TIMELINES & FAULTLINES comprises a panorama of Colonial history, painful politics and resultant social issues across a swath of the 20th century. The author, a mining geologist, has recorded unusual events and stories from sub-Arctic gulag country to Antarctic whaling waters, from coral atolls of the Pacific to the fleshspots of South East Asia, from European mining might to the the uncertain life of Brazilian garimpeiros.
Working in the Amazon Basin, Minas Geras, in 1973 I witnessed first hand the dreadful working conditions of the garimpeiros (illegal miners) eeking out a tin scratchers living on the Sierra Branca cassiterite deposit. Their lot is one of heat, dust, dirt, mud and violence.
The Sierra Branca deposit is located adjacent ro the Rio das Mortes, a waterway infested with pirhañas, carnivores that will strip cattle or a humans to the bone in moments. The only way to reach the deposit is by an unstable punt. The operator was on the way to becoming a millionaire, no charge one way, a kilogram of cassiterite for the return trip.
This autobiography records issues prior to the ‘low dishonest decade’ of the 1930s when Europe sleepwalked its way to war. It covers a small boy’s WWII, the loss of Empire, the rise of failing states, halcyon days of global growth and the implosion of the Soviet Union.
It has been a fortunate life, often living in communities freed from the yoke of Colonialism and resenting the need for foreign investment.
The Soloman Islands’ history was bloody, dominated by inter-island warfare. New Georgian war canoes raided islands seeking ‘mana’ from skulls of their enemies. Early in the 20th century, missionaries requested the British navy to destroy the great canoe houses.
High on a misty jungle-covered mountain top on Vella Lavella, I came across mounds of skulls, most with holes in the back of their heads. The Melanesian porters fled in terror.
This autobiography records a kalaidoscope of historical and political anecdotes and maverick occupations that are now no longer widely supported in this ‘brave new world’. This is an unusual life story of a mining geologist who, by good fortune, found himself in strange places well off the beaten track. This autobiography is published by Austin Macauley, London and is available from bookshops and on line
These sei whales were harpooned far from the factory ship, partially inflated with a preservative gas and set adrift with radio beacon attached, buoy boats would collect them and deliver them to the factory ship.
Flensers cutting the blubber from the carcass which will be rendered down to whale oil. The remainder will be boiled down to meat meal and bone meal. The pots below deck have been opened releasing clouds of steam. In less than an hour the whale will have been processed and the next whale would be on the flensing deck.
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This autobiography records issues prior to the ‘low dishonest decade” of the 1930s, through World War 2, the loss of Empire, the rise of failing states, the halcyon decades of post war global growth, the convulsive 1990s decade commencing with the implosion of the Soviet Union. Finally to a state of non-retirement during which the curse of natural resources endowment has become obvious for Australia. This autobiography is published by Austin Macauley, London and is available in book shops and on line.
As a member of the Timor Bush Fire Brigade I was involved in a massive bush fire that destroyed an extensive area of eucalypt forest and pasture. The roar of the flames and the choking smoke were a fitting backdrop for stands of burning Xanthorroea which resembled martyrs at the stake in the reign of Queen Mary in 1555.
Rain fell to finally quench the fires. The sunset, due to the smoke haze, was among the most speseacular ever seen in the Timor locality.
This autobiography chronicles history, painful politics and social issues in the aftermath of imploding Empires and the rise of Failing States, it is about the life of a mining geologist living and working in far away places as events swirled around him through the 20th century and into the 21st century. In non-retirement the author ran a cattle property in the Upper Hunter, New South Wales. He now lives on the coast north of Sydney.
Cattle dogs are an essential requirement for the cattle industry. Most cattle are amenable to mustering but frequently some animals require more robust treatment to drive them into a fresh paddock or the mustering yards. Despite their size steers can move with great speed and ferocity.
This was no ritual fighting, it would continue for a long time, the biting and kicking with clawed feet created bleeding injuries. At intervals the kangaroos would turn back to back to lick wounds then in a trice it would be on again. Ultimately one , bleeding and limping, would hop away while the victor would sidle up to a quietly eating doe nearby.
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TIME LINES & FAULT LINES chronicles the life of mining geologist, John Hugh Hill, from the days of sail to Antarctic whaling, the gold mines of the Witwatersrand, the jungles of the Solomon Islands, the ethnic cauldron of Malaya, the flesh spots of South-East Asia, the deserts of Australia, the gulags of Eastern Siberia and the garimpeiros of Brazil.
He now resides in Pearl Beach, NSW, Australia, planning further literary works.
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This is a saga of social disruption before WW1: a small boy’s experience of WW2, the decline of a Western Empire, painful politics and current social disruption. The Appendix, “Mankind in Affray”, is a thought provoking finale.
This book is published by Austin Macauley, London, and is now available at book stores and on line.