Information about the Historical Society’s large collection.
The AHS are custodians of a large diverse collection of historic artefacts, books, documents and works of art; all catalogued, restored and put on display by volunteers.
More than half of the five thousand objects and artefacts in the society’s care are exhibited at one of the historic buildings or outdoor sites managed by the AHS; everyday items from pioneering farms, maritime trading enterprises, early homes and work places. As well as being permanently on view the society has adopted a display style which makes these objects more accessible – often they can connect the viewer with their every day use in the past in ways not possible in more traditional museum spaces.
Important to the society’s mission, a generous loans policy has meant significant parts of the AHS collection have been made available to other museums and community groups in Albany for display purposes.
The remainder of the collection formerly on display at the cooperative building in Frederick Street is currently in storage. Work is under way to make this large part of the collection accessible in some way.
Enquiries about the AHS museum collections can be made by email to the collections coordinator.
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'.
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.