Patrick Taylor Cottage

Patrick Taylor CottageNeil McKnight668 x 380 px. 76.1 Kb.

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Patrick Taylor Cottage

This eleven-room wattle and daub home is the oldest surviv­ing dwell­ing in West­ern Australia.

The cottage is the pride and joy of the Albany Histori­cal Society and a must-see attrac­tion.

Built circa 1832, the cottage con­sists of an en­try, box room, parlour, nurs­ery, bedroom, din­ing room, fam­ily room, sew­ing room, kitchen, laundry and side verandah. Many beautiful artifacts, cover­ing several eras, are dis­played in the vari­ous rooms.

The cottage is surrounded by a neat En­glish cottage garden.

Patrick Taylor was born at Montrose in Scotland in 1806 and orphaned as a child. A wealthy young man of very de­lic­ate health, it is believed he came to Albany for health re­asons and to purchase land for farm­ing.

He arrived at Albany in 1834 on board the 'James Pattison'. Dur­ing the voyage, he met Miss Mary Yates Bussell and fell in love, over a per­iod of time send­ing her many beautiful letters and poems. These in­dica­ted he was a very sensit­ive young man, thoughtful, per­haps in­trover­ted, philosophi­cal and very re­ligi­ous.

Article updated 02/09/2015.