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Len Beadall : 28-January-2013
Len Beadall : 28-January-2013

Photographs supplied by Arthur Garland

A road grader commemorates Len Beadall who  was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1958 for his work in building the famous Gunbarrel Highway, which stretches 1,600 kilometres across Central Australia. 

Surveyor and roadbuilder Len Beadell, who worked for the Weapons Research Establishment (now known as the Defence Science and Technology Group), selected the site for a meteorological station in December 1955. It was needed to forecast weather conditions suitable for nuclear weapons testing at Emu Field and Maralinga.The location was strongly opposed by Walter MacDougall since it lay on tribal land. Beadell surveyed and built Giles Airport, and chose the name Giles during construction of the Gunbarrel Highway which links Carnegie Station and Giles. Beadell's grader, which is estimated to have travelled over 30,000 kilometres (19,000 miles) in the course of making the roads, was retired in 1963 and is preserved on display at Giles.  


Address:Gunbarrel Highway, Giles Weather Station, Giles
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.033333
Long: 128.302222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Technology
Monument Theme:People
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au