Albany & Troopship Expenditure 1915

West Australian, February 16, 1915

To the Editor
Sir, The Premier in an interview published this week in your paper, stated that £70,030 had been spent by the troopships in Albany. As I consider this in exaggeration and inclined to do our town more harm than good, I beg leave to deny the statement and to say further that the amount did not exceed £20,000, which figure I consider well over the mark.

I am not talking wildly, as I know approximately the amounts of some of the big orders put through. I know the lines which were most in demand and I doubt if the whole of the stock of those lines throughout the State were put together, they would come to half the amount stated by the Premier.

R B. Merrifield
Albany, Feb. 13, 1915