The Books Presented to the Winner of
The Explorer Prize

An Island Unto Itself

An Island Unto Itself
Leslie R. Marchant
Professor Marchant’s research and private maritime expeditions produced a book that provides a comprehensive account of Dampier’s scientific explorations in New Holland. This was the time of the English Restoration, when English sciences advanced with the then newly-established Royal Society.


Australia Twice Traversed

Australia Twice Traversed
By Ernest Giles
Ernest Giles’ double crossing of Australia through the heart of its deserts is a classic of Australian exploration. His story is told here in one volume, including maps.


C.C. Hunt

C.C. Hunt’s Koolyanobbing Expedition
Kim Epton
Charles Cooke Hunt early death denied him the acclaim as one of Western Australia’s greatest explorers. Hunt’s trip from York to the Koolyanobbing area and return is his ‘forgotten expedition’, the first of four expeditions to the eastward. This work provides never-before-published biographical information on Hunt, as well as short biographies of each of his four fellow explorers, Robert Hardey, Edward Robinson, Cowitch and Tommy Windich.


The Beckoning West

The Beckoning West
Eleanor Smith
The story of the Canning Stock Route’s construction. In her travels through the outback Eleanor Smith met Hubert Trotman and became fascinated with the stories of his five expeditions. After many days of fireside listening and taking notes she was able to reproduce them ‘in Trotman’s own words’. The Beckoning West is a remarkable feat of writing that allows Trotman to tell his story in the first person, in a rich, economical and always convincing style.


Lieutenant Bunbury's Australian Sojourn

Lieutenant Bunbury’s Australian Sojourn
J.M.R. Cameron and Phyllis Barnes
Henry William St Pierre Bunbury, after whom the City of Bunbury in Western Australia is named, was a professional soldier. At 21 years of age he sailed to New South Wales in charge of the military guard on the convict transport Susan.
After transferring to Western Australia in 1835 he established a number of military stations designed to encourage settlers to expand outwards from the small settlements along the Swan River. He is best remembered, however, in his role as frontier policeman during the disturbances between the local Nyoongar people and incoming settlers in the Avon Valley in 1836 and 1837.


Do Not Yield To Despair

Do Not Yield To Despair
Mike Donaldson and Ian Elliot (Editors)
Frank Hann was one of Australia’s greatest bushman. He was aged fifty when he set off from Northern Queensland and travelled through the Northern Territory to the Kimberley in Western Australia. He journeyed to Laverton and the Eastern Goldfields where he spent his life exploring the desert.
Do Not Yield To Despair reproduces Hann’s unique diaries that record his life and travels.


Ernest Giles

Ernest Giles – Explorer & Traveller 1835-1897
Ray Ericksen

Ericksen’s definitive study of Giles is a stimulating contribution to the history of Australian exploration. Ernest Giles led five expeditions into Australia’s western interior between 1872 and 1876 and discovered more of Australia than any other explorer.
Ericksen focuses on this period and presents a penetrating study of the explorer in action. The main stages of the expeditions are unravelled and analysed, revealing the mettle of the man as he pits himself against the forbidding desert expanses, weighing up chances and frequently dicing with death. Throughout, Giles’ performance in the field is closely compared with the work of his contemporaries – Gosse, Warburton and Forrest – and of their predecessors.


Explorations in Australia

Explorations in Australia 1858-1862
John McDouall Stuart
Stuart led the first successful south-north (and return) traverse of the Australian mainland. He was also the first to reach Australia’s geographical centre. Stuart’s six major expeditions led to the construction of the Adelaide-Darwin overland telegraph and the opening up of Central Australia.


In The Hands of Providence

Explorations in Australia 1858-1862
Lesley Brooker
Stuart was the first to reach Australia’s geographical centre and to traverse the continent. Thirst, scurvy, starvation and hostile natives hampered his expeditions. His route led to the construction of the overland telegraph and the opening up of Central Australia.


Kim Epton
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