Links & Resources

There are many resources and interesting links about Australia’s atomic test history, and the more than 2000 international nuclear tests and weapons use that have resulted in intergenerational legacies. There is also a long tradition of artists responding to atomic experiences, issues and impacts through the creative arts.

Here are some of the projects, people and resources we’ve come across through our creative research for the Nuclear Futures program. While not a definitive list, it offers insight into the diversity of responses that exist in the public domain about the atomic age.

We will keep growing the list as the program develops. Additions and recommendations are welcome.

Categories below:

Please note: Nuclear Futures (and host organisation Alphaville) does not endorse the content or organisations listed below in entirety, and provides the list as a source of reference material only.

Interesting Collections

Artists, creative practitioners and Creative works




  • Carpenter, Ele (Ed.), The Nuclear Culture Source BookBlack Dog Publishing, 2016. (A resource and introduction to nuclear culture, charting the ways in which art and philosophy contribute to a cultural understanding of the nuclear.)
  • Cross, Roger, Fallout, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2001
  • Cross, Roger and Hudson, Avon, Beyond Belief: The British Bomb Tests: Australian Veterans Speak Out, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2005                                                            
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Preliminary Nominal Roll of Australian Participants in the British Atomic Tests in Australia, Canberra, 2001
  • Holdstock, Douglas and Barnaby, Frank, The British Nuclear Weapons Programme 1952-2002, Frank Cass Publishing, 2003
  • Lennon, Jessie, I’m the One That Know this Country!, 2011                                                      
  • Lester, Yami. Yami- the autobiography of Yami Lester, 2nd edn, jukurrpa books, 2000        
  • Parkinson, Alan, Maralinga: Australia’s Nuclear Waste Cover-Up, HarperCollins Publishers Australia, Sydney, 2007             
  • Smith, Joan, Clouds of Deceit:The Deadly Legacy of Britain’s Bomb Tests, Faber and Faber, London, 1985              
  • Smith, P.D, Doomsday Men: The Real Dr. Strangelove and the Dream of the Superweapon, Penguin Books, London, 2007
  • Symonds, J.L., A History of British Atomic Tests in Australia, Departement of Resources and Energy, Canberra, 1985              
  • Tame, Adrian and Robotham, F.P.J., Maralinga: British A-bomb, Australia’s Legacy, Fontana, Melbourne, 1982             
  • Tynan, Elizabeth, Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story, UNSW Press, 2016 (online link)
  • Walker, Frank, Maralinga, Hachette Australia, Sydney, 2014 (online extract)
  • Yalata & Oak Valley Communities with Christobel Mattingley. Maralinga: the Anangu story. Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, 2010

Reports and Documentation

Academic Papers from a previous project from the Nuclear Futures team

  • Arvanitakis, J. (2008). Staging Maralinga and Looking for Community (Or Why We Must Desire Community Before We Can Find It). Research in Drama Education, 13(3), 295-306.
  • Brown, P.F. (Ed.). (2010). Verbatim: staging memory and community. Sydney: Currency Press.
  • Brown, P.F. (2007). British nuclear testing in Australia: Performing the Maralinga Experiment through verbatim theatre. Journal of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 139, 39-50.

General list of Associations, Organisations and Campaigns (responding to peace, atomic, and/or social justice issues)