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Memento : Issue 18
Memorie s 8 memento september 2001 It is over 40 years since the last atomic bomb was detonated at Maralinga, but the tremors from the blast are still rocking Australia's media. In May this year, Maralinga was once again thrust into the media spotlight when a researcher claimed she had unearthed 'secret' documents at the Archives proving that Australian and New Zealand servicemen were deliberately exposed to radiation during the British atomic tests at Maralinga in the 1950s. All this is old news to us because these 'secret documents' have been publicly available since 1986, although it's definitely a subject that continues to raise great public interest. Between 1952 and 1963 the British government, with the approval and support of Australia, conducted nuclear tests at a number of sites in Australia, including Maralinga in South Australia. One of the major trials at Maralinga, Operation Buffalo in 1956, used servicemen to test the effectiveness of protective Army issue clothing against radiation. Mara Mara Memories of John L Stanier participating in Operation Buffalo. NAA: A6457, P214