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60 Years of discovery e-book

We have produced a special e-book to celebrate 60 years of nuclear science and innovation in Australia. Read the commemorative book here.

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60 years of discovery in photos

Renowned Australian modernist photographer Max Dupain captured a series of intimate photos of life at Lucas Heights during the 1960s, which have been brought back to life in this image gallery. Learn more...

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60 years of discovery videos

To celebrate 60 years of discovery, take a look at these rare archival videos. Learn more.


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60th anniversary messages of support

Read messages of support from Australian leaders of science, medicine and academia celebrating 60 years of discovery. Learn more...

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Australia's first reactor HIFAR

Australia's first reactor called HIFAR, significantly contributed to Australian society through nuclear medicine production and the advancement of scientific knowledge. Learn more...

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Celebrating 60 years of discovery

This rare archival footage shows former Australian Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies at the opening of Australia's first nuclear reactor HIFAR in 1958 at Lucas Heights near Sydney. 

 60 years of discovery

On April 15, 1953, Australia entered the nuclear science arena, when the Atomic Energy Act came into effect. Learn more about our history and what we do in this short commemorative presentation.