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Albany became the first settlement in Western Australia, known in its early days as Frederickstown, with the arrival of Major Edmund Lockyer with a contingent of convicts, soldiers, a surgeon and a storekeeper in the Brig Amity on Christmas Day, 1826.

Today Albany is a thriving regional centre and popular tourist destination, boasting many wonderful, well preserved buildings from earlier times; so well preserved in fact that they are still in use today.

Albany Historical Society is the proud custodian of Two of these treasures, maintaining them on a voluntary basis and inviting the public to come and visit our past.

Founded in 1962, Albany Historical Society is a non-profit organisation, affiliated with the Royal Western Australian Historical Society and staffed entirely by volunteers.


It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Albany Historical Society’s website and I thank you for taking the time to visit us. It is my hope, and that of the Executive Committee, that you find this website of interest. We hope it will help inform you as to the workings of the Albany Historical Society.

– Andrew Eyden, CEO

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Certain areas of AHS Online are restricted to members of the society.

Membership is open to anybody, subject to approval. More details, including current membership fees, can be found by clicking 'About membership'.

Current members who do not have login to the site (or have been accessing the area via PIN code) can register for an account using the PIN Code by selecting 'Register Account'.

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You can support our important work by becoming a member of the Albany Historical Society.

Membership is as low as $15 a year for single membership, and entitles you to receive copies of our quartlerly newsletter, free entry to the Albany Convict Gaol and Patrick Taylor Cottage and to access our new Online Members' Area.

The Online Members' Area allows members to browse our extensive (over 3500+) archive of paintings and photographs of Albany and surrounding regions from the past, as well as our newly digitised archive of magazines, featuring articles relating to Albany's history.

About Us

Founded in 1962, Albany Historical Society is a non-profit organisation, staffed entirely by volunteers. We are dedicated to preserving Albany’s unique history and managing two of Albany’s most historic buildings.