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Souvenir lifebuoy

Date: 1950 - 1970s
Dimensions:
Overall: 115 mm
Display Dimensions: 16 mm
Medium: Cardboard, enamel, vinyl, twine
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Souvenir lifebuoy
Object No: 00028354

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    Description
    Image in the centre of a lifebuoy of a steam whaleship with the number three painted on the hull and a whale harpoon on the bow. In the foreground a whale is rising up from the water. 'Albany WA' is written around the edge of the lifebuoy.
    SignificanceThis souvenir relates to the last of the whaling stations in the southern hemisphere.
    HistoryAlbany is the oldest British settlement on the Western Australia coast. By the 1970s it was a long established holiday resort. 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 LIFEBUOY SHOWING WHALESHIP AND WHALE AT SEA

    Web title: Souvenir lifebuoy

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