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From Outback to Outer Space: records about Woomera at the National Archives

ELDO (European Launcher Development Organisation) launching site with Europa 1 rocket resting on launch pad, Woomera, South Australia.
ELDO (European Launcher Development Organisation) launching site with Europa 1 rocket resting on launch pad, Woomera, South Australia. (NAA: A1500, K17867)

Monday 18 September, 11am | Adelaide
Thursday 2 November, 6pm

Discover the fascinating history of Woomera, and its part in the space race, in the collections of the National Archives of Australia.

You can see many items from the NAA’s Woomera collection currently on display in the exhibition, From Outback to Outer Space: Woomera 1955–1980, at the State Library of South Australia. However there is a much wider range of records about Woomera available including documents, plans, photographs and film.

Highlights of the collection include Cabinet decisions and Prime Ministerial correspondence concerning the Anglo-Australian Joint Project, records documenting the initial construction of the town and subsequent social life, migration records of the people who worked in Woomera, administrative and technical files relating to Defence and space research projects and even files relating to UFO sightings and anonymous and eccentric letters addressed to WRE Woomera.

This presentation will explore some of these highlights and provide information about how you can access these records to research this fascinating history further.

State Library of South Australia
Hetzel Lecture Theatre
Institute Building
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

Free, bookings essential: via Eventbrite

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