Barbed Wire and Bougainvillea


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In 2001, Bob was sent by Australian Volunteers International to Papua New Guinea to teach at a Catholic mission school, 800km up the Fly River. Book contents include cannibalism, murder, witchcraft, tragedy, hardship, safety concerns and humour. 20 months after returning from his posting, Bob flew his Cessna aircraft up past Papua New Guinea to Wuvulu Island near the equator and when homeward bound, called into Kiunga for a few days to catch up with his ex-students, fellow teachers and mission personnel. Along the way, Bob refers to events in some of the 79 countries he has visited during his world travels.

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Adventures in Papua New Guinea








Bob Stevens


Bob is an adventurer who has visited every continent except Antarctica. An adrenaline seeker, over the years he has been involved in racing motorcycles, rodeo riding, skydiving, bungee diving and flying his own aircraft in Australia and internationally. Upon leaving high school in New Zealand, Bob commenced a five year mechanical apprenticeship and a year after completion, aged 22, he travelled to Australia where over a period of 12 months he had a variety of jobs including that as a ditch digging labourer. On big money as a steel fixer at Woomera Rocket Range in the South Australian Desert, Bob soon had enough money saved for a boat trip to the UK. During four years working mostly as a mechanic in London and Birmingham, Bob travelled to the continent several times with one trip north of the Arctic Circle in Norway to view the midnight sun. After returning to New Zealand Bob married and later brought his family including a daughter and son to Australia to live permanently. Working as a fitter welder in Queensland coal mines kept Bob occupied for a few years and then up until retirement, he worked in the oil industry as a crane operator on rigs in Australia and South East Asia. First wife Ann died in Canada during a trip home from Russia in 1996 and ten years later, Bob married Chinese Indonesian Lania. His first foray into the world of writing is publication of hard copy biography ‘Buckley’s Chance’ pertaining to Australian agricultural pilot Ben Buckley.







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