State Library of South Australia

From Outback to Outer Space: Woomera 1955 - 1980

Date: 23 August 2017 to 12 November 2017

Location: Institute Gallery

Australias first satellite WRESAT soars into orbit 1967 WRESAT image courtesy DST Group
Australia’s first satellite WRESAT soars into orbit, 1967. WRESAT image courtesy DST Group.

Woomera Rocket Range launched Australia into the space age in the 1950s. The Woomera story has many facets: it is one of secrecy and controversy, innovation and achievement, set against the background of the Cold War and the Space Race. Discover the stories of the early days of Australia's space activity and how, in 1967, Australia joined the elite 'Space Club' of nations that had launched their own satellites. Find out what life was like for the men, women and children who lived in the 'top secret' outback town of Woomera.

The exhibition draws on the collections of the State Library of South Australia, National Archives of Australia, Defence Science and Technology Group, South Australian Aviation Museum and the Woomera historical museums. See large scale rocket models together with space artefacts, photographs and archival footage, and listen to oral histories of former Woomera residents.

We invite you to explore a fascinating part of Australia's technological and scientific history and discover how the Woomera Rocket Range took Australia from the outback to outer space.

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Partnering with the 68th International Astronautical Congress 2017

We are delighted to be partnering with the 68th International Astronautical Congress 2017 to be part of the Congress Cultural Program. Adelaide welcomes the Congress from 25-29 September 2017.

Space related eResources at the State Library of SA

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Search our catalogue for the available space related titles below:

  • Air and space power journal
  • Aviation week and space technology
  • International journal of aerospace engineering
  • International journal of space structures
  • Journal of aviation/aerospace education and research
  • SAE international journal of aerospace

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