Series 25 - Papers on the establishment of an international observatory

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Papers on the establishment of an international observatory


  • 1959 - 1967 (Creation)

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(1966 - 1972)

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The Department of Education and Science was created on 13 December 1966 taking over functions previously the responsibility of the Prime Minister's Department, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Territories. Its functions included education policy and research, administration of the Australian National University, CSIRO, and the Australian Universities Commission. In 1971 it also became responsible for the Anglo Australian Telescope Agreement Act 1970. Following the formation of a new government by the Australian Labor Party after the Federal election of December 1972, the department was abolished on 19 December 1972; its place being taken by a new Department of Education and a Department of Science.

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This series consists of six parts of a confidential file number 61/9 created by the Prime Minister's Department and from 1967 the Department of Education and Science. The file includes correspondence, cablegrams, briefings and reports on the proposed international observatory 'in the Southern Hemisphere'. By part 5 of the file the title is '150" telescope in Australia' and refers to the Siding Spring telescope.


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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 15 May 2007




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