Those with memories of Albany’s whaling history are being urged to share them before it is too late. Albany’s Historic Whaling Station’s new project aims to paint a picture of what life was like before the end of the whaling industry 41 years ago. It’s hoped the Whaler’s Tales: Oral Histories of Albany’s Past Whaling Community project can expand on the station’s small oral history collection, while those with a direct connection to the era are still alive. For full story click here.
In the conservation movement there is a story still told of the whaler with a heart, the Australian harpooner who, swayed by the 1970s Save the Whale campaign, turned his back on the killing. It is unlikely that many, except for a handful who were there, will remember his name or even believe he existed. But exist he did.