CREATORSherratt, Tim
TITLEOn the Beach: Australia's Nuclear History
URLhttp://discontents.com.au/on-the-beach-australias-nuclear-hi...
HOMEPAGEhttp://discontents.com.au/
DATE PUBLISHED1 July 1996
DATE ACCESSED7 April 2017


This web page provides a short account of Australia’s early nuclear history and its involvement with Great Britain and the United States regarding atomic weaponry. The author, historian Tim Sherratt, describes Australia's early mining of uranium beginning in 1944, its acquisition of expertise in atomic weaponry, its internal politics concerning freedom and atomic secrets, and the testing of atomic bombs by Great Britain in Australia. Supported by references and based on a paper presented at a conference in July 1996, the web page provides a brief, critical introduction to Australia’s complicated nuclear history. The title On the Beach refers to a 1957 science fiction novel by Nevil Shute set in Australia describing the aftermath of a nuclear war that destroyed the Northern Hemisphere; the radioactivity eventually drifts southward and everyone is doomed.



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