First edition hard cover in good condition with dust jacket in good condition, but with one very small tear. First published by Rigby Limited Adelaide in 1975.
Laden with trig poles, theodolites - and porridge - Len Beadell and his team built roads, laid out town sites and undertook an enormous survey programme in order to prepare a test launching area in one of the most isolated parts of the world.
The problems ranged from taking astro-fixes in a cloudy sky and becoming surrounded by a sea of red mud, to patching a bald spot on a pet joey.
All were solved by using those two most necessary ingredients of life in the bush - ingenuity and imagination. Len's descriptions of the countryside, the adventures the team experienced, and the Australian bush characters they encountered are by turns illuminating and hilarious.
His high-spirited account of the work that had to be done "before they called it Woomera" makes vivid and entertaining reading.