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Celebrate Albany

Lets' come together and celebrate who we have become.

Celebrate 2026 Albany | Kinjarling, Western Australia

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

The Albany Historical Society (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.


Through its' development and influential figures, their cultural links, resilience, years of hardship, triumph, perseverance and determination, we pay respect to all ancestors and celebrate who we have become. 

Albany/Kinjarling will mark 200 years since the first European settlement of Western Australia in 2026.  The Albany Bicentenary is an opportunity to celebrate the places, our community and the profound culture, diverse heritage and rich history.

As part of Celebrate 2026 Albany, AHS is working on several projects to commemorate Western Australia's first bicentenary.

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Honouring our founders and pioneers of Albany (Kinjarling) and their incredible contributions to the region and state of Western Australia. This informative walk through history will educate visitors, local community and the many school and youth groups that we welcome each year.

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Grand Ball


An opportunity to be a part of this once in two lifetimes' event.  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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Albany Bicentenary art exhibition will display local artists and will featuring artwork from our collection including more than 60 never-seen before works and the story behind every masterpiece. With a collection of pencil sketches, commercial works, printing plates, photographic prints, postcards and oral history.

Culture and country of Kinjarling

Albany and the region is home to the Menang Noongar people, the area is called Kinjarling by the traditional custodians, which means "the place of rain".


The region is the ancestral lands of the Menang Noongar people who have been the traditional custodians of the country for tens of thousands of years. Noongar people believe their ancestors were here in the south west of Australia since Koora which means ‘long time ago’ and have maintained a cultural connection to south-western Australia for at least 45,000 years, and probably much longer.


The region is known as the Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar region which includes the towns of Boyup Brook, Bridgetown, Walpole, Denmark, Mt Barker, Cranbrook, Tambellup, Katanning, Nyabing, Jerramungup, Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun, Bremer Bay and Albany.   Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar region refers to the Noongar dialect groups; Ganeang, Goreng and Minang/Menang.


There are many cultural and significant sites in the Wagyl Kaip and Southern Noongar region to the Mineng/Menang and Goreng people, one being the Stirling Range known as Koi Kyeunu-ruff - place of ever-moving about mist and fog and Middleton Beach is Binalup, meaning 'morning light.


European exploration and settlement 

In 1791, Captain George Vancouver on his way to America, came to the southern shore and named King George the Third’s Sound. It was referred to as King George Sound from 1805. Vancouver landed and examined the country, but saw nothing of any consequence and set sailed eastward.


Although many expeditions visited the west coast of Australia there was no lasting attempt to establish a permanent settlement until NSW Governor, Ralph Darling.  Darling was troubled by the French and American interest and whalers actively exploring the coastline and initiated an expedition on behalf of the NSW's colonial government.


Onboard the brig Amity, Major Edmund Lockyer and passenger's arrived in King George Sound on the 25 December, disembarking the vessel on the 26 December 1826 and founded what would become the first European settlement of Western Australia. On the 21 January 1827, Lockyer formally proclaimed the settlement for the British Crown. 

Some 2 years later in May 1829, Captain Charles Fremantle hoisted a flag on the south head of the mouth of the Swan River.  Captain James Stirling arrived at the Swan River Colony on the 18 June 1829 onboard the Parmelia and proclaimed the foundation for the British on the 12 August 1929.

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Albany Two Hundred Years

Two hundred years, this place we see, a place of beauty be. 

Two hundred years, that we see, her mountains from her majestic sea. 

Two hundred years, did we but toil, upon her sand and earthly soil.

Two hundred years, was she not, the port of mariners, settlers of every lot.

Two hundred years, her islands be, her shining ramparts on her sea.  

Two hundred years, she to be, our shining beacon fronted by sea. 

Two hundred years, was she not, the place to rest our weary lot. 

Two hundred years, she could not be, by the Powers, that would not see!

Two hundred years, and more she be, home to ANZAC legends who be. 

Two hundred years, this State you see, owes her more than can be. 

Two hundred years, to be seen, now she rises our stunning Queen.

Two hundred years, and more she be, a blessed home to thee.

Two hundred years, of her history be, a sense of place unto thee. 

Two hundred years, did she but be, the place this all began, for you and me.

Two hundred years, of time it be, but only to the nonnative we. 

Two hundred years, and thousands be, that she stands shining bright ever to be. 


Andrew Eyden, Albany Historical Society 

Celebrate 2026 Albany

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