this specialist genre and ABC Rural is a trusted and valuable source for those who want to know where their food comes from and how it’s produced. It’s the same with the fibre that makes our clothes and furnishings and the minerals that make the materials we need for all the things we take for granted in our lives.

This book represents a collaboration with the National Library of Australia, to record and capture the oral histories of some who’ve worked for ABC Rural. For all those who have been here and for all those yet to come, this is the story of a unique area of specialist media, which now the envy of many other nations.
Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Ocean

Axel Scheffler AUD $15.99 Allen & Unwin - available July 1, 2017
Even more crazy creatures in this bonkers book of mixed-up animals from under the sea!

What do you get if you cross a squid with a fish? It's a squish, of course! And how about a shark and a turtle? Why, that's a shurtle! With over 121 possible underwater creations, silly names and strange noises to make you giggle, this new Flip Flap book is perfect for preschoolers. With a hilarious rhyming text and brilliant illustrations from Axel Scheffler, simply flip the pages to create some seriously silly animals that live under the ocean.

A Rightful Place
Noel Pearson, Stan Grant, Rachel Perkins, Damien Freeman, Shireen Morris (Editor)


Soon we will all decide if and how indigenous Australians will be recognised in the constitution. In this essential book, several leading indigenous writers and thinkers provide a road map to recognition.

These eloquent essays show what constitutional recognition means, and what it could make possible: a fairer relationship and a renewed appreciation of an ancient culture. With remarkable clarity and power, they traverse law, history and culture to map the path to change.

The contributors to A Rightful Place are Noel Pearson, Stan Grant, Rachel Perkins, Damien Freeman, Rod Little and Jackie Huggins, and the book includes a foreword by Galarrwuy Yunupingu. A Rightful Place is edited by Shireen Morris, a lawyer and constitutional reform fellow at the Cape York Institute and researcher at Monash University.

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 Children's Storytime at Mona Vale Library

Mona Vale Library offers storytime for pre-school children every week during school terms. Children and their carers come and participate in a fun sing-a-long with our story teller as well as listen to several stories in each session, followed by some craft. Storytime is held in the Pelican Room of the library in front of the service desk. Storytime is free and no bookings are required. Storytime Sessions

Tuesdays  10.00am - 11.00am
Wednesdays  10.00am - 11.00am
Thursdays  10.00am - 11.00am

The Hawkesbury River: A Social and Natural History
by Paul Boon
A definitive account of the natural history of the Hawkesbury River and the pivotal role it has played in history.

The Hawkesbury River is the longest coastal river in New South Wales. A vital source of water and food, it has a long Aboriginal history and was critical for the survival of the early British colony at Sydney. The Hawkesbury’s weathered shores, cliffs and fertile plains have inspired generations of artists. It is surrounded by an unparalleled mosaic of national parks, including the second-oldest national park in Australia, Ku-ring-gai National Park. Although it lies only 35 km north of Sydney, to many today the Hawkesbury is a ‘hidden river’ – its historical and natural significance not understood or appreciated.

Until now, the Hawkesbury has lacked an up-to-date and comprehensive book describing how and when the river formed, how it functions ecologically, how it has influenced humans and their patterns of settlement and, in turn, how it has been affected by those settlements and their people. The Hawkesbury River: A Social and Natural History fills this gap. With chapters on the geography, geology, hydrology and ecology of the river through to discussion of its use by Aboriginal and European people and its role in transport, defence and culture, this highly readable and richly illustrated book paints a picture of a landscape worthy of protection and conservation. It will be of value to those who live, visit or work in the region, those interested in Australian environmental history, and professionals in biology, natural resource management and education.

A Walk in the Bush

by Gwyn Perkins
Published by Affirm Press - Released March 2017
RRP: $24.99 Preorder
Little Iggy doesn’t want to leave the house, but Grandad insists – they always have fun together.

What follows is a wonderful journey in the great Australian outdoors with singing birds, wallaby surprises, secret caterpillar messages and oodles of grandad humour.

Here is a story about the wonders of nature, the funny side of life and spending time with the ones we love.

From an original and exciting new talent comes A Walk in the Bush, proudly the first picture book from Affirm Press.

Gwyn Perkins
Born in Melbourne in 1942, Gwyn Perkins began his artistic career when he won a newspaper drawing prize of one guinea and a box of paints (mistakenly awarded to Miss Gwyn Perkins). He spent many years as a successful animator in the advertising industry before moving to Pittwater's Scotland Island to enjoy a slower pace. He spends his days drawing, sailing and doing odd jobs for his friends and family. Gwyn has two adult sons and lives with his wife and teenage daughter.

A Walk In The Bush - Written and Illustrated by Gwyn PerkinsScotland Island resident Gwyn Perkins has dedicated this great book for young readers 'For Sabene - from Grandad' - written and illustrated by the author, adult readers may well recognise the places, plants and creatures that feature in this work and would enjoy some of the artists other illustrations created to depict humorous captures of island life in his 28 Days on an Island.  
Badge, Boot, Button: The Story Of Australian Uniforms by Craig Wilcox - (former Narrabeen resident) follows the evolving to an Australian climate our uniforms have had to undergo - 

those thick woollen uniforms needed by British soldiers in 1788 may be well suited to Northern Winters but those wearing them here may be in dire straits during a mid-Summer heatwave

Sports uniforms have changed too. Another change in uniform is that of surf lifesavers...

 Green Wing Press - The Red Light of Palm Beach

It is with great joy, and at least one small leap into the air, that we announce the launch of Green Wing Press Pty. Ltd, the hard copy publishing arm of which Pittwater Online News is now a subsidiary.

To commence this 'branch' of our ever expanding passion to create and share permanent records of our stories, we have the very great privilege of announcing the first book we will sell is Jervis Sparks's'The Red Light Of Palm Beach'.

Bridget and Jervis are doing well in Queensland and we know a lot here miss them. We will bring you more news soon... Jervis has kindly consented to allowing us to run a Profile on him in October and there is a lot to talk of there !

Copies may be purchased for a minuscule $25.00 by contacting us at greenwingpress@live.com.au and providing your details. Please put 'Red Light of Palm Beach' in your subject heading and provide details of a delivery or postage address. Once payment is confirmed you will own your own copy of this great book. You can also post a cheque/money order to the office; 724 Barrenjoey Road, Avalon, 2017, if this works better for you.

UPDATE: We have placed some copies of The Red Light Of Palm Beach at Barrenjoey Boating Services, at The Boat House, Palm Beach where you can buy them after a yummy breakfast or lunch.

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