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About Us


The Albany Historical Society

Founded in 1962, Albany Historical Society is a non-profit organisation, affiliated with the Royal Western Australian Historical Society and staffed entirely by volunteers.

A welcome from our CEO

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Albany Historical Society’s website and I thank you for taking the time to visit us. It is my hope, and that of the Executive Committee, that you find this website of interest. We hope it will help inform you as to the workings of the Albany Historical Society

I am honoured and proud to be the Chief Executive Officer of this wonderful, vibrant organisation.  The Albany Historical Society’s history spans sover 50 years and today is at the strongest point in its long history.  We are the largest affiliate to the Royal Western Australian Historical Society in Western Australia.  This position has been achieved through the hard work of our many dedicated members and volunteers; it is something that we do not take for granted and work proactively to maintain.

CEO Andrew Eyden

The Albany Historical Society is, in many ways, two separate businesses. One undertakes the functions of what one might consider 'normal' for an historical society and the other is very much a tourism-based business. The running of our museums sees us welcoming in excess of 30,000 visitors per year through our venues - the Albany Convict Gaol (1852), Patrick Taylor Cottage (the oldest house in Western Australia) (1832), the Replica of the Brig Amity and the Albany Co-op Store.. 

The day-to-day operation of these venues is totally reliant on our pool of some 70 active volunteers, who contribute in excess of 23,000 voluntary hours per year. These people come from many different walks of life and are truly the backbone of the organisation. The Society is administered on a daily basis by myself and my staff, aided by a monthly meeting of our Committee, which encompasses the heads of various departments within the organisation, i.e. Archives, Curatorial, Research, Internet and Technology, Media Relations, Photography, Finance and Maintenance. 

Warmest regards,

Andrew Eyden

For more information

To learn more about the Albany Historical Society - including how to become a member and/or volunteer - please visit our Membership page.

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