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Atomic Testing: The Diary of Anthony Brown is a fictional diary written by Alan Tucker. It is the twenty-fourth book in My Australian Story and Tucker's third for the series. The book was published in February 2009 and later reprinted with different cover art in August 2013.

Dedication[]

"To Deb, who gave me time and trust, and to the State Library of South Australia, who gave me information and a quiet space. AT"

Book description[]

"The British Government's going to test atomic bombs on the Woomera Rocket Range. It's in the paper. Mum said that if she'd known they were going to test atomic bombs here, she'd never have come. What's she worried about? It's only a bomb."

"The British Government's going to test atomic bombs on the Woomera Rocket Range. It's in the paper. Mum said that if she'd known they were going to test atomic bombs here, she'd never have come.
What's she worried about? It's only a bomb.

When the army assigns Anthony's father to work on the top secret atomic testing project in outback South Australia, the family relocates from Townsville to Woomera. The controversial rocket and munitions testing captures Anthony's imagination.
But is it really as safe as the government says?
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Plot[]

Historical Note[]

Characters[]

Main article: List of Atomic Testing characters

Author[]

Main article: Alan Tucker

Editions[]

Acknowledgements[]

"Thanks to the Mary Gibbs Children's Literature Trust, who provided me with their Canberra studio for two weeks in July 2005. The creative writing process began there and then."

Notes[]

  • The portrait on the cover of the first edition is a flipped detail of a 1955 photograph from the State Library of South Australia.[4] The images of the atom diagram and the bomb explosion were licensed from iStock.[5]
  • The cover of the second edition uses an image licensed from iStock.[6]

References[]

See also[]


My Australian Story
Original

A Banner Bold | Plagues and Federation | A Tale of Two Families | Surviving Sydney Cove | The Rum Rebellion
The Yankee Whaler | A Different Sort of Real | Who Am I? | On Board the Boussole | The Bombing of Darwin
Fords and Flying Machines | Snowy | Riding with Thunderbolt | Our Don Bradman | A Marathon of Her Own
Our Enemy, My Friend

1st relaunch

New Gold Mountain | Outback | Cyclone Tracy | Refugee | The Melting Pot | Archer's Melbourne Cup
Claw of the Dragon | Atomic Testing

2nd relaunch

The Hunt for Ned Kelly | The Phar Lap Mystery | My Father's War | Sydney Harbour Bridge | Heroes of Tobruk
Escape from Cockatoo Island | Gallipoli | Kokoda | Convict Girl | Vietnam

3rd relaunch

Black Sunday | Our Race for Reconciliation | Bushfire | Rebellion at Eureka | Castle Hill Rebellion | Six Seconds
The Battle for Victoria Street

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