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Sydney: A H & A W Reed, 1980.. First edition. ISBN 0 589 50100 3. 4to, 239 pp, b&w illustrations, wrecks in chronological order, index of ships, endpaper maps. Original blue cloth with tear by spine foot, gilt spine titles, in dustwrapper with loss at spine foot. Follows 'Austral. ian Shipwrecks' by Charles Bateson. This second volume covers the period when shipping activity around the Australian coasts increased enormously. The promise of whale oil or gold lured thousands of ships to Australia and its ill-chartered shores. L. ocal trade in pearling, coal and the Kanaka slave trade all added to the activity - and to the tragedies..