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            The Last Lighthouse Keeper: A Memoir

            The Last Lighthouse Keeper: A Memoir (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Cook, John; Bauer, Jon

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            In Tasmania, John Cook is known as: 'The Keeper of the Flame'. John's renowned as one of the last of the kerosene keepers : he spent a good part of his 26-year career in Tasmanian lighthouses tending kerosene, not electrical, lamps. He joined the lighthouse service in 1969, after... a spell in the merchant marine. Far from reviling work on isolated islands such as Tasman and Maatsuyker, Australia's southernmost lighthouse, he discovered that he loved the solitude and delighted in the sense of purpose that light keeping gave him. He did two stints on Tasman, in 1969-71 and 1977, and was the head keeper on Maatsuyker for eight years. Tasman's kerosene light was a pressure lamp fuelled by two big bottles that had to be pumped up to 75 pounds per square inch (about 516 kilopascals): It was the equivalent of pumping up a tyre every 20 minutes, John says. Then you had to wind up the weights - they went down the tower and turned the prism around like a big clockwork. If the weights went all the way to the bottom, the light would stop. The main thing was that 365 nights of the year you sat in that tower, 100 feet up, and you had to stay awake, John says of Tasman. If you fell asleep the light would stop and then you were in trouble. Keepers took watches around the clock, in a system similar to that on a ship. Day watches weren't a chance to slack off: standing orders required the watchkeeper to look seawards at least every half-hour and to log sightings of any vessels, and their course, in the area. But the main thing was there was always maintenance to do, John says. Because Mother Nature was your boss. She'd blow gutters off, that sort of thing - she was always stickin' her bib in, and you were repairin' it. Tasman keepers also ran a herd of up to 500 sheep. They didn't have a freezer, so they'd kill and dress a sheep every fortnight. John supplemented his bulk stores, delivered every three months by the lighthouse supply vessel, with extras brought on the bi-monthly mail bo
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            ISBN 9781760875381
            Published AU 2 Jul 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
            Interest Age General Audience
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            Everest and Beyond: The Himalayas by Bike

            Everest and Beyond: The Himalayas by Bike (Hardback)

            By Skinner, Chris

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            When Chris Skinner's mate Stew asked where he'd like to go for his 60th, no one expected Mt Everest by motorbike . If you're used to creature comforts, wary about what you eat, and never know when you'll need patching up in a good hospital, you might think extreme locations are n...ot for suburban folk like you. People can read Everest and Beyond to find out if that's right. After following this sometimes awkward, sometimes inspiring journey to Everest and Lhasa, readers may set off in pursuit of their own inappropriate objectives. This is the story of a bold plan-rashly formulated over quite a few drinks, and carried out by people more likely to be seen in VIP lounges than the slopes above Base Camp, or struggling for breath in the world's highest towns. On trusty Royal Enfields they rode the highest roads on the planet with white knuckles beneath black skies, through savage conditions, boggy roads and closed highways, armed checkpoints, dubious food and the occasional hot shower. They braved brutal altitudes for one of the rarest views on Earth-Mount Everest on a clear day. Along the way they met fantastic strangers who became fast friends-and saw the outlandish in a mystical land.
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            ISBN 9781925043495
            Published AU 1 Jul 2020
            Publisher Woodslane Pty Ltd
            Interest Age General Audience
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            New Great Australian Flying Doctor Stories
             

            New Great Australian Flying Doctor Stories (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Marsh, Bill

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            From the pilots, doctors and nurses who spread their 'mantle of safety' throughout the remote inland of Australia, as well as the men and women they treat on the ground, comes a brand-new collection of Flying Doctor yarns as told to master storyteller Bill 'Swampy' Marsh.

            ISBN 9780733325519
            Published AU 1 Oct 2010
            Publisher ABC Books
            Interest Age General Audience
            Series Great Australian Stories
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            Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century
              

            Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Fischer, Tim

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            The Great Train Show unearthed a huge number of train enthusiasts across the country. Hosted by former deputy PM and renowned train obsessive Tim Fischer, the series covered such topics as the restoration of locomotives, childhood train memories, the importance of rail during war...time, and travel on the Trans- Siberian railway
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            ISBN 9780733328343
            Published AU 1 Aug 2011
            Publisher ABC Books
            Interest Age 14+ years
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            Timeless On The Silk Road: An Odyssey from London to Hanoi
             

            Timeless On The Silk Road: An Odyssey from London to Hanoi (Paperback)

            By Ellis, Heather

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            'It's more than just a long motorcycle trip...' TONY WHEELER - co-founder Lonely Planet After riding her motorcycle across Africa, Heather Ellis is diagnosed with HIV in London after having the test for a Russian visa. She is thirty years old and is given five years to live. It i...s 1995, when death from AIDS is inevitable. Timeless On The Silk Road is the story of what happens next. What unfolds is a journey of courage, hardship and immense natural beauty as she rides along the fabled Silk Roads of antiquity to Australia. Believing this is her last adventure, her one last search for meaning, Heather's journey ultimately becomes one of destiny. Infused with a deep spiritual power, it is also a story that leaves the reader considering their own 'time less' journey called life. Heather travels into Central Asia after the fall of the Soviet Union where she crosses deserts and is touched by the ancient world of Islam. She rides into the land of the heavenly mountains and discovers the ancient traditions of the nomads. She ventures into the vastness of Siberia's Altai mountains where she is welcomed into the homes of Kazakhs and Russians alike. And in China, she is repeatedly told there will soon be a new world order. Timeless On The Silk Road is Heather's eagerly anticipated second book and follows Ubuntu: One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa (Nero, Black Inc. 2016).
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            ISBN 9780648496908
            Published AU 1 Apr 2020
            Publisher Phonte Publishing
            Interest Age Adults / General
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            One Eye Open: 2020's must-read standalone from the Sunday Times bestseller!
             

            One Eye Open: 2020's must-read standalone from the Sunday Times bestseller! (Paperback)

            By Finch, Paul

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            • Pub Date
              25 Aug 20

            A brand new thriller from a master craftsman. For fans of Peter James, Alex North and Cara Hunter.

            ISBN 9781409184010
            Released AU 25 Aug 2020
            Publisher Orion Publishing
            Interest Age General Audience
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            Along Lost Lines
             

            Along Lost Lines (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)

            By Atterbury, Paul

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            Documents the various aspects of British railways, including timetables, stations, tunnels, staff and trains. This work focuses on the 10,000 miles of lines closed in Britain since the 1950s, bringing to life the glorious story of train travel as it used to be.

            ISBN 9780715327067
            Released AU 27 Nov 2009
            Publisher David Bateman Ltd
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            Camaro & Firebird GM's Power Twins
             

            Camaro & Firebird GM's Power Twins (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Cars Weekly Staff, Old

            • RRP: $26.50
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            Camaro and Firebird have always been close cousins in the GM family - they were both introduced in 1967 to challenge Ford's Mustang, and they were tremendously popular both as muscle machines and refined daily driving coupes. This title includes photos and write-ups of every year... of both cars, from 1967 to 2010.
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            ISBN 9781440215506
            Released AU 25 Mar 2011
            Publisher F&W Publications Inc
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            The Magic of a Name: The Rolls-Royce Story, Part 1: The First Forty Years
             

            The Magic of a Name: The Rolls-Royce Story, Part 1: The First Forty Years (Hardback, illustrated edition)

            By Pugh, Peter

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            This text is a story of genius, skill, hard work and dedication which gave the world both cars and aero engines unrivalled in their excellence. Researched from the company's archives, Peter Pugh's account contains hitherto unpublished material about the history of Rolls-Royce.

            ISBN 9781840461510
            Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9781840462845
            Released AU 1 Jul 2000
            Publisher Icon Books Ltd
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            One Man and a Narrowboat: Slowing Down Time on England's Waterways
             

            One Man and a Narrowboat: Slowing Down Time on England's Waterways (Paperback)

            By Haywood, Steve

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            In an attempt to get to grips with a 'big' birthday, the author sets out from Oxford to explore what makes the English... well, so English. His quirky humour is inspired by Tom Rolt, who took to the canals on a similar journey immortalised in the book Narrow Boat , kick-starting ...the revival of Britain's waterways.
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            ISBN 9781840247367
            Released AU 20 Jun 2009
            Publisher Summersdale Publishers
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