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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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

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

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 :)

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