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Public Talk – Jan Forrest OAM

6 October @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Maralinga and Emu, a dark chapter in Australia’s history

Jan Forrest OAM is an Honorary Associate at the South Australian Museum as well as Public Talks Convener and Newsletter Editor for Butterfly Conservation South Australia.

She is a life member of Girl Guides South Australia and in 1981 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her work with young people through the Girl Guides, Youth Hostels Association and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Jan will trace the history of the Maralinga and Emu British bomb tests and discuss the impact these events have had on the country and the indigenous communities.

Jan first visited Emu in 1976 with a Museum expedition, and has visited both Emu and Maralinga a number of times since, undertaking scientific projects in this special part of South Australia both with the South Australian Museum and as a member of the Friends of the Great Victoria Desert.

She will also show images of the desert plants and animals and provide an overview of some of the projects presently being undertaken by the Friends of the Great Victoria Desert group.


200 metres east of Marion Rd, and 300 metres north of Anzac Highway

Entry by donation (minimum of $2).

Bookings not required

Please bring supper to share, tea/coffee will be supplied.

Meetings should conclude by 8.30pm.

At the start of each meeting a ten minutes presentation on a ‘Butterfly of the Month’ will be given by a BCSA committee member.

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6 October
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Plympton Community Centre
34 Long Street
Plympton, South Australia 5038 Australia
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