Exile on uranium street: the Australian nuclear blues

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Abstract

Walking the grid of streets in Broken Hill, in far-western New South Wales, is to take a mobile lesson in geology; visitors might dispense with a conventional map and refer instead to the Periodic Table. The mining heritage of the town that lent its name to the nation s richest company - BHP, the Big Australian , and the biggest mining conglo merate in the world after its merger with the Anglo-Dutch giant Billiton - is sign - posted at every turn. Lined with grand buildings dating from the boomtown days of the late nineteenth century, the main thoroughfare, Argent Street, is intersected by a quintet of dead-straight streets, named, in order west to east, Bromide, Sulphide, Chloride, Oxide and Iodide. Up the steady slope north of Argent, the nomenclature suddenly takes a disarming turn, at least to this footsore traveller on a recent visit. There is Radium Street, and then, a block away, Uranium Street.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55 - 70
Number of pages16
JournalSoutherly
Volume74
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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