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6 May 2015

Brian Rear emailed from Perth:

Hello Peter

Just discovered your web-site, great to see it.

I worked with BCL from January 1970 to September 1973 as a metallurgical Engineer. Such a great experience for a graduate from final design, construction, commissioning and the early operating period. I clearly remember we received the first ore from the pit to the primary crusher on Christmas day. I was lucky getting experience from the primary crusher right through to the concentrator, my last position was Assistant Mill Superintendent, worked for the late George Gauci, and of course Bill Davis and John Trezise. My wife Martina worked for Bechtel-WKE in the beginning and then with Maurie Pears and Bob Duffy in BCL training.

After Bougainville went to the Royal School of Mines in London to further my qualifications. Ken Woods and Ray Cantrell also left at that time and we all did the MSc course in Mineral Process Design. Theo Macrides went to Oxford to do his PHD in chemistry at the same time as well. After London we decided to see Africa and after 14 years working for AngloVaal returned to Australia in 1989 with our twins who were born in Kimberley.
Now living in Perth WA.

Keep up the good work.
Brian Rear
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