Rocket to the Moon: Children’s Playground
This talk unpicks the story of playground rockets that were once commonplace throughout Australia.
Take us to the moon!
Playground rockets evoke a nostalgia, strong community sentiments and memories.
They covertly convey post World War Two geo-political tensions and explain why the Wyndham Education Scheme was launched. This piece of childhood fantasy is emblematic how tensions permeated every part of daily life in the 1960-1970s, from ash trays to early TV ads.
This is the shared story of the Cold War race to be first to land a man on the moon.