31 Facts About Albury


Albury is a regional city in New South Wales, Australia.

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Albury is the seat of local government for the council area which bears the city's name – the City of Albury.

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Albury is said to be named after a village in Kent, England which it apparently resembled, though that referenced publication seems incorrect since there is no Albury in Kent.

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In 1973, Albury-Wodonga was selected as the primary focus of the Whitlam federal government's scheme to redirect the uncontrolled growth of Australia's large coastal cities by encouraging decentralisation.

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Albury is situated above the river flats of the Murray River, in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range.

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Albury has a warm, temperate climate, with cool, damp winters and very warm to hot, mostly dry, summers.

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Under the Koppen climate classification, Albury has a humid subtropical climate, but would have tendencies of a Mediterranean climate as well.

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Albury gets approximately 20 days per year featuring minimums of below freezing, although the high cloud cover tends to limit frost.

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Albury has quite a high evaporation rate in summer, giving the environment a more arid look compared to drier cities like Melbourne .

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Albury is the largest city in the Federal electorate of Farrer, whose current representative is Sussan Ley of the Liberal Party.

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In State politics, the Electoral district of Albury is currently represented by Justin Clancy, of the Liberal Party.

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South Albury is a mix of residential and industrial areas, with the floodplains south of the railway line and freeway still used for farming and grazing.

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North Albury was covered by orchards and vineyards in the first half of the 20th century, and a swamp existed where James Fallon High School now stands.

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Several threatened species can be found in Albury, including the Sloane's froglet, Regent Honeyeater, and Squirrel Glider .

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The broad gauge section of track between Seymour and Albury has now been converted to standard gauge; there is no longer a break-of-gauge at Albury station.

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Albury became the stop over, where passengers on the Melbourne-Sydney journey changed trains until 1962, when a standard gauge track was opened between the two capitals.

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Break of railway gauge at Albury was a major impediment to Australia's war effort and infrastructure during both World Wars, as every soldier, every item of equipment, and all supplies had to be off-loaded from the broad gauge and reloaded onto a standard gauge railway wagon on the opposite side of the platform.

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Albury serves as an administrative centre for the agricultural communities around the area, and the city is the home of the Norske Skog newsprint paper mill which processes the pine logs planted in the mountains to the east, a major processing centre of the Australian Taxation Office, and many other smaller secondary industries.

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Australian pizza chain Eagle Boys was founded in Albury but ceased operations in 2017 when it was purchased by Pizza Hut.

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Region surrounding Albury provides a variety of tourist attractions, including the wine region centred on Rutherglen, the historic goldfield towns of Beechworth and Yackandandah, boating, fishing and canoe hire on the many rivers and lakes, including Lake Hume, the forests and mountains of the Great Dividing Range and slightly further afield the snowfields Falls Creek and Mount Hotham.

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Albury is home to one of the campuses of Charles Sturt University.

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The original Albury campus was located in the northern part of the CBD between Kiewa and David streets.

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Albury-Wodonga campus of La Trobe University is a large and growing educational institution with several thousand undergraduates and postgraduates in its two colleges.

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Albury is home to nine public primary schools and three public high schools .

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In 2015 Murray Art Museum Albury was opened, formerly known as Albury Regional Arts Centre.

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Albury has access to all major TV networks, with channels available including 7 Regional, WIN Television, Southern Cross Austereo, as well as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service, more commonly known as SBS.

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Many players from Albury have moved on to play in the Australian Football League, including Haydn Bunton Senior, who won three Brownlow Medals and was an inaugural legend of the Australian Football Hall of Fame; Fitzroy 1936 Brownlow medallist Denis "Dinny" Ryan; and South Melbourne Brownlow medallist Fred Goldsmith.

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Albury has three senior rugby league teams, the Albury Thunder, competing in the Group 9 Rugby League competition as well as the Murray River Warriors and CSU Muddogz who compete in the Murray Cup run under the banners of the New South Wales Rugby League and Victoria Rugby League.

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Albury has lately become a stronghold of junior hockey, boasting one of the few synthetic fields in the area.

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Supercars Championship team Brad Jones Racing is based in Albury, making it the only team in the championship to have its workshop in New South Wales.

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Albury is the birthplace of tennis player Margaret Court, winner of 62 Women's Grand Slam titles including eleven Australian titles, four Grand Slam singles titles played in one year, four mixed doubles titles with Ken Fletcher in 1963 and many other titles around the world.

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