Camfield House

Camfield House, also referred to as Annesfield, is a conglomerate of buildings in Albany in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

Image: Hughes Darren

Image: Hughes Darren

The property contains a wattle and daub house constructed in 1852 as a residence for the Camfields that was also known as Annesfield. The other building is a school house built for Aboriginal children. The school commenced in 1852 under the auspices of John Wollaston and Anne Camfield. The school was focused on educating Indigenous children

The house is a simple colonial design, rectangular in shape with a steeply pitched gable corrugated iron roof. The walls are coated in stucco and have three sets of casement windows set over the verandah. Four chimneys are set asymmetrically around the house. The school is a two-storey brick building with a steeply pitched gabled corrugated iron roof. It has exposed brick on one side and is whitewashed on the others.

In 1857 the Camfields built a separate school room near the house with classroom, attached kitchen and accommodation for up to eight children. In 1858 a total of 23 children were at the school; this increased to 55 in 1868. The school went into decline shortly afterward with Anne Camfield struggling with the workload and her advanced years.

The buildings were classified by the National Trust in 1973 and placed on the municipal inventory in 2001.

Anne Camfield first purchased the property in 1852. (Anne arrived in the Swan Colony in 1838 as a governess and married Henry Camfield in 1840. Anne's husband Henry was, from 1848 to 1860, the Government Resident of Albany. On one lot of the property a wattle and daub house, Annesfield, was built for the Camfields. On the other lot a school was built for Aboriginal children. In the first year there were 10 students attending the school. Anne Camfield ran the school from 1852-1871. Annesfield School for Aboriginal Children may have grown out of an earlier school administered by J McKail. In June 1852 Anne Camfield sought the assistance of Archdeacon Wollaston to provide for the needs of an increasing number of orphaned and mixed descent children. Wollaston had two major problems to overcome. The first was to find a Christian home to accommodate the children. Here he was fortunate to have the support of Henry Camfield who made his own home available for the children and encouraged his wife to devote her time to the care of the children. The second problem was finance and Wollaston was able to gain favour with Governor Fitzgerald who provided a grant for the support of six children and a contribution to the construction of an institution at Middleton Beach... This institution was not a lasting venture because of the difficulty that Wollaston had in obtaining money to employ the master and mistress. In the interim Mr and Mrs Camfield continued to care for the children. Camfield built a schoolroom in the grounds of his own house and here Mrs Camfield taught the children. The first child to be taken into the care of of Anne Camfield was Kojonupat who was baptised Matilda Flower (who unfortunately died after only three years in the school). Matilda was joined by her two sisters, Elizabeth (Bessie) and Ada. Bessie Flower was quite a talented woman who went on to become a teacher and married at a Victorian mission, Ramahyuck. She spoke French, played the harmonium in the church and, by her own accounts, was quite a reasonable chess player. On 1 January 1869 The Australian News published a release on the Mission, which included this report. 'The very accomplished native teacher Elizabeth Flower will soon take charge of the new boarding school. The children receive five hours instruction daily and made good progress in their lessons as well as in needle and household work.' In 1868 a collection of letters written by Bessie Flower to Anne Camfield were published in the Western Australian Church of England newspaper giving a rare insight into the quality of education received at Annesfield. In 1871 Anne Camfield reflected on the achievements of Annesfield in a Government report and commented on Bessie Flower (Cameron); Bessie, who is now a teacher in Gippsland, was never without a book in her pocket by day or under her pillow at night. Her love of reading often brought her into scrapes, from reading at inconvenient times... yet she is much interested in history, Travels and more serious works...Her memory is so very good that she retains what she reads. This girl alone is sufficient proof of the intelligence of Aborigines. Anne Camfield returned to England after the death of her husband in 1872. The new Government Resident, after Henry Camfield, was Sir Alexander Cockburn-Campbell who held the position from 1861-1871. For a while Sir Alexander lived at Annesfield. NW McKail purchased the school from Anne Camfield and then later sold it to the Christian Brothers. The Brothers sold the property to a Mr Neumann who made the significant name change of the property to Camfield. C Neumann was a local merchant with premises on Stirling Terrace. In the 1890s according to records the house suffered some damage by fire.

Queen's Park Rotunda

The Jubilee Bandstand also known as Queen's Park Rotunda or Jubilee Rotunda is built in a Federation Carpenter Gothic style, displaying a vigorous and confident use of timber craftsmanship, with elaborate balusters, posts, capitals, brackets and bosses.

Image:  Jarrah Tree

Image:  Jarrah Tree

The Rotunda is an open-sided pavilion, situated on the south side of Stirling Terrace, overlooking the Memorial Gardens, the railway station and Princess Royal Harbour. It is positioned at pavement level approximately 3.5 metres from the kerb. A curved granite retaining wall forms the base of the rotunda and steps lead down to Proudlove Parade.

The rotunda is a decorative open sided pavilion on a half ellipse design. It is built in a Federation Carpenter Gothic style, displaying use of timber craftsmanship, with elaborate balusters, posts, capitals, brackets and bosses. A curved granite retaining wall forms the base of the rotunda and steps lead down to Proudlove Parade. It has a central gabled entrance, facing Stirling Terrace, and is the only entrance to the rotunda. This gabled section appears to be a recently added item. A perimeter timber balustrades is continuous around the rotunda interrupted only at the entrance. Timber posts and beams support a timber framed, zinc clad roof.

In 1890, the Mayor of Albany, John Moir, proposed that the embankment along Stirling Terrace be converted to parkland. The embankment on which the pavilion is located was a rubbish tip before the stand was built.The surrounds were converted to parkland, known as Queens Park, and were opened in 1897 to honour Queen Victoria on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.

Construction of the bandstand commenced in 1897. The bandstand was designed by Robert Greenshields and built local carpenter and joiner by Nobby Clark. The state government contributed £150, the council voted £90 with additional revenue raised by public subscription. It was opened in May 1898.

The Chairman of the Bandstand committee was John Moir, who handed the bandstand over to the new Mayor, William Grills Knight

The rotunda was used regularly for events such as concerts, public addresses and ceremonial occasions such as the reception of the official party for Great White Fleet in 1908. In the late 1940s the covered entrance to the bandstand was removed and the size of the park was reduced when roads and parking bays were introduced into the area.

Repairs to the bandstand were carried out in 1972 it was entered onto the Register of the National Estate in 1977, and in 1992 further restoration work was carried out on the bandstand.

The place has historic value owing to its association of the setting aside of Queens Park, Albany, as a public reserve in commemoration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
example of a civic amenity partially funded by public subscription and As a former focal point for local entertainment, the place has landmark qualities owing to its location on the edge of Stirling Terrace commanding sweeping views of the harbour and railway station facilities.
The rotunda makes an important contribution to the street scape of Stirling Terrace and is part of a group of important heritage places.

Star of Bethlehem

Calectasia cyanea, commonly known as the star of Bethlehem or blue tinsel lily, is a plant in the family Dasypogonaceae growing as a perennial herb and is endemic to the south–west of Western Australia. Restricted to a single population in Torndirrup National Park, it is critically endangered.  The species was incorrectly recorded in the past as being widespread throughout south-west Western Australia. However, this was due to misidentification (the species was previously mistaken for C. narragara) and it is now known that true Blue Tinsel Lily (Calectasia cyanea) is confined to a small area south of Albany

Image Credit:  By Geoff Derrin 

Image Credit:  By Geoff Derrin 

In 1840, Robert Marnock described this species as:

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful of the floral productions of the South-Western Coast of Australia. Sir William Hooker says, 'We figure it on account of its great beauty, a beauty which is scarcely altered by drying, for the form and colour of both leaves and flowers is truly of that kind called everlasting; and partly with the hope that our cultivators may be induced to import this lovely plant as an ornament to our greenhouses. Nothing can exceed the richness of the bright purple perianths and the contrasting deep orange-coloured anthers. It grows in sandy soil among shrubs.

John Lindley also remarked on the beauty of this species: "In the first place there is that most beautiful plant Calectasia cyanea, R.Br., a bush like an Adansonia, with quantities of large blue flowers with deep orange-coloured anthers; this is the handsomest Endogen in the Colony."



Calectasia cyanea is a clump forming woody perennial herb growing to a height of about 60 centimetres (20 in) and a width of 30 centimetres (10 in). Unlike some other members of the genus (such as C. grandiflora) this species lacks a rhizome, the stems have only a few short side branches and the leaves are 6.5–13.2 millimetres (0.3–0.5 in) long and 1.0–1.3 millimetres (0.04–0.05 in) wide. The six petals are dark blue, fading to white with age and the central anthers are yellow, turning orange-red with age Flowers appear from June to October.

Taxonomy and naming

Calectasia cyanea is one of eleven species in the genus Calectasia. It was first described by Robert Brown in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae in 1810. The specific epithet (cyanea) is from the Ancient Greek κυανοῦς (kyanós) meaning "dark blue" referring to the flower colour. Common names include blue tinsel lily and star of Bethlehem

Distribution and habitat

The Star of Bethlehem has a very restricted distribution in the Torndirrup National Park and Albany regions of the South West Botanical Province. Old records show it as being common in the region of King George Sound but much of this area is now urbanised as the city of Albany or devoted to agriculture. It grows in yellow sand over laterite. The total population was estimated at around 70 plants in 2005 in an area around 0.02 square kilometres.

Conservation status

Calectasia cyanea is classified as Critically endangered by the Department of the Environment and Water Resources and the Department of the Environment, Canberra. It is vulnerable to, and threatened by, dieback (Phytophthora cinnamomi) and grazing by the western grey kangaroo.


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The Arpenteur was a brig owned by William Owen and John Ridley. It was wrecked at Hassell Beach in Cheyne Bay near Cape Riche when a gale ran it ashore 7 November 1849.

Cheyne Island off Cape Riche  By Hughesdarren (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Cheyne Island off Cape Riche

By Hughesdarren (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Arpenteur was built using wood at Mahe in the Seychelles in 1839. It was originally registered in Port Louis in Mauritius. The vessel was purchased in 1847 by Owen and Ridley, who had it re-registered at Port Adelaide.The vessel was used to transport cargo between SingaporeJava and Adelaide.

In 1848 the Arpenteur, in the command of Captain Allen, was used to salvage the Wave, which was wrecked at Cheynes Beach. The owners of the Arpenteur acquired the salvage rights for the wreck of the Wave for £330. When it returned to Fremantle the Arpenteur had 27 tons of flour, 1,000 bushels of wheat, the rigging and sails that the crew had salvaged from the wreck.

On its final voyage the brig was in the command of Captain John Raines and was being used to transport mail from England that had been collected at Singapore and was to be delivered at Fremantle. Unable to enter Fremantle harbour due to storms, it sailed on to Albany but was unable to enter King George Sound as a result of strong gales and was damaged in the process.

Eventually the ship reached Cheynes Beach where it was in the process of loading whale oil when strong gales rose from the south west blowing the vessel ashore so that it foundered and was wrecked. All of the crew escaped and a small portion of the cargo was salvaged.


The wreck is located approximately 100 metres (328 ft) offshore at the western end of Hassell Beach and lies on a flat sandy bottom. Used as a dive site, approximately 4.6 metres (15 ft) of planking and framework is visible along with some rounded stone ballast. 
The wreck of the Arpenteur was inspected in late 1972 by Graeme Henderson, Department of Maritime Archaeology, Western Australian Museum, and lies in about 3 m of water on a flat sandy bottom. There are several frames and about 4.6 m of planking, all in good condition, showing above the sand. The planking bears traces of having been coppered. Some rounded stone ballast is also present on the site.

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    Alison Hartman Gardens

    Alison Hartman Garden, often referred to as Mokare Park, is a park on York Street in Albany in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.  The Alison Hartman Gardens are part of the greening of Albany Town Centre. The gardens supply a place of rest amongst the busy movement of the commercial and retail areas of York Street. The park is home to a number of public art sculptures.

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    The park, located near the centre of Albany, contains numerous sculptures including the statue of Mokare. (The Statue of Mokare, at the front of the gardens, is dedicated to the aboriginal man who helped early settlers maintain a peaceful coexistence with the local Noongar people. This was erected in 1997 as part of a reconciliation project by the Albany community. Mokare (c. 1800 - 26 June 1831) was a Noongar man, an Aboriginal man from the south-west corner of Australia who was pivotal in aiding European exploration of the area. Mokare had two known brothers: Mollian (d. 1829), who may have been known as Yallapoli, and Nakina, who with Mokare, was a frequent visitor to the Albany settlement, staying with the government resident, Dr Alexander Collie. He also was recorded as having a married sister.)

    The area is situated adjacent to the Albany Public Library and the Albany Town Square. It often hosts local markets. The area was once the vegetable gardens behind the old state school, which is now the Albany District Education Centre. The gardens are named after a long-serving teacher at Albany State School, Alison Edith Hartman (1906-1978).She was the daughter of John Hartman, who built Albany War Memorial, and she was the Principal of Albany Primary School from 1935 to 1967.

    The gardens contain two large Norfolk Island Pine trees and a Quereus Robur tree that date back to the 1890s along the southern edge. The pines are decorated every Christmas season. The statue of Mokare was erected in 1977 as a memorial to the Noongar man who helped he early settlers maintain a peaceful coexistence with the traditional owners. A series of community sculptures were set around a granite outcrop in the gardens in 1989. These include large, century-old timbers are from the original own Jetty that symbolise Jetty, ships loading cranes and other agricultural machinery to acknowledge the importance of shipping and agriculture in the early development of the town. An old tractor seat and other pieces of old agricultural machinery symbolise the agricultural history of our region. The sculptural installation is not meant to be decorative. It is meant to say something about our history, about the way we feel about our history. It is a "sensory " piece. People are asked to feel it, walk around it and look at it, listen to it. Above all, to think about the years that have gone into making this area what it is now .

    A Peace Pole at the rear of the gardens was erected in 2011 as part of the Harmony Day celebrations. It features the message "May Peace prevail on Earth" in six languages.


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    Old Farm, Strawberry Hill

    The Old Farm is located on Strawberry Hill in the suburb of Mira Mar in Albany, Western Australia. It is known as being the first farm in Western Australia.

    Old Farm Strawberry Hill Albany

    The hill on which the property is situated rises to a height of 237 feet (72 m) and is a spur of Mount Clarence. The soil is a mixture of clay and gravel with rich black loam on the lower side.

    The farm was initially established in 1827 as a government farm when the first Europeans settled at King George Sound Edmund LockyerAlexander Collie and John Lawrence Morley selected the site as a government farm. Originally it occupied an area of 1,536 acres (622 ha) but only 6 acres (2 ha) remain today. The next three commandants of the settlement, Captain Wakefield, Lieutenant Sleeman and Captain Collet Barker, followed Lockyer's plan of continuing to develop the farm.

    Alexander Collie was appointed Government Resident of Albany in 1831 and moved into a wattle and daub cottage situated on the farm. He named the property Strawberry Hill after the small plot of strawberries he was cultivating. Collie retired in 1832 and his successor was D. H. Macleod but it was the farm superintendent John Lawrence Morley who handed the property onto Richard Spencer.

    Spencer was appointed as Government Resident in 1833; he acquired the farm and resided there with his wife, Ann, and his ten children.  Spencer arranged for the erection of a granite two-storey building at the rear end of the original wattle and daub structure at a cost of £100. The garden was now well established and producing blood orangesraspberriesgrapesasparagusfigs and almonds. The first visitors to stay in the new building included Charles Darwin and Captain Robert FitzRoy, of HMS Beagle

    The old thatched roof wattle and daub part of the main residence burned down in 1870. A second cottage was built by Charles Miner in the same year.

    Francis Bird, the Chief Architect of Western Australia, acquired the property in 1889 and changed the name from Strawberry Hill to the Old Farm. His family retained ownership of the farm until the 1930s.

    The site lay derelict for many years until purchased by the Federal Government in 1956 and it was then vested in the National Trust of Australia in 1964. Conservation work commenced shortly afterwards and it was later opened to the public. 


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    Patrick Taylor Cottage

    Patrick Taylor Cottage, also referred to as Patrick Taylor Cottage Museum, is a museum in Albany in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. It the oldest surviving dwelling in Western Australia.  The cottage is the pride and joy of the Albany Historical Society and a must-see attraction.

    Image Credit Patrick Tay

    Image Credit Patrick Tay

    Located below road level on Duke Street overlooking Princess Royal Harbour, the cottage is on the second oldest title in the area. The title dates back to when the town was a military outpost. The wattle and daub construction is representative of the traditional building methods used by the early settlers

    The cottage is a single storey residence with walls variously constructed of wattle and daub, ( a mixture of woven sticks, mud and Cow dung) mud-brick, wood-fired brick and framed weatherboard. It has a corrugated iron roof,replacing the original shingled roof. The cottage consists of eleven rooms: an entry, dining room, bedroom, nursery, family room, sewing room, kitchen, laundry, box room, parlour and side verandah. Much of the verandah has been walled in using weatherboard on studs and sun-baked bricks. It is surrounded by an English cottage garden.The entire site is found at the base of a gently sloping hill and has several mature tress and shrubs growing around the building.


    The building was constructed by the Morley brothers in 1832. John Lawrence Morley was a former sailor with the East India Company and one of the first settlers in the area. He also leased the Old Farm at Strawberry Hill, and was the builder of Wollaston House. The cottage was originally set on a 240-acre (97 ha) block.

    When Richard Spencer arrived in Albany in 1833 to take up the position of magistrate the cottage was one of "three miserable houses" mentioned in his records.

    The building was sold to Patrick Taylor in 1835 by the Morleys for £400 on a much smaller block size. Taylor had arrived in Western Australia from Scotland in 1834. During the voyage he met Mary Yates Bussell; the two later married, with Patrick dying in 1877 and Mary living in the building until her death in 1887. Taylor's son inherited the property and it was still owned by the Taylor family in the 1950s.

    The building was condemned as unfit for habitation in the 1960s, and the Albany Historical Society began campaigning to preserve it. In 1964 the cottage was opened as Albany's first museum..It is currently owned by the Albany Historical Society who use it as a museum. It contains 2,000 historical items including clocks, silverware, costumes and kitchenware.

    The cottage was moved permanently onto the State Register of Heritage Places in 2009.


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    Jon Doust - Albany's resident comedian

    Jon Doust is a comedian, writer, novelist and professional speaker from Western Australia. Doust was born in Bridgetown. He studied English at Curtin University and worked in farming, retailing and journalism before pursuing a career in comedy and writing.

    In the 1993 Australian federal election, he unsuccessfully stood for the seat of Curtin against incumbent Allan Rocher making only 428 votes. His campaign slogan was

    "Put me last!".

    He then went published two small books titled How to lose an election and Letters to the police and other species.

    HideAway Haven in Albany Region

    Jon Doust is also an environmentalist and a huge lover of our Magpies.  He co-wrote a book called Magpie Mischief.   Magpie Mischief is a delightfully irreverent story about a group of school kids who gang together and take on the City Council to protect the magpies nesting in the trees outside their school. It has strong wildlife conservation theme.

    Teaching notes encourages students to think about   • Habitat • Feeding • Handling • Intelligence • Care of the injured of our unique magpies.

    Image Source:  Jon Doust

    Image Source: Jon Doust

    Albany - Home of 'The Waifs'

    The Waifs formed in August 1992 in as a folk rock band. The Simpson sisters, Donna and Vikki grew up in Cosy Corner in Albany in a Salmon fishing family.  They formed a duo, Colours, in Albany to perform cover versions of Bob Dylan and Everly Brothers at local pubs. Their father, Jimmy Simpson, bought Donna her first guitar when she was 15. In February 1992, 20-year-old Donna and her 16-year-old sister, Vikki headed off in a Kombi van to tour the state as Colours, busking their way across Australia..

    Cosy Corner - home of The Waifs

     They stumbled across Josh Cunningham in a pub in Broome as he was touring Australia playing bass guitar for a band. The Simpsons met 18-year-old Cunningham while they were playing in Broome.  After a ten-minute jam session, Donna invited Cunningham to join Colours,
    Upon their return to Albany, Colours changed its name to The Waifs (initially styled as The WAiFS) and continued to use their Kombi van from 1992 to 1996 to travel to gigs across Australia.

     “The longer I am away from Australia the more connected I feel to Australia and I keep writing songs about that,” Vikki says. “I grew up near the salmon camp where my grandfather fished, my father played there as a kid and when I go back there now I do the same things with my children. I physically feel connected to that place when I’m there. It’s almost a spiritual thing. It’s where I grew up. It’s where I learned to play guitar, where my husband proposed to me. I’ve had all these deeply personal moments and significant things happen in this one place.”  (source: The Waifs)

    2017 marks The Waifs 25th Anniversary. They are commemorating this event by releasing  a new album called IRONBARK.  The inspiration came from the majestic eucalyptus standing sentinel over them as they recorded 25 songs live & acoustic at Josh’s beautiful house in the bushland of South Coast NSW, Australiaand the resilience and inner strength of the wood as orated in the song of the same title. 

    Albany - Home of Tim Winton

    Tim Winton was born in Karrinyup, Western Australia and moved at age of 12 to our beautiful Albany.

    Image Credit: SKYPRINTS  Tim Winton recommends Middleton Beach for swimming.

    Image Credit: SKYPRINTS  Tim Winton recommends Middleton Beach for swimming.

    Lockie Leonard is a fictional character in a series of children's novels. The books were written by multi-award winning Australian author Tim Winton..  Lockie Leonard is a teenage surf rat who moves from Australia's East Coast to Perth Lockie has to deal with starting high school in a new town, his father is a police officer who everybody calls Sarge, his mother Joy, is overly understanding, and his brother Phillip still wets the bed The books follow his adventures and the disasters which beset him. From falling in love, being dumped, finding a best friend, being embarrassed by his family and through it all making discoveries about himself.

    The Lockie Leonard TV series, adapted from the books, was shot in Albany, Western Australia and originally screened on the Nine Network in 2007, and a second season began airing in 2010. It was popular all around the world and still has many avid fans.

    The book has been republished several times by different publishers and in different formats (print, eBook, audio, braille) and languages (English, French, Dutch).

    Tim only lived in Albany for three years but it had a profound effect on him as a person and, later, as a writer. He says 'I think it's something to do with its wildness. For a young person who felt claustrophobic being surrounded by strangers, it was reassuring to know that within minutes I could be out in the bush or on a beach with no other footprints in the sand.' 


    Breaksea Island

    Breaksea Island Lighthouse is an active lighthouse located at Breaksea Island in King George Sound 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from Albany .

    The first lighthouse was built in 1858 by English convicts using pre-made cast iron sheeting rising it at the centre of an octagonal stone keeper’s cottage; in 1889 two keeper’s cottage were built. This lighthouse was replaced in 1901 by a cylindrical granite tower built on the rear still active and in good condition.

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    Before some 30,000 soldiers sailed from Australian shores to fight in World War I, many kept their eyes focused on this tiny, rugged island.  Fay-Catherine Howe, a lighthouse-keeper's daughter, who became well known among the confined Anzacs., lived on this tiny island.

    Proficient in the art of Morse Code, 15-year-old Fay relayed messages to the troops from their loved ones as the men waited to set sail. She would then send their replies in Morse code via telegraph and undersea cable, back to Albany, where they were transferred from office to office and printed as telegrams.  This was the soldiers and their families last opportunity to communicate with each other.

    In doing so, she became a cherished symbol of home, the last glimpse of it for many.  Although she never met or even spoke to the soldiers, her efforts inspired an untold number of them to write her postcards from the front.

    Fay became known as 'The Lighthouse Girl'  She is the inspiration to Dianne Wolfer's book 'Lighthouse Girl' and provides part of the narrative for the Little Girl Giant and she roams the streets of Perth in the amazing Royal De Luxe Theatre’s performance of The Giants. See Dianne’s personal gallery or follow this link for photographs. An Interview with Dianne and the team from Channel 9’s Destination WA on Breaksea Island gives further insights into Fay’s story and shows evocative scenes from the island. ‘The Lighthouse Girl’ by playwright Hellie Turner and Black Swan Theatre opens in Albany/Perth in April 2017.

    Breaksea Island is a class ‘A’ nature reserve for the protection of plants and animals. Apart from the lighthouse, the only other buildings on heritage-listed Breaksea Island are a couple of cottages, deserted since restoration attempts in 2009.  The Upgraded facilities on Breaksea Island have helped create interesting local experiences with helicopter scenic flights departing from Albany's Historic Whaling Station.  Breaksea Island was also the venue for Taste of the Great Southern picnic with the finest local beer or wine and canapés provided by Fervor focusing on native Australian ingredients.