Pro-Federation sentiment was strong in Albany, whose residents felt overlooked by the Forrest Government which had as its chief policy the promotion of Fremantle as Western Australia's pre-eminent port. The Albany Advertiser reported favourably on the moves in the goldfields to separate from the colony of Western Australia.
The petition from residents of Albany and surrounding districts to separate from the colony of Western Australia contained this map which sets out the boundaries for the proposed new colony. It was printed in 1900 as Petition to Her Majesty the Queen from persons residing in the town of Albany and the district near it, together with a report on the statements made in the petition, by the Right Honourable Sir John Forrest, but was never presented to the Queen by the Governor of Western Australia.
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