Category Archives: Australia2

Years 1965 to 1967, interval between Bougainville exploration projects

Swimming at Torquay beach

Elle and I loved to go to the beach.  One Saturday we made a trip to Torquay beach, southwest of Melbourne. Torquay is a world-class surf beach.  Expert surfers travel from around the world to experience the waves.  It is … Continue reading

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Getting my pilot’s license

I had not completed one last requirement for my pilot’s license; a six-hour solo navigation exercise from Melbourne to Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.  I made the flight on a Saturday, two weeks after our wedding.  That evening the Estonian … Continue reading

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The bombshell

One day, as I walked into my hotel communal shower area, I glanced at the wall mirror. To my shock, my image in the mirror looked me straight in the eye and said, “Mister, it’s about time you were married!” … Continue reading

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Taffy Watkins ticks off the Silly Dog

A couple of months after I left Mary Kathleen, Taffy Watkins made a trip to Melbourne. As several of us were having a conversation with Taffy, I asked him, “How’s the Silly Dog doing?” Taffy’s countenance darkened.  I need to … Continue reading

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The Silly Dog wins Taffy over

A geologist from Mary Kathleen told me this story: After I left Mary Kathleen, the Silly Dog roamed free, at will.  He was a friendly dog; he avoided fighting and didn’t make trouble.  I’d guess that he took food from … Continue reading

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Alone, through the bush, to Melbourne

The exploration field season finished, crews paid off and released, Bedford and Nissan stored at Mary Kathleen, I loaded the geophysical equipment, filled all my Jerry cans with fuel, and headed down the track in ‘my’ Land Rover and generator … Continue reading

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I leave Mary Kathleen and the Silly Dog

When our exploration project at Mary Kathleen came to an end, I released the field team in Mount Isa with air tickets, left the Nissan and Bedford in Mary Kathleen, and packed the geophysical equipment in the Land Rover for … Continue reading

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Taffy Watkins, and life in Mary Kathleen

The Mary Kathleen care and maintenance crew consisted of about thirty workers, most of whom had families.  Managing the work was Taffy Watkins, a crusty gentleman who knew what he wanted.  I found him to be a cordial, affable man … Continue reading

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Silly Dog learns to jump Mary Kathleen fences

The houses at Mary Kathleen were arranged in long blocks, with a street running down each block, between houses.  In the back of the back yard of every house was a four-foot-high chain link fence.  Since the back yards adjoined … Continue reading

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From Home of Bullion to Mary Kathleen

After completing the exploration at Home of Bullion, Dick and Chook decided to stay in the Northern Territory.  With a new field crew I hired in Alice Springs,  I headed north on the Stuart Highway to the Barkly Highway junction … Continue reading

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