Albany Town Hall, 217 York Street, corner Grey Street West,

AYS 3102
 
Albany Town Hall is a superb example of Victorian Free Classical architecture, designed by Adelaide firm Henderson, Marriot and Co. On December 9, 1886, Albany Mayoress Mrs W G Knight laid the building’s foundation stone on a block of State Government land on the corners of York and Grey Street West. Approximately 18 months later on June 1, 1888, the building was officially opened by her husband, Mayor William Grills Knight, having been constructed by contractors Harrison and Hamilton.
 
Externally, Albany Town Hall is built from granite masonry with stucco decoration and internally from plastered brickwork. It is a two-storey building with a gallery and additional levels in the central clock tower. Its Free Classical elements include corner pilasters and quoins, round and elliptical details to window openings, pediments and decorative urns at the ends of the truncated pediment. This sits behind a clock tower which continues the architectural detail and is capped by a domed roof and flagpole.
 

Continue Reading

St Jonn's Church of the Evangelist, lower York Street

DSC 4479The Anglican church of St John the Evangelist was the first to be consecrated in WA. The ceremony was conducted by Bishop Augustus Short on October 25, 1848. Although Short was the Bishop of Adelaide, his vast diocese included the whole of Western Australia, which then had just eight clergymen, four church buildings, with five under construction, one parsonage and one school.  

Building began on the church in 1841, with much of the work carried out by British convicts.  
On February 24, 1918, Padre Ernest White conducted a requiem mass at St John’s for soldiers killed during WW1. Following the service, White and several members of his flock walked to the summit of Mt Clarence overlooking King George Sound where troopships had gathered before sailing to Egypt and then Gallipoli. White was only in Albany briefly, having recently returned to Australia after serving as chaplain to the 44th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force.

Continue Reading

Vancouver Arts Centre, 85 Vancouver Street

DSC 4415

The former Albany Cottage Hospital was built in 1887 by the Public Works Department, to the design of British architect George Temple Poole who was government superintendent of public works at that time. The building typifies the style of public buildings built by Poole during the late 1880s. Its design follows a contemporary movement of architects, such as Edwin Lutyens, who drew influence from the English cottage.
It was built using walls of dressed local limestone and a roof of split jarrah shingled, with turrets, ornamental woodwork and a keen concern for grouping and composition of all elements of the building. It was extended in the late 1930s and again in the 1950s. The most recent major addition occurs along Vancouver Street extending eastwards from Poole's building. The addition is constructed in brick, the top section being rendered, with a shingled roof and is not sympathetic to the original stone building.

Continue Reading

UWA Albany Centre – Old Post Office, 35 Stirling Terrace

CustomsThe University of Western Australia’s Albany Centre is located in buildings once operating as the city’s post office. The site was also a customs office, a base station of the overland telegraph and is noted for its architectural and historical significance. It was listed by the Register of the National Estate in 1992.

Albany’s official postal service began on October 14, 1834 when Sarah Lyttelton, wife of the State’s assistant surgeon, was appointed honorary postmistress. The following year, Edward Spencer became the paid incumbent at £10 year plus £5 expenses. In 1852 Albany became the mail port for Western Australia and the first contract deliveries were shipped by the Australian Company’s boat Australian and P&O’s Chusan and Formosa.

In 1867, after prolonged negotiations with the Perth administration, Government Resident Sir Alexander Cockburn-Campbell, succeeded in his requests for a government office building, to include a post office, court house, municipal and road board meeting rooms and a customs house. Work began in April 1868 and was completed in December 1869, when the eastern part of the building facing Spencer Street, was erected by George Adams and James Mattison at a cost of £4,184/18/9.
 

Continue Reading

The Earl of Spencer Historic Inn, cnr of Spencer Street and Earl Street

The Spencer Inn was established by Richard Nesbitt in 1874 as a boarding house and named after Albany’s first Government Resident Richard Spencer.
Ten years later the inn acquired a beer and wine licence and continued to operate as a public house until 1925 when it was de-licensed and converted into a grocery shop, owned and managed by the Nesbitt family until 1978.
In 1988 the building was extensively renovated and re-named The Earl of Spencer Historic Inn. It boasts open fireplaces, a beer garden and oozes rustic charm making it a very popular restaurant and watering hole.
For further information, phone 9847 4262.

albanygateway.com.au logoalbanygateway.com.au