Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Day 16 – Post Congress Tour, Day 6- Denmark to Perth

The next morning we leave Denmark for the town of Albany. Here the British flag was first planted in 1826 in response to French activity along the coast. This was the major port in this part of the world until Fremantle near Perth was dredged and made ready for shipping. Wood chips, grain are major exports. We visit the war memorial where the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) left for Europe during WWI only to finally land in Egypt, and after a long respite, be defeated in the debacle known as the battle of Galipolli by the Turks. This began Australia and New Zealand’s cooperative military adventures, ending with the latest war in Iraq. 25 April is celebrated in both countries as ANZAC day.

Albany was also the last whaling port in Australia and a U.S. submarine base during WWII. We see a replica of the vessel that planted the flag the Amity, which along with the whaling station is now a tourist attraction. I have a scare in that I can’t find my camera; I packed it by mistake in my bag and find it at the rest stop on the Albany highway going to back to Perth.

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