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23 January 2013

Morgan Equipment on Bougainville

This is all that's left of MORGAN EQUIPMENT's spare parts department. The picture was taken by Urs Christen during his visit in December 2012.

It's a rather poignant reminder of my own short return visit to Bougainville in December 1980 after Morgan Equipment had asked me whether I would be interested to return to Bougainville Island.

Would I ever!

They had problems with their incumbent financial controller and company secretary and wanted me to "clean up" the place and introduce some tight financial and administrative procedures while he was on leave. I flew back to Bougainville just before Christmas - and Shirley joined me shortly afterwards - for the first time since 1974 and it was almost like coming home! I revisited all the old places, Kieta, Arovo Island, Camp 6, and Loloho Beach, however, time did not permit to see Panguna and the minesite again.

Look at the photos of this visit here.

Peter Goerman
Webmaster of Bougainville Copper Project website