Hot off the press for 2023
The Star and Thomson Mines- Includes Brohans and Lone Star Reefs of Aberfeldy. Victoria (Book #6 in series)
Same excellent format as the "Expedition Series" of books as Blue Jacket, Landys and Anderson Mines below. 80 pages Perfect Bound and Stitched (2022) Book #6 in series
RRP $25 inc. postage
Butler's Wood's Point and Gippsland General Directory 1866
This is a facsimile re-print of Gippsland’s first commercial directory. It features 19 pages of early Gippsland retailers and lists over 3,000 Woods Point and Gippsland residents in both town and alphabetical listings. Perfect publication for historical research. 102 pages B & W. Perfect Bound and Stitched (2023). RRP $20 inc. postage
The Switzerland of Australia
A totally revised and greatly expanded edition containing many additional photographs together with listings of events, pioneering names, personalities and notable citizens. Although the text has been kept to a minimum, almost every event in the history of this fascinating gold mining town is covered. This new edition of the Switzerland of Australia is the first publication ever to contain colour plates of early Walhalla. (2023). 67 pages. RRP $25 inc. postage
My Walhalla by Lou De Prado
Reminiscences of Lou De Prado born in Walhalla in 1904. He talks about his life at Poverty Point on the Thomson River and living at Black Diamond, a suburb of Walhalla, as well as many other great stories. Re-printed by Walhalla local Rae-Anne Vincent. (2023). 32 pages. A5 B&W RRP $20 inc. postage
What is coming out in 2024?
(Book #7 in series) Scrat-A-Bit and Shamrock Mines of Walhalla, Forgotten mines, tramways and a township lost in the Deep Creek Catchment
RRP $25 inc. postage (approx. 80 plus pages) Available JAN/FEB. 2024
The Mines of Edwards Reef to Store Point
Coming out LATE 2024
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The Sir John Franklin Mines of Woods Point.
Includes mines of the Never Mind Spur, North Sir John Franklin and Lady Franklin.
Coming out APRIL/MAY 2024
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The Jordan Valley in Pictorial. Includes Jericho, Red Jacket, Violet Town, Victor's Quartz, Blue Jacket and Dry Creek.
Coming out mid 2024. Hard cover A4 size showing over 100 photos from the 1860s to 1950s of the iconic Jordan Valley which is located between Aberfeldy and Matlock, Victoria.
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Expedition Book Series
Many authors publish books by just researching. I, together with my learned colleagues, have published these series of books by both researching and going out in the field to find the historical sites and mines, this is why is takes many years to put together.
Many years and countless hours of research have been spent into this region called the “Walhalla-Woods Point Gold Belt. I have pieced together and found many mines, hut sites, hotels, old townships and lone graves. Much of this research has gone into my already published maps and books. I have ran countless expeditions in this area over the last 20 years, and continue to do so year after year. To date, I have recorded housands of historical sites.
These publications are primarily based on my finds rather than a detailed historical paper, although there is still plenty of historical information. Decades of research and ground work goes into finding all these sites, and this publication is for those who wish not to pursue such a task, but rather use this as their guide to re-visit and explore the rich history that our pioneers had created.
I have included much evidence as possible in these publications in conjunction with my expeditions in the area. I try to cover an area as thoroughly as possible, with historical documents and data, maps, photos and some great stories.
There is nothing like this series of publications out there, and I hope you take pleasure in reading them, as much as I had compiling them.
Victor's Quartz Mines- includes Holy Terror, Klondyke and the Ross Creek Mines of the Jordan Valley (Book #8 in series) Same excellent format as the "Expedition Series" of books as Blue Jacket, Landys and Anderson Mines below.
92 pages Wire Bound (2022) $25 inc. postage
Blue Jacket Mines and Settlement- The Hidden Gem of the Jordan Goldfields (Book #5 in series)
68 pages Wire Bound (2021) $25 inc. postage
The Landy's Dream Group of Mines of Walhalla- includes Wealth of Nations and Perseverance and Kitty Hawk Plane Crash
(Book #4 in series)
62 pages Wire Bound (2020) $25 inc. postage
more books available
Walhalla- Valley of Gold by John Aldersea and Barb Hood
Many colour photographs, and is set out in three sections, Its People, Its Places and Its Mines. It covers many who had an impact on the towns history as well as some ordinary people who added to its character. The Places covers many of the hidden treasures of Walhalla that nature is quickly reclaiming and the mining section is a comprehensive description of all the Walhalla mines including the names in the Long Tunnel Gold Mine employment book. 293 pages- 2nd Edition (2016) $50 inc. postage
Gold for the Taking- A Pictorial History of the Walhalla-Woods Point
GoldBelt in its Heyday 1860's- 1960's
Over 152 pages & more than 330 rare photographs covering such areas as Walhalla, Coopers Creek, Fulton's Creek, Donnelly's Creek, Aberfeldy, Woods Point, Matlock, Jamieson, Kevington, Ten Mile, Gaffney's Crk, Toombon, Enoch's Point, Big River, Black River, etc.
A4 in size, high quality paper and hard cover, with large vivid photos. A very comprehensive book depicting the ENTIRE Walhalla-Woods Point Gold Belt. 152 pages- (2007)
$50 inc. postage
Old Walhalla- by Raymond Paull
This is a re-print from Adventurer Maps. Originally printed in 1963, it has been re edited and slightly updated. This book tells how the alluvial workings of Stringer’s Creek in the remote mountains of Gippsland, Victoria, grew into the busy mining town of Walhalla in the late nineteenth century. Gold towns have become ghost towns in many corners of Australia, but none of them has the romantic attraction of Walhalla. Mr Paull’s vivid picture makes it live again. It contains 112 pages in B & W. Its available perfect bound soft cover or hard cover (limited edition, individually numbered and signed out of 200). Publication Date: 2003
$20 inc. postage (soft cover bound)
$25 inc. postage (hard cover bound)
It is chock full with information on the area between Howqua, Jamieson, Big River and Woods Point. It has heaps of photos, both recent and old, things to do and see in the area, walks, history, fishing, etc, etc. 64 pages- (2002) $11 inc. postage
Tracks to the Woods Point and Jordan Goldfields by R.W. Christie
A brief history of the Wood's Point and Jordan goldfields including photographs, town maps, newspaper articles and diary extracts. 116 pages- (1981) $25 inc. postage
“Grant Historic Area Research Report”
Includes Grant, Talbotville, Howittville, Winchester, Thiel Town, Spring Hill, Summer Hill and Stonewall
A concise research report of the towns, places and mines of the Grant Historic area to aid you in further research and exploration.
This publication was originally prepared to assist with the creation of Paoletti's Grant Historic Adventurer Map. It contains statistical information on mines, locations and townships to help in researching the area rather than a detailed historical paper and story on the region. Decades of research and ground work goes into finding all these sites, and this publication is for those who wish to pursue such a task, revisit and explore the rich history that our pioneers created.
The combination of our excellent published A1 sized "Grant Historic Adventurer" map with this report, will enable the user to enter a journey of discovery of this historic mining area. There are many publications depicting the history of this area, and we encourage you to also seek these publications to further help you in your endeavours.
Special thanks to Luke Steenhuis who provided much of the background information for this report.
Also includes over 150 known mine waypoint locations.
36 pages (2023) RRP $13 inc. postage.
PACKAGE SPECIAL...this publication and our Grant Historic map $20 inc. postage. (see bottom of this page to order package book and map).
Recollections of Early Gippsland Goldfield
by Richard Mackay
Adventurer maps has printed a book that has been out of print and unavailable. So much that if you could get it second hand it would fetch between $50-$70.00. It was first printed in 1916 and much of it has been kept to its original. The book is diary based with stories and recollections of 1862 to the early 1900's. It has also a chapter on Angus McMillan. The book has a wealth of information that cannot be replaced by any other book on the area today. 100 pages- (2000) $20 inc. postage
Mountain Gold by John Adams
The long awaited re-print of the brilliant book covering the Old Narracan Shire... which includes Walhalla, Aberfeldy, Donnelllys Creek, Tanjil, Hill End ,etc..A4 size rather than the old small format of A5.... soft cover ... B&W with numerous old photographs added in as well. 170 pages- (2011) $30 inc. postage
Discovering Briagolong by Laurie Manning, reprinted by Adventurer Maps
Just 14km north of Stratford (near Sale) in Gippsland is the historic township of Briagolong. The book covers in great detail the history of the region, including Freestone Creek, Valencia, Bushy Park & Boisdale. It begins from the Aboriginals, to the first pioneers & explorers, right up to the present. This book is in B & W with many photos. 128 pages- (2005) $20 inc. postage
Fulton's Creek- The Diary of Gilbert Smith (1883-1884) (Book #1 in series)
Previously little or nothing was known about this area apart from old newspaper extracts and scant public records. This is a personal diary for the entire year of 1883, written by a prospector who lived a solitary life in the Fulton's Creek valley, but travelled across a mountain range on foot every Sunday, to teach Sunday-school to children in the neighbouring Donnelly's Creek valley, in which he later lived at the township of Store Point. The diary is a very precise and detailed account of his daily work, hut life and mood swings determined by his prospecting success or feelings of loneliness.
My expedition work is now completed. I have found many sites over a 10 year period working on this project that Gilbert spoke about. This diary even proves that the Burial Ground at Store Point is not the real burial ground.... there is another. 39 pages- comb bound (2016) $17 inc. postage
Donnelly's Creek- From Rush to Ruin of a Gippsland Goldfield- by Luke Steenhuis
This book was first published in 1990. Mr Steenhuis has given me kind permission to re-print this book with a new format and some minor additions. This book is contains the entire history of Donnelly's Creek area and its surrounds, and is well researched and documented. It contains 100 pages in B & W. A very fascinating not to be missed read. 100 pages (2001)
$20 inc. postage
The Victorian Prospectors Guide and Handbook 2015 (13th Edition)
The book has been updated with references to Metal Detecting and the Laws of Do's and Don'ts of prospecting. It also contains many photos both old and new. Not only is it a modern representation of prospecting but also a history of the ways that will fascinate you. Originally the book was printed in 1894 so the history is there. The book covers in quite length and detail the geology, gold, gemstones, different ways to prospect, etc. of Victoria. Every prospector should have one, from the beginner to the expert. 96 pages- (2015)
$20 inc. postage
Gippsland Revisited - A pilgrimage to a mother’s grave at Edward’s Reef (Donnelly’s Creek)
(Book #2 in series)
This publication is about the only marked grave at the Edward’s Reef Burial Ground that of Christina Shaw.
This is a diary written by Alex Shaw, Christina ’s son and is an account of a fourteen-day
journey made by Alex in 1930 from Ballarat to Donnelly’s Creek as a pilgrimage to his mother’s grave. He was in his late sixties at the time;his son Donald joined him and provided the transport.
I sincerely thank all the descendants of the Shaw family whom have kindly given me permission to publish this diary. 22 pages- comb bound (2017) $12 inc. postage
Childhood Reminiscences of Early Walhalla by Isabella Francis Clough
This is in B & W with heaps of rare photos. Isabella was born in Walhalla in 1866. She tells her story through the eyes of her childhood years. She reminiscences about growing up in the mining town, her school days, her ups and downs with her mother and sister, the characters, events and mishaps of the once bustling township of Walhalla.
Printed and edited by Adventurer Maps. 68 pages (2003). $17 inc. postage
The Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine- Walhalla, Victoria- One of Australia's Richest Gold Mine- by Adventurer Maps
This booklet outlines the entire history of the Long Tunnel Extended Gold Mine- one of the richest gold mines ever discovered in Victoria. It has many photographs of the mine and its workings, and it goes into thorough detail describing all about the mine, managers, workings, highlights, etc. It contains 24 pages in B & W. (2001)
$8 inc. postage
Adventurer Maps - The Ghost Town Series
Now you can purchase all my maps in one easy to handle A3 Spiral Bound Booklet.
45 pages covering all my 21 maps of the Walhalla to Jamieson Gold Belt.
Stain and water proof cover. Durable smudge resistant pages. Writable pages, so you can make those precious notes, GPS points, additions, memos, etc.
$60 inc. postage
Grant Historic Adventurer Map
1: 25,000 scale map of the Grant Historical Area covering Talbotville, Hogtown, Grant, etc. in Victoria's High Country. Field checked in March 1998.
$10.00 inc. postage
PACKAGE SPECIAL...this map and our Grant Historic Area Research Report publication $20 inc. postage. (see above for details on this book).
OZI EXPLORER CD or DOWNLOAD LINK
All 23 Adventurer Maps on one CD. Already configured for oziexplorer and ozi android. CD also has separate JPG files to view the legend and information contained on each map. The 23 maps are also saved in JPG files to view & print on any computer. Also comes in a hard plastic DVD case for protection. Instead of a CD you can request a download link in which we can email, please note that when purchasing. $80 inc. postage
1:20,000 scale map. It is a huge 1000mm x 700mm in size and covers areas in which you need three 1:25,000 topograhical maps for. It features colour coded tracks, contours, historical features & information, colour photos, tourist info, fishing spots, shows all 4wd, walking, horse & motorbike tracks, enlarged township map of Walhalla, suggested walks and attractions, canoe notes, 4wd trek notes, colour shaded boundaries, accurate, field checked and up to date.
Field checked May, 2001. $10.00 inc. postage
1: 20,000 scale maps in a series covering Walhalla to Jamieson in Victoria's High Country. 20 maps in complete set. Field checked between 1995 to 2016.
$7 each inc. postage