BOOKS BY JOHN WHITEHEAD
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LGE (1960) MIE (Australia) (Retired),
Chartered Professional Engineer, (Retired)
Associated Diploma Land Management (Sydney Uni) Distinction and University Medal (1991).
John retired after having had a 50 year career in local government in NSW. For 28 years, he was Shire Engineer, Planner and Fire Control Officer for the Coonabarabran Shire Council. Earlier in his career, he worked for Cooma, Gilgandra and Orange Councils and afterwards with Moree Plains, Brewarrina and Warrumbungle Shires.
He has been involved with the Warrumbungle National Park as Trustee and Advisory Committee member since 1972 and is now on the Advisory Committee of the North-West Plains Region for the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
John represented Local Government on the Central West Catchment Committee and won a State Environment Award for the Coonabarabran Shire Vegetation Management Plan.
ABOUT JOHN WHITEHEAD’S BOOKS
When studying the coming and goings of geographical explorers you need a map, a very precise, detailed readable map along with clear geographic reference points. A map that shows where the explorers walked, where they camped, what they observed and what they reported in their journals.
John Whitehead understood this when he walked in the footsteps of the explorers. He has taken the time to share his experience by recording geographic locations, providing maps and photos of a landscape that in some places still remains visually similar to what the explorers saw. Using the explorers’ original maps and journals, John found where they had been and with respect and dedication stood where these intrepid explorers once stood.
His books are indispensable for those who take the time to walk in the footsteps of our early colonial adventurers. These studies show where expedition routes are located in relation to the developed agricultural areas and the regional cities and towns of NSW. The details provided will be of interest to the people who live and work in those areas.
It also provides information by way of indicating the routes on current topographic maps, together with supporting photographs to verify locations for the interested traveler.
Geology of the Warrumbungle Range
The Warrumbungle Range extends from west of Baradine, south through the National Park and then south-east through Purlewaugh to Deans Mountain finishing just east of Coolah Tops National Park. Past studies have been used to describe the geological processes that have occurred in the formation of this range and to then present them in one document.
First Published in 2010, ISBN 978-0-9757163-1-X.
Soft Cover, 30x21 cm. 102 pages, Weight 470 gm.
History: Warrumbungle National Park
Most National Parks in NSW have a history in which private persons have recognized the cultural, historic, scenic and environmental features of that particular area. This historical document relates how these people have persistently created a national park & pressured the local & State Governments into making one of the most dramatic Parks in Australia. Its establishment & development is described in detail together with noting all the people involved.
Pub 2008 ISBN 978-0-9757163-5-9
Mapping of the Warrumbungle NP
This book is the precursor to the History of the Warrumbungle National Park but contains more maps and references than the earlier mapping and investigations.
Soft Cover, 30x21 cm. 72 pages, Weight 212g.
Tracking & Mapping the Explorers V5
Cunningham’s Expedition across the Liverpool Plains 1825: expedition 29th March 1825 from Richmond, via the Hunter Valley through Denman, Mount Dangar, and Merriwa to Cassilis following a western traverse of the southern slopes of the Liverpool Range, through Pandora’s Pass, arriving on the 2nd May 1825; north across the Liverpool Plains through Tambar Springs & Mullaley arriving at Mount Binalong where he was stopped by the wet & boggy conditions of the black soil plains. Soft Cover 190 pages.
Cunningham’s Pandora’s Pass V4
Details Cunningham's 73 day botanical & exploration work north of Bathurst to the Cudgegong River in November & December 1822, continuing in 1823 with another expedition in the same direction, but further north of Bathurst to Oxley’s Liverpool Plains through the Liverpool Range. First published in 2013.
Soft Cover, 30x21 cm. 223 pages
Tracking and Mapping the Explorers 2
Macquarie River 1818: Continues following Oxley and Evans in 1818 when they travelled down along the Macquarie River and finished their momentous journey at Port Macquarie. Along the way, they caught a glimpse of the Liverpool Range and Liverpool Plains from the Pilliga Scrub and proceeded past Gunnedah, Tamworth and Walcha across the Great Dividing Range.
Volume 2, First Published 2005. ISBN 978-0-9757163-0-1. Soft Cover, 30x21 cm. 360 pages, Weight 1530 gm.
Cunningham's Tracks 1827
Tracking and Mapping the Explorers Vol. 3 Gwydir & Inverell Shires 1827. An investigation into the location of Cunningham’s exploration route from the Hunter Valley in NSW to the Darling Downs in Queensland in 1827, and more particularly, a close look at both of Cunningham’s north & south routes that passed near Bingara & Warialda. A description of Cunningham’s route through the Gwydir and Inverell Shires.
Volume 3, First Published 2011. ISBN 978-0-975716373-7-3. Soft Cover, 30x21 cm. 130 pages
Tracking and Mapping the Explorers 1
Lachlan River Oxley, Evans and Cunningham 1817.
Describes John Oxley’s 1817 Lachlan River journey when he and several men including George Evans and Allan Cunningham, explored beyond the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. It was the first time the British had explored so far inland.
Volume 1, First Published 2004, ISBN 978-0-6464303-8-6.
Soft Cover, 30x21 cm. 363 pages, Weight 1512 gm.
Oxley & Evans in August 1818
This book contains the description of Oxley’s Expedition through the Coonabarabran district only and has been extracted from Volume 2 Tracking and Mapping the Explorers 1818.
Soft Cover, 20x15 cm. 68 pages, Weight 208g.
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