Welcome to the Book Fossicker.

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Phone: +61 (0)419 520 092

After spending 10 years successfully running a full-time secondhand bookshop in Warrandyte Victoria,a well-known outer suburb of Melbourne noted for the early discovery of gold in 1851, I have now relocated to a little country town called Clunes in central Victoria, also noted for the early discovery of gold, also in 1851- in fact, there has always been a certain amount of dispute and rivalry as to which town can claim to have been the first.

Clunes however became a huge centre in its heyday being right in the centre of the main gold rush area between Ballarat,Castlemaine and Bendigo, whereas Warrandyte really didn't produce a great deal of gold and its mines were virtually exhausted by the early 1900s. It went on to become a haven for artists and writers.

Clunes is now a popular tourist location and is the host for the annual Book Town bookfair event in May each year, to where dozens of booksellers from Victoria and interstate come to set up their stalls, attracting thousands of visitors.

After 20 years of bookselling I have decided to close the shop and work from home, selling on-line and by mail order, and plan to give the same professional service and attention to detail as before. 

I chose the name Fossicker partly to reflect the town's gold history and also the ongoing search by booklovers to find that elusive book, which can often only be found by digging around a bit!

Joan Rogers
The Book Fossicker


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