By Keith Basterfield, 9 September 2017
(UFOs – scientific research, Campbelltown,
New South Wales, Australia)
Quote from the article:
I have previously written a number of times about the former Australian Department of Supply and files which it held on UAP; and the 1971 ANZAAS UAP symposium.
We know from examining previous government files, that there was discussion within the Department of Defence, in May to July 1971, about the RAAF handing over investigation of UAP to the Department of Supply, or at least the Department of Supply taking a look at a limited number of cases per year from a scientific perspective. (For example NAA files series A703 control symbol 554/1/1/30 Part 2, p.164.) What we have never found out is, what area within the Department of Supply had expressed this interest? Does a December 1971 internal Department of Supply memo give us a clue?
Sydneyresearcher Bill Chalker, included images of an internal Department of Supply memo, on his blog, which was of great interest to me.
In view of this interest, I have transcribed the text of the memo below. I will then provide some comments about the contents, and the broader context.
This is an internal memorandum to Mr T F C Lawrence, Deputy Secretary, Research and Engineering, Department of Supply, from C N Gerrard, Radar and Electronic Tracking Group, dated 2 December 1971. The subject was ‘Regarding recent symposium on UFOs.’
3. The general feeling of those present was that there is a residue of sighting reports which indicate that some strange phenomenon exists; and that this warrants scientific investigation.”