Category Archives: Australia

Arrival in Australia 1963, job search, mineral exploration to 1965

Australia’s dangerous waters

The waters in and around Australia contain many perils, from living things and other dangers: Sharks The white pointer or great white shark is well known in Australian waters.  Their fierce reputation is well earned. When we visited my wife’s … Continue reading

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Christmas in Australia

As a native of the Northern Hemisphere, I found that Christmas in Australia was really different from what it is ‘up north’. Australians observe many English traditions, even though they really are unsuited to the hot weather.  Many families serve … Continue reading

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Road trains

In Australia, where railways are few, industries have found another solution to deliver supplies to the inland: the road trains. Like the old iron horse steamers of the past (Australia had them, too), the road trains have their own romantic … Continue reading

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To Wittenoom — Death City

A few days after we arrived at Spinaway, I received a telegram on our bush radio: “Return to Melbourne as soon as possible to prepare for an exploration project on Bougainville Island.” (I described my adventures on Bougainville Island in … Continue reading

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Keeping clean in the Pilbara winter

The Pilbara area of central Western Australia is fiery hot in the summer, but when winter comes, a chillingly sharp south wind blows most of the time. At our temporary camp at Spinaway we bathed under a ‘bush shower’ hanging … Continue reading

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A bad night at the crowded Roebourne pub

Cleaning up some final chores before flying out, Tony Osmond and I found ourselves in Roebourne,  W.A. at the end of a long, tiring, and dusty day.  The West was booming; Roebourne was full of itinerant workers, and the one … Continue reading

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Andy and I head for Spinaway

We stowed our electrical prospecting equipment in Derby and headed south to join the chief geologist for Western Australia at the Spinaway gossan, between Marble Bar and Nullagine. It appeared that, next field season, we would be doing some electrical … Continue reading

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The police break into our motel room

At the end of our field season, Andy and I shared a motel room in Derby. Just after we went to bed and had the lights out, our door burst open and bright lights shined into our faces. Andy reached … Continue reading

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End of work, we party in Derby

The season’s work finished for the geophysical team, we headed to Derby for some party time and goodbyes. I booked the team into the Derby pub and we spent the afternoon over pitchers of beer. Mac, as usual, was cantankerous. … Continue reading

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Mac wants to knock my block off

As the project near Fitzroy Crossing came to an end, we prepared to move to another prospect site on Kimberly Downs property. Kimberly Downs homestead paddock is about sixty miles straight east of Derby, Western Australia. The prospect was another … Continue reading

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