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Atomic bomb test, Emu Field, Great Victoria Desert, South Australia, 15 October 1953 [picture] / United Press Photo
Bib ID 5095363
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline
Online Versions
Description 1953 
1 photograph : b&w ; 18.2 x 22.8 cm. 
Biography/History

"This photograph shows the first nuclear test on the Australian mainland, Totem I, which was actually carried out at Emu Field in the Great Victoria Desert, north-western South Australia, on 15 October 1953 - not in the Woomera weapons-testing range as the press caption asserts"--Information from acquisitions documentation.

Notes

Title devised by cataloguer based on information provided in acquisitions documentation, see file NLA10/1660.

Inscriptions: "A matter of light and death Woomera, Australia: - Symbolic of mankind's bright hopes, a rising sun bursts into the sky over Woomera in South Australia, shortly after the first atomic bomb was exploded on the Australian mainland. As the rays of the sun spread out, the atomic cloud melts away. NY-1-2-3 MX BA CAR JP. Credit (United Press photo) 10-21-53 (JB). 1040065 New York Bureau"--Typed on label on verso; "Oct 1953"--Stamped on verso; "B-639 atomic bomb explosions"--In ink on verso.

Condition: Creases, soiled.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-138067536

Source of Acquisition Purchased 2011. 
Subjects Atomic bomb -- South Australia -- Emu -- Testing -- Photographs.  |  Nuclear explosions -- South Australia -- Emu -- Photographs.  |  Emu (S.A.) -- Photographs.  |  Great Victoria Desert (S.A. and W.A.) -- Photographs.
Other authors/contributors United Press International

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