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A Walking In My Footprints

Pam O’Connor

A history of the Kelly family and associated families of Mudgee and district



Against the Skyline: A survivor account of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur

Leanne Wicks

A gripping account of the sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur on May 14th, 1943, as told by the author’s Grand-uncle, Frederick Chidgey.  The book also includes poetry written about the sinking.   



Apple Tree Flat. A Gateway to Mudgee

Bob Pauling

A history of the Apple Tree Flat locality, south-east of Mudgee



Cobb & Co. Heritage Trail: Bathurst to Bourke

Diane de St. Hilaire Simmonds

A look at the legendary Cobb & Co. coaching firm, with a particular focus on its network between Bathurst and Bourke.  A good introduction to Cobb & Co. and its interaction with the communities it served. 



Cooyal Stories

Muriel M. Marks

Yarns about the Cooyal district to the north-east of Mudgee



Far and Faint

Peter Johnson

A history of the 1870s gold rush to the Gulgong gold fields, beautifully illustrated with photographs from the Holtermann Collection. 



Golden Diggers

Helen Wood and Lorraine Purcell

The Hill End and Tambaroora district’s contribution to the First World War.  Includes photos and biographies of local diggers.



Golden Hill End

Brian Hodge

A history of the Hill End Goldfields told through the voices of local residents and key figures in local history.



Historic Houses of Mudgee

John Broadley

Histories of several of Mudgee’s most important homes, with detailed descriptions of each property.  Beautifully photographed and illustrated.



Hobble Chains and Greenhide

Dud Mills

A semi-autobiographical story of life in the West Kimberlies, WA.



Holtermann’s Nugget

Gunter Shaule

A novel based on the life of Bernhardt Holtermann, famous local miner, photographer and politician.



Looking Back

Dud Mills

Stories by a noted Mudgee raconteur



Major Controversies of the Australian Goldrush

Brian Hodge

Tales of key figures in the Australian Gold rush.



Memories of Mudgee: A Photographic Glimpse of Bygone Days

The Mudgee Historical Society Book Committee: Barry and Fay Wells, Lorraine Stewart, Lynne Robinson, Pauline Bassingthwaighte and Thelma Meers

A wonderful compendium of 205 pages worth of photographs of Mudgee from the Museum’s collection, with brief historical notes introducing each group of photos and placing them in context.  A must for anyone with an interest in Mudgee’s history!



Mudgee: A Nest in the Hills

Mudgee Historical Society

A brief history of Mudgee, including key buildings, industries and personalities from our past.  A great introduction to Mudgee for anyone new to the area.



One for the Road

Kevin Pye

A collection of verse inspired by Mudgee’s history and local characters.



Telling Tales

More verse



The Sepia Soldier

Kevin Pye

Poetry paying tribute to Australia’s soldiers from WWI to Vietnam.



The Stockwhip and the Spur

Dud Mills

Poetry by Central West resident Dud Mills inspired by his experience in the bush as a stockman.



The Town of Mudgee and the Hoddle Myth

Chris Murphy

Robert Hoddle surveyed the Mudgee district and later the town of Melbourne. The grid plan of Mudgee, incorrectly attributed to him, was a standard design used throughout the Australian colonies and was also used in laying out the design for the city of Melbourne



They Made Their Own Way

Doug Swords & Pauline Bassingthwaighte

Recollections of older Mudgee residents about their lives in the Mudgee district



They Paved the Way

Keith Mackenzie

This book tells the story of Ann Grant and John McKenzie who immigrated to Australia from the Scottish highlands in the 1830s.



Through My Eyes

Barry Hawkins

A history of Grattai, the Hawkins family (and other significant local families), and the author’s personal experiences living in the area.



Time is a Traveller

Kevin Pye

A humorous and nostalgic look, in verse, at varied aspects of Mudgee’s history and its colourful characters by a Society member



Travelling Down The Cudgegong

Gulgong Writing Group

Histories of towns along the Cudgegong River, with a particular emphasis on Mudgee and Gulgong.  Illustrated with over 200 historic photos.



Wind Wagon Booklet

Brian Hobson

Photos of the Colonial Inn Museum’s 1998 built replica of a 7th century Mongolian Wind Wagon, and explanations on the design and construction.  



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