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October 16, 2013

Steve Kyle emailed from Marybourough

Hi Peter,

My name is Steve Kyle, I live in Maryborough, QLD.

I first heard of Panguna Mine in 1969, and at the beginning of 1970 in an advertisement, for plant operators for Dumez I applied for a position as a 2623 Mercedes dump truck driver and signed a 12 month contract.

After a stopover in Port Moresby we took off in a Fokker for Keita landing in Rabaul. The DC3 left the airport at Rabaul, on its milk run to Keita. Within 4 days of leaving home my plane landed in Keita. We left the airport for an overnight stay at camp?. Because of a land slip up the track they didn’t think we could get up to Panguna. The Landcruiser transported us up the track to the slide.

Steve Kyle
steve.kyle[AT]bigpond.com