Gold Coast: Boolarong, 1990-92. First Edition. [SIGNED] Two tall octavo volumes (30 x 20.5cm); Volume One, "Yesterday's Heroes 1885-1950": pp. viii  310; map endpapers; green cloth covered boards letterered in white, white lettering to spine, glossy green jacket with lettering in yellow and white; Volume Two "Keeping the Peace 1950 - 1975": pp.xii, 312; tan endpapers; brown cloth covered boards with lettering in gilt on the spine; red glossy dust jacket with lettering in yellow and white
Volume One is signed by James Sinclair and inscribed by Maurie Pears to "Peter"; Volume Two is signed by Maurie Pears and dated 3/3/95. Item #1069
James Sinclair OBE (1928-2017) spent his working life in Papua New Guinea in the Department of District Services and Native Affairs where he became the last Australian disrtict commissioner presiding over what is now the Eastern Highlands. He retired in 1975 around the time of independence and then enjoyed a second career as a full time author and chronicler of PNG history. According to Keith Jackson's October 2017 obituaruy, Australia and PNG were nearly denied Sinclair's chronicles. Soon after getting married, his wife Jan noticed him tearing up a pile of papers. When she asked him what they were he replied, ‘just some stuff I've written and everyone in New Guinea writes stuff.' She stopped him from tearing up any more, and some attribute his subsequent success as an author of nearly 40 titles to her timely intervention.