Mulwala Explosives Facility oral history and interpretation project


Client: Department of Defence and Australian Munitions/Thales Australia

As the Mulwala Explosives Facility undergoes a major period of redevelopment and modernisation, I undertook an oral history project to record the experiences of thirteen current and former workers at the Facility who between them, have more than 350 years of experience. They have worked in a range of capacities as apprentices, process workers, chemical engineers, scientists, accountants, personnel managers, administrators and in maintenance, and health and safety.

In a second phase, I am identifying the major themes that characterise the history of the Mulwala Explosives Facility, and preparing a report recommending ways in which these themes can be presented in a tangible and practical manner.

This project followed on from one I undertook at Mulwala in 2008, working in a team to produce an industrial documentary explaining the chemical and physical processes used to manufacture explosives.

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