Maralinga's Long Shadow - Yvonne's Story
This lavishly illustrated biography records the lasting costs of nuclear tests in central Australia to an aboriginal community. Displaced from their country, Yvonne Edwards and her people were moved from the soft sands of the desert to the hard stones...
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This lavishly illustrated biography records the lasting costs of nuclear tests in central Australia to an aboriginal community. Displaced from their country, Yvonne Edwards and her people were moved from the soft sands of the desert to the hard stones of a strange land. Her firstborn was taken away and her life was dogged by tragedy. Christobel Mattingley tells the story of her friend Yvonne and how her warm Christian faith delivered her from bitterness and enabled her to inspire her community to maintain both their connection to maintain both their connection to the land through painting and to pursue justice and compensation for the effects of radioactive contamination of their country. A gem.
Grandfather and Grandmother telling lots of stories. They had to live at Yalata. Their home was bombed. That was their home where the bomb went off. They thought it was mamu tjuta, evil spirits, coming. Everyone was frightened, thinking about people back in the bush. Didn't know what bomb was. Later told it was poison. Parents and grandparents really wanted to go home, used to talk all the time to get their land back.
Yvonne Edwards was just six years old when the first bombs of the nuclear tests at Maralinga were detonated in 1956. The tests continued until 1963, and their consequences profoundly affected her family and community. This powerful book, by award-winning author Christobel Mattingley, honors Yvonne Edwards' legacy as a highly respected artist and community elder.
Christobel Mattingley was born at Brighton, South Australia, on October 26, 1931. She started writing when she was 10, in the children's pages of a nature magazine. While her children were growing up, she worked as a librarian in schools and a teacher's college. Her first book was published in 1970 and she has been a full time writer since 1974. Mattingley is the author of 42 books. Some have been shortlisted for awards, and some have won awards. Cockawun and Cockatoo was named a Notable Book in the Children's Book Council Awards for 2000 and received a Certificate of Merit in the Whitley Awards for the Best Children's Novel of 2000 of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.She has also received an Advance Australia Award, an Honorary Doctorate of the University of South Australia, and been made a Member of the Order of Australia for my contribution to literature. She won the inaugural Childrens Book Council of Australia Junior Book of the Year Award in 1982 for Rummage. The Race was an Honour Book in the 1996 Childrens Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Awards. As well as writing for children, Christobel has written film scripts, short stories, articles and poetry. In 1990 she received the Advance Australia Award for Service to Literature, and in 1996 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature, particularly children's literature, and for community service through her commitment to social and cultural issues. No Gun for Asmir received a High Commendation in the Australian Human Rights Awards of 1994. In 1990 she received the ultimate accolade an Advance Australia Medal for her contribution to literature in Australia.