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WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S FIRST BICENTENARY

Celebrate 2026 Albany

Kinjarling, Western Australia

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

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Albany Historical Society

KINJARLING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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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ALBANY CONVICT GAOL MUSEUM

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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PATRICK TAYLOR COTTAGE MUSEUM

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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OUT NOW!

Autumn 2024

Members Magazine 

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

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Latest @History Hub

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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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TOC H, MARK I AUSTRALIA

Edward House

Old world charm and a place of solace

The first and only Toc H Mark in Australia was opened in Albany on the 5th December 1931. It was a beautiful old residence with an old world garden. The ground floor included a state room, a mess room and a quiet room which was dedicated to Captain John Rae - in whose name the Albany branch Toc H Lamp was dedicated to. The wardens quarters and kitchen were also on the ground floor.

Upstairs were three bedrooms and a common room and amongst the rafters was a Chapel. The house was named Edward House with special approval from the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII. At one stage the Mark established a food depot and about 140 local unemployed people were fed daily. Other Mark I jobs included meeting ships in the harbour and entertained the crews. They worked together in corporate jobs and held weekly busy bees and in 1934 a District Conference was held at Mark I.

Currently Mark I Australia is known as Norman House on Stirling Terrace.

What's Coming Up

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SELF GUIDED
NIGHT TOURS

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

SELF GUIDED NIGHT TOUR

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, 23 September 2024  | 7.00pm to 12 midnight

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LITTLE CONVICTS 
KIDS CLUB

Coming July School Holidays

SCHOOL 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.

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S FIRST BICENTENARY

Celebrate 2026 Albany

Commemorating 200 years of Albany 'Kinjarling' as the first settlement of Western Australia

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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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