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Canning Stock Route Books

Work Completed, Canning

 Work Completed Canning.
A comprehensive history of the Canning Stock Route 1906-2010.

The story of Alfred W. Canning and the development and subsequent use of the 1800 kilometre long Canning Stock Route from Halls Creek to Wiluna is told in this new volume.

Available from Hesperian Press, click here: Hesperian Press Website

Original historical documents are combined with oral history in a narrative that covers the origins of the stock route, surveying, construction of the wells, droving, deaths and murders, exploration and prospecting, well restoration, identities and adventurers, place name origins and tourism.

This new book features photographs, maps, exploration and droving journals that have never been published before. Mysteries of the stock route are solved, and long-held beliefs and myths corrected. Phil Bianchi’s research is complemented by expert analyses of flora, fauna and pasture.

This heavily referenced and comprehensively indexed book is destined to become the definitive history of the Canning Stock Route and will appeal to general and professional readers, historians, anthropologists, scientists, family history researchers, local shires, tour companies, tourists and CSR travellers.
This new volume in the Western Australian Exploration Diaries will be available from Hesperian Press. Limited print run, so register your interest now.

ISBN 978-0-85905-549-9, (Carlisle, Hesperian Press, 2013 New), 724pp, 274 photos, 38 maps.

Work Completed Canning Book Review by Nicholas Rothwell Weekend Australian 8-9 March 2014 - pages 16-17 

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Road trip along the Canning Stock Route below


A Camelman on the Canning

A Camelman on the Canning. The diary of Claude Heppingstone.

Edited by Phil Bianchi, Peter Bridge, Sheryl Milentis, Gail Dreezens and Tony Vincent.

Claude was a cameleer on the 1908-1910 well construction party of the Canning Stock Route. This is his daily diary. Bush diaries are rare and the detail of this shows the long daily grind of hard bush work and what was done in this great enterprise.

ISBN 978-0-85905-537-6, (Carlisle, Hesperian Press, 2012), A4, 54pp.

Stitching the Stock Route


Stitching the Stock Route. Eileen Lanagan first woman down the Canning

Compiled and edited by Phil Bianchi, Peter Bridge, Ethel Bianchi, Angela Teague, Maria Bloomfield.

Newly married and not wishing to spend four months at home on her own, Eileen Lanagan becomes the first white woman to travel the Canning Stock Route.

Contains her diary and a biography by Miriam Howard-Wright with details of their life on Wongawol Station, Eileen’s bush cookery book, obituaries and details travelling down the CSR and of the graves at CSR Well 40.

ISBN 978-0-85905-484-3 (Carlisle, Hesperian Press, 2010), A4, 66pp, illustrated.

Canning Stock Route Royal Commission Royal Commission


Canning Stock Route Royal Commission Royal Commission to inquire into the Treatment of Natives by the Canning Exploration Party - 15 January – 5 February 1908

Compiled and edited by Phil Bianchi, Peter Bridge, Ethel Bianchi, Angela Teague, Maria Bloomfield.

Important desert and bush history. This has not previously been published, except as reported in the newspapers at that time.

Contains the opinions of many of the best bushmen of the day. Of great aboriginal interest as well as to historians, anthropologists and readers of WA exploration history.

ISBN 978-0-85905-059-3 (Carlisle, Hesperian Press, 2010), A4, 374pp, illustrated.