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Fred Wolseley: A Man of Many Parts

Third Release Now Available

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This publication is a definitive account of the Australian life of Frederick York Wolseley, a man who came to our shores from his native land of Ireland, became a respected Pastoralist and Squatter in the New South Wales Riverina, southern Queensland and the western regions of New South Wales. He had an inventive and enquiring mind, and went on to become the creator of the first practical sheep shearing machine in Australia. He was a pioneer in the drilling of the great Artesian Basin and is the man that launched Herbert Austin into his life as the creator of one of the first English motor cars. After being dismissed from the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Co. Ltd. of England he returned to Australia and became involved in rural activities again by acquiring a property in the NSW Blue mountains with his nephew. The book details his marriage and the final return trip to England where he died in 1899.

Written to record for all Australians the life of this most important pioneer, this book makes excellent reading for collectors of Wolseley gear, Wolseley and Austin Motor cars and anyone interested in our rural history.

This book contains the genealogical family tree’s of : Frederick York Wolseley, Gavin Ralston Caldwell, John Bagwell Greagh and Herbert Austin.

    • Released 2008
    • Compiled by Ian J. Itter.
    • ISBN  978-0-9805392-0-2
    • Price $70 Australian plus postage
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Wolseley- Letters Concerning Fred

This book is an offshoot of the “Man of Many Parts” publication. It contains transcripts of thirty-two letters written by Garnet Wolseley to his family members that contain references to “Frederick York Wolseley an Australian squatter and pastoralist, inventor and entrepreneur”. This book contains the genealogical family tree’s of : Frederick York Wolseley, Gavin Ralston Caldwell, John Bagwell Greagh. Copyright is held by the Walgett Historical Society.

    • Released 2007
    • Compiled by Ian J. Itter, by Field Marshal, Viscount Wolseley
    • ISBN 978-0-646-48076-3
    • Price $40 Australian plus postage
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Wolseley- The Walgett Collection

Second Release Now Available

This book is an offshoot of the “Man of Many Parts” publication. It contains a photographic record of artifacts that are held by the Walgett and District Historical Society pertaining to the time that Frederick York Wolseley held the Euroka and Elmina Stations. This book contains photographs of the experimantal sheep shearing handpieces, Robert Savage’s patented earth scoop and Frederick’s earth scoop. Copyright is held by the Walgett Historical Society.

    • Released 2009
    • Compiled by Ian J. Itter.
    • ISBN 978-0-9805392-7-1
    • Price $40 Australian,  plus postage
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Fred Wolseley- The Euroka Cashbook

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This booklet is a TRANSCRIPTION  of the 1878 – 88 Wolseley’s Euroka Station Cashbook. It was transcribed to retrieve facts to support the known stories.

Click on this Filename to Download – Frederick Wolseley – The Euroka Cash Book (1.36mb)


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Herbert Austin- New Perspective on His Wolseley Years

Second Release Now Available

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This book, by John Brindley and Norman Painting, both of Birmingham, UK. is the definitive work on Austin’s time spent with the Wolseley organisations. Commencing from his employment by Frederick York Wolseley in Melbourne through his involvement with the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Co. Ltd, the Wolseley Tool and Motor Car Co, the creation of one of the first two cars produced in England, through to the commencement of his own car Co. “The Austin Motor Co.” Compiled from the comapny records of the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Co. It details the events, and the developments and achievements of the most remarkable man, in a most pleasing way.

    • Released 2007
    • Compiled by Ian J. Itter, by John Brindley and Norman Painting
    • ISBN 978-0-9805392-7-1
    • Price $45 Australian, plus postage
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Herbert Austin- A Melbourne Mechanic

This book, compiled by Ian Itter, relates the story of Herbert Austin and the time he spent in Melbourne. It covers the story of his arrival in Melbourne, with his Uncle Walter Simpson, a personal letter from his Mother, the places he worked, the meeting up with Fred Wolseley, his transfer to North Shore Sydey, his return to England as an employee of the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Co. Ltd. It then gives the story of starting his own Motor Co. and the height of achievement, that company contributed in two world wars.

A large number of his Patent drawings  have been included, covering Australia, England and the USA. This book is a must for Shearing Collectors, Historians and British motor car enthusiasts.


Herbert Austin- K.B.E. His Life Story

Second Release Now Available

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This book is a transcription of a series of original articles published in the British magazine called the “The Autocar” during the months of August and September 1929. The impetus to re-present this article in book form came from unsuccessful attempts to acquire an original copy from Australian sources. A copy at the time was unavailable.

This book serves as an additional source of information about one of the most outstanding industrialists of the then British Empire. A man who commenced his career in Melbourne Australia. While being a very selective publication, now sought after by Austin enthusiasts world wide, it gives an insight into the man from a very early time and from the man himself.

It details his early life, his experimentations in the creation and development of the modern motor car, the creation of his own business, his manufacturing prowess and his involvement as an armament supplier during two world wars. History will include his enormous efforts to create the modern motor car, now evident in the proliferation of Asian cars now on our market. He was in most cases the source.


Herbert Austin- The Old Man

This short history of Herbert Austin was originally prepared in England in 1983 for the 50th anniversary of the “Austin Ex-Apprentices Assosiation.

It was compiled by Austin employee, Mr. Freddie Henry.

It was decided to replicat a copy of the original in Australia, have it printed and digitised and apply an ISBN to ensure its preservation for future generations of people interested in this most remarkable and famous engineering entrepreneur.

Today there are many Austin car clubs and individual Austin enthusiasts throughout the world, each with their own stories, experiences and memorabilia of the many Austin products still in existance. This publication should enhance their collections.

    • Released 2008
    • Compiled by Ian J. Itter
    • ISBN – 978-0-9805392-1-9  
    • Price $65 Australian, plus postage
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We and the Baby – Revisited

This is the story of a pioneering trip made by two New Zealanders to the top of Australia on Cape York in a 1928 Baby Austin car.  This little car, called Emily made the journey in 1929 and it was this trip, and his recollections of the journey that (Captain) Hector MacQuarrie wrote of so entertainingly in several instalment’s for the ‘Sydney Mail’

Following the completion of this trip, the little car was afterwards sold to a resident of Thursday Island, a Mrs. Vidgen daughter of the great Frank Jardine of Jardine’s Inlet. It was with difficulty that the Austin agents bought the car back again, so attached was Mrs. Vidgen to the tiny car, the car was then put on show in Sydney and afterwards presented by the Austin agents to Mr. Hector MacQuarrie and Mr. Richard Matthews.

The original Baby Austin which made the arduous trip now rests beneath the waves, with the wrecked ship ‘The Tahiti’

  • Released 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-9871081-5-9
  • Compiled by Ian J. Itter, by Hector MacQuarrie
  • Price $40 Aus plus postage.
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Herbert Austin – His First Cars

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This booklet is for the reader with a technical mind.

 Herbert Austin was the producer of some of the earliest motor cars in the United Kingdom.

 After leaving Australia to work for the Wolseley Sheep Shearing Machine Co. Ltd., he returned to his native land where he turned the manufacturing of sheep shearing machines into a very successful operation.

 He then turned his attention to his dream of creating some form of road transport after witnessing the hardships of travel in outback Australia.

 This booklet takes the reader systematically through the development of each car he developed, starting with his two Wolseley named vehicles up to the commencement of manufacturing under his own name and company, The Austin Motor Car Co.

 Austin cars played a large part of road transport, both personal and commercial in the early days of motoring in Australia. And at one time nearly became Australia’s own car.


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After Many Days- Revisited

This reprint of an Australian Classic, was written by Cuthbert Fetherstonhaugh, one of our most outstanding pastoral pioneers, who arrived in the new Colony of Victoria in 1853 after leaving Ireland.

Cuthbert Fetherstonhaugh (pronounced Featherston–haw) was a prolific writer who took the time to include into his writings many specific details on people, places and dates, details so important to the Australian historian of today.

His story commences with his time in Melbourne and then he tells of time spent in the Goulburn Valley, Western Victoria, Queensland and finally in the NSW Riverina working as manager of the largest ‘Run’ in the Riverina district.

Cuthbert was one of the early men who with partners took the gamble and acquired a ‘Run’ in Queensland, where by opening up new pastoral leases they hoped to build their dreams, only to be “wiped out” following severe drought and serious shortage of money following a financial collapse in Britain.

This book takes in the first 35 years of his life, and leaves the reader amazed at the quality and stamina of those persons that made up that revered group, our pioneers.

  • Released 2012
  • ISBN 9780980539240
  • Compiled by Ian J. Itter
  • Price for this limited Edition $65.00 AUS,  plus Postage

After Many Years   

  Also known as “My Religious Experiences”

This book is the continuation of Australian Pioneer Cuthbert Fetherstonhaugh’s most successful 1918 book “After Many Days” in which he narrates the tale of the first 35 years of his most remarkable life.

He has been long regarded as a most faithful recorder of early pastoral life in Victoria, the early outback settlements of Queensland and later central NSW. He was a regular contributor to the “Australasian Pastoralists Review” with his many articles on early Squatters and pastoralists now so highly valued by historians.

After a financial failing in Queensland, he took up the position as manager of Brookong Station, then the largest Station and Run in the Riverina portion of NSW. He then left this position to became a clergyman of the Church of England. This book covers that period.

During his time with the Church, he became disenchanted with the Creed and Dogma associated with their form of worship and resigned. He then went back on the land as manager of Canally Station near Balranald. After acquiring a portion of the famous “Goorianawa” run near “Baradine” where he stayed for 19 years, he finally acquired “Mungerie” near Coonamble.

  • Released 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-9805392-5-7
  • Compiled by Ian J. Itter
  • Price $60 Australian, plus postage

Cuthbert Fetherstonhaugh’s Goorianawa Station

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This booklet by Alan Chinn and Robyn Cavanagh illustrates this famous station and includes memorabilia of Cuthbert Fetherstonhaugh. The famous song “Goorianawa is mentioned as is the life of Cuthbert and his wife Flora in and around Coonabarabran.

  • Released 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-9871081-4-2
  • Compiled by Alan Chinn & Robyn Cavanagh, revised by Ian Itter.
  • Price $30 Australian, plus postage

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Robert Savage – A Victorian Pioneer and Inventor   

Robert Savage was one of the earliest people who came over to the Port Phillip District of NSW from Van Diemans Land (Tasmania). He came across the Strait in 1840 in one of Henty’s boats and took up a Run at Nangeela near Casterton in Western Victoria with H. P. Dana, Dana and his brother setup the Native Police.  He later became Clerk of Courts at  The Grange, now known as Hamilton. he had several positions with the Public Service as a Stock Inspector, one place being at Moama near where he lived at Echuca.  He worked with Frederick Wolseley on an early version of rotary wool clipping handpiece and held the first patent jointly with Mr. Wolseley. This machine was unsuccessful and  Wolseley scrapped the idea in favour of the reciprocating action of the Handpiece. Robert Savage was a great contributor to The Australian and The Passtoralists Review, becoming the Rural Editor of  the Pastoalists review. Savage was an inventor , and holds several patents for various inventions. The main and most successful creation was the “Savage Earth Scoop” which is on display at the Walgett and District Historical Society in Walgett. He designed a Torpedo to help protect the Port Phillip Bay “Heads” when we were being threatened by the Russians. Other inventions some not completed were “Improvements for Puddling and Washing Gold. An Improved Vacuum Steam Pump, an improved Railway Tip Truck and a method of “breaking Stones”  He wrote extensive newspaper articles and was one of the instigators for an Agrucultural Model farm and was on the formation Committee for the Australian Agricultural Society which staged the first Melbourne Show. His life has passed with very little compiled to illustrate some of his achievemnts.. He is buried with his wife in the St. Kilda cemetary.

  • Released 2011
  • ISBN TBA
  • Compiled by Ian J. Itter
  • Price $40 Aus, plus postage

Robert Savage- Agriculture in Victoria

Robert Savage was an original occupier of land in the NSW province of Port Phillip. He started off as a pastoralist, witnessing the early settlement and the displacement of the local Aboriginal Tribes.

He moved on to become a Public Servant, occupying several positions from Clerk of Courts to Stock Inspector. He began writing articles for the Melbourne Argus newspaper, and dabbled in no small way in inventions. he worked with Frederick Wolseley on the Shearing machine and his Earth Scoops.


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Serpentine Creek Station

This is the story of the Serpentine Creek Station, which was established in 1843.  It was named by John Bear and became a Pastoral Run for Cattle and Sheep. The homestead was located at Bears Lagoon in northern Victoria.

It was one of the first permanent water supplies in the Port Phillip District of New South Wales and later on became a substantial livestock fattening area for animals that were headed for slaughter to provide food for those working on the Goldfields

This document is a compilation of many works and articles centred around the core work of Gwen Twigg of  Bears Lagoon, in 1992 and other original material supplied by Sue Womersley of Hawthorn, Melbourne and Jacqueline Terry of Kent, England

  • Price $65 Australian, plus postage
  • Compiled by Ian Itter of Swan Hill, Victoria
  • ISBN  0-646-46483-3
  • Published by the East Loddon Historical Society in 2006

John Ettershank- The Red Brick Woolshed

This is the story behind the construction of the Red Brick Woolshed which is located seven kilometres north of the central Victorian town of Serpentine.

Constructed by pioneer John Ettershank, Civil Engineer, Stock and Station Agent, Pastoralist and Farmer. He was an inventor credited with designing, manufacturing and patenting the first mechanical shearing handpiece.

This story is one of perseverance and sadness, and illustrates the exceptional quality of our Scottish pioneers and forebears.


Langloh Parker- Yanga and Bangate Stations

This Booklet is a brief history on the life of Langloh Parker. It details his involvement on both Yanga and Bangate Stations. Langloh Parker and his three brothers managed the Yanga Station properties at Balranald in the Riverina area of NSW for their uncle Augustus Morris in the years 1854 through to 1859.  After Augustus Morris sold these properties,  three of the Parker’s took up other stations. Langloh later moved to Bangate station 120 kilometres north of Walgett and acquired other properties in  NSW and Queensland in partnership with with Fred Wolseley and Vincent Dowling, they acquired land in Western Queensland and are now remembered as important Queensland Pioneers.

  • Released 2012
  • ISBN 9780987108135
  • Compiled by Ian J. Itter
  • Price $28 Au, plus postage.

Arthur Feldtman’s- Some Pastoral Properties

Arthur Feldtmann was a well noted and highly respected Swan Hill historian.

During the 1980s he had articles published in the “Regional Times” which was a supplement to several regional newspapers, relating to 31 pastoral properties which he had researched.

These articles are still in existence on many station properties and are also held in the archives of the Swan Hill Historical and Genealogical Society.

Showing signs of wear and tear these ageing documents are constantly being referred too by visitors and locals seeking selected information.

When seeking details about a particular property, it is not uncommon for the owners to bring out a copy of the respective pages of Arthur’s articles that refer to their property.

These articles have now been incorporated into a single book entitled “Arthur Feldtmann’s – Some Pastoral Properties”

These articles, along with many additional portraits, photographs and a comprehensive index all come together in this pleasing, easy to read book.

Full colour plates of each property have been included at the end of every chapter, highlighting the property homesteads as they are today.


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Thomas Browne’s Murrabit Station

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This is the story of the time spent by Thomas Alexander Browne during his ownership of the Murrabit Pastoral Station at Lake Boga in Northern Victoria.

This large station which covered many square miles included along with other lakes, Lake Boga, which became well known as a flying boat repair base during the second world war.

Browne, who later became famous as one of early Australia’s most influential writers of both fiction and non fiction books, and press articles, took up the Murrabit Run in 1858 and ran it for five years before facing financial difficulties which forces him to relenquish the property.

Writing under the pen name of Rolf Boldrewood, Browne achieved lasting fame with his book Robbery Under Arms which was widely read in both England and Australia.

Compiled from documents existing in several libraries, this book brings together in one publication the story of a small part of Browne’s colourful life.


Old Melbourne Memories- Revisited

This is the true story of  an early Victorian Sqatter and Pastoralist Thomas Alexander Brown, who came to the then Port Phillip District of NSW  from Sydney in 1840 . He then proceeded to the Western District and took up a Cattle Station. he later took up Murrabit Station at Lake Boga . He was at one time a Police Magistrate, and a Gold Rush,  Commissioner at Gulgong. He later took up another station, Bundidgery near Narrandera in the NSW Riverina District. he is best known under his pseudonem of Rolf  Boldrewood, under which he wrote many Australian novels and several Non Fiction publications, such as this one. “Old Melbourne Memories”  His best known work was “Robbery Under Arms”  he added an e to his surname in 1860. to become Thomas Alexander Brown.

  • Released 2012
  • ISBN 9780980539257
  • Compiled by Ian J. Itter
  • Price $40 Aus, plus postage

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Jim Davidson- The Man and the Industry, Revisited

Based primarily upon a small leaflet publication released by the Lister Shearing Machine Co.,  called “The Man and the Industry” This new publication expands the original text with other relevant writings and articles about James Davidson, enhanced photographs  have been added.

  • Released 2011
  • ISBN 978-0-9805392-3-3
  • Compiled by Ian J. Itter
  • Price $40 Australian, plus postage

History of the Lords of Itter – Revisited

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 A short Historical record on the Lords to Itter, (Herren zu Itter ) an excellent ancient house known out of antiquity. Transcribed from the original 1740 book held in Cassell, Germany. An excellent reference book for any student of the Middle Ages or persons interested in that period.

  • Compiled by Ian J. Itter.
  • ISBN 978-0-9875709-8-7
  • Price $80 AUS plus postage
  • Available on CD Price on application
  • Web page Address :- http://www.itter.org/

The Pelton Wheels of Cunnamulla

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How important is a machine (any machine) that eases the life of man?

This book records the role of the Pelton Wheel in one of the dry outback regions of Australia. Patented in the 1870s, this machine provided motive power derived from bores put down into the Great Artesian Basin during the time of the greatest drought in our history.

Primarily used to obtain water for stock, these bores later became the source of electrical power on remote properties with the introduction of this turbine, which allowed the pressure emanating from the flowing bore water to be utilised to drive electric generators.

This electric power was then used to drive sawmills, woolshed, pumps to supply water and generate electric lighting in the homestead. Some bores were put down specifically to drive shearing machines in the sheds, the water obtained became a bonus to the grazier.

Now an artifact, these old wheels are just a piece of ironmongery, often stacked away in some remote corner of a local museum, their purpose quite unknown to many visitors.


Shamrock, Thistles and the British Raj

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On June 7, 1818, Edward Cunningham Native of Ireland, Convict No. 96, arrived in Van Dieman’s Land aboard the ‘Minerva’ and in the years that followed, his descendants married into other families who had migrated to the new colonies in Australia. Shamrocks, Thistles and the British Raj brings these family lines together, converging to become the beginning of the Hetherington family line in Australia 195 years ago.

It also continues the line up to the eighth generation, Australia, from Reuben, son of William Hetherington, the original immigrant, and Helen Dow, Great-grandaughter of Edward Cunningham, who married in 1888 and came to Koondrook in Northern Victoria the same year.

  • Released 2013
  • ISBN 978-0-9875709-7-0
  • Price $35 Aus, plus postage
  • Compiled by Julie Smith nee Hetherington

Balranald Looking Forward, Looking Backward – Ken Spinks

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Balranald, since its creation has been a frontier town.

Located on the Murrumbidgee river it soon became a service town for those outback NSW stations wishing to transport their wool, meat and grain to markets. As it grew it attracted itinerant workers, unknown dubious characters, Chinese gardeners, labourers and men of the road. The area also attracted men and women of character, hard working people who took up large stations, opened businesses, created social amenities and brought a level of civilisation to the region.

The colourful stories and anecdotes created by these individual characters reflect the wonderful Aussie humor held by country people. In this book the author brings to the reader just some of the anecdotes and historical stories of the country town and area called Balranald.

  • Released 2013
  • ISBN 978-0-9875709-6-3
  • By Ken Spinks
  • Price $30 Aus, plus postage

Arthur Itter- God’s Knight Errant Revisited

ArthurItterCoverArthur Itter, of Peterborough, was a Crusader for Christ, a true Knight in the service of the Kingdom. His religion was the mainspring of his life, and loyalty to his church took first place. He was associated with many philanthropic and religious enterprises and was elected to the Council of the Baptist Union of great Britain and Ireland.

A man of charming personality, with qualities of character and statesmanship that well fitted him for the civic and administrative posts to which he was called. He succeeded to his fathers business at the age of 25, and his many commercial and financial interests soon brought him into prominence and he became a City councillor when he was 30 and Mayor at 35 – the youngest Mayor ever to be elected by the City of Peterborough.

Accepting happily and gratefully all the beauty and gladness of life, his gratitude expressed itself in service to his fellow men and he was a fine example of what youth can mean to the corporate life of a modern city.

A Loyal friend, a good Christian and a great Citizen, he was honoured and loved by all.

  • Released 2013
  • ISBN 978-0-9875709-2-5
  • Compiled by Ian J. Itter
  • Price $35 Aus

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