Our new oral history project of Albany’s past whaling community.
A new oral history project commencing this month will capture and preserve a slice of Albany’s significant whaling history for current and future generations.
Albany's Historic Whaling Station is a unique maritime museum and in 2018 we marked the 40th anniversary of the closure of the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company and the end of whaling in Australia. A series of commemorative events were held onsite last year which increased and enhanced our interaction between past whalers and the local community.
Building on this community engagement we identified the opportunity to broaden their current oral history collection and recognised that time is running out for this history to be suitably researched and recorded.
The project, ‘Whalers Tales: Oral Histories of Albany’s past whaling community,’ has been made possible by the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS). The Scheme is administered by the Australian National Maritime Museum through funding from the Australian Government and provides grants of up to $15,000 in-kind support to not-for-profit organisations to help display and conserve objects of national and historical maritime significance. Since the Scheme commenced in 1995, more than $1.8 million has been provided to support 440 projects and over 60 internships.
Our museum's mission is to “bring stories of Albany’s diverse past to life”, and this project aims to expand our current oral history collection for archival purposes as well as to have authentic material for the development and application in future exhibits. Funding has been awarded to engage a production company to undertake interviewing, filming and editing.
Participants in the oral history project have been selected based on comprehensive criteria aiming to capture a representative collection of memories, from all areas of the whaling industry.
Whaling in Albany has a strong place in the memory of many people - be it locals, visitors or past whalers. As the project funding limits the number of participants that can be involved, we have expanded our website to allow the public to add their recollections and memories straight into our museum’s digital archives.
For more information or to add your memories to their digital archives please visit our Recollections & Memories page or call the Historic Whaling Station on 9844 4021.