New Releases

It's Christmas time in Brisbane Title : It's Christmas time in Brisbane
Author : Wendy Kelly
More Details / Purchase
Dinosaurs Fight to Survive Title : Dinosaurs Fight to Survive
Author : Rose Siva
More Details / Purchase
Australian Explorers Pack Title : Australian Explorers Pack
Author : Jo Jensen, Peta Barrett
More Details / Purchase
Queenslanders: Their Historic Timbered Homes Title : Queenslanders: Their Historic Timbered Homes
Author : Rod Fisher
More Details / Purchase
The Bushfire Babies Title : The Bushfire Babies
Author : Debra O Halloran
More Details / Purchase
The River Title : The River
Author : Manfred Jurgensen
More Details / Purchase
Brisbane - Australia New World City Title : Brisbane - Australia New World City
Author : Denver Beanland
More Details / Purchase
Lost Ashgrove Title : Lost Ashgrove
Author : Ashgrove Historical Society Inc
More Details / Purchase
The Solid Rock Title : The Solid Rock
Author : Graham Perrett
More Details / Purchase
Res Gestae Things Done Title : Res Gestae Things Done
Author : Naida Haxton
More Details / Purchase
Edward on the Somme Title : Edward on the Somme
Author : Don Munro, Jacquelyn Munro
More Details / Purchase
A Curious Life Title : A Curious Life
Author : Robert Tindle
More Details / Purchase
Gentlemen of the Flashing Blade Title : Gentlemen of the Flashing Blade
Author : Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui
More Details / Purchase
The Four Seasons of the Heart - Pack Title : The Four Seasons of the Heart - Pack
Author : Cynthia J Morton
More Details / Purchase
The Four Seasons of the Heart - Sadness Title : The Four Seasons of the Heart - Sadness
Author : Cynthia J Morton
More Details / Purchase
The Four Seasons of the Heart - Growth Title : The Four Seasons of the Heart - Growth
Author : Cynthia J Morton
More Details / Purchase
The Four Seasons of the Heart - Change Title : The Four Seasons of the Heart - Change
Author : Cynthia J Morton
More Details / Purchase
The Four Seasons of the Heart - Anger Title : The Four Seasons of the Heart - Anger
Author : Cynthia J Morton
More Details / Purchase
Daily Guidance Cards for Children Title : Daily Guidance Cards for Children
Author : Carrie Antoniou
More Details / Purchase
The Brisbane River Title : The Brisbane River
Author : David Gibson
More Details / Purchase
South America Revisited Title : South America Revisited
Author : Yu Yap Tang
More Details / Purchase
Moreton Bay People. The Complete Collection Title : Moreton Bay People. The Complete Collection
Author : Peter Ludlow
More Details / Purchase
The Outback Title : The Outback
Author : Boolarong Press
More Details / Purchase
How to Set Up Your Book in Microsoft Word Title : How to Set Up Your Book in Microsoft Word
Author : Dan Kelly, Karen Graham
More Details / Purchase
Ghost Galleon Title : Ghost Galleon
Author : Errol Bishop
More Details / Purchase
Curlew Enigma Title : Curlew Enigma
Author : Don Douglas
More Details / Purchase
Book Details
Show me a larger image of: "The Bird Man of Brisbane" The Bird Man of Brisbane
9781921555626
Louis J Pigott
$29.99   Add a copy of "The Bird Man of Brisbane" to your order

Synopsis
When Silvester Diggles arrived in 1855 there was little artistic or scientific talent in the small frontier town of Brisbane. By the time of his death in 1880, his paramount legacy was a large book on Australian birds, profusely illustrated with hand-coloured lithographs. Acting as his own publisher from 1865 onwards, Diggles produced the first substantial zoological work to commence publication in Australia. The compilation and content of this rare work of art and natural history is examined here in the light of Diggles’ life and times, as well as his ornithological predecessors and contemporaries. So too is his role in establishing the first scientific society and museum in Queensland. Also presented in this lavishly illustrated publication are colour plates from his bird book, and some of his original bird paintings for the first time.

Diggles was indeed the preeminent birdman of his day, not only in Brisbane but also Queensland if not Australia-wide.
Dr Rod Fisher
Brisbane historian