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Tasmania 40°South, Issue 89, Winter 2018 | E-Mag

Tasmania 40°South, Issue 89, Winter 2018 | E-Mag

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Antarctica, as those of us who live here know, is part of Tasmania. We allow other countries to undertake scientific research there, we allow South American countries to send tourist ships there, and we share the Antarctic supply business with New Zealand, but psychologically it’s ours no less than the Tarkine is ours. Tasmanians understand wilderness. This is why I have for some time wanted to offer an Antarctic-themed issue of Tasmania 40°South. The time has arrived. If I were to make a film of the history of Antarctica, I would ask Steve Roden to play one of the Heroic Age explorers. Roden has the presence, the bearing and the English accent (albeit a little modulated by a few decades of Tasmanian influence) to make a splendid Ernest Shackleton. He also has first-hand knowledge of Antarctica – he has just been there on a South American cruise ship. Our Portfolio presents the story of, and a selection of images, from that trip. If I were to make an expedition to the South Pole, I would ask Chris Wilson to be my guide. Wilson is part-Tasmanian (he was born and raised here), and part Antarctician (having spent great chunks of his life there through his work). He is also a photographer, and winner of the 2016 Australian Antarctic Festival Photography Competition. (If you, too, are part-Antarctician, and handy with a camera, you can enter the 2018 competition, which has a first prize of $5,000, via antarcticfestival.com.au).  I would also invite James Dryburgh and the man he writes about in this issue, Fabián Martínez Siccardi, on our great southern expedition, because in the long cold nights of Antarctica, you need great story tellers. Chris Champion, Editor