Prime Minister Gortons unscheduled visit to Honeysuckle Creek Saturday 26 July 1969
The Saturday after the Apollo 11 mission, I was working some overtime in the Technical Support Section. As I was alone it was very quiet. Suddenly the phone rang. It was Danny Twomey, the security guard at the front gate.
Lets turn the story over to Danny, to tell his side of the story
Hamish: As we entered the building the PM explained the reason for his visit to me, My wife didnt make it to visit the station the other day, and said she would like to see it, so I thought we would come up and have a look around.
I showed him and his wife, Bettina, around the station explaining all the sections, their equipment and their functions, with some anecdotes of the mission from our point of view. They both showed a general interest and at the end, as we stood at the front door, I asked if they had any questions.
Yes, said the PM, Can you tell me about the Mills Cross?
He was referring to the CSIROs radio telescope at Fleurs which flourished from 1954 to 1963, a predecessor of the Parkes dish made up of a cross of half wave dipole elements. I had to confess all I knew was it was an antenna used by the CSIRO for radio astronomy.
So I got the impression after all the wonders of Apollo landing on the Moon he had just seen, he seemed to be more interested in the Australian Mills Cross.
Hamish Lindsay with Danny Twomey