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The WA Bush Poets & Yarn Spinners Assn's Aims and Objectives include preserving our "Bush Poetry" heritage.

With this in mind, Several years ago, we commenced a "rescue service" to try and save the large number of Bush Poetry and Australian Bush Story Books which were being discarded by libraries, schools and individuals and which would have likely found their way  to landfill or being cut up to make cardboard.

In addition to this, many current WA Bush Poetry Authors have donated their books to this worthy cause. 

We are also seeking any Bush Poetry or Bush Story Book which you are disposing of and wish it to go to a worthwhile cause.

This has resulted in us now having a quite comprehensive list of books.  These are available to members on a monthly loan basis.

Books are available by contacting Rhonda    0457 004 941  
Normal loan period will be muster - muster -  other arrangements may be negotiated,
however if postage is involved, the borrower will be responsible for this.

They may also be available to members of the public, however for non-members, a deposit will be required

Below is a list of titles and authors - in Author (or Editor) order
The list is under constant revue and will be updated as new books are received




A collection of Australian bush verse


Help! A handbook for writers and performers of Rhymed verse


My Country: Australian poetry & short stories Two hundred years Vol 2 1930s – 1980s


My Country: Australian poetry & short stories Two hundred years Vol.1 Beginnings – 1930s


My Country: Australian Poetry & Short stories: Two Hundred Years Vol1


Poetry Australia #71, August 1979


The Bronze Swagman book of bush verse 1895 – 1995


The Bronze Swagman book of bush verse 1979


The Bronze Swagman book of bush verse 1980


The Bronze Swagman book of bush verse 1982


The Bronze Swagman book of bush verse 1983


The Bronze Swagman book of bush verse 1985


The Bronze Swagman book of bush verse 1988


The Bronze Swagman book of bush verse 1998


The Bronze Swagman book of bush verse 2003


The Outback spirit of the land A selection of classic Australian poetry...

Armstrong, Graham

Life's journey: a collection of ballads

Barne, John ed...

Cross country A book of Australian verse

Beatty, Bill

A treasury of Australian Folklore

Beatty, Bill

Tales of Old Australia

Boult, Christine   #

Life with Frank Volume One

Bridge, Peter & Dreezens, Gail

Prospecting poultry, Land of Forest, fleas and flies Jack Sorenson and his lost verse

Chapman, Arthur

Out where the west begins and other western verses (American)

Cheetham, L.J.

Over the years

Choate, Alec

The wheels of Hama – collected war poems

Choate, Alec ed...

Summerland A Western Australian sesquicentenary anthology of poetry and prose

Colliss, Mick

What rhymes with Millsy? The best of the 6PR Breakfast Show's Poem in an hour challenge

Cornish, Patrick

Western Australia in the 20th century

Dale, David

who we are A miscellany of The New Australia

Daniel, Frank

Bush yarns and poetry

Davey, Maisie

Sing a song of sixpence A pocketful of Rhymes

Davis, Beatrice ...chosen by

Australian Verse: An illustrated treasury

Davis, Stephen

Above Capricorn Aboriginal Biographies from Northern Australia

Dean, Graham

Beneath the Southern Cross

Drake, Cathy

Recollections of the Beeliar wetlands

Edwards, Ron

Australian Traditional Bush Crafts

Edwards, Ron

The Australian Yarn

Flynn, M.M.

This Land: An Anthology of Australian poetry for young people

Gale, Brian A. #

Closer to the heart

Gale, Brian A. #

Straight from the heart

Gordon, A.L.

Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes

Gordon, Adam Lindsay

Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes The poetical works of...

Graham, Geoffrey

Rhythm of the bush

Grant, Jamie

100 Australian poems you need to know

Hall, Rodney ...chosen by

The Collins book of Australian poetry

Harris, Rolf

A catalogue of comic verse

Haskell, Dennis


Hathorn, Libby ...compiled by

The ABC book of Australian Poetry

Hayes, John  #

Fireside Reflections (2 copies)

Hayward, Andree

Along the road to Cue and other verses

Heffernan, Tim  #

Poetic Justice (2 copies)

Heseltine, Harry ed...

The Penguin book of Australian Verse

Hiddins, Les

Bush Tucker Man Stories of exploration and survival

Hindhaugh, Christina

I love a sunburnt torso and other country musings

Hooker, Jimmy

Jimmy's poems and bush yarns

Jolley, Elizabeth ...and others

Sunburnt country Stories of Australian life

Joyce, Trish  #

Smile awhile: a family affair

Kelly, Jim

The voice of the north

Kinsella, John ed...

The Penguin anthology of Australian poetry

Langley, Brian   #

Driving in the outback and other Aussie rhyming verses

Langley, Brian  #

Sun, Sand and Saltwater

Langley, Brian  #

The Forest and other verses

Lawson, Henry

A camp-fire yarn: Complete works 1885-1900 (2 copies)

Lawson, Henry

A fantasy of Man: Complete works 1901-1922 (2 copies)

Lawson, Henry

Humorous stories of Henry Lawson

Lawson, Henry

Poems of Henry Lawson

Lawson, Henry

Poems of Henry Lawson: Vol two (2 copies)

Lawson, Henry

The bush undertaker and other stories

Leggett, Arthur  #

Don't cry for me: An autobiography

Lethbridge, Keith  #

A dog without fleas

Lethbridge, Keith  #

Damper & Tea

Lethbridge, Keith  #

Rough rhymes for tough times

Lethbridge, Keith  #

The legend of Mother McQ & other bush verse

Lethbridge, Keith  #

Wild camel stew & even worse verse

Lockhart, Olive

Mortgage Lifter and other stories

Magee, Wes...collected by

A calendar of poems

Magor, Bob

Blasted crows: humorous bush verse

Magor, Bob

Blood on the board: humorous bush verse

Magor, Bob

Caravanning bliss and other verses

Magor, Bob

Donkey Derby and other verses

Magor, Bob

Snakes alive and other verses

Magor, Bob

The Exodus and other verses

Magor, Bob

The FMG and other verses

Manifold, J.S. ...compiled by

The Penguin Australian Song book

McLennan, Lex

McLennan's way

McNamara, Ian

Australia all over. 2.

Miller, Bob

The Larrikin

Montgomery, Roger

Kicking against the pricks

Moore, T. Inglis ...chosen by

Poetry in Australia Vol1: from the Ballads to Brennan

O'Brien, Clifford ...compiled by

Silence into song : an anthology of Australian verse

O'Brien, John

Around the Borree Log

O'Connor, Mark

Two centuries of Australian poetry

O'Grady, Denis

a bottle of sandwiches

O'Grady, John

Aussie English: an explanation of the Australian idiom

O'Neil, Curry

Henry Lawson favourites

Paterson, A.B.

A tribute to The Man from Snowy River

Paterson, A.B.

A.B. “Banjo” Paterson's humorous stories and sketches

Paterson, A.B.

The collected verse of ....

Paterson, A.B.

The collected verse of A.B. Paterson

Paterson, A.B.

The man from Snowy River & other verses

Paterson, A.B.

Waltzing Matilda

Pinkney, Maggie ...collected by

Classic Australian short stories

Pons, Xavier

Out of Eden Henry Lawson's life and works – A psychoanalytic view

Reece, Bob ...compiled by

Fremantle Diary 1984

Robinson, Moira ...chosen by

Waltzing Matilda meets Lazy Jack 50 Australian ballads, poems and rhymes

Roderick, Colin

Banjo Paterson : Poet by accident

Rudd, Steele

On our selection The original Dad & Dave stories

Rudd, Steele

Sandy's selection & Back at Our selection

Rush, Philip R.

Tales from Mosquito Gully & other Australian poems (2 copies)

Scott, Bill

Following the gold

Scott, Bill

Pelicans & Chihuahuas and other urban legends

Smith, Marie W.

Excerpts from Exchanging courtesies

Smith, Marie W.

Exchanging courtesies : Selected poems & short stories

Smith, Marie W.

North and east of down under

Smith, Vivian ed...

Australian poetry 1988

Sorensen, Jack

The Ghosts of Bayley Street

Stannage, C.T.

Western Australia's heritage: The pioneer myth

Stewart, Douglas

Australian Bush Ballads

Stone, Walter ...introduced by

Treasury of Australian Folklore

Sundstrom, Pat ...and others

Tradition No.21 December 1969

Uren, Malcolm

The City of Melville From bushland to expanding metropolis

Various authors

The Co-operative book of verse for Aussie children

Wannan, Bill

Folklore of the Australian Pub

Warwick, Dick

Out west to outback & beyond

Webb, David

Fremantle Beyond the Round House

Wharton, Herb

Where ya' been, mate?

Wilson, Col

Crutchings Volume 3

Winch, Gordon …compiled by

Mulga Bill rides again

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