Len using his theodolite. (Beadell Family).

A Life of Exploration: Celebrating the life of Len Beadell

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the life of Leonard (Len) Beadell OAM, BEM, FIEMS (Aust.), one of the last great explorers of Australia. He was born at Pennant Hill NSW on 21 April 1923. While Len was in the Scouts he developed a life time love of the bush and surveying. 

In 1950 Len began working at Long Range Weapons in Salisbury SA. He was responsible for the surveying of Woomera, Maralinga and Emu Flats. Len is most famous for the creation of over 6,000 kms of outback roads, The Gunbarrel Highway being the most well-known of these. Not only was Len a surveyor, author and story teller, he was also a cartoonist. 

This display tells his story with many items loaned by his family. The display will commence in April and continues throughout the History Festival.

Presented by City of Salisbury Library Service