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Welcome to the website of Western Australian bush historian, four wheel driver and author Phil Bianchi.

I have a passion for WA history, with the main areas of interest being the goldfields, outback, western deserts, explorers, prospectors, bushmen and drovers. 

With more than 20 years of four wheel driving experience, I couple my interest in four wheel driving with bush history and search out explorer sites and routes, old goldfield town sites and generally explore the western deserts.

(Note this website is a work in progress, it may not look pretty, the information however is correct.)

What's New

Book Review

The Last Drover of the Canning Stock Route Era 1908-1958 by Don Tait

I am usually most reluctant to criticise a book written by another, but the book The Last Drover of the Canning Stock Route Era 1908-1958 by Don Tait and some of the information and criticisms it contains cannot go unchallenged. I cannot understand why Tait has written, what reads like a credible book, a book that is full of mistruths, distortions of fact and paints him to be superhero like.

Click here for Book review

New Book

Tommy Ningebong. Bushman, tracker, drover, stockman and pastoralist

Bushman, tracker, drover, stockman, pastoralist, Aboriginal Ningebong was an extraordinary individual. C1904-1978 he spent most of his life in the wider Wiluna area.

He was a favourite of the local people and many are the stories of his solidity and of course his little quirks.

This biography places on record his life and peoples appreciation of him. He was the principal witness in the trial of the murderers of trapper Joe Wilkins in 1937 and in a rustling trial in the 1970s. He was one of the first Aboriginals to have his own pastoral Lease.


 The book, Work Completed Canning was reviewed by Nicholas Rothwell in the 8-9 March 2014 edition  Weekend Australian.

Click here to read the article:
Road trip along the Canning Stock Route

Book review Motor Trades Association WA June 2014, click image to see the full sized scan:


'Work Completed, Canning' A comprehensive history of the
Canning Stock Route

is now available from the publisher Hesperian Press, details below.

Contact me

Email        phil@philbianchi.com.au

Phil Bianchi

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