Hans Tholstrup

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Hans Jeppe Tholstrup AM (born 8 November 1944) is a Danish-born Australian adventurer who was the first person to circumnavigate the Australian continent in a 4.9 meters (16 feet) open boat named Tom Thumb. He also devised the concept of the World Solar Challenge,[1][2] and became the first person to make a transcontinental journey in a solar-powered car when he crossed Australia in "The Quiet Achiever".[3]

Tholstrup was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2008 Australia Day Honours for "service to conservation and the environment through the development of renewable energy technology and the exploration of alternative fuel sources."[4][5]

In 2014 he was awarded the "Lifetime of Adventure", the Australian Geographic Society's highest honour.[6] In 1972, Tholstrup rode a motorbike across Australia from Rockhampton to Perth with minimal supplies and support.[7]


  1. ^ "An epic journey revisited". The People & Environment Blog. National Museum of Australia. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  2. ^ Barry, Courtney (22 October 2003). "RACING; Here They Come, as Fast as the Sun Will Carry Them". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  3. ^ Haringman, Jeroen (21 August 2013). "Nomination of Hans Tholstrup for lifetime achievement award". SolarRacing.org. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Members (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia" (PDF). Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia. 5 July 2018.
  5. ^ "THOSTRUP, Hans Jeppe". honours.pmc.gov.au. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  6. ^ "Lifetime of Adventure 2014". Australian Geographic. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  7. ^ Back after hectic 10-day journey, The Morning Bulletin, 2 December 1972.