Mitchell Plateau 1970

by Geoff Duthie
(Auckland New Zealand)

Near the King Edward River

Near the King Edward River

I worked on the Mitchell Plateau in 1970 for AMAX Bauxite Corp for 6 months. Worked 6 days a week and on the 7th went to all the sights!

King Edward River crossing and nearby a large rock shaped like a mushroom with several rock paintings on it and onto what we thought was the road to Derby.

Mushroom shaped rock near King Edward River crossing

Mushroom shaped rock near King Edward River crossing



Other time down to Port Warrender for a boat ride to Malcolm Island then on further (about 15 minutes) to an area where there was large cave paintings some 6 metres long also some with the spaceman type headgear. Quite amazing.

Cave paintings mostly from across the water at Port Warrender

Cave paintings mostly from across the water at Port Warrender



I have been looking at all the photos I can find online for the Mitchell Falls and they look different to when I went to them... like no water.

Mitchell Falls... no water running at all

Mitchell Falls... no water running at all



One of my mates named Chris did high dive from a ledge into a pool... about 16.5 meters... spectacular.

The airstrip was developed that year to enable two Fokker Friendship planes to land as junket for WA politicians.

Our camp was at Camp Creek and 25 people lived in tents with a terrific kitchen.

Camp Mascott Percy

Percy, the camp mascott
(not too mobile because of a damaged foot)



Great party the night of the first rains of the new season.

These were simlpler days and some of our "activities" would definitely be frowned on today.
Cheers Kayone

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Jul 28, 2016
Simpler Days
by: Birgit

Thanks for sharing your memories and photos, Geoff!
I always love hearing about the simpler days way back when... :-)
Cheers,
Birgit

Aug 18, 2016
to author
by: Dave Heath

I worked at the Station site Amec Corp, we were the poor relations to you mining blokes at the camp. Was good friends with Joe Smith at the camp '71/72. Cheers

Aug 18, 2016
Mitchell Station
by: Noel Brettoner

Hi Geoff & Birgit,

Great to see your old pics and read of your time there. I passed through the Kimberley Region mid-1981, following along with a couple of young guys who were big on serious fosicking/mineral/mining specimens. Turned off Gibb River Rd headed up towards the 'plateau' strip you mentioned. But turned west to navigate our way through 4 foot high grass on an almost-lost track; to the disused airstrip next to the Mitchell River (due south of 'your' strip). Stayed in abandoned demountable & next day headed north to rejoin the Mitchell Plateau strip road just south of the strip. Went to Surveyor's Pool where we headed away from where the elders were leading a research team, & discovered some very interesting ancient galleries.
Admiralty Gulf then a loop through outback cattle station/s & off to Kununurra & the NT :)

Dec 06, 2016
Kimberley Adventures
by: Stella Simpson

I had the privilege of living in this fabulous country on Mitchell River Station in 1972/1973. My husband Des and three young children Stuart, Andrew and Helen spent many wonderful hours exploring and discovering new areas on and around the station and on Mitchell Plateau often in the company of Joe Smith who worked for Amax Bauxite on the Plateau.
My two sons are taking me back in May next year for my 75th birthday. I can imagine that it might be a bit different!!!
If anyone has any knowledge of Joe Smith, Dave and Jan Tassell or Ron Johnson I would appreciate a contact number.

Dec 06, 2016
attention Stella Simpson. Re Mitchell Station.
by: Noel Brettoner

Hello Stella Simpson,

Could you please email me so that I can send you the only photo I have of my 1981 overnight stay beside the runway. I would also like to send you a Google Earth image looking straight down, to confirm the location & where the homestaed was?
Really looking forward to possibly chatting with you if that's ok. I've always remained fascinated in the place and would love to know something of its background/history, your recollections etc.

I don't often do this but here are my contact details:-
Noel Brettoner
0422187713
Coffs Harbour NSW
nbrettoner AT yahoo DOT com
"nbrettoner" on facebook. :)

Jul 15, 2018
Mitchel plateau
by: Shirley Ayers

My Husband Jim Ayers and friend Jim Squares worked there in 1970. Would like more info.

Jul 16, 2018
re Mitchell Plateau 1970
by: Noel Brettoner

Hi Shirley,

Yesterday you made an entry :-
Jul 15, 2018
Mitchel plateau NEW
by: Shirley Ayers

My Husband Jim Ayers and friend Jim Squares worked there in 1970. Would like more info.

= = = = = = = =

For far too long I've been remiss in not re-contacting Stella Simpson (see previous posts on this thread). I hope to email her in the next few days. I'm sure that if still available, she would be able to have a chat with you; having lived on Mitchell Station in that era.
Feel free to email/phone me as per my previous post, if I can help.
Kind regards,
Noel Brettoner

Jul 20, 2018
Mitchell Plateau 1970
by: Geoff Duthie

Hello Shirley,
I was interested to read your short note.
I do recall the Jims... one was quite tall with a blonde buzzcut and the other was dark haired with a beard, a bit shorter. Both English.
Several other English guys but can't remember their names. Also Irish... two Joes and a Ray.
So what have the Jims been up to their lives, now that 48 years have gone by! Have a few photos of some of the times there.
Do they recall Jack Zany at all, and Noel talks of Joe Smith or Botanical Joe as we nicked him.
Hope to hear from you at this address:
jethrod99 AT gmail DOT com
Cheers for now
Geoff Duthie (Kayone)

Jul 20, 2018
Attn Geoff Duthie
by: Noel Brettoner

Hi Geoff,

Will email you shortly. I'm particularly interested in any memories of Mitchell Station (Stella & Des Simpson) you may have. Any photos of the place etc. Still need to get back to Stella also. Her son/s were going to fly her back over the old place a couple of years ago.
Also interested in the place you worked & whereabouts was the main camp/mining site?
I recall mid 1981 on my way up to Darwin, we came off the Gibb River Rd. to the Mitchell Station airstrip (beside Mitchell River). Then headed further north. Somewhere before Surveyor's Pool we came through a mining camp & had to sign a book.
What was that place? And just exactly whereabouts please?

Kind regards,
Noel Brettoner
nbrettoner AT yahoo DOT com

Jul 28, 2018
Two Jim's.
by: Shirley Ayers

I sent you an email. Hope you received it. Shirley Ayer.

Aug 03, 2018
Att Geoff and Noel NEW
by: Shirley Ayers

Hi to you both. Very interested in finding out more of the time spent in the Kimberlies by the people who were part of it. I did sent an email to Noel. Regards Shirley.

Aug 03, 2018
Attention: Shirley Ayers. NEW
by: Noel Brettoner

Hi Shirley,

I've searched high and low for your email but sadly can't find it. Did I reply?.
Please could you resend it to:-
nbrettoner@yahoo.com

Looking forward to learning more of the region and specifically Stella Simpson & family, and the Mitchell Station. :)

kind regards,
Noel
0422187713

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