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Memento : Issue 18
Just The september 2001 memento In 1984, growing public concern about the safety of nuclear tests prompted a Royal Commission. The Commission looked particularly at what measures were taken to protect people exposed to radiation, whether these measures were adequate, and whether there had been any adverse effects on the health of people exposed to radiation. Usually, Commonwealth government records are made publicly available once they reach 30 years of age, but most of the Commission's records were made available in March 1986 as part of an 'accelerated release'. These records include evidence submitted by the United Kingdom and Australian governments, transcripts of the hearings, original agency records transferred to the Commission, photographs and exhibits. A few records were withheld from public release as they contained information which was still classified on national security grounds, sensitive personal information or were Cabinet documents not made public during the hearings. We also hold many other records about the British atomic tests in Australia. Of particular interest to family historians are the personnel cards of employees at Maralinga which contain basic personal information, and often a photograph. Most records related to Maralinga are listed on RecordSearch on our website. You can view them in our Canberra reading room or ask for copies through our national reference service (see right). Records not yet examined for public release can be requested under section 40 of the Archives Act. For more information see Fact Sheet 129, 'British nuclear tests at Maralinga', available in our reading rooms and on our website at www.naa.gov.au. Just dial The number Wanting to read your granddad's war record, your own migrant selection documents or to find out more about our wonderful collection? Wherever you are, you can contact our reference service on: Phone: 1300 886 881 Fax: 1300 886 882 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Of course, you can still visit any of our offices. And if you're visiting our Canberra reading room you can now stay longer. The new opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, with extended opening until 9pm on Tuesday. We look forward to helping you access our collection.M9 linga linga ...records about the British atomic tests in Australia.