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December 31, 2016

A British Movietone clip


 

December 23, 2016

Des Hudson emailed from Fairfield

(that's Fairfield, Connecticut, not Fairfield, Sydney)

He emailed these photos:

 

In Bechtel's Loloho office filling in time between tea breaks

Driving without a licence

After he had smashed that one up ...

... he went back to driving a more conventional model - note his safety boots, though

 

He started with Bechtel in 1970 and then joined Camp Catering Services - which became S.H.R.M. - in late 1972 and stayed until 1976.

His reasons for staying that long were the low court fees at the Arawa Tennis Club and the free Arnott's Scotch Finger biscuits.

During a trip to the Mt Hagen Show he became interested in girls but first had to get chummy with the in-laws ...

 

 

... who covered him in pig's fat, put some feathers on his head, and gave him this choice of two:

 

 

You may have noticed that in the first photo he wears a goldwatch whereas in the second photo he is bare-armed (as well as -arsed).

It's known as the bride price which was negotiated on the basis of 'get one for the price of two and get the second one for free'.

He was able to keep the price down (his watch was a cheap SEIKO) by doing a trade-in - see below:

Nancy Williams from Canada

 

P.S. After leaving Bougainville, Des worked for eleven years in Saudi Arabia and was then transferred to the Saudi company's office in New York where he worked for the next 28 years before retiring at the end of 2015.

 

December 22, 2016

Some bedtime reading

Courtesy of Roy 'Goldfinger' Goldsworthy, here's a whole pile of old Bougainville Copper Concentrates magazines. Enjoy!



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Click here to open Issue No 7 April 1972

Click here to open Issue No 9 May 1972

Click here to open Issue No 11 June 1972

Click here to open Issue No 13 July 1972

Click here to open Issue No 15 August 1972

Click here to open Issue No 17 September 1972

Click here to open Issue No 18 September 1972

Click here to open Issue No 19 October 1972

Click here to open Issue No 20 October 1972

Click here to open Issue No 21 November 1972

Click here to open Issue No 22 November 1972

Click here to open Issue No 23 December 1972

Click here to open Issue No 5 March 1973

Click here to open Issue No 6 March 1973

Click here to open Issue No 7 April 1973

Click here to open Issue No 8 April 1973

Click here to open Issue No 10 May 1973

Click here to open Issue No 11 June 1973

Click here to open Issue No 12 June 1973

Click here to open Issue No 13 July 1973

Click here to open Issue No 14 July 1973

Click here to open Issue No 15 August 1973

Click here to open Issue No 17 September 1973

Click here to open Issue No 18 September 1973

Click here to open Issue No 19 October 1973

Click here to open Issue No 20 October 1973

Click here to open Issue No 21 October 1973

Click here to open Issue No 22 November 1973

Click here to open Issue No 23 November 1973

Click here to open Issue No 24 December 1973


 

1973 BCL Brochure

 


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December 20, 2016

Some more footage


 

BOUGAINVILLE "OUR ISLAND, OUR FIGHT" IS A POWERFUL DOCUMENTARY ABOUT AN INDIGENOUS PEOPLE TAKING UP ARMS FOR INDEPENDENCE TO PROTECT THEIR CULTURE AND STOP THE ECOLOGICAL DEVASTATION OF THEIR LANDS. THIS MULTI-AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY IS ABOUT ONE OF THE LAST WARS FOR INDEPENDENCE, ACROSS BORDERS IT SMUGGLES US INTO THE WORLD OF THIS BESIEGED PEOPLE. CUT OFF FROM ALL HUMANITARIAN AID AND INVISIBLE TO WESTERN MEDIA, THEIR ONLY RESOURCE IS THEIR RESOLVE TO FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE IN AN ATTEMPT TO PRESERVE THEIR CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT. THIS IS THE ONLY DOCUMENTARY OF THE LONGEST WAR IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC. A WAR WHICH KILLED 20 000 PEOPLE JUST TWO HOURS FROM AUSTRALIA.


 

December 17, 2016

For the Bougainville bookworm

To order or to read a preview, go to amazon.com

 

To order or to read a preview, go to amazon.com

 

To order or to read a preview, go to amazon.com

 

To order or to read a preview, go to amazon.com

 

December 13, 2016

How many accountants does it take to change a tyre?

 

At least three: Brian Herde in the yellow top, yours truly wheeling the big tyre and doing all the hard work, and Des Hudson who, as always, avoided work altogether by being behind the camera.

 

 

This was the Bougainville Copper Project in 1971, where several thousand expats and indiginous laboured on the world's largest construction job to build the world's largest open-cut copper mine.

Our own small band of intrepid accountants and cost engineers were exposed daily to the risk of impaling ourselves on lethally sharpened pencils while overeating on strawberry shortbread biscuits as we tried to keep the project's $300-million budget under control.

 

 

On this occasion we had left our gruelling schedules and airconditioned offices behind and driven down from Panguna to Aropa airstrip, where we chartered a light plane to fly us to Buin for a look at some old Japanese war relics.

 

Yours truly on Buin beach ...

... and on a Japanese tank

Yamamoto's bomber

Des Hudson training for "Blitzkrieg"

Brian Herde (far left) and 'Goldfinger' (yellow top) lost in the jungle


After spending a night on Buin's black sand beach and being eaten alive by mosquitoes, we hired an old jeep to drive us all the way back to Panguna - well, almost all the way back to Panguna as the last river was in flood and couldn't be crossed by vehicle.

 

 

Rather than running the risk of heat exposure, we took our chances with the crocodiles as we cooled down in the river before those of us who survived hiked all the way back to Panguna.

All good memories! Thanks for those photos, Des; it's only taken you forty-five years to send them to me!

Peter Goerman
Blogmaster
riverbendnelligen[AT]mail.com

 

December 6, 2016

Ian Rummery emailed from Jamestown on St Helena Island:


 

Hi Peter

As your blog entry says ex-Bougainville employees are diminishing and last Saturday my father Richard Rummery passed away. He worked at the Loloho power house and my sister Kay and I went to Bovo primary. We were there 1972 to 1979. I am so grateful to my parents that I had a chance to grow up in such a wonderful place.

I now live on the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic. There is something special about living on islands and I am sure that I can trace a direct link between growing up on Bougainville and now living out here. Though a completely different environment there are some similarities and I hope in time our son Tobias will come to appreciate how lucky he is growing up on St Helena.


And one day I hope to take my wife Belinda and Tobias out to Bougainville.

I could not get back to Australia to see Dad before he died but I spent a lot of time last week going through your website because our time on Bougainville was so special.

A few years back Graeme Wellington came on a cruise ship that stopped by for a few hours. He was one of the few people we knew from Bougainville that we stayed in touch with as he lived fairly close to us in WA. But if any old BCL employees visit they are most welcome and I would be happy to show them around.

Take care

Ian Rummery
P.O Box 112
St Helena Island
South Atlantic Ocean
Ph: ++ 290 23744
Email: rummery.ian[AT]gmail.com

 


and, yes, they do have television ...


... and since 2011 an airport:


 

October 23, 2016

Cargo Cult


 

Don't judge them too harshly. We have our own cargo cult in Australia: we call it Centrelink.

 

September 16, 2016

PNG's Independence Day 16 September



 

It was in the dying days of 1974 when I received an urgent telegram from TOTAL - Compagnie Française des Pétroles to fly to what was then Burma to take up a new position as chief accountant in their exploration office in Rangoon.

I was at the time living in Papua New Guinea which was heading towards independence the following year. When the then Chief Minister Michael Somare - soon to be Sir Michael and Prime Minister of the independent country - heard of my impending departure, he expressed his regrets that I wouldn't be there for this momentous occasion. "However," he said, "the least we can do is make our Independence Day the same as your birthday."

And so it came to pass that my birthday and Papua New Guinea's Independence Day are celebrated on the same day each year.



Blogmaster

P.S. Of course, if you believe this, you'll probably spend the rest of your life doing a convincing impression of a cabbage! ☺

 



 

September 1, 2016

First Contact


Watch the original upload on YouTube here

 

"First Contact" is a 1983 documentary by Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson which recounts the discovery of a flourishing native population in the interior highlands of New Guinea in 1930 in what had been thought to be an uninhabited area.

It is based on the book of the same name by the same authors. Inhabitants of the region and surviving members of the Leahy brothers' gold prospecting party recount their astonishment at this unforeseen meeting.

The film includes still photographs taken by a member of the expedition and contemporary footage of the island's terrain. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

 

August 1, 2016

The full movie "Mr Pip"



Click here for a higher-quality screening.

 

May 14, 2016

Look what the scanner dragged in!

Remember those pre-glued photo albums of yesteryears? You pulled back that transparent coversheet, placed your photos on the sticky stuff, and rolled the coversheet back over it again. Almost fifty years later, the photos are still in almost-mint condition but there's no way of prising them off that glue again.

Having just bought one of those new print-and-scan CANON gadgets, I scanned a few of those glued-down photos to share with you. They all date back to 1970 and 1971.

Peter Goerman's audit office at Loloho

Ditto

With Bob Green (left) on one of the islands offshore from Loloho

Peter Goerman doing what he liked best:
cutting contractors' progress claims down to size

Ditto

Des Hudson stress-testing one of the girders for the new Loloho Powerhouse

Beach party at Loloho

On one of the offshore islands. From left to right John Gaskill, next one unknown, Peter Goerman having a laughing fit behind Jacko's back, Neil "Jacko" Jackson, and an Indian guy who's name I forgot

More of the beach party

And more. From left to right: Peter Goerman, Neil "Jacko" Jackson, Frank Joslin, the rest unknown

On the left Frank Joslin; "Jacko" Jackson with his back to the camera

More party-goers; the waving guy was Maurice somebody-or-other

Party, party, party ...

... and more of the same ...

... and then some more ...

... and more ...

... and more.

And here are a few more shots after I'd come back to Bougainville in mid-1972 as Office Manager for Camp Catering Services - see here:

'Beau' Player on the left; Roy 'Goldfinger' Goldsworthy on the right

No idea what the argument was about;
he was probably too drunk to remember himself

The guy with the cravat is Lloyd McChesney

The chap on the right was from Saskatchewan in Canada although considering the state he was in I doubt he was able to spell it;
in 1985 I bumped into him at the Blues Point Hotel in McMahons Point in Sydney and he was still (or again?) pissed

With his back to the camera is Les Feeney, always hard-drinking and always trying but hardly ever succeeding to light his pipe

Des Hudson in Bechtel's Loloho office

Des Hudson driving without a licence

Camp 6 at Loloho