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19 June 2010

Lindsay Swanson

I arrived in Bougs with long blonde hair on 11/11/74 and was with the Central Electrical Workshop under George King (deceased), Kevin Bowman (deceased), John "Gus" Gotsalks (deceased Xmas'97), and Graham "Blue" Rodwell who is now in Indonesia. I was first in camp one and did the rounds, Kawerong D, G and H. Eventually I ended up with a Bougainville lass and we had a house in Panki Ranku Ave. Her and I are still together. I was one of the last to leave BCL being retrenched on 28/02/1990 and there were only 6 more expats after me who stayed for another 12 days to get the gear off the wharves.

Liz Wells (Col Brown's daughter, married to Kahi Wells and still living in Port Moresby) has a fantastic collection of pics taken during the crisis. I will get onto her to see if she is able to scan some and send them on.