December 15, 2019

Maralinga Tjarutja

When the Dust Settles, Culture Remains.

The Maralinga Tjarutja story is of the history of the Maralinga people from their institutionalisation at the Ooldea Mission in the 1920s to their dispossession from the Maralinga Lands by reason of the British Nuclear Test Program between 1953 and 1963 to their struggle to achieve a clean-up of the resulting radioactive and other contamination, to secure compensation, rebuild their traditional communities and achieve the Handback of the Maralinga Village and Test Sites in 2009. This is an inspiring story of a community’s strength, resilience and unbroken connection to country in the face of the most aggressive form of colonisation.