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ceremony, cementing good relations between the
It would take another six years before this
picturesque spot was finally named Albany -- after
Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, the
son of poor mad King George III.
The Menang Nyoongar people had their own
name for the spot -- Kinjarling, which means
"the place of rain".
They weren't wrong -- Albany could make
its fortune alone from the sale of umbrellas and
gumboots, but let me tell you, when the rest of the
state is sweating and steaming through summer,
Albany's milder weather is a delight.
Standing on Albany's main street, lined with many
old buildings and looking out over the harbour
with a fresh southerly breeze on your face, its
intriguing past seems very close.
There is still plenty of evidence of Albany's
fascinating history around for visitors to the
area. Fifty or so colonial buildings survive to
this day, testament to Albany's longevity and
an enthusiastic historical society determined to
preserve the area's precious past.
For example, in 2009, Albany's Historical
Society won a grant of more than $120,000
from the Federal Government to "beautify and
enhance" the area surrounding Patrick Taylor
Cottage, the oldest dwelling in WA.
The 11-room house, beautifully preserved with
authentic artefacts in each room, is one of the
most popular tourist attractions in Albany, but it
was felt the surrounding gardens perhaps let the
Now there are plans to install a recreational
botanical park around the cottage as well as
improve the English country garden next to the
little house. Albany has a couple of historic pubs,
which date from the mid 19th Century and are
loaded with atmosphere -- and even a ghost or
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The ship which brought Major Lockyer and the
original settlement party of 18 soldiers and 23
convicts plus crew has been lovingly recreated by
the Historical Society and recently refurbished and
updated at a cost of $250,000.
Here you'll see what a tight squeeze it must
have been to serve on the Amity -- especially when
you consider a small farmyard of sheep and pigs
was included on board to feed the crew during
the six-month voyage from Sydney. Fortunately
nowadays hungry visitors do not have to rely on
ship's rations to keep them sustained.
Albany's famous Saturday Farmer's Market,
winner of Vogue Entertaining and Travel's
Outstanding Farmer's Market Award, now in
its eighth year of continuous operation, is a real
cornucopia of delight for foodies.
The quality and range of products, all supplied
by local farmers is fabulous, but perhaps more
importantly the market has re-established a heart
and soul to the city.
Locals mingle with vendors from 8am until
midday every Saturday, exchanging gossip and
cooking tips, the weekly ritual of picking up some
fresh organic lamb or honey reconnecting people
to the land and the rich produce it yields.
The Albany region's bouquet food offerings
extend to a huge variety of farm-made cheese,
toffees -- and even mead -- not to mention a range
of fresh fruit and vegetables.
LOCK 'EM UP:
(Clockwise from left)
Albany's historic jail; the
historic whale chaser
Cheyne IV at Albany
Whale world; Albany's
Patrick Taylor Cottage.
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