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The short-lived CSIRO Division of Radiophysics field station at Bankstown Aerodrome in Sydney (2019)


Between 1945 and 1961 the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics operated twenty-one field stations or remote sites in or near Sydney and Wollongong during the early development of radio astronomy in Australia. One of these field stations operated at Bankstown Aerodrome from 1947 to 1948. To date, the existence of this field station has mostly escaped documentation in the historical record. This short paper gives an overview of the work carried out at this field station in the context of the early development of Australian radio astronomy.

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Authors & Contributors
Orchiston, Wayne
George, Martin
Wielebinski, Richard
Slee, Bruce
Wendt, Harry
McAdam, Bruce
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Historical Records of Australian Science
History of Physics Newsletter
Radio astronomy
Research institutes; research stations
Solar astronomy
Stars; stellar astronomy
Solar system; planets
Christiansen, Wilbur Norman
Mills, Bernard
Bracewell, Ronald N.
Slatyer, Ralph Owen
Fraser, Robert Donald Bruce
Reber, Grote
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
Sydney (Australia)
Tasmania (Australia)
Tokyo (Japan)
Virginia (U.S.)
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia)
University of Tasmania
University of Sydney
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (U.S.)
International Astronomical Union
Australian National University

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