Amundsen in Hobart
Both New Zealand and Australian governments are investing heavily in promoting Christchurch and Hobart as ‘Gateway Antarctic Cities’. With much to gain in terms of scientific expertise and lucrative global partnerships, these two cities are keen to highlight their Antarctic credentials. Into the White highlighted the deep connection Captain Scott and members of the Terra Nova expedition had with Christchurch and Port Chalmers. Hobart has arguably an even richer history of supporting Antarctic exploration and the fact that Roald Amundsen chose to communicate his news to the world from Hobart is a matter of great pride for the city. In choosing to open Amundsen’s Way in Hobart I hope to emphasize to Australian readers the central role their country has played and will continue to play in the ongoing development of a continent of ever-increasing global significance.
How lovely to see a huge rendering of this extraordinary explorer postioned in pride of place at the entrance to IMAS - the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science at Salamanca Wharf.