More than 900 Tasmanian school children toured the Antarctic ships

Thank You One and All

Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers (guides, marshals, explainers, info staff and more) who made this great festival possible.  We saw 900 happy school kids go through IMAS and the Aurora Australis, another 1,500 members of the public tour L’Astrolabe and the Aurora courtesy of P&O Maritime.  The Australian Antarctic Division, IMAS, CSIRO and the Australian Defence Force helped to explain the science we do in Antarctica and how it is supported.  Companies like Elphinstone, Helicopter Resources and Hagen Oil demonstrated the high level of technical support for the French and Australian Antarctic programs to be found in Hobart and TasPorts showed how a multi-purpose port can accommodate everything from cruise ships to Antarctic icebreakers to public events on the waterfront.  We had sell-out crowds for the Antarctic Film Festival at the State Cinema and the Derwent Symphony Orchestra at Town Hall, we listened to a brilliant Phillip Law Lecture and marvelled at the TMAG exhibition of Antarctic photography.

Photos courtesy of the Hobart Photographic Society and Ballantyne Photography (c)

Orca Antarctica by Chad Carey - finalist in the Antarctic Photography Competition

Orca Antarctica by Chad Carey – finalist in the Antarctic Photography Competition

On the bridge of the Aurora Australis

On the bridge of the Aurora Australis

We had great fun with the tall ship Rhona H and the good people from Sled Dog Adventures Tasmania as we careened a vintage sled along the Hobart waterfront to the Husky’s Picnic.  The Australian National Maritime Museum and Antarctic Tasmania contributed wonderful displays at the Antarctic Expo in PW1.  Thanks to sponsors Events Tasmania, Hobart City Council, Mawson’s Huts Foundation and Chimu Adventures, almost eevery event was free to the public.  Thanks to Tasmania police for keeping all of it safe and helping to achieve an injury-free event.  Clennett’s Mitre 10, Banjo’s Salamanca and Southern Cross Television all played their part, as did Hobart’s own newspaper, The Mercury.  Thanks to the Bookend Trust for a huge job of organisation and to the Australian Wooden Boat Festival Inc. for its terrific team effort.