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WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S FIRST BICENTENARY

Kinjarling, Western Australia

Creating the opportunity to connect with the past to celebrate the present.

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Creating the opportunity to connect with the past, to celebrate the present.

The Albany Historical Society (AHS) was founded in 1962 and we are dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting the rich and diverse history of Albany (Kinjarling). The AHS history collection is one of the oldest and most distinguished collections in Western Australia and is vital to the centre of research of Albany and Western Australia.

 

AHS celebrates Albany 'Kinjarling', we recognise our community's diverse cultural heritage, our rich and unique history and the important role Albany played as the first British colonial and Aboriginal settlement of Western Australia.  We respect and recognise the connection to country of the Menang Noognar people and the importance Kinjarling holds in their culture and in their day to day lives.

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Major Edmund Lockyer

 A visionary vanguard, who with the assistance of his officers, the convicts and the Menang people, laid the foundation for Western Australia. 

Major Lockyer was a leader and a tolerant man who displayed wisdom blended with diplomacy and military skill. From the moment that Lockyer left Sydney Cove, his sights were fixed on securing the penal outpost on the western coast of Australia. Failure was not an option for this tenacious man. 

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EARLY SETTLER

Patrick Taylor was a leading figure in the town's affairs for several years. A fanatically religious man, he was deeply concerned with the death of clergymen in the new colony.

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EARLY SETTLER

Mr. Dunn was better known as a wheelwright, pastoralist and builder.  He was contracted with John McKail to build the first Albany Jetty and was also appointed Gaoler and Police Constable in 1841-1849 and a Member of the Albany Town Trust in 1860.

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EARLY SETTLER

One might refer to John McKail as a ‘rebel with a cause’, a colourful character, who traversed the Swan River Colony with his fiery nature, acts of insurrection and irascible nature. Relocating to Albany altered McKail into a man of his word.

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OUT NOW!

Autumn 2024

Members Magazine 

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Log in to your Members Access and download the latest issue of the Members Magazine!

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EXPLORE THE CONVICT PAST

Explore the fascinating convict past at the Albany Convict Gaol Museum, as you wander through the cell blocks and look back to the era of the mid 1800s.

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WA's OLDEST SURVIVING DWELLING

Experience the lifestyle of the early settlers and visit Western Australia's oldest surviving dwelling, having been built by the Morley Brothers in 1832.

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HISTORY MATTERS

Albany Co-Operative Society

After the departure of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.

In 1867, Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P & O) Agent, William Carmalt Clifton encouraged his large staff at P&O to form a Co-operative Society. Clifton became well-known in Albany for his instrumental role in establishing the the Co-operative Society and putting the coaling station on a firm footing, organising the systems and management which enabled Albany to be an efficient transit point for P&O and then by other steamer companies later in the century.

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Upcoming Events

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SELF GUIDED
NIGHT TOURS

Walk alone by candlelight and explore the darker side of the Albany Convict Gaol.

TOURS

Self Guided Night Tours

Join us for a night in the dark as you explore the darker side of the Gaol, where walls echo the stories of inmates, pain and suffering. Be warned - these self guided tours are not for the faint hearted.

Saturday, 1 June 2024  | 6.00pm to 12 midnight

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LITTLE CONVICTS 
KIDS CLUB

COMING SOON

LITTLE CONVICTS KIDS CLUB

Holiday Program

Designed for children aged 6 to 12 years old, the little convict kids club holiday program, unlocks the history of the gaol with fun activities, dramatic escapes  and so much more.

 July School Holidays 

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BICENTENNIAL GRAND BALL

AHS are proud and honoured to host the Albany Bicentennial Grand Ball with elegance in the society's engagement of the century.  With culture of the 19th century, celebrating past contributions and the community we have become

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