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Icebreaker namers win trip

Six students at Hobart’s St Virgil’s College are heading for Antarctica after winning a competition to name Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker. The Hobartians worked with six youngsters from Secret Harbour Primary in Perth, WA, to suggest the winning name RSV Nuyina (noy-yee-nah). The name means Southern Lights in palawa kani, the reconstructed language recognised by many Tasmanian Aborigines. More than two years ahead of the $1.9 billion ship’s expected completion, the name was announced by the Australian Antarctic Division in October after a nationwide competition that attracted almost 800 entries. ‘‘Using the name Nuyina for the Hobart-based ship recognises the long spiritual connection Tasmanian Aboriginal people have with the frozen continent, as the most southerly humans on the planet during the last ice age,’’ The Minister for the Environment, Josh Frydenberg, said.

6 November 2017, Edition 189

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