Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Snapshots of Remote Communities 2010 - Road trip Day 2 (Albany and Tambellup)

Wednesday 3 February 2010 - Albany and Tambellup

Today Ned and I met Jenny, Education Officer with the Western Australian Museum Albany.
Jenny gave us a tour of Albany with a special focus on the Museum.

Albany has a large inland
harbour which made it a safe place visited by many explorers. European settlement began in 1824 as a convict settlement that was part of the colony of New South Wales. A couple of years later, Albany became part of the new Swan River colony.

We learnt that the Indigenous language name for Albany is Kinjaling which means place of
rain. We also discovered that the suffix 'up' which is used in many towns around Albany (eg, Tambellup, Kendenup and Jerdacuttup) has the meaning'place of' while in other regions, the suffix 'in' (eg, Kondinin) has the same meaning.

Looking down the main street, York Street, towards the harbour

The Western Australia museum documents the local natural, social and maritime history and the cultural heritage of the local Aboriginal people.

Images from the Museum: the One Teacher School, the Eclipse Lighthouse exhibition and the
Marine Discovery Centre.

The Museum includes the Residency.

Operated by the Albany History Society, next to the Museum is the replica of the Amity, the brig which brought the first European settlers to Albany in 1876. You can go below deck to see how people lived while travelling on the ship.

Replica of the Amity, Albany

After exploring the Museum, it was time to hit the road and drive to 2010 participating
school, Tambellup Primary. 125 km from Albany and home to 100 students in a town of 450 people,Tambellup Primary is bubbling with great ideas for Snapshots of Remote Communities.

We're really looking forward to seeiing the snapshots of students from Tambellup!
Thank you to Jenny and Malcolm from the Western Australian Museum Albany and to the staff of Tambellup Primary for an interesting day.

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