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The countdown is now on to celebrate the return of migrating whales to Albany waters at the LiveLighter Welcoming the Whales Festival 2019, Saturday 1st June 10am to 2pm.
Following on from the success of the previous two year's events, the LiveLighter Welcoming the Whales Festival 2019 is fun for all ages with whaley great family activities to enjoy.
It all kicks off at 10am with live music, ocean awareness displays and talks, and delicious food. Plus, join in the official festival opening and welcome to the whales at 10.30am. After the opening, the musical entertainment and festival fun continues all the way through to 2pm.
Spread throughout the Historic Whaling Station grounds, the festival features roving entertainment from Southern Edge Arts performers and music from The Albany Shantymen, The Shantylillies, Alison Parade and The Mist Music.
The SoulSea Mermaids will make an exclusive appearance at 12pm to delight children with their presence, hear mermaid wishes and provide photo opportunities.
Expanding on the festival's Ocean Awareness theme there will also be an installation of four whale sculptures. These sculptures feature whales which visit our coast line each year and have been decorated by local schools using plastic debris found on our beaches.
For those a little older there will be displays and special guest presenters including Marine Biologists Dr Harriet Paterson and Kirsty Alexander, Greenskills, Keep Australia Beautiful and Parks and Wildlife Service.
LiveLighter Welcoming the Whales Festival 2019 is a community event proudly supported by Healthway, Discover Albany Foundation, Keep Australia Beautiful, The Amazing South Coast and GWN7. Entry is by gold coin donation.
For further information, please visit our website discoverybay.com.au or call us on 9844 4021.
Please note, for the safety and well being of the animals the Australian Wildlife Park will be closed this day.
On the evening of the 21st November 1978, the Cheynes II, III and IV whale chasing ships berthed at the old Albany Town Jetty after their final whale hunt. Signalling the closure of the last shore based whaling station in Australia and the end of over 150 years of whaling in Albany waters.
The late John Bell, spotter pilot for the company recalled “… the last day of whaling I only saw one whale, a huge bull sperm whale. We hadn’t quite taken our quota for the year, but this monster was over 45 feet long. So we left him in peace."
ABC journalist Les Johnson reported "…There was more than a touch of mere nostalgia on the Albany Town Jetty last night, when the three ships of the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company moved into their berths for the last time… I saw tears in the eyes of some men. There was no future for them, except in the mundane ranks of nine-to-fivers or the unemployed.”
40 years on, the anniversary was marked with a whaler's reunion here at the station. Over 60 past whalers, plus invited guests enjoyed a morning tea and first look at the new whaler's name boards. The name boards were officially launched by the Mayor Mr Dennis Wellington during the function.
Images below taken at the Whaler's reunion Wednesday 21st November 2018.
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