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18 December 2014

John Gemmell emailed:

Hi Peter,

My name is John Gemmell. I was at Kieta from 1964 to 1967. I was a plumber and worked for a Rabaul company called Paul and Thompson. We did a lot of work for the government and also C.R A.

The geologist at the time was Ken Philips, and everyone used to board at the Kieta hotel as there was nowhere else to stay. The hotel was owned and run by Helmut Kroening.

Social evenings were held at the Kieta Club next to the pub.

The only way to Panguna was by helicopter. I can remember the road being constructed and how scary it was when we first used it.
I am having trouble remembering names but now that I have found your excellent website perhaps it will jog my memory.

Cheers John