Leader Trucks, The Australian
Transport and the Early Years of Mack
Leader trucks have a unique place in
Australia’s transport history; they were the
only trucks produced in significant
numbers by a wholly Australian company.
The many models offered by this firm
ranged from 12 ton, 4-wheel cab-overs up to 250-ton heavy-
haulage bonneted tractors – some of the most powerful road-
going vehicles available at the time. This book tells how one
dynamic man spent 30 years turning a dream into reality.
With ANZACS in Vietnam
A photographic record of 6RAR/NZ
(ANZAC) Battalion 1969-70
Three of the Australian infantry battalions
that served in Vietnam were ANZAC units,
incorporating New Zealand infantrymen.
With ANZACS in Vietnam tells the story of
one such unit during its 1969-70 tour of
duty in Vietnam. The book features
hundreds of previously unseen colour and black-and-white
photos taken by the soldiers themselves. Also included is a
DVD featuring the original song "The Green Soldier" penned
by a member of 6RAR/NZ.
$50AUD - Now with free postage within Australia
Southern Cross Engines
(An Illustrated History of
Toowoomba Foundry’s Steam,
For 74 years Australia's Toowoomba
Foundry produced a wide range of
engines, windmills, pumps,
generators, lawnmowers, milking
machines, etc. ...even aircraft. This is the story of the
enduring Southern Cross machines and the people who
$40AUD - Now with free postage within Australia
Book 2: The Clue of the
Ronnie & Tip from Toomaroo Museum,
along with Barbie and Wendy, stir up a
hornet's nest when they link the
mysterious disappearance of a champion
axeman to an unsolved 30-year-old train
The supplement includes Caterpillar
tractors; Electro-Motive diesel engines and locomotives; Fiat
tractors; LeTourneau earthmoving machinery; Hargans buzz
saws; Competition woodchopping; Sawmilling; Milking
machines and the Baltic Simplex company.
Book 1: The Mystery of the
Ronnie's the tractor expert, Tip's the
computer whiz, and Barbie's the grazier's
daughter. There's trouble galore when this
trio decides to investigate the theft of some
valuable magnetos from the Toomaroo
The supplement includes the working
principles of internal combustion engines; various makes of
tractors like the Lanz and K&L Bulldogs, McDonald,
Ronaldson-Tippett and Steiger; and brief histories of
Ronaldson-Tippett, Kelly & Lewis, A.H. McDonald, Southern
Cross, and H.V. McKay.
Book 3: The Riddle of the
Fergie and the Fish
A pleasant day’s fishing turns into a
nightmare for Ronnie & Tip and their
friend Barbie, along with a birdwatcher
named Cathy, when they get involved
with a ruthless gang of wildlife poachers.
The supplement includes Ferguson
tractors; Fitch Four-Drive tractors; early
steam engines; Rider-Ericsson hot air engines; International
Army trucks; Haflinger 4WD; British Seagull outboards;
Australian Lungfish; the Paradise Parrot and electronic stun
(The life of R.S. Porteous; soldier,
sailor stockman, artist and author of
Syd Porteous packed a lot into one
lifetime: A Light-Horseman in World War 1;
Commercial artist in 1920s Melbourne;
Jackeroo, then part-owner of a vast
Central-Queensland cattle run; Pioneer
tourist-launch operator to the Barrier-Reef
islands; First Mate on a US Army merchant ship in World War
2; Author of several classic Australian novels, including the
The Toomaroo Museum adventure stories - introducing young people to old machinery.
Written for middle and secondary school-aged readers. Each book contains an illustrated supplement which covers the machines and manufacturers mentioned in the story.
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SPECIAL OFFER! $12.50 each or get all 3 Toomaroo books for $30.00AUD posted within Australia
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Southern Cross Engines
The Mystery of the Missing Magnetos
The Clue of the Hickory Handle
The Riddle of the Fergie and the Fish