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A plaque commemorates the handback of the area of land known as Section 400 to its traditional owners.

Maralinga was the site of seven of the now infamous British nuclear tests, with the first atomic bomb detonated in 1956. Most of the Maralinga lands had already been returned to the Aboriginal people, but 3,000 square kilometres remained cordoned off. The site known as Section 400 was heavily contaminated by radiation and hazardous chemicals.

After years of Federal Government remediation, that last parcel was returned to the Maralinga Tjaratja people in an emotional ceremony at Maralinga Village in 2009.


GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.160045
Long: 131.580149
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 18th December, 2009
Front Inscription
                        of South Australia

                         SECTION 400

His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR
              Governor of South Australia 
                 unveiled this plaque on
                   18 December 2009
          to commemorate the handback to 
       Maralinga Tjarutja of Section 400,
which includes the former British Nuclear Test and
    Minor Trial Sites and the Maralinga Village
Source: MA
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