Union of Australian Women Collection, UQFL193, Box 24, item 64
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The Union of Australian Women was a national organisation, formed in 1950. Its aim was to work for the status and wellbeing of women across the world. It was involved in a wide variety of campaigns that concern women, and networked with other women's community and union groups on such issues. The national branch closed in 1995 and the Queensland branch disbanded in 1999.
Silver pin in the shape of a rocket with a flying man superimposed. Embossed text reads 'Boctok 1961'.
Vostok 1 (in Russian, Восто́к-1, meaning East 1 or Orient 1) was the first human spaceflight in history, launching on April 12, 1961 with Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on board. It was a significant triumph for the Soviet Union in the Space Race against the United States. Both Cold War superpowers were particularly focused on launching the first successful human spaceflight, and the Vostok Programme secretly competed against the United States’ Project Mercury.