Beta Burns Page 5

20 Jul

CULTURAL WARNING FOR AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL PEOPLE. THE THIRD SEQUENCE OF PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS  PAGE CONTAIN IMAGES OF A PERSON WHO IS DECEASED.

Lallie’s Injuries over a passage of time:
Still frame images of Lallie Lennon and her injuries taken from the 1981 film
“Backs to the Blast” :

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Source: Backs to the blast [videorecording] : an Australian nuclear story /
production and direction, Harry Bardwell. Other Creators: Bardwell, Harry. Published: Adelaide : Composite Films [for] Australian Film Commission, Creative Development Branch, c1981. Physical Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (50 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. Subjects Uranium mines and mining. Uranium industry — South Australia. Radioactive waste sites — South Australia. Nuclear weapons — South Australia — Testing. Summary: A documentary history of the uranium and nuclear industry in South Australia from 1910 to 1980. Incorporates a mass of rare archival footage and contemporary interviews with workers, scientists and politicians, presenting an analysis of the effects of uranium and its products. Provides a detailed examination of the uranium mine at Radium Hill, the uranium oxide refinery at Port Pirie and the British atomic weapons test site at Maralinga. Credits: Photography, Gus Howard, Philip Bull ; film editor, Andrew Prowse ; narrator, Martin Vaughan. Notes: Issued also as motion picture. Language: English.

Dewey Number 363.1/79/0994. Libraries Australia ID 5346898. ” National Library of Australia.

Lallie’s injuries as photographed by Michele Madigan at Port Augusta, South Australia, 2006:

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CULTURAL WARNING TO AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL PEOPLE. THE NEXT PHOTOGRAPHS SHOW IMAGES OF A PERSON WHO IS DECEASED. THE PERSON IS NAMED.

In 1953 the late Kukkika was a young girl, living in South Australia’s northern areas. October of that year saw the first British bomb test series in South Australia take place at Emu Field, a large clay-pan in the northern part of the state.

Over a period of many years working in the northern parts of Southern Australia, Sister Michele Madigan came to know Kukkika.

Kukkika told Michele that one night during the time of the bombs, she had gone to sleep on the ground. The next day she woke up unwell; her skin was scarred white and painful.

Kukkika with sound reason believed that the ground upon which she and her people had camped had been contaminated by fallout from atomic bomb tests.

The photographs taken by Michele show severe de-pigmentation of Kukkika’s skin. Kukkika suffered this disfigurement for over fifty years with no aid or acknowledgement from successive governments.

I believe the suffering of Kukkika was caused by beta radiation burns. The photographs accord with those taken of people who suffered similar injuries in the Pacific as a result of US nuclear weapons tests. The US has acknowledged this. Kukkika was not the only Australian to suffer in this manner. Many people have, and do so still.

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Kukkika, 1990s.

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Kukkika, 1990s.

The Marshall Islands, 1954

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Source: Alexander, Peter, “Atomic Radiation and Life”, Penguin
Books, A399, Middlesex, England, 1957, Photoplate 9b. See also page 103.
“7 year old “South Sea Islander” girl.” “Feet irradiated by bomb Fall-out”.
“Permanent loss of pigment”. British Text.

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Source: “Effects of Nuclear War”, Compiled by Glasstone, S., Published: Congress of the United States, Office of Technology Assessment, 1979, pp 384. (Note: This publication is a different one from “The Effects of Nuclear Weapons” compiled by Glasstone and Dolan, 1977. That text also contains related photographs and was referenced by the Royal Commission.

However the Beta Burn text and photograph was not cited by the Royal Commission.
Earlier in the 21st century David Bradbury and I contacted people with expertise in the effects of radiation, and who might
have suitable qualifications in the field of Local Radiation Injury (Beta Burns). We contacted relevant organisations.

No one showed any interest. No one replied to me.
I am an ordinary person. I was a clerk.  I have worked in social welfare and at a homeless shelter.  I am not a doctor. In Army training, due to the nature of my posting, I received basic radiological safety knowledge. So I have known since the age of 17 what  a Beta Radiation was.  My search for answers commenced when I saw the film “Backs to the Blast”. I realized that no one with relevant knowledge had the honestly and integrity to answer Lallie’s questions.  The following pages of this blog are my best effort to gather the evidence which reveals the reality of the cause of the affliction Lallie suffers.  Beta burns were not, I am convinced, the only outcome from the Black Mist Incident.  Illness and death followed for many people.  The people who have the most expertise and right to speak are the people who witnessed the terrible events of 1953 and later. In October of 1953 I was 3 months old, living in the south of England.

Only those who witnessed and suffered know.  Officials the world over are expert at covering up the truth.
As far as officialdom is concerned,  Australian nuclear victims have no home within the ambit of its responsiblities, for officialdom does in fact deny to this day that nuclear victims exist. Time and distance is used to dilute access and equity, and officialdom’s hack journalists continue smear the reality of suffering.
I wrote to the British government in 2001 on this matter.  I received an apologetic form the British Consulate in 2011. That has been the only reply to the questions I raised. Britain suggested I read the McClelland Royal Commission.
As the following pages here show, on closer inspection, the Royal Commission does not answer the questions. The findings and conclusions are inadequate. It is in many respects a white wash of the worst kind.
I remain enraged, ashamed and desperately sorry for what has been afflicted and denied by two governments in Australia.
It is not far from the uranium mine to the devastation of nuclear affliction. No Policeman has ever investigated this nor has anyone responsible been arrested.
The fuel for the British bombs detonated upon Australia came from Australian uranium mines in the 1940s and 1950s.
History tends to repeat.

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