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National Volunteer Weeks sees Albany whaling station stalwart honoured for long service

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One of the longest-serving volunteers at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station has been acknowledged for his service as part of National Volunteer Week.

This week, Terry Brownley was awarded a certificate of appreciation by City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington in recognition of almost two decades of volunteering at the station.

The retired Wheatbelt farmer has dedicated much of his spare time to the Cheynes IV and her visitors by making it his mission to preserve a unique part of Australia’s maritime history.

Not only has Mr Brownley welcomed thousands of visitors onboard during this time, he has also been involved in many long-term restoration projects such as the engine room and sonar pit.

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He is now stepping away from his voluntary role.

“Terry’s dedicated approach over many years, has been a significant contribution to the historic whale chaser being well-maintained, despite its exposure to the elements,” station general manager Elise van Gorp said.

“This is such an important part of the story of the whaling station and its place in the whaling industry.

“We are most appreciative of Terry’s consistent efforts in making sure that we can continue to share our maritime history.”

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