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17 Miles from Kellerberrin

17 Miles from Kellerberrin. Ethel Higginson’s story of growing up on a farm in North Kellerberrin.

by Phil Bianchi.

Harry and Bella Higginson settled in the North Kellerberrin district in the 1930s helped open up the land for wheat and sheep farming. They were hard working and highly respected in the farming community at North Kellerberrin. It is a story about growing up on a farm in the early to mid 1900’s, how simple but wholesome life was and how adversity was challenged and overcome.

This is their story and that of their second daughter Ethel Louisa Bianchi (Higginson).

(Morley, The author, reprinted May 2005), A4, pp110, soft cover, illustrated, indexed.

Saw Dust in his Veins


Saw Dust in His veins. Siro Bianchi’s life in Italy, migration woes and new life in Australia.

by Phil Bianchi.

This is Siro Bianchi’s story. It is about growing up in Italy and the difficult times he and his family experienced, migration to Australia, being temporarily prevented entry into Australia because a forged letter said he was a communist, his marriage, his children and his working life and experiences in Australia.

Also contains information on Western Australia timber cutting, timber industry machinery and the story of Richard & Norm Palmer Contractors Collie WA.

(Morley, The author, 2006), A4, pp145, soft cover, illustrated.

Ingenious Inventor


Ingenious Inventor. Frank Mather and his Electweld Steel Co. at Kellerberrin

by Phil Bianchi and Ray Mather.

Frank Mather was an inventor and engineer whose work was renowned in the WA wheatbelt. This book details his work on gas producers, farming implements, and refurbishing and recycling the Eastern Goldfields water pipeline.

ISBN 0 85905 404 7 (Carlisle, Hesperian Press, 2007), A4, 40pp, illustrated.