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Len Beadell's Legacy
Author: Ian Bayly

ISBN: 9781921496028
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1 September 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 25.0
Description:
In June 1952, Len Beadell was called to a secret meeting in Salisbury, South Australia, and informed of the decision to explode an atomic bomb in Australia. He was set the task of finding an appropriate site. After exploring country to the west of Coober Pedy, he found an unnamed claypan (later called Emu) which the military approved as being suitable. It was close to the Emu Claypan that atomic bombs (Totem 1 and 2) were exploded on 15 and 27 October 1953. Even before the first of these two bombs was exploded, Beadell was asked to find a second site closer to the Trans Australian Railway. This second site was ominously called Maralinga (Aboriginal for thunder), and it was here that between 27 September 1956 and 9 October 1957 seven atomic bombs were exploded.

In November 1955, after the experience of surveying and constructing the Emu and Maralinga sites and their associated access roads, Beadell headed a group that became known as the Gunbarrel Road Construction Party. Despite their relatively slender resources, this group was responsible for the construction of a remarkable system of roads through remote, mainly desert country to the west of the Stuart Highway. The first part of the...

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