Our Latest Publications



Ships Surgeons on Convict Fleets 1787-1868 by Jack Walton with Lesley Williams & Sam Mellick
The sailing ships which transported convicts to Australia from 1787 to 1868 each had a precious cargo of human beings. Surgeons were assigned to these vessels to use their various skills in protecting the health and welfare of all on board. This book is a tribute to their successes and logs their failures. ISBN 978 1876344603

Life on a Column by Mike O'Connor
A collection of columns recording the life of Mike O'Connor, a journalist who pulls no punches when it comes to relating the mishaps and adventures he has encountered over many years of observing and writing while never losing a keen sense of humour. A tonic for anyone who needs a lift. ISBN 978 1 921452116

Zachery and Nonno go to the Races by Carmelo Cacciola
A horsey tale for children of all ages - and their grandparents. Horse, horse racing, Italian grandfather, Nonno, takes grandson to the races for an exciting day. ISBN 978 1921452062

Lingering Doubts - Going inside Brisbane by Deb Drummond and Jan Teunis
A true story of murder in Brisbane City in the 1940s, and clearly faulty evidence and wrongful conviction of an innocent man.

Mine - a memoir by Warwick Parer as told to Saleena Ham
The Hon. Warwick Parer AM has lived an extraordinary life of service. Born in New Guinea to pioneering parents, he has a long history of contributing to the community. Tragedy struck early ... read on ISBN 978 1876344993

Anglicans Trams and Paw Paws by Johathan Holland
Anglicans Trams and Paw Paws - the story of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in the period 1945-1980 ISBN 978-1921452000

An Irish Engineer SOFT COVER by Dr Meg Vivers
Companion book to Castle to Colony by the same author. Adventures and achievements of an Irish Engineer who traveled the world in the second half of the 1800s, during which time he played a significant role in the Japanese Meiji Restoration. Bridges, buildings, tea processing and sugar mill machinery, mining engineering - all were part of the amazingly productive life of Thomas Waters. Soft cover version ISBN 9781921452048 Also available in hard cover

An Irish Engineer HARD COVER by Dr Meg Vivers
Companion book to Castle to Colony by the same author. Adventures and achievements of an Irish Engineer who traveled the world in the second half of the 1800s, during which time he played a significant role in the Japanese Meiji Restoration. Bridges, buildings, tea processing and sugar mill machinery, mining engineering - all were part of the amazingly productive life of Thomas Waters. Hard cover version ISBN 9781921452109

Castle to Colony by Dr Meg Vivers
Well researched historical novel of a remarkable pioneering woman, Lucy Sarah Gray (1840-1879). Companion volume to An Irish Engineer by the same Author. ISBN 9781876344924

the u matrix - become who u want to be by Maria Forbes
Become who u want to be Do you want to feel confident, look great and achieve awesome results? Have you ever dreamt of being different from who you are? Do you ever feel lost in your thinking confused about your feelings anxious about your actions unsure about your values unable to make healthy food choices If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, then, the u matrix can offer you many positive ways to achieve change and set you on your journey of becoming who u want to be. You have the power within you to achieve success and you never know what you can do until you try — so start today! ISBN 978 1 921452 03 1

Flames on the Water - Tears in the Sea SOFT COVER by A/Prof Con Aroney
For many centuries, Smyrna was a prosperous trading city in the Mediterranean. In the aftermath of World War I, Smyrna was one of the greatest post-war casualties. Decisions made by the victors sitting in remote London when they divided the spoils of the war, had huge unintended consequences. This book is a powerful reconstruction of the resultant wave of violence that destroyed a hitherto peaceful and prosperous city and destroyed or dispersed its multicultural inhabitants. Many Australians are here today because their forebears survived this tragedy. This is a history which must be told. Hard cover also available http://www.copyright.net.au/details.php?id=153. SOFT COVER EDITION ISBN 978 1 921452086

Flames on the Water - Tears in the Sea HARD COVER by A/Prof Con Aroney
For many centuries, Smyrna was a prosperous trading city in the Mediterranean. In the aftermath of World War I, Smyrna was one of the greatest post-war casualties. Decisions made by the victors sitting in remote London when they divided the spoils of the war, had huge unintended consequences. This book is a powerful reconstruction of the resultant wave of violence that destroyed a hitherto peaceful and prosperous city and destroyed or dispersed its multicultural inhabitants. Many Australians are here today because their forebears survived this tragedy. This is a history which must be told. Also available in Soft cover - see http://www.copyright.net.au/details.php?id=154. HARD COVER ISBN 978 1 876344986

A Rain of Ruin by Lance Grimstone
The third in a series of well-researched and wonderfully written historical novels. The Atom Bomb destruction of Hiroshima and the human story of that and its aftermath is described as never before in this gripping story by a master story teller. Lance Grimstone's two previous novels When the Tulips Bled and Brother Rats were about the Second World War in the European and North African campaigns. A Rain of Ruin brings new insights to the war in the Pacific, and its impact on everyday Australians through the experiences of a family. And through the wreckage of war, a powerful love story emerges. ISBN 978-1-876344870

Brother Rats (Second edition) by Lance Grimstone
This is the second historic novel by Lance Grimstone. As with his first book, When the Tulips Bled, the Author has brought World War II history to life through real, down-to-earth characters on both sides of the conflict in North Africa. Courage and compassion is expressed in so many ways - under fire, in retreat, in endurance, in stubbornness, in suffering, in fearing the worst, in struggling on regardless, in treating the enemy wounded as their own. Again, the Author's extensive research provides an authentic background to this engrossing narrative. And as with his first novel, he has uncovered more tantalising insights into our immigrant past and what it is to be Australian. Second revised edition includes maps. ISBN 978-1-876344955

When the Tulips Bled (Second Edition) by Lance Grimstone
This historic novel is told by a geologist with a unique forensic talent for exploring the past, and an even more unique flair for placing the reader in the centre of the action. The story is woven around first-hand accounts of the tragedy which enveloped the peaceful country of Holland when it was over-run by the armies of Hitler. The Author married into a Dutch family and listened intently to their stories, enabling him to paint this vivid picture of the war-torn Holland from which they fled. This gripping narrative is dedicated to all who suffered there during WW II. When the Tulips Bled is now in its second edition which includes maps. It is the first of a series of novels scratching beneath the surface of our immigrant past, to thread together what it is to be Australian. The second book in the series is Brother Rats and the third, A Rain of Ruin was released in 2012. ISBN 978-1-876344948

Needed - but not wanted - Chinese in Rabaul 1884-1960 by Dr Peter Cahill
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, located within the rim of an active volcano, has been the scene of many triumphs and tragedies. In the steaming tropics, with rich volcanic soils and high-yield crops such as coconuts (copra) and tobacco, labour had to be imported; disease and difficult living conditions went with the job. Chinese were brought into New Guinea in large numbers only to die from sickness, and violence during the Japanese invasion of the Second World War. A major volcanic eruption in the 1990s destroyed the town and many of the records about its inhabitants. This is about an industrious people coping in arduous circumstances. PUBLICATION DATE December 2012 ISBN 978 1876344962

NOT JUST A SCHOOL - St Peters Lutheran College by editors Clarrie Burke, Nicky Boynton-Bricknell and Jan Hurwood
St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane Queensland, established towards the end of the Second World War, has grown to become one of the leading and most highly respected educational institutions in the city. This is the story of St Peters 'From the Beginning - the Lived Experience of Old Scholars' edited by Clarrie Burke, Nicky Boynton-Bricknell and Jan Hurwood. ISBN 978-1-921452024

Total Addiction - the Life of an Eclipse Chaser by Dr Kate Russo
The phenomenon of the Total Eclipse as described by the author • Eclipse Chaser • Psychologist • Phenomenological Researcher • Author • North Queenslander now resident in Ireland and back in Queensland to experience her 8th total eclipse. Published by Springer ISBN 978-3-642-30480-4

Scorched - Pushing the Boundaries across the Sahara by Annette Henderson
This companion to the Author’s best selling Wild Spirit takes the reader through the unforgiving Sahara Desert with Annette Henderson and her husband Win on their way to Gabon and their life-long love affair with Africa. Colour plates add to the vivid descriptions of this adventure which led them to the heart of Africa and the author's lifelong passion to conserve the Western Lowland Gorillas. ISBN 978-1-876344894

The Versed Writing of Jock McPoet - the best is yet to come by John McRobert
Poetry should have rhythm, rhyme and reason. The writer believes modern poetry should be plaid down. Others believe the writer's puns should go the full Monty and be completely kilt off. It is up to the reader to decide. Within these pages are the author’s views about major issues facing society today, from the environment through womens lib to that obscene three letter word ending in x. Completely revised and updated from the first edition published two decades ago. An eBook version will also be released in the near future. ISBN 978 1876344917