(First Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2008)
STM, the magazine of the Sunday Times newspaper in Perth, WA, on October 19, 2008, devoted five pages to the story of the last whaling station in the English-speaking world and the 30th anniversary next month of Australia harpooning its last whale.
Chris Pash, author of the book The Last Whale , was quoted as saying: ‘It’s a universal story about change. It’s a story about a town that was a lagging and slow to move. It was stuck at the bottom of the world, and whaling should have ended, but it went unnoticed. The protests were a very confronting way for that change. I don’t think Albany has come to terms with the idea of being the last whaling station in Australia and the birthplace of Greenpeace in Australia.’
The Last Whale, a narrative nonfiction book which tells the story of the last whaling station through the eyes of both the whalers and a group of anti-whaling protesters, was released this month by Fremantle Press.
The whaling station at Albany, Western Australia, closed on November 21, 1978. The last whale, a female sperm whale, was harpooned on November 20, 1978.