Author Elizabeth Tynan is coming to Surfers Paradise RSL this weekend to present her research into atomic testing in Australia during the fifties and sixties.
Only two weeks ago the story of atomic testing in Australia resurfaced when Veterans Affairs legislation was introduced in Federal Parliament to better support the healthcare of people affected by the British nuclear tests.
In her recent book Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story, academic and former journalist Elizabeth Tynan presents a comprehensive account of the nuclear test program and its shocking legacy. She asks how a democracy such as Australia could host another country’s nuclear program in the midst of the Cold War, and allow itself to be duped.
In Atomic Thunder Tynan recounts that in the 1950s Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies blithely agreed to a series of British atomic tests off the coast of Western Australia and in the deserts of South Australia, and that these top-secret tests offered no benefit to Australia.
Authoritative and meticulously researched with new sources and information, Atomic Thunder exposes the truth that lay buried for so long, revealing the devastating consequences of that decision for Indigenous communities, service personnel and the land, which was turned into a radioactive wasteland.
Elizabeth Tynan will present a stunning summary of her research as part of the exhibition Black Mist Burnt Country, which is currently on display at Gold Coast Art Centre Gallery until 9 July.
Black Mist Burnt Country is a national touring exhibition that commemorates the British atomic tests in Australia in the 1950s and early 1960s through artworks by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.
For more information visit blackmistburntcountry.com.au
Catch Elizabeth Tynan on Saturday, 24 June from 3.00 – 4.30 pm at Surfers Paradise RSL. The presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A and book signing. Copies will be
available on the day for purchase.