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25 August 2010

Barry Apps

I worked for Morgan Equipment, 1971-1973.

I had the best time of my life and accordingly I am married to a Tolia(Rabaul)lady.

I am looking forward to working back in the Island - mining locations until retirement. I would like to hear from any past Morgan employees.


Greg Beehre looking for Des

Hi there ,

my name is Greg Beehre and i worked for Comtrade Eng on Bougainville from 1986-88.

I'm trying to locate a friend i made on the island who worked in the pit workshop as a diesel fitter. Des is his name, originally from Scotland.

I can't remember his surname. Photo above.

I found your email address on the friends of Bougainville page so hope this reaches you and i hope this isn't an intrusion of youir privacy.

Yours Sincerely

Mike Edwards


Happened to stumble on your page which is now in favourites so thought I might drop you a few lines. My name is Mike Edwards and I worked on Bougainville for Morgan Equipment 1970 / 71. Lived first up in Panguna, Kawrong Haus (excuse if spelling got lost somewhere), a long spell in Camp 6 Loloho. I do remember those red plastic chairs and the dongas under the coconut trees with a great deal of affection. I lived with friends Kevin & Mickey Gill in a Morgan unit in Toniva for a while. Finished up a bunch of us from Morgans lived in a house in Arawa.

I'm sure you would remember the wet mess at Camp 6, first time I went there I was a little amused at those little roof things over the tables, soon found out what they were there for. And could not go without a mention of Arovo Island (or the Davara Hotel in Toniva) spent many a happy Saturday night and / or Sunday there. And the diving, just magic.

I had just a little under two years on the island, after I had been home a while I found myself regretting leaving. Morgan Equipment was a great company to work for and with a very few exceptions the people both expats and locals were great.

I suppose the years have put a bit of a rosy glow on the memories, but looking back there were so many more good times than bad, would love to see the place again.

Mike Edwards

Lansel Taudevin


I still look at the site and recall Bougainville. While I don't make it to many if the reunions in Australia, I still stay in contact with friends I made there. It is strange in one way. Having lived in many countries on many assignments, it is the people I met in Bougainville that I mainly keep in touch with.
I now spend my time in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur - it depends on the state of the laksa! - and if anyone is passing through, please get in touch.
My email contact is still the same at

Lansell Taudevin