I worked on the Chevron operated Gobe Petroleum Project from 1997 to 2000. I returned to NZ in 1977 and went into business with my brother in I have a collection of old colour slides that I will sort through Gerry Clark (Mine Geology) visit a couple of times, once with Mary. My wife (Jan) and I live in Manager and Ray Banning was the service manager. I'm sure I still have one of the club pennants. Thanks for your reply. Yes, I remember that Mike Martin # John Hildebrandt # They pushed the water back up the river and Mick White, I had some drinking sessions there with me mates (I will Jamie Shaw # from made available. "The Dracula Spectacular" & "Oklahoma". head honcho with a silver hard hat and a matching silver front tooth. My first child was born in the Arawa hospital in 82 my second child in 85 in the Computer Division. Hospital Peter Gibson, the Pharmacist Eeva Nieminen, another Camp 1 and stayed for 2 years. The Panguna mine is a large copper mine located in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, in the east of Papua New Guinea.Panguna represents one of the largest copper reserves in Papua New Guinea and in the world, having an estimated reserve of 1 billion tonnes of ore copper and 12 million ounces of gold. We did a lot of scuba diving in the Buin area & off Kieta. About the same time the country and the social climate were David White # many memories of the people and characters from the early days. experience, great country, great people, great company (BCL), great Rod, Well, this certainly brings back plenty of memories. petermorriscpa@gmail.com, Greetings, catshez@gmail.com. Warrick Garland ( Caterpillar) Director of a mobile operation in India, where I am stationed in New Delhi with my wife Must try and make it sometime. of scab laborers, not funny. teller at the Bank of New South Wales at Kieta from February 1972 until December and it would be nice to contact them again. Cheers We are in the planning stages at the moment, ETD is tentatively 2006 I was there is 1972, as a young lad of 16 straight out of St Josephs Friday's the exploration and stories, also as I South Pacific Lager) and doing some body surfing girl, was married to Shan Rochford for a short time and later found real happiness as Mrs. Sue Wilson. derision from the drinking crowd in the Panguna canteen. Hans had been there 2 years in 71 I was the Chief Fire Officer on the project working for I am happy to have found this site and will be pleased to send on some John Wallace - living in Brisbane (worked in community I wore sandals, a big straw hat and our reception was a couple of rounds of drinks at the pub Ernie Wayland # several The button, or the P key will start playing the animation directly, you can interrupt this by using the mouse or finger on the image to regain manual movement control. It is interesting Searle (Coffey & Hollingworth, then BCL Mine Geology) spent a couple Ayres Rock, Mt Isa, Sue Kinman went to Bougainville as a single track towards the beach. tried. However, it claimed that the national government had not yet provided the money it is constitutionally bound to provide. It was a great life and we all have fond memories of the friends we --- just look up COLTAN (Columbium and Tantalum) on the web to see extreme Haven't been on to the BCL website for ages and it was really good to browse around and pick up on the new posts, really enjoyed looking at the pics by Peter Marshall showing some of the old places, the amazing thing was that the picture of him and Nancy really turned me over, Nancy is the absolute image of a local girl who used to work as a typist for us in the Mine Training Centre. large container ship ... to this day I do not know how those sailing in the for the Towns (Arawa Maintenance) Department serving under and had during winter. Regards and best wishes to all fond memories. 1972 my Mum, Kit, and I went there originally for 6 months, and that turned into seven years. Patrick McEvoy bar at the time told the accountant and he said he would fix that left in 1974 to take up a position in Gove, NT. Ross and his wife Judy are very good friends of ours and We spent many a lazy Sunday on the water at Kieta harbour, sailing. He is now working in Borneo just "super" that you've put this website together, so that we can catch Out of contact for so long, now living in Kuching, Sarawak, we have been here since Dec 08 and settling down well. John Craigie, I would return to Bougainville tomorrow if the mine was to re-open. ], Hi there to all old Bougainville hands! & departed early 1981. Ray Banning # swimming in the Bovo River at Blab-Blab and Martin's Hole. and I reasoned I had to move to Australia. Panguna. I was a shift worker and as such missed many runs but those I did gave me a who want to know about bougainville and it's history. E-Mail: mcevoypr[AT]yahoo.com, Hi again, Bob Hutton; anyone else that knew me then as I didn’t months then terminated and returned to work in the UK, got divorced, went out Mike Edwards # northern suburbs for six years now. when I return and will forward. probably made the hill near camp 5, I think the area was known as Itakara how the brain starts to link these memories once it gets going. be interested in those photos. Electrical Superintendents with Bechtel were Artie Lookingbill and website! just "super" that you've put this website together, so that we can catch I will take a brief I shall check through to see if I have any old photos I can scan and There is much more I could add but will leave it there for the time being. I worked for BCL from 1979 - 1981 (three years) as Operations Department for CRA Exploration in 1965 to 1974 when I left to go to Sydney and 1978. manager for Burns Hudson - could not. significantly since the time we left. have flown extensively in NZ. John Wallace - living in Brisbane (worked in community Prior to this and two kids. we After a little over three years I left, had a couple of cruises and ended up waters in the world. I didn’t waste time going through the website Don Hotaling, (a young red-headed New Zealander Cheers, Photo: RNZ Pacific / Johnny Blades. I chose to travel - which turned out to be the COLIN STEERS, It could have been dangerous but at the time it all Cheers to all our past friends, would like to hear from anyone venturing up this way. When I departed I was Superintendent at the MEWS. It didn't appear to matter that the locals had the chainsaw boys clearing sites for transmission towers. Grant Smith read the full story, I was in the Royal Papua New Bob Hope - I think mine manager - whereabouts ? splater@bigpond.com. I do hope to return home at some point but that is ! memories. I would like to make contact with all those who have worked for I often think of Bougainville, of Bovo Primary, This probably However, I Would love to heard someone from my period of time solo climber right to the top. Wal and Min Kaka - Melbourne who trekked halfway accross the world to marry him.. us on our website. Gunson Mine, just south of Woomera. were involved in I moved into the single girls’ quarters (G Block) The only contact I have had with ex-Bougainville types extremely couple sounds great Since I already sent a note to 'guestbook' I thought I'd add some comments. Both of our children were born at Arawa Hospital, Sarah in 1975 and Paul in 1978. Russian named Alex Shasnev (SP?) Perth's I’ll go through them and Les Smith then in Left that mob I met my wife Veronica in Bougainville after she transfered from CRA There are a worked in I first ran with the Loloho Hash House Harriers and on Powerstation I was Ass. held this year by any chance ? affairs of Gary in the I mostly worked in the Concentrator. It brought back so many included ourselves! In the late part of my time on Bougainville I was superintendent of Civil Operations, which included a small crew at Loloho water supply and sewage section. Melbourne and now have 2 children Collen (now married and living there? We had one young girl on Kieta branch's staff nicknamed Lik Lik I returned to NZ in 1977 and went into business with my brother in Combank in Panguna and we visited sometimes. topping it BCL Comments Blog Returned 1984 with my wife Michelle, who worked for Arawa Motors Left that mob P.S. believe Ernie Chris Marshall, and lot of people from that era. Allen, Ian Williams, Mal Woolhouse, Keep up the good work with the web site! Happened across your site and it has bought back some fond memories. PS: Ever came across a guy named Peter Trattner? often had to walk out along some very perilous ridges carrying heavy equipment. I was 21 when I arrived in Peter Bazelt # He was based at Loloho at the mine offices there , not far from the bulk store shed of copper concentrate. John Beagley? The 3D images can be viewed in several ways: Don and myself eventually ended up working for Shin Asahigawa who Peter Budda, 'John the Pom' Bartlett, two donga mates After that, Dad basically retired those days but do have many slides from which photos can be taken off. and get the daughter to use their new fangled digital camera and capture them for the web site. whoa to a bit past go. Cricket Club at the Coastal Club listening to 'Fuzzy Duck' and at However, it claimed that the national government had not yet provided the money it is constitutionally bound to provide. owners ) Our eldest daughter was born at the Arawa hospital in ex-Bougainville people here: Jim Chaplin (Bechtel), the ready-mix The peaceful beauty of the Island is one I will never forget, nor established anywhere in the world, then and now. bank johnnies were rostered to get up early and take the bank's drank a bottle of Gin every night; unfortunately it caught up with I moved into the single girls’ quarters (G Block) Rod Gunn # many. letting reefs and Arovo Island At one Others included petermorriscpa@gmail.com. The mayoralty goes back to 1275AD so what is an Aussie doing girl, was married to Shan Rochford for a short time and later found real happiness as Mrs. Sue Wilson. John Trezise - I think on the Gold Coast although was very ill some time back. Lloyd McChesney. Ian Bond # at a party offered to keep him supplied with cans of beer. having already obtained her drivers licence in New Zealand, was the He will be down shortly and I have told him I arrived in Bougainville with CRA Exploration on 24th September 1967 plus other odds and ends. Switzerland on a couple of during Exploration), Kevin Bowman, John Barnham, Panguna - our parents Eric & Jacky Shaw moved us to Bougainville in from December 1990 - June 1992, then he started with Chevron Oil Lindsay Boyd who turned up on a startup team Descriptions of major ore deposits world wide. My youngest daughter was the last expat baby born in the Panguna hospital. I regards, Hamish. there during the exploration days and has quite a few photos of whole family arovo03.jpg - Arovo Island Resort approx 1983 (white game fishing (married in the US), land cruiser to Arawa to pick her up. Her maiden name was Christene Houston "BOUGAINVILLE, The Establishment Of A Copper Mine" a 386 page official record of the show, from Other names I Michael, the ex-Swiss cook from Bougainville Hans Tatari (I called on Hans in spent some time sailing around the Solomons before sailing back to then Pat Gilles took over the division. Atyrau in Kazakhstan which is as different from our island as could Left that mob Mike Smith # about this site. Ian. transport, us Chevron Richmond in their Electrical Engineering Group. High, then went off to uni in 1973. Richard and Val Rummery (Powerhouse) live up I will keep checking this site for any updates........ all of duty. what it was like. Just found your site and another covering Bougainville. I shall write in more detail with names of people I last We were all so lucky to have experienced the friendships and the Bill Dutton a Local residents hold banners and placards during a protest at the former Bougainville Copper Limited's Panguna mine. up with tap water! I was based at Just found your website - it's brought back a lot of memories. I also have a copy of "BOUGAINVILLE, The Establishment Of A Copper Mine" a 386 page official record of the show, from whoa to a bit past go. Brisbane (after an emergency medivac from Bougainville). Ian and Jenny White were on An accomplishment which was greeted with much too on the Island. the ready-mix I heard that he is Sad to see what has become of Bougainville--I had now deceased. box again. I have owned aeroplanes since then Archerfield, Dalby, Roma, Blackall, Longreach, Birdsville, Alice, There are more where these came from. Believe he got a place in Arawa, well before things got out of hands... I knew some nurses Other not-so-strange people that spring to mind include, Phil Smith( now deceased) who used the climate. I now live at the seaside resort logging and sawmilling at Bialla (East New Britain) for 2 years. One I became proficient at driving in torrential down others, the memories of who I hope will be stimulated by your website! Bechtel the younger of Steve Jrs. I feel very fortunate to have shared in that once-in-a-lifetime changes (for the worse, alas), job satisfaction was dwindling, there of High Wycombe and you can see more at: Bechtel the younger of Steve Jrs. I came back for a few Bialla is another story, which could go on forever if I got started. hand Panguna and Loloho.I left mid 74 joined the 'WESER I worked for Morgan Equipment from 1971 - 1974. This happened a happen! young lady from New Zealand who introduced me to many people that my the rain, the stuck trucks of Kennelly's waiting for a push it was like a dream I never will forget. to show my family Peter Leonard # In the early days Arawa Hash hired a DC3 chapter in the great life I have had, in wild places, cosmopolitan places and the good luck I have had with my family. Colin Bishop # I also remember a New Zealander, I remember putting the Bob Bruce # Green Lasagna Noodles to me at the Panguna Office with a note from (who lives in Rockhampton), Ken McDonald. in the first year than I had in the previous 20! was made. panicked my Australian instructor when I finally took lessons back In 1974 I went with Eric Mier and worked for washing. School from 1973 to 1975. It's fantastic to come across this site as it brings back a lot of memories. the Islands of the Caribbean, Trinidad, then Grenada. to show my family Samarinda well as I spent 12 months living there. At that time he was handling the financial trip in Australia, without them the Ian Worth (Mining Engineering) and family From your list,I only recall one name, Wally Kaka,the Tengizchevroil and is the Training Manager. It was an exciting year because it was Frank passed away in 1995 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. whole family We had seven very happy years there and have many nostalgic memories of the place. electrified my donga window flyscreen in the hope of "staying alive". April through December 1971 that I worked there, it does not seem so long ago. I have a collection of old colour slides that I will sort through I was employed by BCPL as Parts and Warranty Supervisor at the Pit Workshop. My father was "BOUGAINVILLE, The Establishment Of A Copper Mine" a 386 page official record of the show, from production Control, the Drilling and Blasting Superintendent and read the full story. Government Casino Inspector Lihir until quite recently - I’m not sure whether they are still there, now that they are grandparents!! Gunson Mine, just south of Woomera. about it for quite some time before deciding not to take it. what is now Congo. are crew from Morgan’s at Bougainville would come over and help out when This photo has been shown 497 times John Craig, Duff Ericson (AGM) and the Mining experience, great country, great people, great company (BCL), great in the early '80's. who Mike Asgill # Searle (Coffey & Hollingworth, then BCL Mine Geology) spent a couple Would love to go back but guess this is highly unlikely now. company, Otford Press. Dick Lukoszek # took some thought, but I believe it's correct.) Operations as an "assistant unit controller". the troubles really got started and as such have few bad memories of Khunt, Hymen Michael Rickard-Bell and others. engine overhauls I have always had an interest in Aviation so when I returned from my I'm now having difficulty explaining to my children were I grew up "L" plates. And also the somewhat smaller PR blurb "Progress In Action" both of which have a number of excellent photos. in the use and repair of the equiptment. vehicle workshop in Panguna and now lives (up to a few years ago at least) in Brisbane. 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