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Grappling with the Bomb

List of illustrations

Map 1: Pacific Nuclear Test Sites, 1946–96

Map 2: Christmas (Kiritimati) Island, 1957–58

Sir Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at the February 1945 Yalta conference

Yami Lester, Wallatinna Station, South Australia, 2006

Lemeyo Abon and Rinok Riklon, Majuro, Marshall Islands

Crew member Matashichi Oishi with the fishing boat Daigo Fukuryu Maru

Grapple Task Force Commander Air Vice Marshall Wilfred Oulton

Postcard of tent city on Christmas Island

Former Burns Philp & Company headquarters in Sydney

UK security forces tracked the movements of British pacifist Harold Steele from London to Japan

Map of Grapple Danger Area

Fiji Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (FRNVR) sailors aboard HMS Warrior, off Malden Island, May 1957

Paul Ah Poy (standing left) and sailors from HMS Warrior and HMNZS Rotoiti, May 1957

Paul Ah Poy at the Remembrance Day march, Nausori, Fiji, 11 November 2016

Ratu Penaia Ganilau and Fiji Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (FRNVR) Commander Stan Brown prepare for the second Grapple test

FRNVR sailor Amani Tuimalabe carries a memento of his service in Operation Grapple

Mary (left) and Billie Burgess at the Ship Inn in Korea, 1954

Geoffrey Dhenin (left) and crew before their flight to gather samples after the 1953 Totem 1 test

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, 1957

Queen Elizabeth meets Commonwealth prime ministers, including Harold Macmillan of the United Kingdom (back row, to left of Queen), Jawaharlal Nehru of India (front, third from left) John Diefenbaker of Canada (fourth from right) and Robert Menzies of Australia (second from right)

Churchill, Eisenhower and Macmillan—improving US–UK relations

Roy Sefton, aboard HMNZS Pukaki, 1957

On the quarter deck of HMNZS Pukaki preparing for the Grapple 1 test, May 1957 (Roy Sefton is fourth from right)

Roy Sefton QSM, Chair of the New Zealand Nuclear Test Veterans Association (NZNTVA)

English officers and soldiers from the Royal Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), Christmas Island, 1958

Tekoti Rotan in Suva, Fiji, November 2016

Sui Kiritome and her daughter Rakieti in Tarawa, Kiribati, 2004

Mushroom cloud from the Grapple Y test, 28 April 1958

Royal Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) soldiers deployed to Christmas Island, 1958

Captain Viliame ‘Bill’ Masi and British officers inspect Fijian troops on Christmas Island

Harold Macmillan (left) meets US President John F. Kennedy at Key West in Florida to plan US nuclear tests on Christmas Island

The first megaton hydrogen bomb test—Grapple X, November 1957

Al Rowland ONZM

HMNZS Pukaki proceeds towards the mushroom cloud after Grapple 1 test at Malden Island, May 1957

The Royal Courts of Justice on G.E. Street, The Strand, London

Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, former Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Commander and current Prime Minister of Fiji

New Zealand nuclear veterans receive the New Zealand Special Service Medal (Nuclear Testing)


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