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Albury, Australia

Albury is a small city located on the northern side of the Murray River, in New South Wales. It is approximately 300 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria, considerably closer than Sydney, which is over 500 kilometres away. Of all the twin towns on the Murray, it is the only one where the bigger settlement is based on the New South Wales side of the river. It is separated by the floodplain from its twin city in Victoria, Wodonga. Its population is approximately 45,000.

Albury was founded mainly as a customs post when Victoria and New South Wales were independent colonies which imposed tariffs on each other's goods. The railway changeover at the Albury station was the busiest in Australia, and the longest railway platform in Australia was built to deal with the traffic. Despite this, the nearby city of Corowa[?] was the site of several conferences pivotal in Australia's federation into a nation. Sited on the main Melbourne-Sydney highway, Albury remains a major transit point of interstate commerce. It is the only town on the Hume Highway that remains to be bypassed.

As well as serving the agricultural communities surrounding the area, the city is the home of a large pulp mill which processes the pine logs planted in the mountains to the east, an engineering plant which produces automatic transmissions for cars, and other smaller secondary industries.

Albury's proximity to Wodonga has spurred several efforts to achieve some kind of municipal governmental union. See Albury-Wodonga.

Albury is the birthplace of tennis superstar, Margaret Smith Court.

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