Layout design for Roebourne 150 years 1866–2016. Section opener for Roebourne 150 years 1866–2016. Cover design for Roebourne 150 years 1866–2016.

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Coffee table book

Roebourne: 150 years 1866–2016 was designed and developed for the City of Karratha, Western Australia. It is a commemorative coffee table book that provides a brief insight into the past 150 years since colonial settlement.

Nikki M Group provided publishing services including:

  • product and content development
  • writing and editing
  • graphic design
  • typesetting
  • print management.

Roebourne: 150 years 1866–2016, book design.

Roebourne: 150 years 1866–2016

Historical resource

This book is a historical resource for Roebourne and Western Australia. It combines significant events with photography that depicts a rich, diverse and often turbulent history. Photos – some never before published – were received from a variety of sources including:

  • City of Karratha Local History Society
  • Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation
  • State Library of Western Australian
  • National Library of Australia
  • John Oxley Library
  • West Australian Newspapers Limited
  • Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre Broome.

Book design

Roebourne: 150 years 1866–2016 was designed as a coffee table book. The book features large photos and generous white space. Photos have been arranged in multiple sizes ranging from large full-page hero images to smaller portrait-style photographs. The arrangement of images creates a visual hierarchy and structures the book into smaller sections that guide the reader through the history of Roebourne.

The book is unique in that it is in a landscape format – bound on the short side. At the time of printing, this was the largest landscape-size book that could be casebound in Australia.

The book features:

  • full-colour offset printing
  • high-quality gloss paper stock with environmental certification
  • a laminated cover for durability
  • section-sewn internal pages
  • hard cover (casebound) binding
  • head and tail bands.

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Editorial services

Nikki M Group wrote, developed and structured content for this book. With only a collection of images and a basic brief to create a commemorative book, a narrative was created to frame 150 years into six distinct periods. The book documents the development of Roebourne from the birth of a town, through two world wars, and into the 21st century. Text was written to introduce each section, provide in-depth features and caption photos.

Roebourne: 150 years 1866–2016, layout design.

Body pages showing a full-page hero image and smaller portraits with captions.

Print management

The City of Karratha wanted to print in Australia and support local industry. Nikki M Group provided print management services and technical expertise. This included:

  • providing print specifications and costing
  • document set up and design
  • preparing press-ready files
  • coordinating printing and binding
  • organising logistics and delivery.

The books were printed and delivered to City of Karratha in time for the official launch, marking 150 years since Roebourne was officially gazetted – the oldest town between Geraldton and Darwin.


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