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Operation Grapple - We Were There: A Photographic Portrait Exhibition of NZ Nuclear Test Veterans

Thursday 1st-Friday 30th April 2021

19 photographic portraits of NZ nuclear test veterans taken in their own homes around NZ, that took part in Operations Grapple, a nuclear testing programme in the Pacific in 1957-58. The portraits show these veterans, who they are and where they are now just over 60 years later, accompanied by their own stories told in their own words of their time at Operation Grapple.

The motivation of photographer Denise Baynham in doing this exhibition is to tell the story of an important, but little known chapter in NZ history, and to honour and recognise all those who served at Operation Grapple and the legacy that it has left for generations to come.

Family Friendly Free


April 1–30


Nelson & suburbs


Founders Heritage Park
87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson
Old Saint Peter's Church

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