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Find memories and moments of treasured and not so treasured parts of our history.  You can purchase books and photographs directly from the museum. Read about the books below and consider giving these as presents or keeping them yourself.

To purchase a book or archival print please:  
1. Email your request to yambamuseumnsw@gmail.com or  
2. Call into Yamba Museum during opening hours and discuss your purchase with our staff.
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Yamba – The Next Thirty Years

1885 – 1915

John McNamara

provides a glimpse into a period of expansion

of basic services and the evolution of civic and cultural aspects ofYamba from legal disputes

to a notorious murder mystery.

$25.00 Plus postage and handling

Riverboats of the Clarence

by Stuart Lee

An entertaining voyage back in time along the Clarence River to an era when the riverboats were at the centre of people’s lives. The book is richly illustrated with over 100 photographs, most of them never before published.

$30.00 plus postage and handling

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Memories of Yamba Through Pictures

by Robin Knight, 2013

A ‘then and now’ pictorial history of Yamba township.

$25.00 plus postage and handling

Yamba Yesterday:

A Retrospective View

1885-1985 5th Edition

by Keith Howland and Stuart Lee

A brief history of Yamba including

photographs, maps and drawings.

$40.00 plus postage and handling

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From Clarence River Heads to Yamba

A History From 1799 - 1885

by John McNamara

This 74 page book contains text, maps and photographs gathered from many sources chronicling the history of the town from discovery up to 1885 when it was originally called Woolli Woolli or just Wooli by the residents.

$25.00 plus postage and handling

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There is No Glory in War:

The Gallipoli Diary and Poems of

Alex McQueen, 1878-1968

Edited By John McNamara and Sue Spence

Alex McQueen lived with his family on a farm at Kings Creek,near Lawrence, before enlisting in the First Battalion

1st Brigade of the AIF at the very beginning of the First World War.

$20.00 plus postage and handling

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River of Isles and Memories,

Memoirs Of Captain

Alexander McFarlane

Transcribed and Edited by John McNamara

Alexander “Sandy” MacFarlane was a riverboat captain for the latter part of the 19th century and in his diary he has given us a picture of a lifestyle that we can now only imagine.

$20.00 plus postage and handling

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An Historical Gazeteer of Old Yamba Town, by Stuart Lee

Old Yamba Town is an attempt by the author to show how beaches, parks and streets in the old town of Yamba came to be given their now familiar names.

$2.00 plus postage and handling

Other Publications For Sale

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Lighthouses of Australia Images from the End of an Era

By John Ibbotson

A book for people who love lighthouses. Over 220 Australian lights as they were at the end of the twentieth century in 500 brilliant photographs. Combined with concise, informative captions, 12 detailed location maps, a history of lighthouses, a chronological list of over 400 Australian lights and a section on lighthouse museums the book provides something for everybody who has an interest in lighthouses or the sea.

We wish to acknowledge John's generosity in making this book available for sale from Yamba Museum’s bookshop.

Was $50 Reduced to $25.00 plus postage and handling

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Lighthouses of Australia Images from the End of an Era

By John Ibbotson

In this companion book there are 14 maps and 500 photographs of over 300 lighthouses and buys. A number of photographs focus on the lighthoude's enviroment, and show spectacular rocks, islands, reefs and sand bars used as the basis for these towers.

We wish to acknowledge John's generosity in making this book available for sale from Yamba Museum’s bookshop

Was $50 Reduced to $25.00 plus postage and handling

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Sea, Sand and Birds

By John Ibbotson

The author has photographed where the sea and sand intermingled close to his home on the NSW Far North Coast. He was attracted to the local birds over four shooting zones.

We wish to acknowledge John's generosity in making this book available for sale from Yamba Museum’s bookshop

Was $50 Reduced to $25.00 plus postage and handling

Do You Remember Them
By Greg Towner
Sixty-nine names are listed on the Maclean Cenotaph. They were Australian soldiers from country New South Wales who died in Europe during World War 1, or in a few cases very soon after returning to Australia. Many were the sons of pioneer settlers of the lower Clarence River district, the Big River district as it was once known, and their families were very much dependent on the river for their transport and livelihood. . Before he died, one soldier pleaded ”please remember me “, and now that wish is honoured.

Author Greg Towner who was born in Maclean, NSW, has attempted to discover the stories of each of the sixty-nine men who are listed on the Maclean war memorial. The book contains photos of the soldiers including some family photos, enlistment details, lists of personal belongings, scans of letters and details of their temporary and final resting places.

We wish to acknowledge Greg’s generosity in making this book available for sale from Yamba Museum’s bookshop.

$35.00 plus postage and handling

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From Cane Fields To Battlefiels

By Carolyn Cameron

Published by Maclean District Historical Society

This book commemorates the involvement of The Lower Clarence in WW1 as it documents the remarkable commitment of the little town of Maclean to the war effort.

$25.00 plus postage and handling

Schwonberg's Diving Suit

By Greg Towner and Jan Bayliss

This tells the story of Bruce Schwonberg who first used the Siebe GormanDiving Apparatus on the Clarence River in northern NSW when he was employed at Schwonberg's Slip And Building Yard at Maclean, established by his grandfather in 1866.

$10.00 plus postage and handling

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