Maralinga Tjarutja


When the dust settles, culture remains…

Maralinga Tjarutja focuses on the Maralinga Tjarutja people who have lived on their lands for over 60 thousand years. They survived and, through their tenacious spirit and cultural strength, fight to retain their country.

Maralinga Tjarutja land, located in regional South Australia, was used for the British Nuclear Test Program between 1953 and 1963. The Maralinga Tjarutja people fought for the clean-up of contamination, for compensation and for the handback in 2009 of the Maralinga Village and test sites.

They have rebuilt traditional communities into vibrant, creative cultural communities that will ensure Maralinga Tjarutja custodianship of their lands into the future.


(All cast play themselves)
Jeremy Lebois
Mimi Smart
Hilary Williams
Tommy Baker
Silvia Boogar
Maggie Brady
Noelene Bridley
Leon Brown
Rita Bryant
Amy Button
Celina Coleman
Andrew Collett
Jason Coombes
Tom Gara
Glenda Hansen
Parka Hogan
Lance Ingomar
Samuel Ingomar
Francene Kugena
Robin Matthews
Ronald Murka
Gavin Peel
Lavanna Peel
Lucinda Peters
Roslyn Peters
Clayton Queama
Richard Quema
Steve Rapp
Felicity Stewart
Ryan Stewart
Juanita Thorpe
Willy Tingu
Cindy Watson
Joy West
Release dates
24 May 2020 – ABC television
M - Mature

Maralinga Tjarutja provides complementary programming from an Aboriginal perspective to the ABC drama series Operation Buffalo which takes the view of Major Leo Carmichael, an Australian Army engineer and WWII veteran and only mentions Aboriginal people in passing.

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Korff, J 2020, Maralinga Tjarutja, <>, retrieved 13 May 2021

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