The black mist and its aftermath : oral histories

Cultural Warning the following work contains images of an Aboriginal person who is deceased.

Link to Title and Table of Contents

Link to Foreword and Part 1

Link to Part 2 Lallie’s Transcripts.

Link to Part 3 The Royal Commission’s Finding regarding “Comparable” Foriegn Nuclear Weapons Blasts.

Link to Part 4 Military and Civilian Descriptions of Beta Radiation Burn to Skin through the Years.

Link to Part 5 Oberservations of the Nature of Bomb Smoke. External and Internal Harms.

Link to Part 6 Events, Denials and Exclusions.

Link to Part 7 Conclusion

Link to Part 8 Reponse from ARPANSA

The book which is linked to this page is:


The black mist and its aftermath [electronic resource] : oral histories /​ by Lallie Lennon.


Lennon, Lallie.

Other Authors

Madigan, Michelle.
Langley, Paul J.


Public Domain ed.


Aldinga Beach, S. Aust. : P.J.Langley, c2010.

Physical Description

1 computer optical disc ; 4 3/​4 in.


Lennon, Lallie.
Aboriginal Australians — South Australia — Maralinga Region.
Nuclear weapons — Testing — Environmental aspects — South Australia — Maralinga Region.
Nuclear weapons testing victims — South Australia — Maralinga.
Aboriginal Australians — South Australia — Maralinga — Effect of radioactive pollution of soils on.
Yankunytjatjara (Australian people)
Maralinga (S. Aust.)


During the nuclear tests at Maraling in the 1950′s Lallie and her family experienced a ‘black mist’ that rolled over their camp and the people in it with health consequences. In this compilation, her story as recorded by oral historian Michelle Madigan is printed as well as the struggle to prove that the events happened at all. The report was released in two versions, this is the Public Domain Version.


Lallie’s story
Government letters
Source finding aid
Some source documents.


Oral historian, Michelle Madigan ; transcription and commentary, Paul Langley.

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