Discovery and Development of the Greater Sunrise Oil and Gas Field, a free talk at your State Library

Thursday 08 November 2018

The State Library of Western Australia is pleased to present a free public talk by Peter Ellery AM about the 1975 discovery of the giant Greater Sunrise oil and gas field in the Timor Sea. Ellery is the former CEO of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy and Manager of Government and Public Affairs for Woodside Energy.

The prosperity of Western Australia has to a great extent been built on the back of the toil of prospectors and geologists who have seen opportunities in this vast State. The State Library has a large collection of documents, maps and photographs that tell the stories of our resources industries here and abroad.

One such story is the discovery and development of the Greater Sunrise oil and gas field in the Timor Sea that took place against a background of political instability, revolution, invasion, Indonesian occupation of the former Portuguese colony of East Timor and the involvement of Australian armed forces.

“This story is still being told, Australia and East Timor have been working on agreements to guide the development of this resource, so it is fitting that we take a closer look at it in the context of the past.” said CEO and State Librarian, Margaret Allen.

 “The State Library is busy building the Mining and Energy WA Archive to preserve and make available the rich history of resources and mining in Western Australia and we are grateful for the opportunity to have Peter speak about the discovery of Greater Sunrise.”

“I would encourage all those who attend this this free talk to take the opportunity to have a look around your State Library, and if you are not already a member – join up – its free,” she said.

Discovery and Development of the Greater Oil and Gas Field, will take place at the State Library in the Perth Cultural Centre on Thursday 29 November from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The event is free, but bookings are recommended at

Last updated on: 14 November 2018