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30 January 2012
Regards Garry Snow
7 January 2012
I was a dreadful young thing during my time on Bougainville - end of 1975 through to end 1977. So many names flying around that I do not see here. My dad, John Lapham started with Barclays and finished there with SHRM. Ringa and Mayron Witehira, Roger (?) who used to hang out with them and had the dubious honour of being a Maori Kiwi who could not sing or play guitar (or so he claimed!), Fred Gampe, Merle and Graham Lovell, the Crouchers, a heap of Barclay Brothers people who are too numerous to mention, Gary Rigney, Mike Hetherington - or maybe it was Harrington? There was the 'infamous' John Beagley - I often wonder where in the world he wandered to. I recall many parties, some of which popped through Camp 5 Birempa. Does anyone recall Bruce McCarthys nephew ? I don't remember his name ... but, he made the mistake of passing out from too much hydration one night ... and there was a very regrettable "incident" with contact cement ... poor bloke! Hahahaha
We firstly lived in "the Butterboxes" at Toniva - anyone remember those hideous yellow flats? Then, a set of 4 units (2 x 2 duplexes) at Arawa and neighbours were, the Watts, the Carters and the Binghams. Then when Dad went working for SHRM, we went to Camp 5.
Does anyone recall "drinking lovely glublick" at the Drama Society?
I don't think I'll ever forget painting my dad's yacht, in a dinghy and watching the high jinks happening at the boat ramp ... and at the shower on the beach ... my eyes are scarred for life! ;-)
Anyhow, GREAT site! Thank you
Regards, Lynda Lapham
3 January 2012
My "Dad" Roger Frankling was the Assistant Manager at Rabaul Stevedores - Kieta (1981-1989). He was especially good friends with Vic Fisher "The Captain" of the "Lae Chief" Ship - Bob Strong / Peter & Lin Mares The Legendary Bob Strong who was the manager of Toboroi plantation near Aropa Airport was also the transport manager at Rabaul Stevevedores...( My Dad sadly passed away on the Isle of Wight UK 2001.)
My favourate moment of my Dad was when he lost his Rolex watch when diving of Arovo/Pok pok island to the bottom of the very deep ocean. Ahhhhhg - You should of seen his face!! (After all those years that "dive watch" should still keep good timing!!!)
My Brother Jeff & I went to Loloho Correspondence School & Toniva in 1982 before being shipped off to Boarding School St Peter's Boarding school in New Zealand 1983.
MARK FRANKLING TONIVA/KIETA BOUGAINVILLE(1981-1989)
P.S. HI WANTOKS!!
I am looking for old photos/post-cards/Memories... of Bougainville in the 1980'S You "oldies" & Kids are all welcomed.
P.P.S. see also here.
We have been living on Lake Macquarie (Newcastle) for 10 years, after moving from Orange, NSW where we spent 11.5 years. Ted and Coral Tame recently moved to Lake Macquarie. They keep in touch with a few of the oldies from KSCC.
We still own Uriava. A few years ago we caught up with Dr Hamish Foster and the owner of Bintaro whilst out sailing.