Image Boy's diagram of a rocket ship, 1957

TLF ID M006978

This is a hand-drawn diagram of a rocket ship by young Denis Cox, sent in October 1957 to 'A top scientist at Woomera Rocket Range, South Australia'. It links to an online showcase called 'Find of the Month' via an educational resource page in the National Archives Virtual Reading Room (VRROOM). The 'Find of the Month' for May 2009 features Denis's design and provides further links to photographs and government files about activities at Woomera.



Educational details

Educational value
  • The letter from Denis Cox is a charming cameo of the Australian public's fascination with rockets, satellites and space exploration after the launch of Sputnik 1 on 4 October 1957. This fascination was reflected in a growing interest in Woomera Rocket Range and the role Australia could play in the space race.
  • The resource provides links to a range of primary-source documents and images from government records that could contribute to historical studies of Australia-UK relations, atomic and nuclear bomb testing in Australia, and 1950s support for the development of nuclear weapons.
Learning area
  • Science
  • Studies of society and environment
  • Technologies

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Contributors
  • Author
  • Person: Denis Cox
  • Description: author
  • Contributor
  • Name: National Archives of Australia
  • Organization: National Archives of Australia
  • Description: content provider
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.naa.gov.au
  • Person: Denis Cox
  • Description: author
  • Publisher
  • Name: National Archives of Australia
  • Organization: National Archives of Australia
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.naa.gov.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Image
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  • © Education Services Australia Ltd and the National Archives of Australia, 2010 (except where otherwise indicated). You may view, display, print out, copy and modify this material for non-commercial educational purposes provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the material.