Men We Have Met . . . . . $30.00

A4, 120 pages, PB

In 1909, the year that Grafton celebrated it’s Municipal Jubilee, a composite photo compiled by Grafton photographer, Mr W Stevenson, with the title, 'Men we Have Met’ was published as a supplement in The Daily Examiner and the Grafton Argus. There are a total of 238 men and they are obviously those who were respected in the community or perhaps could afford to have their photo taken.

This book was produced to coincide with History Week 2010 whose theme was 'Faces in the Street.' It was thought appropriate that we try to research and write some biographical details about each of the men who would have walked the streets of Grafton over 100 years ago. Many historical photographs are also included in this publication, selected from the archives of the Clarence River Historical Society Inc., collected since its inception in 1931.

The Bawden Lectures - with Notes [New Edition] . . . . . $35.00

A4, 192 pages

The First Fifty Years of Settlement on the Clarence

WhenThomas Bawden was elected President of the School of Arts it was traditional to give an inaugural lecture. He chose as his topic the history of Grafton and the Clarence District. As he had lived in the area for almost fifty years he was well qualified to talk on the subject. Later historians, with the benefit of hindsight, have commented on the accuracy of his recollections.

The three lectures were given in June, July and August of 1886 and later published in theGrafton Argus.

These have been published and reprinted in several editions, 1979, 1987 and 1997. The last includes relevant historical notes by R. C. Law. This includes an index. Reformatted in 2011.

The Bawden Lectures - without notes . . . . . $15.00

A5, 100 pages, PB

The First Fifty Years of Settlement on the Clarence

WhenThomas Bawden was elected President of the School of Arts it was traditional to give an inaugural lecture. He chose as his topic the history of Grafton and the Clarence District. As he had lived in the area for almost fifty years he was well qualified to talk on the subject.
The three lectures were given in June, July and August of 1886 and later published in the Grafton Argus.
In this latest edition, published in 2006, the historical notes by R. C. Law have been omitted so that the reader may listen to the uninterrupted flow of the Bawden Lectures. It also includes many photographs of the Bawden family and of locations mentioned in the lectures.

Grafton Floods to 2011. . . . . $40.00

A4, 282 pages, PB

Compiler Hazel Ford says the historical society is regularly asked questions about flooding and we wanted to compile the material we have in one place to help the community find the flood stories they are looking for. This publication documents floods from the late 1800’s to the present day. And yes it includes the story and the images from the January 2011 event.The Daily Examiner has made its newspaper archives since 1859 available for the project. Hundreds of flood photos held by the historical society have been pulled from the files and will now be available to a wider audience. One of the biggest challenges faced by Hazel and her husband Malcolm, who is responsible for design, layout, publishing and printing, has been to confirm the height of each of the valley’s floods. Getting that calculation correct has proven near impossible. Hazel also reflects on how media reports have changed since the late 1800’s 

History of Grafton Hospital . . . . . $40.00

A4, 264 pages, PB

Written by Kay Paine and published by the Society and revised by Kay Paine in 2015 this book gives details of the growth of the hospital from its beginnings in 1861 and the reports of the various meetings and functions provide insight into how an ever supporting and charitable community and enthusiastic hospital committees struggled to achieve the very best for their patients, often in times of extreme hardship.

The history presents several brief biographies of the nursing and medical personnel whose compassionate caring made a critical difference for their patients and families, and whose testimonials demonstrate the esteem in which they were held.

Kay has immortalised the history of one of the Clarence Valley's most prestigious icons.

The City of Grafton . . . . . $20.00

A4, 50 pages, PB

This book was compiled by members Mary Bates and Nola Mackey as the Clarence River Historical Society's contribution to the history of Grafton which was incorporated as a city in 1859. There are brief histories of the beginnings of Grafton, the Historical Society and the Grafton City Council. The main features of the city in prose and photographs are recorded in the rest of the book.   Written by Isabel Wilkinson

Across the Bar . . . . . $20.00

A4, 82 pages, PB

The is a reprint of the story of Wooli from 1861 to 1969.  It was written be Hazel Davidson.

From Rivertree To The Sea . . . . . $30.00

A4, 78 pages, PB

Subtitled Early Days along the Clarence River, this 2004 publication, with text by Don Peck and photographs chosen from the Society's collection by Marion Cooney, traces the river from its source to the sea. In its 430 kilometre meandering many other rivers and creeks flow into it and the catchment of the Clarence is 22,660 square kilometres. 
At the junction of the Mann River the Clarence begins to show signs of its greatness before it hurtles through and over the cataracts of the Gorge. The Orara River joins the Clarence between Copmanhurst and Eatonsville and from this point the Clarence become broad and majestic on its way down to Grafton.
Over the ages many islands have been created in the Clarence and current estimates put the number at 102. One, Woodford, is the largest river island in the southern hemisphere. From Freeburn Is., near Iluka, you can see the mouth between Yamba and Iluka and start to feel the strength of both river and sea.
The largest river on the east coast of Australia has run its course.

Four Legs But No Wheels . . . . . $35.00

A5, 329 pages, PB

This is a homage to the horses and the people who were so dependent on them. Great stories are told about people and their horses and their horsemanship in the colonial days up to the end of World War 1. Other stories are of people who lived between the wars and the later years.. There are stories of horse racing, camp drafting, the coaching days, pony clubs and fun rides. Where there were horses there were dogs and tales are told of them, too. A great read with lots of photos.  Written by Isabel Wilkinson

Corn Beef and Damper . . . . . $35.00

A5, 284, PB

The heroes and heroines of this book are the early Yulgilbar selectors and their families. Details of their everyday lives, their hopes and aspirations, trials and tribulations have been set down with care and dedication - tales of hardship and determination, mateship and neighbourliness, people with the same motive - to carve a home out of the bush and coax a living from the land. An inspiring read!   Written by Isabel Wilkinson

That’s What They Taught Me (When I went to school) Part 1 . . . . . $35.00

A5, 144, PB

This is the story of the Subsidised School at Yates Flat, between Baryulgil and Tabulum in the Upper Clarence. A Subsidised School was one for which the Department of Education subsidised the teacher's salary while the parents had to provide the building, and accommodation and board for the teacher. The Yates Flat School was started in 1928 with Isabel's mother the teacher for many years. Isabel herself took over from her mother later. The book tells the stories of the families who supported the school and the children who benefited from the schooling they received. The school closed in December 1941.

That’s What They Taught Me (When I went to school) Part 2 . . . . . $20.00

A5, 114 pages, PB

Plain Station Subsidised School was started to save children from making the 4 or 5 mile trip each way to Yates Flat School. The locals built the school, a toilet, and all the furniture, starting in early September, 1937 and finishing in mid October. The book tells the story of the school over the years. Isabel Wilkinson became the teacher in 1948 so that the school wouldn't be closed. The school was moved to the Wilkinson property at Plain Station. The school finally closed in December 1953 when the children were taken by bus to Tabulum School. In both Parts 1 and2, Isabel Wilkinson has a chapter telling what became of the families of these schools.

Forgotten County . . . . . $35.00

A5, 292 pages, PB

This narrative is of the local history of the district centred on Drake and the Upper Clarence Valley in northern New South Wales. The book was compiled from many sources when Isabel Wilkinson was a student of the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education, 1975 - 1978 and for which she received the John S Lake Memorial Prize for 1978. This, her first book, is about the rise and fall of gold mining in the Upper Clarence Valley area. The many mines brought people and prosperity to the area for a brief time. Isabel Wilkinson, besides making use of available documents, interviewed local residents for their recollections and memories of those times. Published in 1980, the book ensures that it is no longer "the forgotten country".

Heritage In Line . . . . . $25.00

A4, 59 pages, PB

Graeme Payne, born and raised in the New South Wales north coast city of Grafton, has been a full-time artist since leaving school in 1974. He is renowned

for his work in a variety of mediums and styles. Schaeffer House has a number of his paintings on display. This book contains 30 pen and ink drawings. There are drawings of magnificent old trees, bridges, churches, public buildings and many residences built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. As well as the drawings, the artist has written of the history behind these subjects which are part of Grafton's wonderful heritage. Magnificent!


Early Days On The Clarence . . . . . $20.00

A4, 79 pages, PB

After various editions in 1970, 1974, 1982 and 1989, this has been revised, added to and reformatted into an A5 publication.

It contains over seventy paragraphs and snippets of information and photographs compiled from records in the Clarence River Historical Society's collections. Included are: Place Names of the District; Richard Craig; The Ogilvies, Carrs Creek Races - 1868; The Scots on the Clarence River; Believe It or Not; Mining on the Clarence; Henry Kendall; Flood Disasters; Fatal Gun Accident; The Daily Examiner; Gallant Ships of the Clarence; An Early Bootmaker of Grafton; The Crown Hotel and Struggles of the Schools, etc.

A History of the Clarence River . . . . . $35.00

A4, 147 pages, PB

Duncan McFarlane, born 1849, was first a farmer, then a journalist and editor of the DailyExaminer, Grafton. He took a great interest in community affairs, becoming Mayor of the City of Grafton for several terms.
This 2004 publication was edited and compiled by Duncan McFarlane's granddaughter,Ema Mary Job.
It includes his "History of the Clarence" which was written during 1924 and published as a series of articles in the Examiner. His "Reminiscences of the Clarence" was written in 1938, when he was 88-89 years old, and was also published as a series in the Examiner. By this time he was retired and living in Sydney.
He died in 1942 at the age of 93. His life long spanned a dynamic and adventurous era of Australian history, and the History and  Reminiscence that he has left us, convey much of the flavour of those times.

Life and Times of Eatonsville by Sheila McLennan. . . . . $25.00

A4, 92 pages

For years Sheila McLennan came to Schaffer House to research copies of the Clarence and Richmond Examiner for articles about Eatonsville. This book brings together many of the news extracts Sheila found. Whilst never meant to be a history of Eatonsville, it has been designed to highlight many of the activities of the Eatonsville area and the people who lived there.

From Glen Innes to South Grafton: Early Days Along the Old Road by Sheila McLennan. . . . . $25.00

A4, 90 pages

This story was begun by two members, but because of the death of one Author, Don Peck, and the declining health of the Co-Author, Marion Cooney, the story remained unwritten. Material had been contributed by M and H Ford, A and G Mulligan and B Adams. So that the efforts of these people would not be wasted, Sheila McLennan, assisted by Kevin Watkins and Frank Mack, took on the task of completing this book, so readers can enjoy the trip down the “Old Road”.

Early Midwives in Grafton and South Grafton by Robyn Higham. . . . . $25.00

A4, 69 pages

This publication came about because a few years ago, the History Club was convened as a special interest group of the Grafton U3A. One of the first projects of the group was to investigate and record the history of the many midwives and private maternity hospitals in Grafton and South Grafton in the past. Robyn Higham volunteered to undertake this mammoth task. Over time, after a great deal of work, interviewing people, collecting photographs, documents and memories of many people, Robyn was able to produce this wonderful collection of stories about our early midwives.

A place by the River, 150 Years of Tabulum History, Part 1: 1839 to 1919 by Isabel Wilkinson. . . . . $35.00

A5, 200 pages

Here in Isabel Wilkinson’s book, is the history of the land and of the river. It is the history of the men and women who have lived and worked there, bred great cattle and horses, struggled against all sorts of hardships. Here, too, is the history of Tabulam's proud connection with the Light Horse from its very beginnings.

A Place by the River, 150 Years of Tabulum History, Part 2, 1920 to 1989 by Isabel Wilkinson. . . . . $35.00

A5, 235 pages

A continuation of the stories of the men and women who lived and worked in the Tabulum District. Here are the closing chapters of the first 150 years of European Settlement of the Tabulum District.

Pre 1900 Clarence River Pioneer Register published by CRHS Inc. . . . . $45.00

A4, 256 pages

The register contains over 900 family names, with details about other family members. It is an invaluable record of the district pioneers. The Society could hold additional information on some of the families.


Bombers over Grafton.....$20.00


This book tells of an incident that occurred on 14th August 1942. Five American 5th Air Force, B-25 Bombers on a delivery flight from California, USA, to Amberley near Ipswich, Queensland, became lost on reaching the Australian coast.
Confusing radio signals received with those expected from Brisbane, they followed the Clarence River to Grafton, presuming it to be the Brisbane River.
This book tells what happened as a result of that error. It contains other interesting information.

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