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Patrick Taylor's Cottage

Visit the oldest surviving dwelling in Western Australia, built in 1832.


Visit the oldest surviving dwelling in Western Australia and experience the lifestyle of the early settlers.

Patrick Taylor's Cottage is the oldest surviving dwelling in Western Australia, having been built by the Morley Brothers in 1832, when the town was a military outpost.  The cottage was originally set on a 240-acre block (97 ha).  It was purchased by Patrick Taylor in July 1834, and the eleven room - wattle and daub cottage consists of an entry room, boxroom, parlour, nursery, bedroom, dining room, family room, sewing room, kitchen, laundry and side verandah.

The wattle and daub construction is a representation of the traditional building used by the early settlers and surrounded by a lovely and quaint English cottage garden. The cottage is found at the base of a gently sloping path and has several mature trees and shrubs growing around the cottage. 

The cottage displays over 2,000 historical items with artefacts from Albany’s history including a vast display of English porcelain and silverware, some of the items dating back to the 1600s, with in-depth information on Patrick Taylor and early Albany residents.

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Patrick Taylor

Patrick Taylor was born in Scotland in 1807, Patrick's parents died when he was young and was brought up by a guardian. Patrick was educated in England and was a very wealthy young man of overwhelming religious conviction and also of delicate health.


Taylor arrived at Albany on 12th May 1834 onboard the James Pattison which also bought Sir James and Lady Stirling, W. B. Sherratt, Peter Belches, Captain Cheyne, Mrs Bussell senior and her eldest daughter Mary Yates Bussell. Patrick purchased Lot S44 from John H Morley in July 1834 for a total sum of £300 and was transferred by Morley to Taylor by public auction.

During the voyage Patrick and Mary feel in love and Patrick wrote Mary many letters and poems over the next few years and were married in September 1837 at Fremantle. The wedding was a quiet one but the guest of honour was Sir James Stirling, who acted as the father of the bride.


Patrick was appointed as Magistrate in Albany in 1836 and held the position to 1840 and  was a member of the Albany Town Trust during 1845-1847.


Patrick passed away 30 December 1877 in the Cottage and he is laid to rest with his wife Mary and two children, Campbell and Christina in Memorial Park Cemetery on Middleton Beach Road.


Patrick Taylor Cottage Museum

37 Duke Street,

Albany, Western Australia 6330


Monday - Friday

Public Holidays

11am to 3pm
11am to 3pm
11am to 3pm
Subject to change




Child (5 to 16)

Child (0 to 4)


$  6.00

$  4.00

$  4.00




Members do not need to purchase tickets. 

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