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31 December 2016

A British Movietone clip


 

23 December 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 under the influence of COKE and without a licence

After he had smashed that one up ...

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

Pacing out the Arawa court to ensure it has the correct dimensions
with his partner who's just had brain surgery and is still wearing bandages

 

He started with Bechtel in 1970 and then took over my job at 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 bikkies.

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 got himself a plastic spade and bucket and for the next eleven years worked in the world's largest sandbox, Saudi Arabia, (where we met again in 1982) before being transferred to the company's office in New York where he stayed for the next 28 years until his retirement in late 2015. He now lives in Fairfield in Connecticut, practising his American accent and playing granddad to a string of doting (and praying) grandchildren.

 

22 December 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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20 December 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.


 

17 December 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

 

13 December 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

 

6 December 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

 


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