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Museums in Albany


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Albany Boat Shed

Whether you are a local resident or a visitor to the region, the Albany Boatshed has something for everyone.

  • Museums:Local History
  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Open Days:Sunday

Description

The building now known as the Albany Boat Shed was originally used in Fremantle to house the construction of a replica of the Dutch explorer Duyfken. At the completion of this project the facility was gifted to the City of Albany, in due recognition of the area's rich maritime history, and relocated to the foreshore of picturesque Princess Royal Harbour.

It has since been managed by the Albany Maritime Foundation, which has driven a number of successful wooden boat construction and restoration projects within its walls. Plus, Shed space has been leased to private individuals, for their own wooden boat activities, the building has been home to schools delivering maritime-based educational programs and is now the Foundation is developing the Shed into a tourist destination. 

Every Sunday, the shed turns into a bustling market, featuring local growers and producers of fresh and gourmet foods and Great Southern wines. In addition to the wonderful seasonal produce grown in the Great Southern, talented local artisans showcase their beautiful and distinctive products. There will be local live music to keep your toes tapping, cooking demos and plenty of parking. 

Albany Historical Society

Historic Albany - Come and Visit our Past!

  • Historical Sites:Buildings,Prisons
  • Museums:Local History

Details

  • Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday

Description

The Albany Historical Society administers three of Albany’s premier tourist attractions; the Albany Convict Gaol, Patrick Taylor Cottage the oldest dwelling in WA and the Brig Amity. No visit to Albany can be complete without visiting these three wonderful venues that tell the story of Albany and it’s history.

Open 7 days per week, closed Christmas day.

Albany Town Hall

Opened in 1888, Albany's Town Hall is the iconic building of the main street. Inside the grand old stone building, with its four-faced clock tower, is a comfortable 310-seat conference theatre.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

The Town Hall is now available for community use.  The building is available for hire for exhibitions, seminars, workshops or meetings. The venue is no longer available as a performance venue.
Opened in 1888, Albany's Town Hall is the iconic building of the main street. Inside the grand old stone building, with its four-faced clock tower, is a comfortable 310-seat conference theatre.
The Town Hall has two smaller rooms suitable for exhibitions and conferences (please see 'Resources' page for details.)
Over the decades, the Town Hall has been the scene of council meetings, WA's first regional meeting of State Parliament, thrilling theatre, exquisite music performances, risque comedy and the community's annual astonishment at the abilities of young performers in the Music Eisteddfod and school stage shows.

Old Farm Strawberry Hill

The Old Farm, Strawberry Hill was considered old more than 100 years ago. As far back as 1890 it was given the name ‘The Old Farm’, in recognition of being the oldest farm in Western Australia.

  • Historical Sites:Farmhouses

Details

  • Open Days:Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

A Government Farm was established at Strawberry Hill in 1827 as part of the first European settlement at King George Sound. In 1833, Sir Richard Spencer was appointed Government Resident at Albany. He purchased the Government Farm and resided there with his wife Ann, seven sons and three daughters. They lived in a pise cottage until, in 1836, the current two-storey stone house was built adjoining the older home. Even “old” farms change with the seasons. Come and see what is growing.
By 1836 the well established gardens were producing blood oranges, grapes, raspberries, gooseberries, asparagus, figs and almonds. The new house was the centre of the district’s social life.
After a period of neglect it was purchased in 1889 by Francis and Augusta Maude Bird who restored the house and farmed the land. In 1956 the property was purchased by the Government as an historic monument but fell into another cycle of neglect. Transferred to the National Trust in 1964, the property is being conserved to appropriately reflect its significance.

Patrick Taylor Cottage

The cottage is the pride and joy of the Albany Historical Society and a must-see attraction. This eleven room wattle and daub home is the oldest surviving dwelling in Western Australia.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Built in 1832 by the Morley Brothers and purchased by Patrick Taylor in 1835, the cottage consists of an entry, box room, parlour, nursery, bedroom, dining room, family room, sewing room, kitchen, laundry and side verandah. Many beautiful artefacts, covering several eras, are displayed in the various rooms. The cottage is surrounded by a neat English cottage garden.

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