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Souvenir of Albany

Date: c 1950 - 1970s
Overall: 150 x 40 mm, 0.15 kg
Medium: Sperm whale tooth
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Whale tooth
Object No: 00028353

User Terms

    Small sperm whale tooth with 'Souvenir of Albany, WA' written in black ink on the side. The tip of the tooth shows the layers of dentine and enamel, while the surface has its original ridging and unlike much scrimshawed teeth, has not been polished down.
    SignificanceThis tooth is a relic of the last of the whaling station in the southern hemisphere and is a crude attempt at replicating the traditional art of scrimshandering.
    HistoryAlbany is the oldest British settlement on the Western Australia coast. By the 1970s it was a long established holiday resort, which created a demand for souvenirs from the region. The Cheyne Beach Whaling Company's station at nearby Frenchman's Bay was an important secondary industry and was the last surviving shore-based whaling operation in the southern hemisphere.

    All other whaling stations in Australia were closed in 1963 after the humpback whale was found to be in danger of extinction. The Albany station continued until 1978.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: SOUVENIR OF ALBANY

    Web title: Souvenir of Albany

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