Wednesday, 2 July 2008

RHSV Lecture - The secret RAAF radar station at Wilsons Promontory during WWII

Date: Tuesday 8 July, 2008
Time: 5.15pm tea/coffee 5.45pm lecture
Price; Free (members) $5.50 (non-members)
Where: Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A'Beckett Street Melbourne VIC

At the outbreak of the 1939-45 War the Australian Government believed that Australia was not open to the threat of invasion but that we did need to prepare for sporadic raids. In November 1940 the latter became reality with German vessels laying minefields at strategic points around the Australian coast.

When the German mines claimed their first victims and Japan brought the conflict into our hemisphere Australian thinking changed radically. Plans for a chain of coastal radar stations were speedily authorised. The Wilsons Promontory station was one of the first of 130 or so to be put into operation around the Australian coast.

This RHSV lecture will be given by Ian McKellar who has researched and published its story in a book, much of it told by the men who actually served there. He describes the equipment that they used and the method of handling the intelligence that the radar stations provided.

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