Thursday, March 09, 2006

Starfalls and first contact

It's Festival time in Adelaide. On the weekend I attempted to visit an exhibition of works that imagines starlight and starfalls as seen through a spacecraft window. Contrary to all advertised information, the exhibition space was shut. This was a pity, as I was planning to write a review of the exhibition for Sky and Space magazine. Their loss.

The opening of the exhibition "First Contact in the Western Desert" at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Centre was a different story. The exhibition featured anthropologist Donald Thomson, who was involved in the Woomera protest in 1947, and told the story of first contact from the perspective of Aboriginal people. There was a whole wall devoted to Woomera, and to my delight, one of the panels depicted the cast list from Jim Crawford's 1947 play "Rocket Range". I knew the play existed but seeing this has made me determined to track down the script.


  1. You probably already know this, but according to this page, both UNE and UQ have copies of "Rocket Range".

  2. Thanks Brett! I knew UNE had one, but not about UQ. Unfortunately I'm unlikely to make it to either place in the near future. Apparently the play was produced in a few European countries and was very successful. Can't wait to read it.