gerviv in Oz travel blog


Our next stop was Albany, Western Australia.

Evidence of the aboriginal presence in the area dates back 25,000 years, followed much later, 1627, by the Dutch and then in 1791, George Vancouver, then later again by the French. Another notable visitor was Charles Darwin on the Beagle.

In 1914, over 41,000 Australian and New Zealand troops sailed from Albany on a voyage via Egypt to the ill-fated Gallipoli beaches arriving on April 25 1915. Over one third were killed or wounded there.

We visited the National Anzac Centre which is devoted to WW1. The museum has a very contemporary design and interactive displays give a moving connection with the service men and women. There is a scroll of the names of the 41,265 men and women that continuously moves beneath a pool of reflection. They also have a computer set up so a name can be entered and that personā€˜s story is told for the benefit of relatives or friends.

The town itself is fairly small with not a lot of redeeming features. Close by is an historic whaling station now turned into a museum.

Sorry no photos here

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