END OF AN ERA – 45 year Anniversary (1978 – 2023)

Remembering Albany’s whaling history.

45 year anniversary

Today marks 45 years since the closure of the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company and the end of commercial whaling in Australia.

On the evening 21 November 1978, the Cheynes II, III and IV whale chasing ships berthed at the old Albany Town Jetty after their final whale hunt.

The closure of the Whaling Station affected the local Albany community dramatically, with many locals still recalling the economic and social effects of its closure. With the conclusion of the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company, the country saw the start of a new era: the end of the commercial whaling industry.

45 years on, we marked the anniversary by hosting our annual Past-Employee Reunion morning tea last Thursday. Approximately 50 past employees of the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company and guests were welcomed back onsite to reminisce about an industry that has long since passed.

Throughout the years, we have maintained invaluable connections with former employees of the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company. Some of our dedicated past whaler’s continue to grace us with their daily presence as volunteers, actively contributing to the meticulous maintenance and preservation of this iconic, award-winning tourist destination. They play a pivotal role in ensuring each visitor’s experience is nothing short of extraordinary, making history come alive before their eyes.

If you were employed by the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company and would like to update your contact details with us, or are interested in volunteering, please contact our team on (08) 9844 4021 or email reception@discoverybay.com.au.

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