It was very sad news indeed to learn that Peter had peacefully passed away in Townsville after suffering from a massive cerebral haemorrhage.
Peter and wife Gwen arrived in Bougainville in 1972 and remained for a period of ten years. Peter was employed by BCL as the Instrument Foreman in the Loloho Power Station.
Peter was a keen scuba diver and specialised in recovering spent artillery shells from sunken WW2 vessels. He was a great “tinkerer” and the light always seemed to be burning in his little workshop under the house. Everyone in the street was fascinated with Pete’s train that he had set up in the front yard.
Sons Troy and Adam were born during this time on Bougainville and Adam has continued his relationship with PNG and still works there.
Peter was a great supporter of the SP Brewing company and we were able to share many a ‘brown bottle’ as he tinkered away.
Post Bougainville, Peter spent time with QAL, OTML and latterly in the sugar industry around Innisfail and Babinda in Far North Queensland where Troy still works.
Peter’s funeral is to be held in Innisfail at 10:30am on Tuesday 18th June 2013 and the cortege will then move to Babinda for the burial ceremony.