Photo: Fram Museum Oslo, Norway.Photo: Fram Museum Oslo, Norway

Amundsen’s legacy in the Antarctic celebrated in Hobart

16.09.2016 // Last weekend the embassy successfully hosted an exhibition on the Norwegian polar pioneer, Roald Amundsen, at the Australian Antarctic Festival. Ambassador Kløvstad officially opened the exhibition on the world-known explorer’s journey to the South Pole, underlining Norway’s historic relations to the Antarctic continent. Federal senators, Tasmanian MPs, Norwegian businesses and members of the scientific community attended the ceremonious opening at the Brooke Street Pier in Hobart.

Photo: Royal Norwegian Embassy.
Royal Norwegian Embassy 

The exhibition, titled Lessons from the Arctic - How Roald Amundsen won the Race to the South Pole, outlines the successful expedition of Roald Amundsen and his crew. It contains information and over 200 photographs of the preparation and execution of the historic expedition of 1910 -1912. The images are from the crew itself, taken during the expedition, hand-coloured later by Amundsen and used in his lecture series of 1912. Many of these images have never been displayed before. The exhibition has been produced and is tailor made for an Australian audience by the Norwegian Fram Museum and is presented for the first time in Hobart during the Antarctic festival. The location for the exhibition, at the Brook Street Pier in Hobart, is no accident. In fact, this very port was the first in which Amundsen and his crew anchored their ship, Fram, on the 7th of March 1912 after successfully reaching the South Pole.

In her speech, Ambassador Kløvstad highlighted Norway’s long traditions as a polar nation, both in the North and the South. As two claimant states of the Antarctic territory, she expressed how Norway and Australia shared interests in conserving its unique environment. The two countries have close cooperation on Antarctic issues such as the sustainable management of the living marine resources in the waters around Antarctic. Norway and Australia are at the forefront of scientific research in the Antarctic, and both are strong advocates of the Antarctic treaties and conventions. Today, Norway’s Antarctic policy emphasises the core values underpinning the international partnership in the region; peace, scientific research and environmental protection.

The story of Amundsen and his men will continue to amaze as the exhibition now moves to the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science (IMAS), in Hobart where it will remain until October. The Embassy also hope to be able to present the exhibition to a broader audience both in Australia and New Zealand.


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