09.10.2012 - 10.10.2012 23 °C
We travelled into Albany this morning along the Lower Road and the first stop was at Mt Clarence to have a look at the Light Horse Memorial which was erected to commemorate the men of the Light Horse from Australia and New Zealand who went to the 1st World War from here in convoy.
THIS STATUE IS A COPY OF ONE ORIGINALLY FORMING PART OF A MEMORIAL WHICH WAS ERECTED AT PORT SAID AND UNVEILED ON 23 NOVEMBER 1932 BY THE RT. HON. WILLIAM MORRIS HUGHES, K.C., M.P. IT WAS IRREPARABLY DAMAGED DURING THE SUEZ CRISIS IN 1956. THE MASONRY WAS SALVAGED AND BROUGHT TO AUSTRALIA FOR RE-ERECTION ON THIS SITE WHICH, FOR MANY TROOPS WHO SAILED FROM KING GEORGE SOUND IN 1914, WAS THEIR LAST GLIMPSE OF AUSTRALIAN SOIL.
ERECTED BY THEIR COMRADES & THE GOVERNMENTS OF AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND IN MEMORY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE, THE NEW ZEALAND MOUNTED RIFLES, THE IMPERIAL CAMEL CORPS & THE AUSTRALIAN FLYING CORPS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN EGYPT, PALESTINE & SYRIA. 1916 - 1918.
APEX DRIVE LEADS TO THE RE-CONSTRUCTED ORIGINAL DESERT MOUNTED CORPS MEMORIAL WHICH WAS DESECRATED DURING THE BRIEF EGYPTIAN SUEZ WAR IN 1956. THE MEMORIAL WALK STAIRS WERE BUILT AND FINANCED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AT THE REQUEST OF MR ROSS STEELE OF THE ALBANY SUB-BRANCH OF THE R.S.L.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PLACEMENT OF THE DESERT MOUNTED CORPS MEMORIAL HERE IS THAT IT OVERLOOKS THE ASSEMBLY PLACE AND POINT OF DEPARTURE ON 1/11/1914 OF THE FIRST CONVOY OF AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND TROOPS TO WORLD WAR ONE.
From here we went up to The Princess Royal Fortress which was constructed and opened in 1893. The funds were raised by every State apart from Tasmania with the British Government supplying the guns. Pommy Bob loved playing the part by winding up and down the guns.
There were a lot of wildflowers up here.
The next stop was lunch which we had down in the City which the English Gentleman insisted on paying for which was lovely as was the meal.
Ww strolled through town and took a couple of photos of the good looking Town Hall and St John's Church. . Pommy Bob got talking to a lady in the Church and she kept him going for a long time and wouldn’t let him go and even followed him out onto the street. Someone can talk longer than Bob – Amazing.
And another one of a statue which looks like Pommy Bob but we think his Moustache has slipped.
We drove to have a look at the replica of the Brig Amity. The original which was built in Canada in 1816 was used to bring a number of settlers convicts and military personnel along with provisions including livestock to Albany arriving here on the 24th December 1826. This was the first settlement in Western Australia. And was settled to prevent French or other nationalities from claiming this side of Australia.
We then drove out to The Gap and The Natural Bridge. The sea was running quite well so we had a good show of the surf pounding the coast and into The Gap and under The Bridge.
We drove back towards the City and called in to have a look at the Wind Farm which produces 80% of the City of Albany’s power which is great. The generators, (18 of them), were made in Germany but the towers etc were made in Perth. The wind turbines are 65 metres tall, with a 50 tonne generator on top being driven by three blades, longer than the wing on a Boeing 747 jumbo jet. At top speed the blades appear to move very slowly – one revolution every three seconds – however the ends of the blades are travelling at 290kmh.
It was getting late so we returned to Young’s Siding via The South Coast Highway after a good day out.
Took some more photos of Duncan’s cows and sheep as well as some ducks in flight this evening.
Today is a rest day but started out with having to cook pancakes in our van for two young children.
We changed a wheel on our van as one of those fitted had a VERY slow leak then it was time for morning tea before Pommy Bob and Bob went for a walk around the farm with Duncan. The same cow which caused some grief for Bob yesterday wasn’t too happy having him in the paddock again today and came over to confront him. Duncan standing by with a long piece of 2” plastic pipe kept her at bay. We don’t know what the problem with her is as Duncan says that they are all usually very timid.
Duncan pointed out one of his Aberdeen Angus Bulls which has huge shoulders and a nice straight back. He didn’t seem to mind us being amongst his wives (?).
The sheep look really good after being shorn.
We emptied our water tanks in the vans and filled up with good fresh rain water out of Glenda’s tank. They have plenty and expect more rain before summer comes.
We went to Torbay for afternoon tea at cousin Wendy’s home. It was lovely to see the wonderful vista she has from her house and then to go for a walk through her bush at the rear of her house.
Took a photo of the exhausted Pommy B ob and Duncan and Glenda’s two children; Beth and Jim.