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Kingsclear 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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Camden and District book coverPictorial History Camden & District - New
A new book about Camden, its history and development with beautiful black and white images. The township of Camden was surveyed in the late 1830s and allotments were put up for sale. St Johns was under construction by 1840 and other churches, schools, post office and court house followed. By the 1860s the population had grown, the town was busy and the hotels were crowded with travellers. Industry prospered, a council was formed and Camden was decorated with beautiful buildings. more

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Willoughby book coverPictorial History Willoughby - New
A new book about Willoughby, incorporating the history and development of the Willoughby and its surrounding suburbs, in commemoration of its 150th year. The first people living in the Willoughby area were the Cammeraygal who mainly fished for survival. Like most of the North Shore, Willoughby became a timber getting area, supplying material for industry and building. Rugged and wild, it remained largely unsettled until the 1860s. Chinese market gardeners grew vegetables around Sugarloaf and Scotts Creeks. Includes the suburbs of Artatmon, Castle Cove, Castlecrag, Chatswood, Middle Cove, Naremburn, Northbridge, St Leonards and Willoughby itself. more

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Parramatta and District book coverPictorial History Parramatta & District - New Edition
A new book about Parramatta, incorporating the history and development of the City of Parramatta, Australia's second settlement and home of many of the earliest industries and architecture in the colony, with photographs and history about all the suburbs in the Parramatta municipality from Camellia and Carlingford, through Eastwood and Harris Park, to Toongabbie, Wentworthville and Winston Hills. more

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Sutherland Shire book coverPictorial History Sutherland Shire - New Edition
The Shire is a beautiful and distinctive part of Sydney, surrounded by waterways and beaches. People have lived here in splendid isolation fishing, swimming, sailing, boating and surfing. From the Dharawal people to the wealthy white landowners the beauty and plentitude the land has offered has been Sydney’s secret. Wildflowers abounded and tall timber was cut to make way for small market gardens and dairies. Until the 1960s you could still buy fresh goats milk and honey over your fence and people were walking down to their local weir, creek or river to swim. more

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Holroyd book coverPictorial History Shoalhaven District
The City of Shoalhaven is a local government area in the south-eastern coastal region of New South Wales. The area is approximately 200 kilometres south of Sydney. The Shoalhaven is a vast area, stretching some 160 kilometres north to south and encompassing 49 separate towns and communities. Home to over 100,000 people, the Shoalhaven is a region of enormous cultural, geographic and historic diversity. more

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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. more

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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. more

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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. more

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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. more

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Pictorial History Eastern SuburbsPictorial History Eastern Suburbs 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. more

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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. more

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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. more

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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. more

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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. more

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From our catalogue

Illawarra photographyIllawarra: a photographic tribute
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. more

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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. more




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Maroubra Golden Age of the 'Bra book coverMaroubra Golden Age of the 'Bra (out of print) 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

Sydney Good Walks Guide (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. more





North Under Steam (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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