Books & Publications
Below is a list of books and/or publications which feature members of the Brockman and Drake-Brockman family. Some of these have been written by family members themselves or include contributions from family members. The books written by other authors include either specific autobiographies or references to members of the family.
Record of the Brockman and Drake-Brockman Family by Brig. Gen. David Drake-Brockman (1936). A comprehensive overview of the early history of the English family, its origins, churches, and properties including notable persons. It included three family trees - a Senior Branch, Junior Branch and an Australian Branch.
Brockman and Drake-Brockman Family Tree: The Australian Branch 1829-1993 compiled by Alan Jackson in 1993. This book features the history of the Australian family, a Who's Who section, photos of family members, family trees for the three Australian branches, photos of family properties, and a name index of topographical features (hills, roads and places etc.) that were named after Australian Brockman and Drake-Brockman's.
The Turning Wheel written by Geoffrey Drake-Brockman and published in 1960. This is an autobiography of the life of Geoffrey Drake-Brockman. This book gives an overview of his life including his work as an engineer prior to and after WW1. It includes his experiences in WW1 at both Gallipoli and on the Western Front as well as his service during WW2. A highly sought after book.
W.L. Brockman - A Portrait written by Ruth Johnston and published in 1982. This is a limited edition publication of 1000 copies all numbered and signed by the author. It's an autobiography of William Locke (Drake) Brockman, the first Australian member of the family who settled in the Swan River Colony in 1829 and being the owner of one of the first lots of land in the Colony. At the time of his death, William Locke Brockman became know as one of the 'founding fathers of Western Australia'.
The Story of the Swan District 1843-1938 was written by Rev. Canon A. Burton. It is predominantly a local history of the Swan District just north of Perth. William Locke Brockman was a prominent member of the Swan community and features regularly in this publication.
He Road Alone was written by Joan Brockman and published in 1987. This book comprises the diary notes of George (Julius) Brockman who was an explorer, pearl fisherman, and pastoralist and grazier in the 1800's in Western Australia. His achievements and the hardships he endured are captured through his personal diary notes which makes this compulsive and enlightening reading. The deeds of Julius Brockman recorded in his diaries have been described as 'an amazing account of pluck and determination.'
The Journal of the Brockman Droving Expedition of 1874-75 to the North West of Western Australia edited by Nan Broad and Peter Bridge. This book was published in 2006 and is an account of a famous cattle drive undertaken across some of the most inhospitable, desolate and isolated terrain in Western Australia during the late 1800's. This drive was headed by John Brockman, son of Robert James (Drake) Brockman, the head of the 2nd Australian branch who arrived in 1830.
Wongi Wongi is an Australian Aboriginal term meaning to 'talk'. This book was written by Judith Drake-Brockman and published in 2001. It is a personal account of Judith's life growing up in the far north-west of Western Australia on Corruna Downs Station and other places. She shares her experiences with the Aboriginal people who were intimate in her life particularly, her nanny Daisy. Wongi Wongi is a rebuff to the accusations made by Sally Morgan in her book titled 'My Place'. Morgan received a literary award for her book and it is used in high schools around Australia so one can only speculate as to why she refuses to have her work challenged. Perhaps there is something in the old adage - never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Wongi Wongi is a reflection on the people, places and dates that impacted on Judith's life and she describes what was obviously a close and caring relationship her family had with their Aboriginal employees.
Shan Hackett: The Pursuit of Exactitude written by Roy Fullick and published in 2003. Gen. Sir John (Shan) Hackett was the son of the Australian Deborah Vernon Drake-Brockman and Sir John Winthrop Hackett. This book is an autobiography of Shan's life. Although he was born and educated in Australia, he left Australia to continue his university studies at Oxford. After university, Shan joined the British Army and remained in the UK and went on become one of that country's most famous generals. This book is an account of his life in the military as well as his career as an academic and author following his retirement from the Army.
The Family of Charles Stuart Hutchinson and Frederica Vernon Drake-Brockman compiled by Elizabeth Hutchinson. This is a short family history of this couple and all of their descendants.
Pioneers of the Warren River: The Story of the Brockman Family at Warren House 1862-1920. A short history of this prominent family compiled by John Millward. The family had a property called 'The Warren' in Pemberton, a small town in the south-west corner of Western Australia. A spiral bound booklet of limited circulation.
The Royal Australian Engineers 1902 to 1919: Making and Breaking, (the second volume of the history of the Royal Australian Engineers) by Gen. R.R. McNicoll C.B.E. Volumes two and three in this series contain numerous references to Geoffrey Drake-Brockman who served in the engineers in WW1 at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. In addition, volume three contains references to Geoffrey when he was Brigadier and the Officer-in-Charge of Land Fortifications for Land Head Quarters (LHQ) 5th Military District during WW2.
The Old Sixteenth: Being a Record of the 16th Battalion, AIF, During the Great War 1914-18. This book is an original Australian battalion history from WW1 and it has a great photo in the front of the book of Brig. Gen. Edmund Alfred Drake-Brockman CB; CMG; DSO; MID who was the Commanding Officer during the whole of the French campaign on the Western Front. This history was written by Capt. C. Longmore and published in 1920.
Defenders of Australia: The Third Australian Division written by Albert Palazzo and published in 2002. This book provides a historical overview of the origins of the 3rd Division and its subsequent roles in WW1 and WW2. It also features an appendix which has photos of all of the Division's Commanding Officers including Major General Edmund Alfred Drake-Brockman who was the 3rd Division GOC from June 1937 - February 1942.
The Royal Garhwal Rifles in the Great War 1914-1917 written by Brig-Gen. D.H. Drake-Brockman CMG and published in circa 1934. A battalion history of any Indian Army unit that served with distinction during WW1. Brig-Gen. David Drake-Brockman was one of the senior officers in this unit and later went on to also write the Brockman and Drake-Brockman Family Record in 1936.
Gingin 1830 to 1960 was written by Hazel Udell and published in 1980. This is a local history of the town of Gingin which is a small town north of Perth, Western Australia. Gingin featured prominently in Western Australia's early history. Both William Locke Brockman and his son Edmund Ralph Brockman had a large impact on this town. They owned a property called 'Cheriton' which had a flour mill and it was also used as a fattening lot for stock due to the ample feed in the pastures. Stock would be fattened before being transferred for sale at the Midland markets in Perth. The former Brockman property of Cheriton still exists today and is operated as a Bed & Breakfast.
Baylya - Balinga: A History of Balingup W.A. written by A.C. Frost and published in 1979. This is a local history of Balingup, a small town in the south-west of Western Australia. It contains numerous references to Charles Samuel Brockman, an early pioneer of the district and the owner of a property called 'Brooklands'. Charles Samuel Brockman was responsible for building many of the buildings in Balingup including the hotel (now destroyed after a fire), the blacksmith shop and the general store. He was also responsible for planting the pines tress in the main street which still exist today. The main street was named in his honour. The author of this book acknowledges the assistance received from the work done by Robert James Hastie Drake-Brockman titled the 'Saga of the Drake-Brockman Family'. This work was a personal reflection by Robert having grown up in this district. Robert James Hastie Drake-Brockman was the son of Charles Samuel Brockman.
Simply titled Poems by Elizabeth Deborah Brockman. Elizabeth Deborah Brockman (nee Slade) was the daughter of Lieut. Frederick Slade the Resident Magistrate of Toodyay. She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1837 and died at Guildford in 1915. She was highly educated and could speak several languages and read widely. After her marriage to Edmund Ralph Brockman, she published lyrical verse in local newspapers under the nom de plume 'E'. This book of poems is a memorial booklet which was published after her death. It is very rare and highly sought after.
Voyage to Disaster - The Batavia Mutiny written by Henrietta Drake-Brockman and published in 1963. The Batavia was a Dutch ship that was wrecked off the Western Australian coast and the survivors ended up torturing and killing each other in the most horrendous ways. Henrietta Drake-Brockman's fascination with the Batavia dated back to when she first heard the story aged 12 years. Her research of the topic lead to the discovery of the wreck and the graves of some who were brutally murdered by their ship mates. This book was largely a biography of the Batavia's captain Francisco Pelsaert.
Younger Sons is a fictional story written by Henrietta Drake-Brockman and published in 1937. This book was apparently based on real life characters, those being William Locke Brockman and his brother Robert James Brockman. These brothers were the first family members to settle in Western Australian in the early 1800's.
The Wicked and the Fair is a fictional story written by Henrietta Drake-Brockman and published in 1957. It centered on the voyage of the Dutch ship Batavia in 1629. The Batavia was wrecked off the coast of Western Australia.
West Coast Stories - A Western Anthology was edited by Henrietta Drake-Brockman and published in 1959. This book is a selection of short stories written by a number of different authors.
Men Without Wives and Other Plays written by Henrietta Drake-Brockman and publised in 1955. Henrietta was an author and playwright and Men Without Wives was her most successful stage play.
Australian Short Stories is a collection of stories written by various Australian authors published in 1951. The anthology includes fifty-two stories written by forty-eight leading writers. Key authors include Henry Lawson, `Steele Rudd', Henry Handel Richardson, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Alan Marshall, and Jon Cleary. These stories were selected by Henrietta Drake-Brockman and Walter Murdoch..
Blue North was written by Henrietta Drake-Brockman and published in 1934. This is a biographical narrative of the incidents and adventures which befell John Fordyce when he went in search of freedom and pearls in the year 1876 along the Western Australian coast.
British Somaliland is a book about the customs in Somali written by Ralph Evelyn Drake-Brockman F.Z.S., F.R.G.S. and published in 1912 while he was serving in the Colonial Service. He had previously published another book titled 'The Mammals of Somaliland' in 1910.
The History of the Hume, Kennedy and Brockman Families was written by the American William Everet Brockman or more commony known as 'WEB'. This is a reprint of the original book published in 1916 that has caused so much misunderstanding with the American Brockman's. The book claimed the American Brockman's were related to the 'Beachbough' line of the English Brockman family. Sir William Brockman was one of the 'Beachborough' line of Brockman's. Unfortunately the assumptions and connections made by WEB were all wrong and the book is riddled with other errors. WEB has just about every Brockman who ever owned Beachborough Estate being knighted with the title of 'Sir'. This is rubbish but unfortunately, this so called British connection is still being promoted by some today and particularly on the internet in Wikipedia and numerous family trees. Sorry everyone, there is no connection!!
Lady Hackett's Household Guide was published in 1940 and written by Lady Deborah Veronon Hackett (nee Drake-Brockman). The title cover inside the book interestingly has her current name at this time of Deborah Buller-Murphy. This was the surname of her third husband who was a Melbourne judge, Basil Buller-Murphy. Her first husband, Sir John Winthrop Hackett K.C.G.M. died 1916 and her second husband, Sir Francis Moulden who had been the Lord Mayor of Adelaide had also died. This book was a general guide including everything from general hygiene, caring for animals, managing pests and insects to receipes for fish, beef, veal, mutton etc.
This is a fold-out cardboard map showing the Beachborough Estate and the surrounding lands. It has very detailed information about the location of the Estate in relation to local towns and other infrastructure such as rail and roads and adjourning properties.
On the North-West Skyline was a short story written by Henrietta Drake-Brockman and published in 1947. It describes a series of reflections on the places and issues the Henrietta experienced while traveling through the north-west of Western Australia in 1946.
The Westralian Cavalry in the War is the original WW1 battalion history for the Western Australian 10th Light Horse Regiment. This was written by Lieut.Col. A. C. Olden D.S.O. and published in 1921. Trooper Hubert Howden Brockman and Trooper Geoffrey Drake-Brockman served in this unit and both fought at Gallipoli. Unfortunately, Trooper Hubert Howden Brockman was Killed-in-Action at the infamous Battle of the Nek. This battle resulted in well over one hundred casualties for this regiment in this single action.
Old Toodyay and Newcastle is a book written by Rica Erickson and published in 1974. It is a historical account of the settlement of the original 'Old Toodyay' town site in Western Australia which is now a ruin and the newer town of Newcastle who later had its name changed to Toodyay in 1911. This book describes in detail the original settlers and their trials and tribulations and includes lots of historical information dating back to the early 1840s. Of particular note is the mention of Edmund Brockman, Ralph Brockman and William Locke Brockman.
Neergabby - a history of the Moore River and Lower Gingin Brook was written by W. J. (Bill) de Burgh and published in 1976. Around this time, many local shire councils in Western Australia were interested in publishing their local histories. This book is an accurate account of the small rural society in and around what we now know as the town of Gingin in Western Australia. William Lock Brockman and his son Henry Brockman had a property called 'Cheriton' named after Cheriton in Kent. This property still exists today but when it was owned by the Brockman's, it was used principally as a cattle fattening farm before the cattle were sent to the sales yards in Midland, Perth. Numerous early Brockman ancestors are cited in this book.
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