Book Giveaway

Kanaka Boats Is A Comin'


Another fascinating book by Paul Dillon a Sunshine Coast based writer whose other many works include Queensland Native Police, Red Centre Dead Centre. He also practised as a barrister in the Criminal Courts of Queensland.

He said little had been written about the early exploits of colonial Queenslanders on the marine frontier of the South Pacific.This book identifies the marine incidents arising during the 1600 passages of labour vessels between Queensland and the South Sea Islands.

More than 60,000 islanders came as guest workers, with many happy to return to get more trade goods. Labour vessels regularly left the ports of Bundaberg and Maryborough.

With the federation of Australian colonies in 1901 the South Sea Island trade came to an end and the exodus began for islanders still on the canefields. Some went willingly with others preferring to remain.

Kanaka Walls – evidence of their valuable work can still be seen in locations around Bundaberg with their famous Kanaka Walls. Built from volcanic rocks from former volcano and Bundy's only hill, The Hummock, you'll find one at Mon Repos and Bargara's popular safe swimming area, The Basin, enclosed by volcanic rocks, and constructed by Kanakas. and Bargara's popular safe swimming area, The Basin, enclosed by volcanic rocks, and constructed by Kanakas.

The book is available from Dymocks in Bundaberg for $29.90 from The InHouse Bookstore email

We have three copies of this book to be won in our competition.


A STUNNING coffee table book for DIYers, interior design lovers, as well as van-life and tiny homes enthusiasts, This Old Van is the complete how-to guide to plan, renovate and style your own vintage van to give it a second life. 

Much-loved couple from The Block, Carlene and Michael Duffy, have received countless emails from keen renovators around the world asking for advice on refit- ting a vintage van or RV. 

They have compiled their tips, tricks, and the wisdom they have learned on their own projects and distilled it into one helpful and beautiful book. 

Learn what to look for when purchasing a second-hand van, follow detailed information on planning and construction, and discover plenty of design and styling tips, alongside beautiful photos of Carlene and Michael’s many van conversions to help pro- vide further inspiration. 



Author Cavin Staff has just released his third children’s book about our Mon Repos turtles which started with hero Tiny Turtle Tim whose adventures scurrying from his egg in the dunes to the sea, was followed by Tiny Turtle Tim in the Coral Sea.

Cavin’s third, Tiny Tim and Tom - Life On The Reef raises awareness of respecting and protecting the reef, and dedicated to King Charles and Queen Camilla {who promote the value of reading to children) receiving letters back from both of them.

Cavin’s three delightful and informative Tiny Turtle Tim books are available from the following outlets:

Dymocks, Bargara at The Windmill and Lady Musgrave Experience in Bauer Street.

We have three autographed copies of Tiny Tim and Tom Life on the Reef to give away.

Like to win one of these books? Fill out the entry form and answer the three questions about Bundaberg. Remember to tell us which book you would like to win. We will post books to winners anywhere in Australia.

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