NEWSLETTER NINETEEN DEC 2004
Combining the resources of all
Auspiced by the Australian UFO Research Network
PO Box 738, Jimboomba Queensland 4280
Tel 07 55487205
Secretariat: the Australian UFO Research Association
PO Box 786, North Adelaide, South Australia 5006
ASIO UFO RELATED FILE
We reported in the last Newsletter that we had requested a copy of an ASIO file recently found on the National Archives RecordSearch. This has now been made available to us.
File series A6122, control symbol 2155 has a date range of 1959-1973 and is “open with exception.” It is titled “Queensland Flying Saucer Bureau Volume 1.” The file cover, as shown on the released copy, carries the original ASIO file number 3/2/979 vol 1 and is titled “Flying Saucer Research Bureau (Qld.)
Two pages of the file are a “Statement of reasons under section 40 of the Archives Act 1983” why exemptions are claimed for not releasing the entire file. The next page is titled “Access application title” and indicates that of the original 36 pages:
The main body of the file
There is a four page August 1959 “secret” report and covering letter, on the Queensland Flying Saucer Research Bureau which indicates the reason for ASIO’s interest in the organisation. The author of the reports states “There is some communist influence in the Bureau…” naming a committee member, whose wife’s parents are stated to be “…pacifists and communists.” Concerning another committee member, the report says “He is a fanatic in matters relating to U.F.Os and all attempts to prove their validity and would resort to any means to obtain information concerning them.” The report concludes:
“At present the
This report was forwarded by ASIO Qld to ASIO HQ.
The next two documents are a report dated
A memo dated
The next folio, dated
The next two Department of Supply folios (dated 14 and
There are then no papers on the released file until
A 3 November 1972 ASIO SA memo headed “Australian Flying Saucer Research Society” refers to a 13 October 1972 report concerning Colin Norris who the report says“…claims to be in correspondence with Soviet academicians on the subject of unidentified flying objects…Norris spoke to members of the Young Socialists League in South Australia about UFOs…” This report refers to an earlier 1969 report, which is not on the file.
Not only does this file contain papers about the Queensland Flying Saucer Research Bureau, but also papers pertaining to the Australian Flying Saucer Research Society, and UFO researchers Colin Norris and Fred Stone. It is unclear from the papers on file whether or not the Donald Frederick Stone referred to, is the ufologist Fred Stone. With this documentation in mind we will return to ASIO to follow up our previous application for any files on The Australian Flying Saucer Research Society and early UFO researchers.
ANOTHER WOOMERA FILE
Another file relating to observations of “unusual occurrences” at the then restricted Woomera test range has been located, this time in the
28 Apr 1952 Woomera West SA 0345hrs 15secs 3wits NL
Three men noticed at 45 degrees SE, a light in the sky. This light was moving WNW parallel to the ground, lighting up clouds and the surrounding terrain. It was visible through breaks in the clouds. The bus driver remarked, “They are firing rockets early today.” One witness replied: “It was not a rocket.” The light had an estimated size of one third that of the full Moon.
27 Sep 1952 Woomera SA ca2050hrs 5 secs 5 wits NO
Five witnesses were at the Woomera West Open Air Theatre. They sighted an object, variously described as a “cigar,” an “airship,” and “cylindrical” with an “exhaust” at the rear. It travelled horizontally from west to east, possibly NW to SE. One witness reported “…two portholes with internal lighting.” It was moving quickly, with no noise noted.
8 Oct 1952 Woomera SA 1345hrs 44 minutes 1wit 3 Radar
While tracking an aircraft, a target was acquired by radar. However, no visual object could be seen by the radar operator. “The signal to noise ratio was at least 5 to 1 which is similar to that obtained from a large aircraft.” At one stage between 1345 and 1400hrs the target approached to within one mile. Between 1405 and 1429hrs the operator tracked the invisible target at heights between 1500 and 5600 feet. “At times during the movement of the target smaller targets seemed to detach themselves from the main target and drift away.” Weather was fine, 5/8 high cloud at 25000 feet-84 degrees F, north wind at 25-30 mph. Comments by the Security Officer included (note it snowed briefly at 0900hrs the next day): “…it was most probably that the snow cloud had some connection. However, the possibility of a neutron cloud is not ruled out…” A ground plot of the radar target was located on the file.
29 July. Unidentified aircraft reported on bearing 180 degrees. No known aircraft in area.
30 July. Unidentified aircraft reported visually and on radar. No known aircraft.
29 Jul 1953 Woomera SA Various hrs DO
An investigation report suggested the objects were balls of thistle seeds.
An object was detected by radar in position 60,000 to 70,000 yards East of Post R Range A. Probably an aircraft circling. Checks revealed it was a known aircraft.
Sighting of a “glare” believed to be an aircraft.
5 May 1954 Woomera SA (1600-1645hrs) 5 mins 3 wits Radar/visual
A major event. Details previously shown in Newsletter Three.
Object seen travelling at the speed of an aircraft. It left a vapour trail.
During the month of November,
The Project has submitted two more FOI requests to Government agencies, namely:
seeking access to any papers held since
OUTSTANDING ARCHIVE FILE REQUESTS
Out of the remaining Archive files we are waiting to examine, two stand out. Both appear to be RAAF Darwin files. File series E1327 control symbol 5/4/AIR Part 1 titled “Unusual sightings-incidents” with a date range of 1960-1968; and E1327 5/3/Air part 1 titled “Maritime and air incident contacts” with a date range of 1966-1992. Their original status was “Not yet examined.” We asked the NAA to have the files examined and the status was then noted to have changed to “With held pending agency advice.” The NAA does not say which agency is reviewing the files for us.