Australia in Norway

Australia’s involvement in the Antarctic is a feature of a new exhibition about polar regions in Norway. The Cooperation Australia-Norway in the Antarctic exhibition, developed by the Australian Embassy to Scandinavia, is currently showing at the Bergen Maritime Museum, where it has been incorporated into the museum’s usual Antarctic display. Australia and Norway share a long history of Antarctic exploration and research and a cooperative scientific and political relationship. Displays in the exhibition highlight these historical and collaborative achievements, from the whaling era to today. Among the displays is the story of the Norwegian-owned ship, Polar Bird, which was chartered by the Australian Antarctic Division from Rieber Shipping AS for some years. Rieber Shipping is a major supplier of ships to countries operating in the Arctic and Antarctic, and features in the exhibition. Images of Mawson station and of the early Australian Antarctic Expeditions also feature.