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Tocal College offers a large range of publications on all aspects of agriculture and land management. They are a valuable educational tool and a range are available as e-publications. There is a full list of agricultural books and videos for sale on the Tocal College website.

Tocal also offers the 'All about Tocal' series of publications which consists of 23 books covering all aspects of Tocal history including the people, convicts, heritage values, the buildings and the bushrangers. These publications are featured below. 

Prices include GST unless otherwise stated. Postage and packing charge: 1-2 items $8, 3-5 items $12, 6-20 items $15 and over 20 items $20. Overseas postage (postage or airmail) will be charged at cost.

 

Captain thunderbolt

1thundcovThis book on the infamous outlaw, Fred Ward, alias Captain Thunderbolt, offers a fresh view of a fascinating period of colonial NSW in the mid 1800s. Fred Ward worked on Tocal as a horsebreaker and went on to forge the legend of Thunderbolt the bushranger - a legend which continues to grow 130 years after his death. 

112 pages and over 50 photographs and maps.

$19.95

To order phone 1800 025 520.

Conservation of timber buildings

2timbcovrThis book shares the unique experience and knowledge gained through the conservation of timber buildings and fences at Tocal during the late 1980s and through the 1990s. This conservation has brought back to life one of the most amazing colonial farm sites in Australia.

48 pages plus extensive photographs. Covers conservation, safety, environment, materials, equipment and tools, techniques and case studies.

$15.00

To order phone 1800 025 520.

Tocal visitor centre

3vcbookThe Tocal visitor centre - new use for an old shed! This book documents the amazing and skilled conversion of a 19th century hay shed into a visitor centre while preserving the look, feel and heritage of the original shed. An exemplary and inspiring case study in the adaptive re-use of a heritage building.

$15.00

To order phone 1800 025 520.

Guide to Tocal

04-guide-tocalA magnificent pictorial guide to the Tocal estate and the CB Alexander Agricultural College. An enduring keep-sake for those who have visited or a primer for those still to make the trip. Great value! 48 pages in full colour. 

$9.90 To order phone 1800 025 520.

This book is also available FREE from the iBookstore to download and read on your iPad or iPhone. Download Guide to Tocal eBook

The soils of Tocal

5soilscov5This publication provides detailed information on the soils of the Tocal property. A most useful education resource for curricula in agriculture and soil sciences.

88 pages in full colour.

$17.00

This book is available for sale through NSW DPI - Tocal. Order online

Colonial silo mysteries

6silosThis book unravels the mysteries of underground silos at Tocal, Cockatoo Island, Stroud, Norfolk Island and Camden Park. It develops a picture of grain storage in Colonial NSW and explains the silos in this context. A facinating book, well researched and easy to read. Lots of photos. (68 pages)

$19.95

To order phone 1800 025 520.

 

 

 

Tocal code of land use practice

9landuseThis book shows how the issues of biodiversity, pollution and weed control, management of wetlands and waterways, and conservation of cultural heritage and landscape values aqre handled on a commerical sized property.

$15.00

48 full colour pages

Available for sale through NSW DPI - Tocal College. More information and order online.

At home amongst the stock

10kiddcvrThe Kidds of Tocal

This 100 page book chronicles the lives of four generations of the Kidd family who lived and worked at Tocal. John Kidd arrived in NSW as a convict in 1829 and set about redeeming himself as a valued and skilled employee.

The book documents the fortunes of the Kidd dynasty as they married and wove their children's lives into the Tocal story. They were truly "at home amongst the stock". 

$25.00

Includes index and many photos.

To order phone 1800 025 520.

Crimes of passion on the Tocal run

11murdcvrThis 88 page book documents two gruesome killings on Tocal in the 1800s - one during a drunken fight between convicts in 1837 and the other, that of a nameless headless stockman in 1874.

The book nicely captures the mood and recounts the intrigue of turbulent times at Tocal. A compelling history of the period.

$19.95

To order phone 1800 025 520.

An eye for excellence

12reynoldsThe Reynolds of Tocal

'Tocal' and 'Reynolds' became household words in New South Wales wherever Hereford and Devon cattle or thoroughbred horses were discussed. 

This 120 page book traces the spirited and enterprising partnership of the pioneers Charles Reynolds and Francis Dun and their years at Tocal. It also records details of the descendants of this gifted and respected family.

$28.00

To order phone 1800 025 520.

The vegetation of Tocal

13vegcovThis book is the first attempt to describe, classify and map the vegetation communities on Tocal.

In conducting a thorough survey of the property, the authors have discovered and described feature of the property that are little known by anyone not working daily with the Tocal landscape.

$25.00

This book is available for sale through NSW DPI - Tocal. More information and order online.

Three days in May

14threedayscovThis 48 page book records the twenty five year history of the Tocal Field Days, from its modest beginnings in 1984 to a premier agricultural event in the Hunter Valley that attracts crowds of around 30,000 people each year.

$10.00

Full colour and lots of great photos.

To order phone 1800 025 520.

Who was CB Alexander?

15whocbaThis book brings to life the fascinating story of CB Alexander. It tells how his family migrated from the slums of Glasgow to the goldfields of Victoria. They made their fortune in business before buying land and eventually moving to the Hunter Valley of NSW.

When Charles died in 1947 his bequest led to the establishment of what is now the CB Alexander Campus of Tocal College.

$10.00

84 full colour pages with lots of great photos.

To order phone 1800 025 520.

 

An introduction to the Tocal farms

16introfarmsWhen visitors come to Tocal, it is impossible to convey all the details of the many activities that occur daily on a working farm. This booklet fills the gaps and answers some of the common questions asked by first-time visitors.

$10.00

40 pages, plenty of photos

To order phone 1800 025 520.

Voices from Tocal

17convcovConvict life on a rural estate

Reveals the lives of the 140 men and boys who were convicts at Tocal between 1822 and 1840. Includes working conditions and lifestyle, rewards and punishments, their struggle for freedome and what became of them.

This ground-breaking book provides important insights into convict life on rural estates.

$25.00

144 pages in full colour

To order phone 1800 025 520.

James Phillips Webber

18jpwcov2The man and the mystery

The fascinating story of the young gentleman who was granted Tocal in 1822 and quickly made his mark as a magistrate and convict master before selling Tocal in 1834 amid controversy with Governor Bourke.

His story has remarkable connections to world history including slavery, the American war of independence, Garibaldi and Mussolini.

$12.00

56 pages in full colour

To order phone 1800 025 520.

The Paterson at war

19warcovThe revealing story of the Paterson district's involvement in major world conflicts (Boer War, the so-called Great War, and WWII). It includes anecdotes and memories of those who served at home and abroad.

The history of a major gunnery observation post (still standing) at Tocal is recorded in the participants' own words.

$10.00

60 pages

To order phone 1800 025 520.

The people of Tocal 1822-2010

20peoplecovThis book lists all those who have worked at Tocal College for a year or more between 1965 and 2010. It also lists and provides brief details on many who lived or worked on the Tocal property from 1822, until the start of the College era in 1965.

This book is available at no cost from the College office at Paterson for staff and those associated with the property.

Copies can be ordered and posted for $10.00.

To order phone 1800 025 520.

Women in the history of Tocal

21womentocalAn outline of our knowledge of some of the women and girls who lived on or near Tocal, starting with the Indigenous era and spanning convict and later times up to the present.

The book also features some fictional recreations of how life could have been for those women and girls. Included is a listing of Tocal women from 1822 to 1965.

$12

64 pages, colour

To order phone 1800 025 520.

Tocal College, CB Alexander campus

22devhistDevelopment and history

Records the birth and growth of the CB Alexander Campus of Tocal College, starting with the vision of the architects Philip Cox and Ian McKay. Includes details of building themes and materials, the landscape, construction and modifications.

$10

48 pages, colour

To order phone 1800 025 520.

Convict tools

23contoolsConvicts are a fascinating part of Australia's history, but has their role been over-dramatised and distorted?

This book brings to life the day to day working lives of convicts in private assignment. In particular, life and work on Belgenny Farm at Camden Park near Sydney, and the Tocal estate in the lower Hunter Valley where large numbers of convicts were assigned.

$30.00

This book is available for sale through NSW DPI - Tocal. More information and order online.

Tocal aboriginal hereitage

abheritageThis video shows how Wonnarua people used the Tocal lands, their ancestral home. Their remarkable use and conservation of these environs is an important lesson to anyone concerned with landcare.

Video or DVD $22

To order phone 1800 025 520

Tocal - the changing moods of a rural estate

changemoodThis book records the history, beauty and character of Tocal Homestead, its outbuildings and surrounding estate. A unique and colourful look at one of Australia's most intact groups of colonial buildings.

$30

To order phone 1800 025 520

The years between

yearsbetweenA detailed coverage of the administration of the estate of CB Alexander between 1947 and 1964 which led to the establishment of the CB Alexander Presbyterian Agricultural College, now the CB Alexander Campus of Tocal College. 

$25

105 pages, A4, colour inset and photos

To order phone 1800 025 520

Maitland on the hunter

maithuntThe only history of Maitland in print. Learn why Maitland was for ecades the largest town in NSW outside of Sydney. Covers Aboriginal and early European history, through to recent times. Includes flood data from 1820 to 2000 never before published. Comprehensive references and index. A 'good read' and a great gift for anyone interested in local or Australian history.

$29.95

To order phone 1800 025 520

ipad64You can also buy this as an ebook for your iPad

Tocal's first European settler - James Phillips Webber

jameswebberThis book records the early European history of Tocal from its first settlement in 1822 until 1835. It includes details of early agriculture, convict issues and local history. 90 pages including colour plates of heritage items from the period, plus an extensive bibliography.

$8

To order phone 1800 025 520

 

Lost and unseen

24lostunseenTocal's heritage provides fascinating evidence of the changing character of agriculture, working conditions, lifestyle and society from the convict era through to the 21st century. Yet many items of historical interest at Tocal are hidden from view, inaccessible or hard to find. There are also items that have not stood the test of time and now exist only as ruins or archaeological evidence which is visible on some sites but undiscernible on others. Together these items comprise lost and unseen Tocal.

46 pages plus extensive photos

$15

To order phone 1800 025 520.

Tocal's master plan and heritage significance

25masterplanPart one of this book contains Tocal's Master Plan that was completed in 2013 - further information on the background to the Master Plan is provided at the start of the part. Part two consists of the thematic histories of Tocal Homestead, the property and the College that were written as components of Tocal's Conservation Management Plan which was endorsed by the NSW Heritage Office in 2014. These short histories are statements of significance that align to recognised, standard New South Wales and national heritage themes. The histories record the evidence as to why Tocal is so significant to the State and nation.

To order phone 1800 025 520.

Tocal's practical advantage

26practicalThis book traces the history of Tocal College, and explores the reasons why Tocal has thrived since it was established 50 years ago, while many agricultural training institutions have declined.

In the early years, Tocal was in many ways a smaller brother. But to survive, Tocal had to adapt. This required flexibility, a willingness to innovate, a pioneering spirit, the support of the stakeholders and above all, political savvy.

It is a credit to the leadership of its Principals over the past 50 years that Tocal has not only adapted, but seized the initiative. It has transformed from a regional, residential-based institution to an industry-based, national training hub. It is embedded as an indispensible part of NSW Department of Primary Industries; a significant state asset with a strong national profile. 

110 pages in full colour

$12  To order phone 1800 025 520

This book is also available FREE from the iBookstore to download and read on your iPad or iPhone.

50 years of Tocal College - a celebration in photos

27-50yearsThe celebration of 50 years of an institution's history is important. An institution like Tocal College is all about people and being an organisation which has specialised in vocational education for adolescents, it has great meaning for those who have passed through it and those who have worked at it.

Photographs can tell much more than words and as you go through this publication you will gain some idea as to how special Tocal College has been to so many people. Tocal has a real sense of place engendered through a landscape of great beauty, a lovely river, its own creek valley and rolling hills, river flats, and timbered gorges.

This book gives a small window into what has occurrred on the Tocal property for the past 50 years.

74 pages with extensive photos that tell the story.

$12

To order phone 1800 025 520.