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23 November 2018

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Thanks for taking me back to land that I grew to love as I served as Mission Education Officer for the Catholic Mission, arriving in December 1963 and departing in July 1969.

It was great to read and see photos of Bougainville in those years. I have a lot of photos from that time on my computer. I relived the 10 hour climb from Kieta up to Deomori mission.

We arrived tired, cold and wet but met fellow Marist missionary from Moratona, Fr Moore, who was on his way down to Kieta for some shopping and asked me to sit tight and go with him down the other side to Nagovisi station at Moratona.

A marvellous article Bill. I look forward to the next instalment.

It strikes me that your first hand account of the lead up to the establishment of the Panguna mine is a message from history for those who are seeking to reopen the mine.

Surely the same forces are at work now as those that were identified by you, Max Denehy and others who had an intimate knowledge of the situation on the ground.

Superb background briefing on the Bougainville situation, Bill. Like Peter, I can't wait for the next instalment, especially up to the time when I was sent to Bougainville.

I love these factualised (yes, I know it’s not a word), unembellished chronicles especially bearing in mind my personal interest in Bougainville. Thanks Bill for the effort. I can’t wait for the next one. I’d better get this link to Mike Bell.

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