The Teachers' Guide to Bright Sparcs
Optical Munitions Exhibition

The Optical Munitions Panel headed the incredible effort of Australian physicists, universities, laboratories and industrial firms during World War II. Against all the odds, an Australian optics industry was created, from nothing, in less than a year! It is an inspiring story, one that clearly demonstrates our intellectual resources. It is a story that all Australians can be proud of.

This study unit provides the basic details about the work of the Optical Munitions Panel. The article, summary and glossary sheets and puzzles are a start for a unit of study, but to find out more, explore the Optical Munitions Exhibition.


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Published by the Australian Science Archives Project on ASAPWeb, 8 May 1997
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Prepared by: Denise Sutherland
Updated by: Elissa Tenkate
Date modified: 19 February 1998

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