Joe?s name a winner

Joe Weiley, a pupil at St Finbarr's Catholic School, Byron Bay has won a national competition to come up with a name for Australia's first Antarctic airport.

Joe's winning name for the new airport was 'Wilkins' after Hubert Wilkins, an Australian adventurer-explorer who pioneered aviation in both the Arctic and Antarctic, was a pioneer film maker and twice decorated for bravery in world war one.

General Monash called him 'the bravest man I ever saw'. Wilkins was knighted by the British and honoured by America, but never received recognition or support in his own country and is still almost unknown.

Joe hopes the naming of the airport might do a little toward changing that.

His prize included a trip to Sydney to inspect the two new aircraft that will inaugurate Antarctic air operations.

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