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Kingclear Books is a small but diverse Sydney based publisher. Our catalogue covers a wide spectrum from photographic histories of Sydney suburbs to health books, crime books and tourist books.

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Holroyd book coverMaroubra Golden Age of the 'Bra covers Maroubra history and the history of surfing to 1990. There are over 300 photos and stories from those who lived there. It has significant indigenous occupation. The beach runs consistent surf and can also throw up the wildest conditions; four ships were wrecked in the bay. From 1906, surf lifesavers created a beach culture, managed beach safety and were the first to learn how to ride the waves. The big breakaway came in the 1950s when boardriding clubs started to form. more

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(Release date May 2014)

Holroyd book coverPictorial History Holroyd in both hard and softback Only 40 square kilometres in size and located 25 kilometres west of the Sydney Central Business District, Holroyd is bordered by the councils of Parramatta to the north and east, Blacktown to the west and Fairfield to the south.
Holroyd celebrated 140 years of local government in 2012. The history of the area dates back to the earliest days of European settlement in 1788, and even further back to the Darug people, more

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The Hills District book coverPictorial History The Hills District is the first book to cover the history of the whole shire and it contains 220 black and white photographs of the area. All the suburbs and localities are covered with detailed history of first white settlement in 1791 and its cultural impact on the way the area developed. After the Aboriginal occupation came the early white exploration of the area and the development of large land grants to emancipated convicts. The government reserve for farming was the destination of the Irish Vinegar Hill rebels who staged the 1804 uprising in the area. Fruitgrowing from the 1860s led to the name of the shire as "the orange bowl of Sydney". more

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Kingscross at nightPictorial History Kings Cross. Once known as Woolloomooloo Hill, Kings Cross was home to Sydney's nineteenth century elite who built grand mansions along the ridge to enjoy sea breezes, a wonderful view and access to the city. These villas of the rich and famous were sold, abandoned or demolished with the march of time and a number were resumed during the construction of Garden Island in the 1940s. Some became home to the bohemia who were moving to the Cross to enjoy the vivacity and night life. Anything went and wild girls like Dulcie Deamer and Rosaleen Norton walked the same streets as the crime queens Tillie Devine and Kate Leigh.
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St George photographic historyPictorial History St George (third edition). This updated third edition of the history of the St George district covers the local Government areas of Rockdale, Kogarah and Hurstville. Many new photographs have been included. The book includes the suburbs of Allawah, Arncliffe, Banksia, Bardwell Park, Beverly Hills, Bexley, Brighton-le-Sands, Carlton, Carrs Park, Dolls Point, Kingsgrove, Lugarno, Mortdale, Oatley, Peakhurst, Penshurst, Ramsgate, Sans Souci, Sandringham and Turrella.
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Canada Bay historyPictorial History Hunters Hill This book has stunning photographs and covers the suburbs of Hunters Hill, Woolwich, part of Gladesville, Boronia Park, Henley and Huntleys Point.
The Pictorial History of Hunters Hill is a new book celebrating the history of Hunters Hill and the sesquicentenary of Hunters Hill Council. Written by professional historian Linda Emery who grew up in Hunters Hill, the book is rich in historic photographs sourced from the Hunters Hill Historical Society and NSW archives. The loveliness of the suburb's setting has attracted a variety of photographers who captured life on the ferries, the shorelines, the two rivers which run on either side and the unique nature of French settlement.
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Canada Bay historyPictorial History City of Canada Bay This new book covers the suburbs from Drummoyne to Canada Bay. With more than 200 historic photographs and captions, this book is a fascinating portrait of the City of Canada Bay. It commences with the Aboriginal history of the area, identifying the Wangal clan, historic Aboriginal sites and present numbers of people of Aboriginal heritage living in the area. The early land grants are also described. The suburbs of Drummoyne and Concord followed different paths of development with Drummoyne becoming a place of elite residences for a growing middle class and Five Dock growing out of large rural estates.
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Pictorial History Eastern SuburbsPictorial History Eastern Suburbs EDITION in softback This popular history has been updated and expanded with many new historic photographs and covers the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney from Darling Point to Coogee and including Darling Point, Double Bay, Woollahra, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Nielsen Park, Bondi, Bondi Junction, Waverley, Charing Cross, Clovelly, Coogee, Clark Island, Edgecliff, Bellevue Hill, Point Piper and Watsons Bay.
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Pictorial History Canterbury BankstownPictorial History Canterbury Bankstown With new photographs and updated text this book explores the suburbs of Bankstown, Bardwell Park, Bass Hill, Belfield, Belmore, Beverly Hills, Campsie, Canterbury, Chester Hill, Chullora, Condell Park, Croydon Park, Earlwood, East Hills, Hurlstone Park, Lakemba, Regents Park, Revesby, Undercliffe, Villawood and Yagoona are included. This is a new edition of the history of this diverse, multicultural area covering the Aboriginal history, white settlement, early land division, speculating and subdivision, commercial growth, trams and trains and waterways in a generously illustrated book.
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Southern Highlands photographic bookSouthern Highlands
Celebrate the September Tulip Time Festival in the Southern Highlands with this beautiful hardback book. Southern Highlands a photographic tribute is the second photograpic tribute from photographer Dee Kramer and presented by Kingsclear Books, and is in full colour with 100 striking images.
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Pictorial History Balmain to Glebe in hardback. This updated version covers the suburbs of Annandale, Balmain, Birchgrove, Leichhardt, Lilyfield and Rozelle. Glebe, although no longer part of the Leichhardt municipality, is included for geographical and historical reasons. Each area has its own story of settlement, growth and development from Aboriginal occupancy to the changing face of suburbs in the 21st century. In that time span colonial estates and humble workers' cottages gave way to subdivision as suburbs developed away from Sydney. Annandale, the Johnston family's vast estate, was later planned as a model suburb.
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Pictorial History Liverpool and District in both hard and softback by Carol Liston celebrates 200 years of settlement since Governor Macquarie's declaration of Liverpool as a town in 1810. Land grants were given to the NSW Corp members and free settlers along the George's River which gave people access by boat to Botany Bay. Settlement expanded with the building of the railway and outlying villages began appearing in the mid 19th century.
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Pictorial History Manly covers the history of the municipality from Aboriginal settlement to modern times. Manly has always been the beauty spot of Sydney where millions of visitors have travelled to get away from the city life. ‘Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care’. These two editions of the history of Manly in 200 black and white photographs, many never before published, cover all the suburbs of the area and give a delightful remembrance of tourists from the 1850s onwards. more

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Pictorial History Southern Highlands by well-known local author Linda Emery covers the history of the shire from Aboriginal settlement to modern times. Each township and locality is recorded in words and black and white photographs. The two editions of the book in limp and in hardback have 200 black and white photographs, many never before published. The books are a delightful record of early pioneering from the 1800s onwards. It is a lovely nostalgic book full of romantic images and a history of one of New South Wales’ most popular tourist destinations.
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From our catalogue

Illawarra photographyIllawarra: a photographic tribute
(currently out of print) The Illawarra is 80 kilometres from Sydney. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views from the escarpment or take the coastal drive through the Royal National Park. The new Sea Cliff Bridge is a gateway to the coastal towns of north Wollongong, rich with coal mining history. Wollongong visitors can dine at Belmore Basin and get views of the coast from Flagstaff Point.
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Pictorial History Wollongong With around 200 beautiful black and white photographs, this book covers the history of the city from Aboriginal to modern times. Located south of Helensburgh and the Royal National Park, Wollongong was first sighted by Captain Cook in 1770. The area was settled by various Aboriginal groups one of which encountered Bass and Flinders when they were beached north of Lake Illawarra.
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Sydney Good Walks Guide (currently out of print) by well-known local author Joan Lawrence is now in its fourth edition. It covers all the municipalities in Sydney with over 190 walks in bushland, coastlines, historic precincts and harbourside and river walks. All walks have distance, pace, time, how to get there, a map and a detailed description of the features of the walk.

Joan Lawrence is a walking expert, having taken people on Sydney walks with the WEA for 20 years.
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North Under Steam (currently out of print) is a finely illustrated account of the closing chapter of Government steam operations in northern New South Wales, with introductory reflections on key locomotives, from the much loved and ever versatile "Nannies", to the massive Beyer Garratt articulated locomotives that were greeted with scepticism but emerged as saviours.
It has a comprehensive collection of over 200 previously unpublished colour and black and white images.
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