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Sage Old Books (formerly SAGE Holdings) is a Queensland registered business belonging to Ian and Lorraine Bates.

Over the past 20 years, Sage Old Books has carried out traditional and modern bookbinding, concentrating on book restoration.

We also sold quality secondhand books on line for many years but this business is now closed and most of our surplus books have been donated to charity.

We are former members of the Queensland Bookbinders' Guild and conducted many workshops both for the guild and privately. Ian was also honorary webmaster for the guild for two years.

Both avid readers, and having both studied literature, we have been book collectors since childhood.

Lorraine is a fully qualified teacher, with bachelor and masters degrees and special expertise in literacy. She has 25 years' teaching experience and is a qualified tutor trainer and education adviser. Author of OK Literacy and many other educational aids , Lorraine is also a skilled craft worker and has developed new techniques for book repair, while embracing the traditional methods as well. Lorraine has done most of our bookbinding and tutoring.

Ian has had a varied career, from assistant district officer in Papua New Guinea, private investigator, farmer, nurseryman and store manager to IT manager, company director and web site designer. He has been awarded the Police Overseas Service Medal and RPNGC Centenary Medal for eight years' service in Papua New Guinea.

He is the author of Tardrew - a history of the Tardrew family around the world, and holds current membership of the Hakluyt Society, the Society for Nautical Research the Navy Records Society, the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, the Queensland Writers Centre and the International Police Association.

Ian recently completed a comprehensive biography of eighteenth century British admiral, Sir Erasmus Gower, which he has been researching for more than 30 years.

We have been happily married since 1966 and have two adult children and five grand children. We recently retired and are now winding down our business interests.

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