Aboriginal tribe have new vision for Maralinga, laid waste by British atomic tests
Pia Akerman; 19/11/09
Alice Cox was a young mother of two when the British exploded atomic bombs at Maralinga, her traditional country in South Australia’s west. Emerging from a shelter after one explosion, Cox felt something wasn’t right and warned her daughter not to eat fruit from a nearby quandong tree. Now about 80 years old and confined to a wheelchair, Cox recalled the fears and uncertainties of those times yesterday when she returned to Maralinga to witness the handover of a 3100sq km area of land known as Section 400 to the traditional owners. “I’m happy to come and see this,” she said. Section 400 is the last pocket of the notorious Maralinga Tjarutja lands where the British tested atomic weapons in the 1950s and 1960s.