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History Hub

The history we share as a society, helps create an opportunity to connect to the past to celebrate the present.

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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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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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WOMEN IN HISTORY

How a Menang girl became the Camfield's Schools best known student. At age 13 Bessy was awarded a certificate of proficiency that awarded Bessy to attend a Church of England Model School in Sydney, as a result.

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NORMAN HOUSE

Read the fascinating history of the home of the first and early settlers and the contribution that shaped the foundation of Albany but the history of the State of Western Australia.

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EARLY SETTLER

James 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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ALBANY CONVICT GAOL

John McGovern was the Head Warder of the Albany Convict Gaol from 1879 to 1913. McGovern was a Police Constable at York in 1870-1 before he was transferred to Perth and then Fremantle. 

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TOC H AUSTRALIA HEADQUARTERS

On December, 5th  1931, Norman House (then Edwards House) became the first Toc H Mark I in Australia. In 1931, there were 28 Marks in the world, the first in the Commonwealth was by way of gift from Miss Dymes. 

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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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WOMEN IN HISTORY 

Sir Richard, his wife Lady Ann Spencer and their nine children and eleven servants arrived at King George Sound on 13 September 1833.  Sir Richard was newly appointed as Government Resident at Albany.​​

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THE ANZAC'S

The landing of the ANZACs on Gallipoli Peninsula was Australia’s first major action in World War One and the battles the ANZACs fought, established their great military reputation and served with distinction.

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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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NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA

Stories from the Stacks

Explore the fascinating stories, articles and collections of Trove, an Australian online database by the National Library of Australia.

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TRUE CRIME

Frederick Bailey Deeming

The greatest criminal of the nineteenth century, but was Deeming the most infamous serial killer - Jack the Ripper? 

Deeming a globetrotting murderer, killing two of his wives and four children, assumed multiple identities and reputed occupations which lured many into his web of lies.  Captured in the small goldfields’ town of Southern Cross in Western Australia, his transfer back to Melbourne, involved a night spent at the Albany Convict Gaol.

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Question 1 of 12

Arrival of the brig Amity

The arrival of the brig Amity in King George Sound under the command of Major Edmund Lockyer, had 23 convicts and ship officers onboard to establish a British settlement. 

What date did the brig arrive in King George Sounds?

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