State Library of South Australia

Woomera - special events

Date: 26 August 2017 to 30 September 2017

Woomera Exhibition - special events

Woomera put Australia into the space age. This exhibition will not only tell the story of that journey into the stars, but also what life was like for the men, women and children who lived on the ground. Presented by the State Library and the National Archives of Australia.

Curator talk with Kerrie Dougherty

Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 August
Time: 12pm
Institute Gallery

Join Kerrie Dougherty, exhibition curator, for a guided tour of the exhibition.

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Starship MawsonStarship Mawson at the Library

Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 August
Time: 1.30pm
Hetzel Lecture Theatre
Suitable for all ages

Stuart A Blair - Pop Culture Historian

See Stuart's presentation on the connection between Tintin and the Woomera Rocket Base. Following this one hour presentation there will be a screening of the two part Tintin Animated Adventures 'Destination Moon and Explorers on The Moon.

(NASA used the interior of the rockets ship in these animated adventures as inspiration for their own rocket ship designs during the Appollo space missions at a time when Woomera was a key player in the space race).

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Australia in Space - curator talkWoomera Rocket Range: the hub of early Australian space activity

Monday 28 August
Time: 6pm
Hetzel Lecture Theatre

In the first decade of the Space Age, Australia was considered one of the world's major space-faring nations-and South Australia's Woomera Rocket Range was the hub of the nation's space activities. Originally established in 1947 as the Western world's largest overland weapons test range, Woomera was in the right place at the right time to become the home of British, Australian and American space projects kick-started by the International Geophysical Year (1957-58). In 1967, Woomera saw the launch of Australia's first satellite, WRESAT, making this country one of the earliest to launch its own national satellite.

Join Kerrie Dougherty, Curator of the Library's Outback to Outer Space: Woomera and Space 1955-1980 exhibition as she explores the fascinating story of how the Woomera Rocket Range drew Australia into one of the most significant technological achievements of the Twentieth Century-the exploration and utilisation of space.

Kerrie's new book 'Space Australia- The Story of Australia's Involvement in Space' will be available for purchase, and you'll have an opportunity to have your copy signed.

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Mars - the red planetMars: the exciting history of our smaller sister planet

Monday 11 September
Time: 6.30pm
Hetzel Lecture Theatre

Mars has intrigued our imagination for centuries. Would you like to learn more? Join us for this fascinating lecture by Associate Professor Victor Gostin, University of Adelaide in partnership with Mars Society Australia.

NASA's rovers plus orbiting satellites have revealed many, often unexpected features. Not only was there a Martian ocean with tsunamis, but large impacts created warm moist conditions suitable for life. As well letting you handle a real meteorite from Mars, this talk will present a few of the many exciting features of our sister planet that have just been published.


Victor Gostin is a retired Associate Professor in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Adelaide. Victor lectured in earth sciences at Adelaide University from 1970 to 2001. His scientific interests include the origins and evolution of the solar system and of life, meteorite impacts, and environmental geoscience. Victor is keen to popularise earth and planetary sciences to the community through lectures and radio. Asteroid 3640GOSTIN has honoured his scientific discoveries.

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Partnering with the 68th International Astronautical Congress 2017

Tuesday 26 - Sunday 30 September 2017


  • A panel of 3 astronauts facilitated by Dr Alice Gorman, Department of Archaeology, Flinders University - Elder Hall
  • Women in Space
  • Innovation and Innovators
  • Professor Malcolm Walters, Founding Australian Centre for Astrobiology Director

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