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Uranium Mined And Flown Out From Mountains

| RESPONSE TO MR. CHURCHILL I Rec. 1.30 p.m. ADELAIDE, this day. Uranium, one of the major elements used in the atomic bomb, has been largely mined in South Australia. Early last year Mr. Churchill asked the late Mr. Curtin for all the uranium that could be produced in Australia. The sole Australian source was at Mount Painter, in an inaccessible part of Flinders Ranges, 400 miles north of Adelaide. Within six weeks roads were built, machinery installed, an aerodrome constructed and supplies of this white metal element were being flown out. The project, which was undertaken regardless of cost, was one of Australia's most closely guarded war secrets. Although Australia was informed that researches into the release of atomic energy were proceeding no precise technical information was revealed.

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AUSTRALIA'S PART, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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AUSTRALIA'S PART Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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