History of West Australia: A Narrative Of Her Past Together With Biographies Of Her Leading Men
Warren Bert Kimberly, an American, came to Australia from Chicago in the mid-1880s and edited commemorative histories of the gold mining towns of Ballarat and Bendigo before completing this comprehensive (340,000 words) History of Western Australia in 1897. The book consists of two parts: The first (and larger) section deals with the history of Western Australia from the earliest European hypotheses of the country's existence in the 14th century to extensive detail on European exploration across the state from 1829, through to the height of the gold rushes in 1897 . Two appendices which are essentially essays, follow and deal mainly with gold and the gold mining industry which was the dominant social and economic factor in the state at the time of publication. The second section is a volume of 163 biographies of notable Western Australians and typically includes several pages of text as well as a large portrait photo for each entry. Extensively illustrated with period photos of Western Australia, this publication is a rare treat and an impressive production.