Friday, August 14, 2009

Cemetery, waterfront and old Post Office...Albany.

The old Albany cemetery is close to the CBD and the headstones of old tell some interesting stories. A couple of recent (1947) graves have what, at first, seemed accusatory statements that the two men were ‘Killed’ at Sea aboard the ship the SS British Confidence. The Albany library has an extract from the local paper explaining what happened.

Article in Albany Advertiser 26/06/1947 "Two Killed When Wave Strikes Ship", describing an accident on board the tanker British Confidence which resulted in the death of Geoffrey Todd and William John Murt.
There are a few graves of Chinese people and all their graves face north to China.
This is a spliced copy of two very old, mucky photographs of the waterfront at the bottom of the town.
The railway station on the left is now the Visitors’ Information Centre and on the roadway above the waterfront there is a rotunda (?) which now looks like this….

The old photograph was almost certainly taken from the old Post Office, a wonderful building which now houses the local campuses of UWA and Curtin University.
Tired of Albany yet? Too bad, there's more to come!

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