• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Woomera wōōm′ėr-a a stick for spear-throwing (Austral.).
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In literature:

In the handle end of the woomera a sharp flint is often set, forming a sort of chisel.
"Spinifex and Sand" by David W Carnegie
For the shape of the woomera see Moyengully Plate 49 above; and the manner of throwing the spear may be seen in Plate 8 Volume 1.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
He carried two spears, a woomera, and a boomerang, while an appliance for making fire hung at his belt.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman

In news:

The Woomera Detention Center, in Australia, was the scene of a detainee breakout in 2002.

In science:

As a leading member of the joint Australian-Japanese CANGAROO Pro ject at Woomera, John is pushing the frontier of this ground-based observational area of photons with energies around 100 GeV.
Supernova Remnants, Pulsars and the Interstellar Medium - Summary of a Workshop Held at U Sydney, March 1999
The former is exemplified by the Whipple Observatory 10m telescope (Figure 1) with more modern versions CAT, the French telescope in the Pyrenees, and the Japanese-Australian CANGAROO telescope in Woomera, Australia.
High Energy Astrophysics