Albany was the site of WA'S first colonial settlement in 1826
Albany's history awaits.
Visit the many historical buildings of Albany and learn about her history,
from the orignial Noongar inhabitants to early colonial settlement & later ANZAC departures.
Audio/visual recordings bringing life to local stories narrated by Albany locals, including old film footage, images and original music. Click on the image to view collection.
This rich textile collection was curated by albany local, Judy McKechnie and includes gowns dating back to the 1880's + gowns from the 1970's, also christening & funeral garments. The collection is on display at the rear of the Uniting Church buildings in Duke St. Albany. Click on image for details.
The Vancouver Arts Centre was built in 1887, as a Cottage Hospital designed by Colonial Architect, George Temple Poole and since 1980 has housed a vibrant arts community. 85 Vancouver Street, Albany WA 6330 PH 08 9841 9260
Building work on St Johns Anglican Church was commenced in 1841 by British convicts Today, St Johns Church has a vibrant & active community. Lower York Street, Albany WA
Read more detailed information about Albany's history on the Albany Historical Society's website. 37 Duke Street, Albany WA / PH 08 9841 5403 / Click through to website.
An exact replica of original vessel bringing the first white settlers to Albany. Open to public, explore above and below decks to see how the crew members lived on the way from Sydney. 9.30am-4pm daily. Residency Rd, Albany WA PH 08 9841 5403
Opened in 1888, Albany's Town Hall is the iconic building of the main street. This is where WA's first regional meeting of State Parliament took place. 217 York Street, Albany WA / PH 08 9841 9208 Image: carolduncanphotography.com.au/
The fully restored Gaol is a complex of men’s & women's cell blocks, warders’ quarters and Hall, built in 1852 for Imperial convicts shipped to WA as artisans and skilled labourers. Lower Stirling Terrace, Albany WA PH 08 9841 1401
Albany's unique and new National ANZAC Centre is now open to the public with a stunning and moving interactive experience that allows the visitor to follow a soldiers journey. 70 Forts Rd, Mount Clarence Albany WA / PH 08 9841 9369
Beautifully landscaped, foreshore park. A great place for a reflective walk along the pathways and around the town harbour area. Featuring historic plaques with information about wartime events.
View exhibitions telling stories of the Great Southern’s natural and social history, from its early geological formation, its indigenous history through to early settlement and on to the area’s modern day events. Residency Road, Albany WA 6330. PH 08 9841 4844
Unique entrances built in 1896 exhibiting masonry at its best. Its two arched entrances are a lasting memorial to Mr Trott, who was responsible for their design. Located on Stirling Terrace (West).
The Rotunda banstand was built in 1987 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Gardens were created in the surrounding area and were named Queen Victoria Jubilee Gardens. Located at the Eastern end of Stirling Terrace.
Walk down Stirling Terrace to discover many historic buildings including the Courthouse, The Old Post Office and the Rotunda.
Formerly Albany's post office, customs office & a base station of the overland telegraph, noted for its architectural & historical significance. Now houses the University of Western Australia Albany campus. Stirling Terrace, (East end).
This 11 room wattle and daub home, furnished as it would have been in bygone days, is the oldest surviving dwelling in WA. The cottage is a must-see attraction for visitors. 37 Duke St, Albany WA 6330 PH 08 9841 5403
WA's first wheat crop was planted at the old farm. Walk the heritage garden and visit the old historic cottage and modern museum. 174 Middleton Road, Albany WA 6330 PH 08 9841 3735
Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum holds "a treasure trove of military memorabilia & information.” Forts Rd, Albany WA PH 08 9841 9369
Albany's rich history includes record of the Menang people and our colonial past.
On this page you will find many historic walks around our city and beyond. A visit to the museum will uncover maritime history and the story of the Menang people who were living in Albany~Kinjarling long before the British arrived. Albany's historic past includes many buildings which still stand today including the Courthouse, The Old Post Office and others along Stirling Terrace.
After visiting the historic sites within the town, you may like to take a 20 minute drive out to visit the old whaling station at Discovery Bay. This unique attraction houses the original whaling station and includes all the machinery used in the harvesting of whale oil and other products from the whale carcasses. The practice of harvesting whales from the oceans is now long gone, however this reminder of our past is worth visiting. If you would like to view an interesting video about Ches Stubbs who lost a leg while out chasing whales, visit here.