Image courtesy Tim Bowden Collection

Amundsen Exhibit Hobart Premiere

Roald Amundsen

Roald Amundsen

A new exhibition of Roald Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole will be unveiled at the Inaugural Australian Antarctic Festival in Hobart, 9 – 11 September 2016.

The specially created exhibition from the Fram Museum in Oslo, titled Lessons from the Arctic – How Roald Amundsen won the Race to the South Pole, consists of over 200 photographs from Amundsen’s historic expedition to the South Pole in 1910 – 12.  Many of the images have never been displayed before.

It will be opened by the Ambassador of Norway, Her Excellency Ms Unni Kløvstad, at the Brooke Street Pier on Friday 9 September at 11:00 am and remain there on display for two weeks, before moving to the Institute for Maritime and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) on Castray Esplanade.  The exhibition is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.

A Lifetime of Preparation

Historians, biographers and Polar experts have written many books on Amundsen and Scott, and the differences between their expeditions to the South Pole. Now, for the first time, the Lessons from the Arctic exhibition will show why Amundsen made the choices he did.  The exhibition explains in detail how Amundsen spent his youth preparing for a life in the Polar Regions, including his three years spent learning from the Inuit in the Arctic, all leading up to expedition to the South Pole.  It gives an insight into why he used Greenland dogs, why he tore out the old steam engine in his ship, the Fram, and replaced it with a diesel engine, and why Lindstrøm cooked American Hotcakes for breakfast every morning.

The images are from lantern slides taken by Amundsen during his South Pole Expedition of 1910-12 and used during lecture tours he conducted on his return. They are part of the Amundsen exhibition at the Fram Museum in Oslo, named after his ship the Fram which sailed into Hobart in 1912.

The Australian Antarctic Festival is a wonderful opportunity to display these historic images of Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole,” said Ambassador Kløvstad.” I’m so pleased they will be unveiled in Hobart, as this city has a strong connection with Norway and its colourful Antarctic history.  After Amundsen sent a telegram to the King of Norway telling of his conquest, the great explorer stood on the steps of the Hobart Post Office and announced to the world on March 7, 1912 that he and his four companions had become the first to reach the South Pole. Norway is part of Hobart’s Antarctic history and we’re very proud of that,” said the Ambassador. “I hope this exhibition is enjoyed by many people.

The Husky’s Run


Festival goers can view an exciting re-creation of Amundsen’s return from the South Pole at the Husky’s Run on Sunday 11 September, as part of the Australian Antarctic Festival.  A team of live huskies will pull a vintage Antarctic sled along Franklin Wharf, starting at 11:00 am from Hunter Street.  The team will finish in Parliament House Lawns, where the Husky’s Picnic will allow parents and children to meet these working dogs, and other canine entertainers, from 10 am to 2 pm.  All activities are completely free to the public. The best viewing of the Husky’s Run will be along Franklin Wharf, from Mures to Waterman’s Dock.