Albany Whaling

Albany whaling was the first in Australia.

Whaling was some of the first industries in Western Australia

Workers Butcher a Whale, Frenchman Bay near Albany, Australia
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It was closed down in the 1950s.

Australia was still being colonialised by Brittish settlers so many ships carrying convicts in the 1800s also caught a few whales while they were not carrying people.

French and American ships were also operating along the coasts of Australia, something that was stopped by a legislation banning unlicenced whalers from the waters of Australia.

In the 1900s, a licence was given to Norwegian whalers to operate whaling stations near Albany in Western Australia.

Later on, Australians started whaling themselves, however the local whaling company only caught six humpback whales and closed down in the 1950s.

Sperm whales were taken until 1978 in the area; however Australia has since stopped all whaling and turned into a great anti-whaling country instead. 

Albany is now a popular spot for whale watching, and an old whaling station has been turned into Whale World, where you can learn all about whales and the old whaling history.

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