No visit to Albany is complete without exploring ‘The Brig Amity’ a replica of the original Amity which arrived in Princess Royal Harbour on Christmas Day in 1826 with Major Edmund Lockyer and 45 passengers. The site of the replica is only a few hundred metres from the original landing place. It is possible to climb around downstairs and experience the close quarters the voyagers experienced.
The Sign on the Amity:
"This is a full size replica of the Brig Amity, the ship which carried the party which established the first British settlement in Western Australia. This party, under the command of Major Edmund Lockyer, landed near this spot on December 26th 1826.
The original Amity was completed in New Brunswick, Canada in 1816. After some years as a trader she sailed to Hobart and in 1824 was bought by the colonial government in Sydney to assist in supply and exploration. She was important in the establishment of settlements at Moreton Bay, Queensland and King George Sound, Western Australia. The Amity was wrecked of Flinders Island on June 18th, 1845."
As soon as you enter Whale World heritage precinct, you step back in time. Whale World is the site of the last operating whaling station in Australia. Take a guided tour and experience a re-enactment of the whaler’s activities on the deck and in the factory.
'The Desert Mounted Corps Memorial' (which can be seen from The HideAway Haven deck) is a 9-metre bronze statue of an Australian mounted soldier assisting a New Zealand soldier whose horse has been wounded.
This memorial was funded by the Australian Government and erected in Port Said in 1932 and inscribed with names of the members of The Australian Light Horse Brigade, New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade and The Imperial Camel Corps, all who died between 1916 and 1918. A copy of the statue was made and erected on Mount Clarence in 1964 as the original was damaged in anti-British riots in 1956.
This is also the site of Albany's Anzac Dawn Service on April 25 every year. A series of stairs...need to take a break once in a while...takes you to the top of Mount Clarence where the views of Albany are just spectacular.
The Princess Royal Fortress (The Forts) is Australia’s first federal fortress and has a range of attractions that can keep you busy for hours. A highlight of this historically significant site is the spectacular panoramic views of King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour.
Discover how the soldiers kept the enemy out of the port and the many different kinds of artillery used. Visit the commanding officers house and see the anti-submarine weapon system and torpedo’s used.
There is a HMAS Perth Interpretive Centre, Australian Light Horses Museum and the Australian War Memorial.
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