Commemorations for US Nuke Attack on Japan held in Melbourne

  • Posted on: 6 August 2015
  • By: Staff Writers

Melbourne commemorations for the 70th Anniversary of the United States' nuclear attacks upon Imperial Japan, which concluded the Allies victory in the Second World War, began last night at Trades Hall in Carlton.

A ceremony was held at the opening night of an exhibition of photographs covering the aftermath of the atomic bomb explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, hosted by the Campaign for International Co-Operation and Disarmament. The photographs were collected by the Atomic Photographers Guild, and includes pictures shot by Japanese and foreign photographers.

The meeting was addressed by Dr Margaret Beavis, vice-president of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War; Prof Michael Hamel-Green, peace researcher at Victoria University of Footscray and writer at the Global Change, Peace and Security journal; Jessie Boylan, photographer at the Atomic Photographers Guild; and Jacob Grech, veteran peace activist and staffer at the Victorian Trades Hall and Literary Institute.

The USA detonated an atomic bomb over Hiroshima on 6th August, 1945, followed later that day by a call from President H. S. Truman for Imperial Japan to surrender unconditionally or "expect a rain of ruin from the air". On 9th August, 1945, the USA dropped the second atomic bomb upon Nagasaki, hours after the Soviet Union had declared war against the Japanese and invaded the state of Manchukuo. Shortly after the blast, Emperor Hirohito ordered the Japanese government to surrender, and accept the Allies demands laid out in the Potsdam Declaration of 26th July.

The photography exhibition is runs until Friday on the ground floor, Victorian Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton South. Opening hours are 10am - 4pm.