It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
HARINGTON REGINALD WINNINGTON CLAUDE : Service Number - QX29682 : Date of birth - 24 Feb 1908 : Place of birth - SYDNEY NSW : Place of enlistment - MONTO QLD : Next of Kin - HARINGTON RUBY
4920608 Series number
B883 Series accession number
Contents date range
1940 - 1947 Extent
Not yet examined Reason for restriction
Date of decision
1 Jan 1970
1946 The UK ambassador to the UN quietly approaches Doc Evatt about Australian involvement in a atomic bomb & missile program. He further suggested that it would be based in Australia. Evatt is excited by the idea & believes that Australia will become a world atomic power as a result.
Evatt recommends to Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley (ALP) to agree to the UK atomic bomb & missile treaty. He stipulates that as part of the deal, Australia should be able to build & maintain its own atomic bomb arsenal. This would ensure Australia world power status on the level with the UK & France.
The Anglo-Australian Atomic treaty is signed between Australian PM Chifley & UK PM Attlee later in the year. It, however, limits Australian ownership of atomic items for only peaceful research purposes. Australia can, though, stockpile the necessary items for this research: namely uranium &/or platinum.
Numerous scientists in the Western World question outright the use of atomic bombs. These people argue that only peaceful purposes should be pursued. Among them are Arthur C. Clarke from the UK & Mark Oliphant of Australia.
1947 The Anglo-Australian Atomic Agency begins looking for a base in Australia. Several sites are selected & the land reserved by the Australian government. This becomes the world’s largest testing ground stretching from the centre of South Australia to islands off Western Australia. Several Aboriginal tribes are removed from the area, however many also stay.
1948 Woomera, in the centre of South Australia, becomes the HQ for the Anglo-Australian Atomic Agency. Laboratories, enrichment installations, munitions factories, houses, schools & so forth are built in the middle of the desert. The base is served by the largest airport to date in all of Australia. Soon thousands of scientists, military personnel & their families are stationed there. It quickly becomes South Australia’s third largest city. And all this is done in total secret.
At the missile test site, just out of Woomera, the first V2 missiles are tested. Along with their German scientists, the UK & Australians quickly develop better versions of the V2. The first plans for Blue Streak are begun.