Unusual Aerial Sightings – Australian Government Records

“UNUSUAL AERIAL SIGHTINGS”

A SEARCH THROUGH THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT’S RECORDS SYSTEMS

Compiled by Keith Basterfield

On behalf of the Australian UFO Research Association

@2011

 

Excerpt:

Between  June  2003  and  June  2008  a  major  search  was  undertaken  to  locate  and  examine Australian  Government  files  relating  to  “Unusual  Aerial  Sightings”  (otherwise  known  as “Unidentified Flying Objects”  –  UFOs.)  Although the search was as thorough as possible, there is no doubt it is incomplete. To begin with,   the electronic RecordSearch system of the National Archives of Australia (NAA) indexes only about 10% of their collection. Secondly, the  search  was  undertaken  using  both  the  Archives Act  and  the  Freedom of  Information (FOI) Act, where the expense of the latter precluded broad spectrum requests such as “for all material held on UFOs.”  In addition, unlike the detailed and indexed UFO fact sheet available for the UK Government Archives which guides researchers through file numbers; searching the NAA’s RecordSearch is a very hit  and miss affair.  Quite often,  a slight adjustment of words, or even letters, would reveal yet other files.

 

The full 120 page report has been made available for download:

PDF: “Unusual Aerial Sightings” A search through the Australian Government’s Records Systems

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