List of Family & Australian History Books

Books/Publications that I Own Copies of (In order of when published):

“Tenko on the River Kwai” 1887; Jordan, Arnold; Regal Publications, Launceston. This is a book written by my Great-Grand Uncle, Arnold Oakley Jordan about his first hand experience as a prisoner of war in Thailand. I found my copy at an antique shop. It has been personally signed by him.

“Portishead to Parkham” 1991; Walker, L.E.; A short pamphlet like book about the children of William Walker & Mary Ann Bessant. This was written in preparation of the Walker re-union on 25 Jan, 1992. *I would like to track down the original photos used in this book and re-scan them so that they can be enjoyed at a higher quality.

“Yolla, The First Century” 1993; Smith, Ross & Bessie; Circular Head Chronicle. This is a book about the early families in Yolla, Tas (Diprose, Jones, Murfett, Smith, Stewart, etc.)

“Daniel Smith: His Life and Times (Wokingham 1847 to Yolla 1945)” 2000; Smith, Ross & Bessie; The Printing Authority. This is a book about the Smith family in Yolla.

“The Life of William Lachlan Jordan Master Tailor” 2006; Goold, J.T. & Emmett, H. This is a great book about the history of the Jordan-Riggs families in Tasmania.

“A Family Remembers: The Story of Isaac & Matilda Richardson and Their Descendants” 2009; Richardson, Beverley. This is a book about the family of Isaac Richardson who was a convict sent to Campbell Town for his involvement in the ‘Swing Riots.’ Contains information about the Richardson-Walker families.

To Purchase this book, please contact Beverley Richardson at:

“Life is a Journey: All Things are Possible” 2011; Packer, E; A book written by my Auntie about the Jordan and Smith families in Tasmania.

“Will You Remember? The Life and Times of Gordon Dennis 1895-1961” 2013; Boxhall, D. This is a very detailed book about the life of Gordon Oscar Dennis who fought in WWI. Gordon is an Uncle from the Dennis-Bennett-Newman family in Tasmania.

“Lenna at Hagley, Tas” UNPUBLISHED; Richardson, Kaye; An unpublished book that my family member, Kaye Richardson was working on but she unfortunately passed away in Nov, 2016 before it could be published. Alot of work and heart went into this book and I hope to eventually publish it for her.


Books that I have an interest in but do not own:

“A Goodly Heritage: The Growth and Achievements of a Tasmanian Family; 1988; Walker, John; A book detailing Michael Walker & Sarah Goss and their descendants.

“Go…be fruitful and multiply : a history of the Francis French, John Badcock and Edward French families and their descendants from the late eighteenth century to 1989” 1990; French and Badcock Family Book Committee; A very large book detailing the descendants of Francis French & Mary Oliver.

“Thomas Diprose & Elizabeth Children of Kent and Van Dieman’s Land: Volume 1&2; 2008; Parkes, E; 


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