Brief History of Albany
Albany is located on the South West Coast of Western Australia about 416kms (254miles) from Perth. It was originally named Federickstown by Governor Stirling in honour of Federick, the Duke of Albany, who was the favourite son of King George III but for some 40 years after it was referred to as King George Sound.
Albany takes the honor of being the first British settlement in Western Australia. Major Edmund Lockyer hoisted the British flag on the 21st of January 1827.
Interest in the area began way back in 1791 when George Vancouver first spied the land “New Holland” and claimed it as a British possession. He then named Albany’s natural harbour, King George III Sound.
Several French explorers soon began eying off the real estate including D’Entrecasteaux, Baudin and Freychinet. This made the British quite nervous and prompted the Government to establish a settlement at King George II Sound. The Brig Amity under the command of Major Edmund Lockyer set sail from Sydney in November 1826 to the southwest coast of Western Australia.
Blow Holes – One of Albany’s most popular tourist attractions is the Blow Holes. These granite rocks will put on a grand display when the swell is big, making seriously loud hissing sounds and sending huge geysers of water up into the sky.
Wind Farm – Could there be anything more exciting than standing under a 65m tower as the three 35m blades cut through the air at up to 22RPM, which is one revolution every 3 secs ? The Wind Farm allows you to get up close and personal with the wind turbines and if you feel so inclined you can stroll or pedal around the walking/cycle paths.
Whale World – The cruelty and savagery of whaling ceased in 1978 with the closure of this, the last operating whaling station in Australia. In 1980 the Cheynes Beach Whaling Station was gifted to The Jaycees Community Foundation Inc who have successfully turned it into one of the world’s largest whaling heritage attractions. Open every day from 9am – 5pm.
Dog Rock – Anyone who has ever been to Albany will know the iconic Dog Rock. It’s hard to miss. Dog Rock is a significant site for the local Aboriginal community and tourists alike.
The Amity – The full-size replica of the brig Amity was built in 1975 as part of the 150th anniversary of its arrival into Princess Royal Harbour carrying Albany’s first settlers. You are welcome to board from 9.30 am to 4 pm daily.
Public Art – For those interested in local history, Albany has an array of statues and memorials. You can learn all about them on Public Art In Albany or simply discover them for yourself.
Things You May Not Know About Albany
Albany became the last port of call for the Australian and New Zealand (ANZACS) troops before they sailed to Europe to join World War I in 1914.
Aboriginal people have never camped or sheltered beneath Dog Rock for reasons unknown.