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Anti-Nuclear & Anti-Uranium Archive (Friends of the Earth, Australia)

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posted on 22.02.2022, 06:04 authored by Sam GibbardSam Gibbard
The Anti-Nuclear and anti-uranium collective is the longest running campaign at FOE, and has worked for over forty years researching, educating and actively campaigning on nuclear issues. Their aim is to protect people and the environment from damage by the nuclear industry and promote safe, clean and sustainable energy solutions.

The Anti-Nuclear collective hosts events and workshops to promote a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons, to amplify the voices of Indigenous communities directly impacted by the nuclear industry and to educate people about nuclear and peace issues. Every second year, they coordinate the Radioactive Exposure tour of nuclear sites, taking a large group of supporters out on country to see the reality of uranium mining, the legacy of nuclear weapons testing and the threat of proposed nuclear waste dumps. They also sponsor The Radioactive Show on 3CR community radio to share stories and cover news on the nuclear free movement from Australia and around the world.

Remarkably, the collective kept and maintained this significant archive related to the groups’ activities from almost the beginning. A volunteer archiving project was started in 2016 to catalogue this massive 40-year history of the collective.

The collection comprises of approx. 120+ boxes of pamphlets, periodicals/newsletters, minute books, correspondence and other unique manuscript material, as well as a large collection of posters. Basic box, folder and item level description has been entered into a text searchable document that will serve as a usable catalogue to access the material. This cataloguing project was finished in early 2020, and the catalogue is well over 300 pages.

Significant subjects and campaigns covered in this archive include: Roxby Downs Blockade, Maralinga, Jabiluka, as well as continual efforts to fight against the establishment of nuclear power stations within Australia, and a national/international waste dump.

Throughout the course of this project, The ACE Collective were able to offer volunteer opportunities for RMIT library students to gain valuable work experience. We would like to acknowledge the hard work of: AC Hunter, Matthew Hall, Laura Bligh, Sam Stolke, Alice Barry, Sheeneez Mutheeu, Keren Moskal, Caitlyn Grant and Judy Chandley.

This material was accepted into the National Library of Australia in January 2022 (MS 10601).

Digitised video content available below in Youtube Channel Link.

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