Category Archives: Australia3

A final trip to Perth

As we were making plans to migrate to the United States, we drove from Sydney across the Australian continent to Perth, to visit Elle’s sister and family.  On the way over I stopped in Kambalda, a mining town, and visited … Continue reading

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Project for the Mount Newman Railway

The Mount Newman Railway, a private railway owned by BHP Billiton that transports iron ore from Mount Whaleback to Port Hedland, Western Australia, needed some seismic work done as part of a grade realignment.   We stayed at a field camp … Continue reading

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Another Hong Kong project

Sir Murray McLehose, then Governor General of Hong Kong, touring the Hong Kong colony north of Kowloon, was appalled at the squalid living conditions of some ‘boat people’ living in a tidal basin.  The small inlet that held their tiny … Continue reading

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An extraordinary Sunday in Sydney

After my experiences with missionaries  in Hong Kong I was well into the charismatic movement, both in Hong Kong and Australia. One Sunday I attended a mass evangelistic meeting at the Hordern Pavilion, a huge meeting hall in a Sydney … Continue reading

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Concern for Australian friends

While at a prayer meeting in Hong Kong I had asked for prayer for Geoff and Pat, a couple that my wife and I had met at church in Sydney.  They were not Christians, and were new migrants to Australia … Continue reading

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‘Run, Baby, Run’

Just before the end of my first Hong Kong project, a young Chinese acquaintance lent me a paperback  titled, ‘Run, Baby, Run’, by an evangelist named Nicky Cruz.  Mr. Cruz had been a notorious and violent leader of a Hispanic … Continue reading

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Union Church of Kowloon

When Sunday came I attended the Union Church of Kowloon, as my Australian pastor, Stan Quarmby, had recommended.  The congregation were mostly British, Australian, and from other parts of the British Commonwealth, with a few English-speaking Chinese.  The pastor, Rev. … Continue reading

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The Triad Societies and the Gurkhas

Much of Hong Kong was run by the Triad Societies, the Chinese counterpart of the Mafia.  These cutthroats ran the drug trade and other illicit businesses, mostly from that square mile near Kai Tak airport called the Forbidden City.  The … Continue reading

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Working with Maunsell Consultants Asia

Maunsell Consultants Asia offices were located in the Chinese mainland city of Kowloon, across the harbor from Hong Kong island.  The British Crown Colony of Hong Kong (returned to China in 1997) consisted of Hong Kong Island and several other … Continue reading

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The infamous Kai Tak airport

Flying into Hong Kong was an adventure in itself. First, the air liner had to fly along a narrow corridor.  Air space on both sides of the corridor were controlled by the People’s Republic of China.  Aircraft that strayed away … Continue reading

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