native of Governors Harbour, Eleuthera, Preston
H. Albury was born on May 23, 1924.
received his formal education at Eleuthera and in 1944 studied diesel
and auto engineering at the Central Mediterranean Training Centre
in Benevento, Italy. He was later transferred to the Royal Engineers
in Egypt where he was responsible for the transportation of supplies.
1948 to 1953, he was Ground Engineer at Oakes Field for the British
South American Airways. He later managed Consolidation Construction
Company until 1960.
industrialist Huntington Hartford bought Paradise Island, Mr. Albury
became chief personnel and security officer for the island. In 1964
he went to Freeport where he helped construct the Bahamas Cement
Plant. While there, he was instrumental in organising the Grand
Bahama Bus and Taxi Company. In 1966, he became service and credit
manager for Tropical Motors.
Albury joined the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in the latter
1950s and in November 1962, was one of the two candidates who took
the party's banner to Eleuthera in an unsuccessful try in the General
Election. He was elected to Parliament for the first time on January
10, 1967 - the day the Progressive Liberal Party wrested power from
the "Old Guard" the United Bahamian Party in an upset