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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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Explore the rich and diverse history with Albany Historical Society

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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KING OF KINJARLING

Tommy King of Kinjarling was an exceptional man, worthy of wider understanding and awareness concerning his life and attitude to all those he met.

His wisdom, diplomacy, tact and ever abiding love for his people and human kind shall not be repeated. This has been a fascinating and enlightening in-depth discovery of this extraordinary Menang Noongar gentleman.

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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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FEATURE

 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 

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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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21 September 2024 

7:00pm to midnight

267 Stirling Terrace,

Albany, Western Australia

$ 15.00 per adult 

$45.00 for a family pass

  • No pre-sale tickets

  • Purchase tickets on the night

  • Last entry at 11.00pm

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You never know what ghostly encounters and paranormal activity you will experience at the Albany Convict Gaol.

Download the brochure to find out 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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