First Settlement

Albany is West­ern Australia's oldest settle­ment with a rich and vibr­ant history.

Founded in 1826, three years before Perth, Albany grew from the humblest of beginnings, a single shipload of soldiers, settlers and con­victs, into a bustl­ing re­gional centre.

Along the way, many of the ear­ly buildings, and their artifacts have been pre­served, so you can share the stories of those ear­ly settlers today.

Ex­per­i­ence life in the 1800s, con­vict labour, open­ing up the land to farm­ing, build­ing the ports and railways, the age of wind and steam, in­ternational ship­ping, coastal de­f­ence, the overland telegraph and the ANZAC con­voys that left from these shores.