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Department of Defence Exclusions

Woomera Access Zones Map

Important! The following information is taken from the Dept. of Defence Website. If you are planning a trip incorporating the Anne Beadell Hwy, this will affect you if you are planning to travel during the dates mentioned below.   Amber Zone 1 – South-Eastern Corner 1 October—10 November 2018 11 February—20 April 2019 1 June—30…

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Maralinga Police Station, South Australia

Maralinga Prohibited Area Sign

Between 1955 and 1963 the British Government carried out a series of nuclear and atomic tests at Maralinga in the remote western region of South Australia. The vast region in which the tests were conducted was declared a prohibited area with a village built within the prohibited zone at Maralinga, near Watson, to house the…

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Pat Callinan’s 4×4 Adventures magazine article

Protective clothing worn to minimise risk of exposure to radiation after blasts

Maralinga – Australia’s Field of Thunder As thunder rumbled over the saltbush plain of Maralinga a cloud covered the land, it was the 27th September 1956 and the start of one of the darkest chapters in Australian history. Growing up in the 80s, I first became aware of the existence of Maralinga through the words…

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Nuclear Guinea Pigs – Operation Grapple

Rob Hornsby our indefatiguable Maralinga veteran and researcher sent me an email recently with mention of a YouTube video about Operation Grapple.

The documentary is about an hour long, showing some great historical footage and tells of the experiences of the the New Zealand (and British) servicemen. Rob Hornsby our indefatiguable Maralinga veteran and researcher sent me an email recently with mention of a YouTube video about Operation Grapple. The documentary is about an hour long, showing some great historical footage and tells of the experiences of the the New Zealand (and British) servicemen.

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Alice Springs Micro Safari

John and Robin - Photo courtesy Princess Geraldine

After our excellent trip to Maralinga last year, I wrote an article for our local club newsletter and sent a copy off to a UK gliding magazine. Enclosed is the proof of that article. A few bits of my original have been cut out by them to get the words to fit… I was not very complimentary about Menzies but that’s gone. I hope it meets with your approval and everything is going well out there. We’ve certainly recommended you to anyone who will listen.

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Maralinga Update June 2018

Robin at Len Beadells Camp, photo courtesy Justin Van Viesenustin

Latest news for June 2018 – Camp Kitchen on the way – Maralinga Museum well established – DVD available online. Subscribe to our update mailing list and emails will be sent out when new articles are posted.

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Our Maralinga Tour 2018

At Gound Zero - photo courtesy David Jobson

“Why of all places, would you want to go to an atomic bomb site?”  This comment was directed to us by some people as we made plans to do exactly that just recently this year. Well, our answer to this was, why not, it is a large part of Australian recent history but also with…

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Maralinga’s Long Shadow – Review

Maralinga's Long Shadow - Book Cover

I’ve just read Christobel Mattingley’s, “Maralinga’s Long Shadow – Yvonne’s Story”. It’s not very often that I sit down and read a book from cover to cover, but that is exactly what happened! “Yvonne’s story” tells of the severe impact that the bombing programme had on the lives of many Aboriginal people. It also tells…

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Dig for secrets: the lesson of Maralinga’s Vixen B

Maralinga sandhills, Photo by Wayne England

The following article was written by Liz Tynan, Senior Lecturer and Co-ordinator Research Student Academic Support, James Cook University, and published on “The Conversation”. Liz Tynan, James Cook University Occasionally I give guest lectures to undergraduates about Maralinga. In most cases, the students have never heard of the place. A small number may have heard…

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