Woomera is today a modern village that has an interesting past. During the ‘cold war’ Woomera was seen as the Australia’s frontier town in ‘doing our part’. Rockets, missiles and atom bombs are the modern history of the town.
The new town was established on Commonwealth land procured for the purpose, and named after the Aboriginal spear throwing implement the woomera which extends the range a spear can be thrown. During the 1960s, over 7,000 people lived and worked at Woomera
Construction of Woomera Village began in mid-1947 to cater for thousands of people moving there as part of the Anglo-Australian Project. The project lasted for 30 years and saw Woomera become one of the most secret allied bases established during the Cold War.
In its heyday, Australia once had the renowned position in space research and development that saw Woomera as second only to Cape Caneveral in the in the number of annual rocket and missile launches.
Today Woomera is not much more than a museum, but given the increasing mining activities at nearby Roxby Downs a new and positive future awaits.