Latest requests are at the top of the page.
Request Archives should also be checked - links below.
**Also check the Memories pages as some have contact requests.**
Date: March 15, 2007
I would appreciate it if
you could post my request on the Woomera site. I was a young soldier
with AGWTU from 1970 to 1972, met some great people in Woomera, mostly
females and would be interested in finding out how their lives turned
out once they went back to the USA. My girfriend at the time was Jayne
Alison Miller (daughter of Colonel Miller). She had two brothers Rick
and Scott. Other people were Tracey Lou Thompson, Judy Clements, Toni
Thompson and Marsha Shoemaker. If anyone remembers me and is visiting
the site please feel free to contact me.
Danny Watt in Woomera 78-81
My name is Danny Watt. I have
submitted requests earlier on March 16, 2003,
and Feb 9, 2004, but I have changed my email
address and website once more since then. I am still looking for anyone
who lived in Woomera or/and was in school with me. I was in 7th
8th and 9th grade during the time. I have
already made some contacts and look forward to making many more. I
would like to plan a reunion in Woomera in the future. Although it is
probably too late to schedule our 30th School reunion, I
would like to consider a 35th year reunion in about five
years to give everyone time to plan, or save up for the trip.
Please see my original requests. You can contact me at my email
or website listed below.
Salt Lake City, Utah
February 20, 2007
I wonder if
you would be able to help me . I am looking for my father.
My fathers name is Edward Arthur Sargent and he was born in Croydon,
Surrey, in 1921 As far as I know, he enlisted when he was about
17 years old and made a career out of the RAF.
He was a Warrent Officer in the 1950s when he went or was
posted to Woomera, South Australia. His RAF No. was 551574. I
don't even know if came home to England after Woomera or if he stayed
Shirley Francome (Nee) Sargent
February 19, 2007
Big Jim's passing
Jim Sykes (Big Jim) passed away February 15th. He had a
passion for Australia as a result of his time in Woomera and
made numerous friends while he served in the USAF there. I thank you in
advance to the service you provide to all former Woomerites, a way to
stay in touch, reminisce and look ahead.
February 13, 2007
Spud Murphy's passing
To whom it may concern,
my name is Tracey Walton (Murphy). Last night, Spud Murphy, 80,
passed away at 11.10pm (February 12th). Struggling with a long illness,
my grandfather was the owner of Spud's Roadhouse out at Pimba. If anyone wishes to contact the
Murphy family, please contact me at the email address below.
February 6, 2007
January 25, 2007
shadows are long on the land and the role call shorter with the passing
of each season. We, the originals, are soon to march
inexorably into history's page. This Web Site is an incredible
boon to those of us who have lived and loved in Woomera and, for
this, we are eternally grateful my friend.
a new dawn shall rise and with it the 'Gate Way to the Stars' shall
once again bloom as a wondrous city in the middle of a desert. My
the new wave of Young Turks love her as we who bequeath her hidden
time, that Reunion is coming around right smartly folks. 60
years ago. . . only yesterday.
am making my way up to the Old Place ~ to walk her empty streets and
hopefully share a kind word with comrades long since moved on.
How about it folks ? Do you reckon we valiant few can make the
trek one last time ? I look forward to meeting you all there this
Easter ~ perchance a few ends of Paddy Mellon Bowls and memories of the
Duo Decathlons? Do we get to reminisce about the Immortal
Robbie Smith or of a time when you could actually trust a 14 year old
to do something more important than run an errand to the shop (just as
long as they have a note).
we meet again, Janet Cox that was . . . ex-Galloway and now
I would appreciate your help identifying the people in the adjacent
image. I believe it is a group of RAF personnel who were part of the UK
MOD supply team for the Blue Streak launch.
The officer on the right shaking hands is my uncle Wing Cmmdr
November 28, 2006
We lived at Woomera from Dec 1952 to the
late 60's, on and off. It was a great place to be and we finished
school there, then worked at Range E and in the Tech area. We plan to
be part of the 60th celebrations next Easter, but would like to contact
old school mates who can remember either or both of us.
See you there.
John and Tony Selby
Date: November 17, 2006
I'd just like to update my
contact details for anyone interested in contacting me. I was with
Fairey A'asia from in Woomera from 1979 to 1983 and I'd love to hear
from anyone who remembers me.
I can be contacted at:the
email addresses below.
or alternatively firstname.lastname@example.org
October 31, 2006
Hello Mark... just looking for help in
locating some old mates from Woomera. I was part of the AGWTU and
operated the long range radar at the range and sound ranging at Mt Eba.
I was involved in Water Polo Basketball and Capt./Coached the Rugby
League Team. Our footy team was made up of most of our AGWTU team and
blokes from the British Marines and RAF types working on Red Shoes and
Red Duster. Some names that come to mind are Spike Rose, Bob Osmond,
Barry?, Dave Kent, WO1 Dan?
We had a great time and I'd love to track
somebody down. I remember Flossie from the cameras and the heaps of
advice she gave me when I was thinking of getting married and our
discussions over LP records that eventually got left in the back seat
of my car and got melted in the heat. I bought a 1954 Plymouth from Pt
Augusta with my 21st insurance money. I took a pommy mate to Qld with
me one long weekend and we rolled the car past Broken Hill... got to
Bundaberg with parts flying off everywhere, waited three weeks for it
to be fixed and then my mate hit a roo on the way back so I traded it
in on an FJ ute, but that's another story... would be delighted if I
was able to raise anyone.
Midgley RAA 1/410268
October 19, 2006
there! I was turned on to your site by Smiley... aka Ian Smith.
I lived in Woomera from 1972-1974; my dad was in the Air Force. We
lived at 11 Kinka St. and I would really love to hear from anyone. My
dad is Woody Woodring... I am Janice Woodring.
From reading thru your pages, there are not very many from the kids I
knew back then: Smiley, Gibbsy, Greg & Lynn Cameron, Boo Weber,
Slav (tho I did see his post!), Peter Taylor, Chris & Andrew
Morris, the Waite kids.. Judy, Phil & Burt(?), Debbie Gunderson,
Evelyn Wray, Rick Kurtz, John Hattersly, & so many more... The
families on our street: the Staines, the Vincents, the Mercers...
Anyone knowing anybody I have mentioned, feel free to contact me. I am
living in Orlando, Florida and have been since returning from Woomera
in 1974. I think your site is great & gives everyone a place to
re-live a great time in their lives!
Thanx....Janice Caulder (Woodring)
September 29, 2006
Came across your Woomera web page and found it very
Basically, I served with the Royal Navy as a Radio
Operator at Maralinga, part of the Woomera set-up, in
1965/66. At that time, I along with another Radio Operator,
Stuart Linton, operated the Teleprinter Link with AWRE Adelaide and had
many a conversation with the two ladies who lived in Elizabeth,
Adelaide, with their families. Many a day was passed
chatting to the ladies (names have slipped my mind at present). It
would be nice to be able to speak with them again, or their families to
say how their banter kept us sane in the outback.
Secondly, can you advise me of whom I can contact to find the
family of RAAF Warrent Officer Beresford who served at Maralinga and
who basically took me under his wing so to speak as I was a young
wipper snapper of 19 years old. He taught and showed me a lot of the
outback as he was the station Aboriginal representative and we visited
many a Aboriginal camp together.
I hope that you can assist me and I wish the Woomera Web Page
all the success for the future.
September 25, 2006
Hello ex-Woomerites and perhaps present. It has been a while
since I have posted on here, but love to come back and check it from
time to time. My dad passed away June 26, 2006, in Adelaide, and I
wanted to post it on here for all his mates to see and remember him.
Bob Veale was in Woomera from 1978 til 1990 and
worked out the Nurrungar site kitchen. He enjoyed his time in Woomera
immensely. Whenever I would call him from the
States, after he moved to Adelaide, he would say
"Oh! You'll never guess who I ran into the other day....." It was
always someone from Woomera, or someone's uncle's neighbor's friend who
knew someone from Woomera! It truly is a small world out there!
This is his daughter Kerry (now Johnson). If you would like
to contact me, I would love to hear from you.
August 22, 2006
After being away from
Woomera for 31 years, it was great to discover your website and read
some of the requests. My family, parents Barry David and Pauline Anne
Higgins, sister Veronica and brother Paul lived in Woomera from 1969 to
August 1975. We lived in Bahlaka Street initially and then at 5 Dewrang
Avenue. My father was in the fire service and latterly was in charge of
the Airport Crash Crew.
I do not remember many of my old mates other than Paul Wetherill, Paul
Oldfield, Paul Worthy, David Holcroft and Karen Peterson and Debbie
It would be great to hear from anybody that I went to school with
between 1970 and 1975. I was 15 went we left to return to England in
August 17, 2006
I lived in Woomera from 1978 to
My dad, Peter Cooper was in the Federal Police up there. I'm looking
for any of my old school pals. My name was Helen Cooper then, but I'm
married now and I'm now Helen Lukacs.
August 17, 2006
Does anyone remember James
Bush (Jimmy) who worked on several firings. Left approx.1960 due to ill
health. He died in England in 1971. I am his daughter and would
appreciate any mention of him as we had a fire and all that remains are
August 5, 2006
Max Hawkins Woomera Request 28. Updateof email.
Updating my email (below).
I am absolutely wrapped that the site is still going strong. A
couple of people have contacted me from your efforts. Namely Roger
Sanderson and Stan Harrington.
Whilst I was travelling Australia for 5 years, I tried to find Bob
Bell the son of Sue & Peter Bell. (Peter was one of the SP bookies
in Woomera). I tracked him to Ranger Mines in Jabiru and spoke to a
lady in the Info Centre. She said he was living in Adelaide (her father
new him well).
I have sent Christmas cards to Sue & Peter since I left
Woomera and called into 99 Military Road West Beach where they lived on
my Australia trip as the cards stopped a few years ago. Has anyone any
knowledge of Sue or Peter? Bob married Merilynn and had a son.
Request for Larry Smith
am searching for a privately made (Not the WRE 16 minute doco'
available from the National Archives) documentary film of Black Knight during Project Dazzle at Range E
Woomera in 1964-5, details as follows:
Thought to be 'Black Knight' or 'Black Knight Trials'.
No: Filmed BK21 in April 1964 and BK23 in June 1965 (There was
Reception and preparation of BK in Test Shop 2. Erection & testing
of BK on launcher 5A. Static firing & launch of BK's. Film includes
trials personnel from Hawker Siddeley Dynamics (HSDA), Saunders Roe,
Bristol Siddeley, Westland Aircraft, Royal Aircraft Establishment
(RAE), WRE and the Army Trials Team working on the BK vehicle.
Vic Bullock, Senior Trials Team Leader for BK.
Type: 8mm movie film. Sound track on a separate tape was made
then later synchronised with the film. The narrator or voice-over was
provided by a New Zealand fellow.
Approx. 45-50 minutes running
time on one reel.
It's thought that copies were held by Jock McLoughlin, Chief Engineer,
Black Knight, HSDA (now deceased); RAE, Farnborough and National
Archives of Australia (NAA) in Sydney. I've tried to communicate with
the RAE but no success thus far. The NAA have ~70% of material yet
to be examined - they probably need someone to volunteer their time to
search their storage in Sydney.
anyone can shed some light on its whereabouts I would be ever so
grateful. I was one of the younger team members (HSDA) included in the
film - all of 40 years ago!
Hi Everyone. I posted a few years ago, but wanted to let everyone
know that I have updated the Yahoo Group WoomeraAustralia with some
pictures from when I was there in 1986-1987. It would be great to
catch up with anyone who was there during that time. Come on over
and check out the group. The link is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/woomeraaustralia/
E-mail: email@example.com or
Request for Larry Smith
I am looking for an old AF buddy, SSgt Larry Smith, who was
stationed in Woomera in 1986. He would have come from the DC area and
would be hard to forget. Please contact me if you knew Larry and have
Reunion/Contact Request from Dan Watt in
I am interested in organizing a 25th
class reunion, which would be coming up in 2008.
Below is listed my website, phone number
and email address. Please feel free to contact me anytime to reminis.
Salt Lake City, Utah
www.watt.aros.net You can contact me via this site also.
Phone # in the USA (801) 568-5142
I have visited you Woomera site on a regular basis for the last
few years and have managed to catch up with a couple of lost friends.
Hoping you could you put this in the requests archives
My father (Allen Higgins) passed away recently and my mother (
Gwen Higgins) is trying to contact Tom and Faye Nestor. Mum
received a sympathy card from Tom and Faye but unfortunately has lost
the envelope with their address on. Of course mum would also be
happy to hear from any of their friends from Woomera. Mum can be
contacted via my email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Woomera Births info (This
is a followup to a Request posting on February 8, 2006)
I have been looking into where the Birth records of the Woomera
hospital are stored. On a site about the Woomera hospital it mentioned
that the Woomera hospital was an extension of the Port Augusta
Hospital. I sent an email to the office that I believe was in Port
Augusta and this is the reply I received.
From Sandra Hill, email@example.com
I have been asked to respond to your query regarding the birth records
from Woomera Hospital. I believe that these no longer are kept at the
hospital. You will need to make a written request, including your
contact phone and fax numbers and address and the details of your
This should be marked for the attention of Office Services Co-ordinator
and addressed to:
Defence Centre Woomera
PO Box 157, Woomera SA 5720
I will also send this info to Christina Pollard the person who put the
query on the Woomera memories site (February 8, 2006, posting).
Mark I would like to tell you how much I enjoy your Woomera memories
A red 1959 Dodge
Hi Mark, I have just been looking through your Woomera site and
found it very interesting. Although I never worked there I have been
there many, many times as I worked nearby in Roxby Downs for five
years. I also have some close friends who worked and were born there in
the late 60s so the place has always fascinated me (I have an old sign
that came from Antenna Track B Field hanging on my shed).
My request is a little weird, but I hope you understand and can
find space for it. Hopefully it jogs a few memories of the weird and
wonderful vehicles that were running around SA's far north back then.
I am looking for the previous owner or people who may
remember a bright red 1959 Dodge Suburban 2-Door Stationwagon. The
story I have is the vehicle was brought in for a US
serviceman in 1959 when the car was brand new. The hard part is, it is
actually a Canadian car. This is the ONLY 1 in Australia and we have
only found 1 other survivor in Canada, so it's a rare vehicle and we
would love to know its history prior to 1977.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Adelaide South Australia
Date: March 13, 2006
Woomera Requests - Sid
& Lee May
My name is Christine Briscomb. I
lived in Woomera from 1962 to early 1967 with my husband David and two
children Fenella & Virginia. We have many fond memories of
our time as new migrants.
My husband recently died and I regret
that we lost contact with his friend and Woomera workmate Sid
May. I would like to let Sid know of David's death, so if anyone
knows of Sid or his wife Lee's current whereabouts, I would be very
grateful if they would contact me.
What a lovely website, it is bringing
back so many memories!
I lived in Woomera for five brilliant
years with my Dad, Mum and brother (Mally, Denise and Ryan Gray). What
great times, Dad working in Koolie's at the weekend and giving us
unlimited goes on the Space invader machine to keep us quiet, plus
unlimited Raspberry and lemonade. The pool where we spent so much
time as kids, the dirtbike racing that my brother was so fond of, he
let me have a go on his bike once, but I only succeeded in crashing it
into a tree on our lawn in Dewrang Ave! The shooting, the cricket,
Ronnie Weaser (Wiggles) and his dog. Friday nights at the theatre
with two dollars! I could go on and on, but I have many more
memories to read!
I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me or any of my family
who also include my Uncle and Aunt, Phil and Joan Griffiths, who lived
in Woomera for several years, leaving in about 79 or 80 I think.
Joanne Pendlebury (nee Gray)
February 8, 2006
A Woomera Hospital
My name is Christina Mary Pollard. I
was born at Woomera Hospital on 4 January 1961, my brother Peter Vivian
Pollard was born there on 22 March 1962. My mum, Patricia Pollard
is now 84 and cannot recall my birth details, my father Vivian Edgar
Pollard died 13 years ago. I need some information from my
birth record - I want to know my time of birth. I have called the
Woomera Hospital and made the request, but they do not know where the
records are kept. They said something about BAE but could give me
no other details. I looked on the web, called a SA company called
BAE but had no luck. I am wondering if you can help me.
(A good question: If
knows where the hospital birth records are kept, please advise, as
there are no doubt others who would find this useful. Mark Rigby)
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