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21 September 2013

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Would you know anything about Bill Babbington's first world war history?
Have come across a reference to a Bill Babbington in 1916 in a Canadian soldier's diary and no Canadian records to connect with a Babbington.

I got to know Bill well during 1958-60 when I was a young PO in Maprik and Bill was employed as a Mines Assistant to assist and train local alluvial gold miners.

Being single males we occasionally visited each other for dinner when I would pump Bill for anecdotes about his life as a pioneer gold miner in PNG.

Bill was a self acknowledged alcoholic who hadn't had a drink for many years. Nevertheless when he would entertain me and other single guys for dinner he would always have beer available for us to have with our meals.

I recall Bill describing himself as a miner perpetually searching for the El Dorado over the next ridge.

He was a softly spoken and courtly old guy and we respected him greatly. David' article about Bill rekindles many memories for me.

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