Celebrating Our Volunteers

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Preserving a unique part of Australia’s maritime history is what motivates a small but dedicated team of volunteers here at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station.

On most days you will find one of these volunteers welcoming visitors onboard the restored Cheynes IV whale chaser ship. Helping them safely navigate the ship’s multiple decks and answering their many and diverse questions.

This week, one of the Historic Whaling Station’s longest serving volunteers, Terry Brownley, was acknowledged with a Certificate of Appreciation, as part of the National Volunteer Week celebrations.

For over 17 years, the retired Wheatbelt farmer, has dedicated much of his spare time to the Cheynes IV and her visitors. Not only has Terry welcomed thousands of visitors onboard during this time, he has also been involved in many long-term restoration projects including the engine room and sonar pit. Plus, countless hours of general maintenance, cleaning and painting to ensure the historic vessels preservation for future generations.

The engine room restoration project took over six years to complete, and saw Terry working alongside the Historic Whaling Station’s maintenance team and past whaling company engineer, now fellow Cheynes VI volunteer, Stuart Clements, to clean, repair and repaint the equipment in the correct colours.

After close to two decades of volunteering, Terry has now retired and is passing the paintbrush onto the next team of volunteers, including the newest face of the Cheynes IV volunteer team, Neil Massey.

Terry’s dedicated approach over many years, has been a significant contribution to the historic whale chaser being well-maintained, despite its exposure to the elements. This is such an important part of the story of the whaling station and its place in the whaling industry. We are most appreciative of Terry’s consistent efforts in making sure that we can continue to share our maritime history.

Enjoy your retirement Terry!

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