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.
- Interesting Collections
- Artists, creative practitioners and Creative works
- Reports and Documentation
- Academic papers related to previous work
- General list of organisations, associations and campaigns responding to atomic issues.
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.
- Archive of Nuclear Harm (NAJ Taylor’s extensive curation of mixed media and cultural material referencing nuclear harm)
- Atomic Photographers Guild
- Atomic Central
- Flickr collection (on nuclear testing)
- In Place of War
Artists, creative practitioners and Creative works
- A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 (by Isao Hashimoto)
- Black Mist Burnt Country exhibition touring project is currently being developed by Burrinja Cultural Centre (Upwey, Victoria) and will feature an outstanding collection of artworks dealing with Australia’s atomic legacies. It launches in September 2016.
- Black Wind (a collaborative multimedia production blending live music, recorded sound, visual projections and a theatre performance. Collaborators Kim Bowman (composer); Susan Norrie (artist);Claire Edwardes – Percussionist; Amsterdam Sinfonietta / Etienne Siebens – Conductor)
- Bo Jacobs Historian of nuclear technologies and co-facilitator of the Global Hibakusha Project
- Gary Bennett Official artist for the British Nuclear Test Veteran Association
- Half a Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age (1985) (excerpt)
- Ian Thomas Ash (Japan-based documentary film maker – films include In the Grey Zone (2012) and A2-B-C (2013) about Fukushima)
- Jessie Boylan, Photographer (member of the Atomic Photographer’s Guild, Jessie’s website includes video and photography)
- Junko Morimoto, Writer
- Merilyn Fairskye, Photomedia artist
- Ngapartji Ngapartji (A community development and Indigenous language and revitalisation project produced facilitated by BigHart)
- Maralinga, a sculpture by Lin Onus (Art Gallery of Western Australia) See image and summary (half way down article).
- Mick Broderick Media Analysis academic and co-facilitator of the Global Hibakusha Project
One Thousand Questions- From Hiroshima to Hanford (a collaborative project and exhibition by Etsuko Ichikawa and Yukiyo Kawano, 2O14, responding to Japan’s atomic legacies).
- Particles on the Wall POTW is an evolving exhibit that typically solicits new material from local artist or scientist that explore elements of the nuclear age and in particular the world wide implications of the Hanford WA nuclear site.
- Reflecting on a Nuclear Legacy: HTF017 podcast: 3 collaborating artists reflecting on their creative work, nuclear weapons, and mainstream cultural amnesia. Visual artist Yukiyo Kawano Performance artist Meshi Chavez and Poet Allison Cobb
- Stuart Robertson, Photographer.
- Yukiyo Kawano Visual artist and third generation hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor), originally from Hiroshima, creates life-size soft sculptures of ‘Fat Man’ and ‘Little Boy’ atomic bombs out of her grandmother’s silk kimonos, sewn with her own hair. Yukiyo has collaborated with Nuclear Futures on a number of projects.
- Atomic Archive (good source of archive material)
- Black Mist (booklet with short profiles from atomic survivors and photographs)
- Creative Spirits (Aboriginal history and the bombs summary)
- Desert Country (Art-based education resource by Art Gallery of South Australia)
- GECKO (Growing enriched cultural knowledge in our schools- summary)
- Japan Foundation
- Maralinga Map (An educational resource with information, photos and videos about more than 50 of Australia’s nuclear sites including uranium mines, Lucas Heights, proposed reactor and dump sites, and British nuclear test sites) (australianmap.net )
- National Archives of Australia (various archival footage; Govt fact sheets about Australian atomic tests)
- No Promised Land: The Shared Legacy of the Castle Bravo Nuclear Test
- Teacher Notes: for Anangu Story Allen & Unwin: Christobel Mattingley and Yalata/Oak Valley community. Teacher notes by Fran Knight.
- SBS News backgrounder: ‘Why was Maralinga used for secret nuclear tests?’ provides summary of historical information
- The Papertracker (Aboriginal history of hand-back of Section 400 Maralinga Tjarutja lands)
- This month in nuclear threat history (historical posts)
- Atomic Café (full copy)
- Australian Atomic Confessions (full documentary)
- British Nuclear Test “Buffalo Round 3”
- Greenpeace nuclear waste disposal (documentary)
- Half a Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age (1985) – excerpt
- Maralinga Atomic Bomb test survivors (Yami Lester and Avon Hudson)
- Montebello Islands Nuclear Test Sites (1978 visit by Hugh Edwards 7TWO 09-Sep-2012)
- Nervada bomb test
- Nuclear Savage (exposes evidence of U.S. knowledge regarding the lasting effects of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands) Article about the film
- Nuclear Weapons: A Complete Visual History
- Silent Storm (atomic testing in Australia – full documentary)
- TED talk – Surviving a Nuclear Attack (Irwin Redliner – good overview of nuclear age)
- TED talks on Peace
- Waging peace – Nuclear Famine
- 60 Minutes Nuclear Paradise – Montebello
- Carpenter, Ele (Ed.), The Nuclear Culture Source Book, Black 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
- Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests in Australia, Dosimetry and Mortality and Cancer Incidence Study, May 2006
- Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests Treatment Bill 2006
- Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency Report: Australian Strontium 90 Testing Program 1957-78, 2001
- Maralinga, the clean up of a nuclear test site;, Alan Parkinson, Medicine and Global Survivial, Feb 2002
- McClelland Commission recommendations
- National Health and Medical Research Council: Ethical and Practical Issues Concerning Ashed Bones from the Commonwealth of Australia’s Stontium 90 Program 1957-78
- New Zealand Nuclear Test Veterans Study- A Cytogenetic Study, Massey University, 2007
- Redfern Inquiry into human tissue analysis in UK nuclear facilities, 2010
- Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests in Australia: Volume 1 and 2. 1985 Conclusions and recommendations
- Veterans Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2009
- Veterans Entitlements Amendment Bill 2011
- Wayward Governance, Chapter 16, A Toxic Legacy- British Nuclear Testing in Australia, Australian Institute of Criminology, 1989
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)
- Australian Nuclear Veterans Association
- Australian War Memorial
- Beyond Nuclear
- British Nuclear Test Veterans Association
- Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament UK
- Global Hibakusha Project
- Earth Justice
- Friends of the Earth
- Global Zero: a world without nuclear weapons
- Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation
- Hiroshima Peace Institute
- Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
- International campaign to abolish nuclear weapons
- Mayors for Peace
- Nagasaki Peace Park Travel guide and Nagasaki City official website
- Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
- Nuclear Information and Resource Service – US
- Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)
- Nuclear Zero
- Peace Direct
- Sydney Peace Foundation
- UN Day of Peace Program – United Nations Association of Australia
- Women’s Action for New Directions (Women Peace Power)