A picture in time: Rum Jungle, Australia’s first large uranium mine

A picture in time: Rum Jungle, Australia’s first large uranium mine

The Northern Territory mine, opened in 1954 to help supply the UK and US atomic weapons programs, has left a huge pollution problem

On 17 September 1954 the Rum Jungle uranium mine, then the largest in Australia, was officially opened.

The mine, just over ​100km south of Darwin ​ along the eastern branch of the Finniss River,​ would operate for ​17 years until it was deemed to be no longer economically viable​ and closed down, leaving a toxic environmental legacy that is still to be resolved.

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