Gibber Gabber the Woomera newspaper since the earliest days of Woomera. Treasure chest of information for the author of DESERT OF GUILT.
Gilbert B. Richardson decided in 1869 to name the springs between Woomera and Tarcoola after Philip Hiern, the man who accompanied him on an expedition into the bush.
Ingomar Station sheep station between Coober Pedy and Woomera, near Brumby Creek.
Read: Irrititja - the Past: Antikirrinya History from Ingomar Station and Beyond by Ingkama Bobby Brown and Petter Attila Naessan, Keeaira Press, Southport, Queensland (2012); a book about indigenous epistemology and how language, country and identity are connected.
Island Lagoon Tracking Station (DSS 41) the station’s main function was to track deep space probes. It was established in August 1960. By the 1960s the station was installed in permanent buildings and was a major unit in the network. The station was operated by the Australian Department of Supply and provided support for missions until December 1972. While none of the DSS-41 facility still exists, the road works and building sites for this historic facility can still be seen.
In his book Woomera Ivan Southall writes in 1962:
“It was a disturbing place, tense with aeons of unwritten history, remarkable for itself, doubly remarkable because its unearthly beauty was a backdrop to modern man’s journeys to the planets. I almost had to pinch myself. This was honest-to-goodness truth, an accomplished fact, an everyday sight for a handful of flesh-and-blood scientists, engineers, and technicians. And they had placed it here, in this extraordinary country, this moonscape, undoubtedly aware of its dramatic impact.’
Source: Woomera, by Ivan Southall, © Angus and Robertson Ltd., 1962, pages 227–229
Ivan Southall (1921-2008) Australian author who wrote about 40 children's books, which have been translated into more than 20 languages. Between 1950 and 1962 he published a series about Simon Black, a believable character with a science-fictional aircraft. The children in his books do not laugh and do not behave childlike or childish, when the writer subjects them to trials that require courage and fortitude. His books seldom have happy endings. Southall also wrote novels, essays, management books, historical and biographical works. In 1962 he stayed several weeks in Woomera and wrote a book about it called Woomera. He died of cancer in 2008 .
Read: Woomera (1962) by Ivan Southall, Angus and Robertson, Sydney