In a recent post about the Opening of Carnarvon’s new Museum dedicated to NASA and OTC work, Graeme Hanigan said:
“It was interesting to see how quickly the history is rewritten.
The event was overrun by ex NASA ‘Trackers’ as they called themselves and there was lots of ill-informed conversation and confusion about the OTC site. At best I could describe ‘the museum’ is a jumbled collection of ‘space junk’. However the committee is well meaning and I hope that somewhere along the line they get the story straight.
There have been previous failed museums on the site so I wish them all the best. Where is Martin Ratia when you need him?”
I immediately contacted Phil Youd, the Chairman of the museum and found that the fault was not his or the staff. He simply could not find many OTC staff or information. The OTVA and exOTC sites did not come up in the staff’s searches.
He had been putting out calls on his chain of WA radio stations for some time and got no response. Despite the potential for find me (mutual friends, etc) and others, the connection never happened and not it is up to us.
If we want good representation for OTC at the site we need to provide it and fix the so called “rewrite of history”. NASA staff have helped and now we need to.
Phil would like those that worked at the station to let him know where they are located and he will organise interviews with them that will be played at the museum. Les Bateman has been helping him with technical matters and Les puts the dish in stow when there is a storm approaching. It seems the dish may not be in such bad shape as I had been told and there may be commercial opportunities in the future.
Phil has had no contact with the OTVA and would dearly love to have more information. It may be that the Telstra Museum has equipment that can be loaned back to Carnarvon for display under usual museum arrangements. It would be of interest to see if there is anything there. Does anyone know about what Telstra may be holding – I guess it depends what OTC held onto after Carnarvon closed.
All I can say it that it is now up to the OTVA and OTC staff to make the Carnarvon Museum a better place for the OTC story. The chairman has asked us and we need photo, stories and people willing to get in front of a camera.
Graeme Hanigan, your thoughts would be a good start.
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