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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

West Australian Wildflower Trip - 6th Day Around Albany 14th Sept 2014.

A day spent in and around Albany.  More flexibility on the tour was shown today as one member (I think it was Marlene) spent the day at Albany and I was able to get off the bus early at ANZAC Park and walk back to the motel as the others went to Mount Clarence at the end of the day.  
First it was off to Whale World (or Discovery Bay Tourism Experience as it is now known) at Frenchman's Bay. It was then onto Tordirrup National Park and the coastal scenery of the Rainbow Coast. Lastly, arriving back at Albany, I jumped bus to get some photos around the old commercial part of town and other photos around town while the the bus continued up to Mount Clarence and the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial. 

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Day 6, 14th Sept. Around Albany.

This is a replica of the brig  Amity (at Albany) which sailed from Sydney on 9th November 1826,  under the command of Major Edmund Lockyer, to form a settlement at King George Sound. The 148 ton, 23m (75 feet 6 inches) long Amity carried  a party of 50 including 18 rank and file soldiers and 23 convicts, plus stores for six months, including sheep and pigs. The Amity was wrecked after running aground on an uncharted sandbar off Flinders Island, Tasmania on June 18th, 1845.

Discovery Bay Tourism Experience (Whale World).

A beautiful landscape with a cruel history. Discovery Bay Tourism Experience
(Whale World).

The winch that dragged the whale ashore.   The first industry in Western Australia
 was whaling. It was a major factor in the survival of the colony and it continued 
until 1978 when the last whaling station (this one) closed down.

One of the whale 'manicuring' pieces of machinery.

A very animated guide took us on a tour of the whaling station.

'Springing Into Action'

Entering one of the display sheds.

Angus, who at this stage was suffering from the 'dreaded lergy' (flu-like symptoms) ,
 is captivated by the guides presentation.

There will be an exam at the end.

Skeleton of a Blue Whale (the long white one hanging from the roof).

At least it appeared to die happy with a smile on it's face.

Small alligator at Whale World.

Walking through a dislay of local flora.

A dislay of local flora. Albany Bottlebrush  (Callistemon speciosus), not sure, Pelargonium littorale  -  Coastal Geranium, Wattle, pink boronia (Boronia heterophylla).

Walking through a dislay of local flora.

Residents of the small Discovery Bay Tourism Experience zoo .................

.............. but this skink was 'free range'.

Whaling ship Cheynes IV, at Whale World WA.

What happens when women steer ................

................... I think we've ran ashore Capt'n.

Walking the planks.

King George Sound

Thar she blows.

The tools of destruction.

Now what do I do?

The pointy end of the ship.

Swim faster little whale.

Frenchman's Bay

King George Sound.

Frenchman's Bay.

Plenty of yummy lunch was provided at the Whaler's Galley Cafe. Bill, Laurie,
Everlyn, Helen and Don.

Tordirrup National Park 

Like me, Neil could be thinking that today might be the day that Natural Bridge falls in on itself, and turns back.

Natural Bridge, Torndirrup National Park on the Rainbow Coast WA.

Natual Bridge viewing platform. Spray jackets came in handy here.

Disphyma crassifolium  -  Round-leaved Pigface.       

This succulent hugs the granite rocks.

Horizontal forest near The Gap-Natural Bridge car park. Or was it so hot they just melted.

Horizontal forest near The Gap-Natural Bridge car park.

'Crawling Forest'

Natual Bridge viewing platform.

'Rock Face'
Patterns in the granite.

Should we go over there too?

No idea what this 'moss' mimicking plant is called.

The Gap

Leucopogon, Hakea and Albany Wooly Bush.

Wind swept and Green Islands.

Cave Point Lighthouse and Green Islands in the background.

Cable Beach and Peak Head, Torndirrup National Park on the Rainbow Coast.

Albany Wind Farm & Sandpatch Beach.

Albany Wind Farm above Sandpatch Beach and the Southern Ocean.

Clockwise: Sundew, Pimelea, Melaleuca ? and  Pink Faries Orchid (Caladenia latifolia).

Conostylis sp.

Have no idea what these are, but the big single leaf could be an orchid.

Acacia littorea  -  Shark Tooth Wattle  (with Wooly Bush).


Daisy and 3 Peas. The pea in the middle could be Holly Flameppea
(Chorizema ilicifolium) which I have just planted at home.

Clockwise: Dryandra, 2 yellow Hibbertias (Guinea Flowers) and a Scaevola.

Clematis sp.

Looking west over the Southern Ocean.

Albany from the wind farm.

Woodchip loading facility at the Port of Albany with Mount Clarence to the left.

A stroll through Albany.

View from Anzac Peace Park. Albany

Albany Entertainment Centre, and hired help to scare the pigeons away.

Albany's main street, York St.

Old Albany.

Anzac soldiers march through Albany ahead of their departure in 1914. Source: City of Albany.

Old Albany.

The rose garden in Queen's Park, Albany.

Red-capped Parrot, Albany WA

The rectory behind the church was begun in 1850 and features walls of "cob", a traditional mixture of clay, marl, chalk, gravel and straw 45 cm thick. The second floor, of brick, was added in 1875.

St John's Church is the oldest church to be consecrated in Western Australia,  in a ceremony conducted by Bishop Short of Adelaide on 25 October 1848.  Initially built by townsfolk and completed in 1844, the church's square tower was added in 1851 by soldiers stationed there. When complete, the church could seat the entire population of the town – 170 people.

St John's Church, Albany.

This could be a Motorbike Frog  (Litoria moorei). Found in the church garden.

York St., Albany WA.

Scott's Church, 1889. (Uniting Church Albany)

Albany Town Hall (2014).

Albany Town Hall  (Sept 2014).

This Heritage Sculpture is situated in Alison Hartman Gardens York Street, Albany. This sculpture demonstrates the town's heritage - the sea, the jetty, ship's cranes and district agriculture.  Re-cycled old farming, jetty timbers and wharf implements have been used in the creation.

Heritage Sculpture, Alison Hartman Gardens York Street, Albany.

Heritage Sculpture, Alison Hartman Gardens York Street, Albany.

I was hoping this Lavatera might be the native one, but it could be the Tree Mallow (Lavatera maritima).
 Growing in Alison Hartman Gardens, Albany.

Mount Clarence, Albany.

Mount Clarence Lookout.

Looking across Princess Royal Harbour and Albany.

View from The Desert Mounted Corp Memorial on Mt Clarence, Albany WA.

Point Possession from Mt Clarence.

Woodchip loading facility at the Port of Albany.

View from The Desert Mounted Corp Memorial on Mt Clarence, Albany WA.

Albany farewells the departing troops.
As dawn rose over Albany on 1 November 1914, thirty-six transports and three warships sat at anchor in the waters of King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour. 
Nearly 30,000 troops and a complement of horses had gathered from around Australia and New Zealand and were aboard the transports waiting to sail. Albany's residents lined the shores to farewell them.The convoy sailed that morning for England, where the troops were to receive additional training before being sent to the Western Front. On 27 November, just as the convoy was entering the Red Sea, General Bridges, who commanded the First Division Australian imperial Force, was informed that the troops would now disembark in Egypt and complete their training there. A British officer, Lieutenant General William Birdwood, was appointed to command the Australian and New Zealand Divisions, which would be known as the Australasian Army Corps. The title was soon changed to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The need for an administrative code name for the Corps led to the adoption of 'ANZAC'. Meanwhile, volunteers for the Australian Imperial Force and the New Zealand Expeditionaiy Force were so numerous that a second contingent of just over 12,000 sailed from Albany within two months of the first, on 31 December 1914. It was an incredible achievement.The vast majority of the men who sailed in the first and second convoys were destined to take part in the Dardanelles Campaign. What they achieved at Gallipoli helped forge the national identities of Australia and New Zealand. These men were the first ANZACs.

Desert Mounted Corps Memorial commemorates Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died in Egypt, Palestine and Syria during World War One. 

Remembering Gallipoli: Lone Pine Memorial.

The 'Dog' even has its own vet!

Mirror, mirror on the wall.   Motel room at the Dog Rock.

End of Day 6

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