IN PICTURES: Step back in time with rarely seen photos of Albany from the 1800s and 1900s

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Horses and loaded cart in front of Day & Phillips, Bakers and G. J. Hill & Co. Butchers. ca.1901.
Camera IconHorses and loaded cart in front of Day & Phillips, Bakers and G. J. Hill & Co. Butchers. ca.1901. Credit: State Library of WA

Looking through old photos of Albany from the 1800s and 1900s is like taking a step back in time.

While some landmarks and buildings in the photos have hardly changed in WA’s oldest colonial settlement, some look vastly different in 2020.

Others no longer exist.

The State Library of WA shared a selection of “rarely seen gems of Albany” from their archives this week, dating from 1870 to 1925.

Accompanying the photos, the SLWA shared a 1903 extract from the WA Record.

“Surrounded by an amphitheatre of hills, the town of Albany nestles by the side of Mt Clarence and completes a picture of quiet harmonious beauty whose equal is not to be found in the whole of WA,” the extract said.

“... well-made roads, whose points embrace all that is attractive scenic beauty, quaint, criss-cross streets, and here and there an old-fashioned residence embowered in stately trees, and one of the most delightful climates imaginable.

“Albany is an ideal place for children too, the wide stretch of sand at Middleton Beach where the little ones can paddle all day long in the shallow waters that beat so gently all along the shore of this lovely seaside resort. It is not a wildly hilarious place and those seeking daily excitement will never appreciate Albany. But to others to whom the simply pleasures of life appeal, Albany’s quiet beauty will take possession of them.”

There are more than 1500 digitised images of the City of Albany area in the library’s collection.

ABOVE: Stirling Terrace. RIGHT: London Hotel on Stirling Terrace in 1907. ABOVE RIGHT: Horses and loaded cart in front of Day & Phillips, Bakers, and G. J. Hill & Co. Butchers, circa 1901.
Camera IconABOVE: Stirling Terrace. RIGHT: London Hotel on Stirling Terrace in 1907. ABOVE RIGHT: Horses and loaded cart in front of Day & Phillips, Bakers, and G. J. Hill & Co. Butchers, circa 1901.
London Hotel on Stirling Terrace in 1907.
Camera IconLondon Hotel on Stirling Terrace in 1907. Credit: State Library of WA. Picture:
Drew, Robinson & Co - drapers, grocers, ironmongers.
Camera IconDrew, Robinson & Co - drapers, grocers, ironmongers. Credit: State Library of WA.
Middleton Beach in 1907.
Camera IconMiddleton Beach in 1907.
Albany Harbour and town. INSET LEFT: Drew, Robinson & Co — drapers, grocers, ironmongers.
Camera IconAlbany Harbour and town. INSET LEFT: Drew, Robinson & Co — drapers, grocers, ironmongers.
The Natural Bridge, 1910.
Camera IconThe Natural Bridge, 1910. Credit: State Library of Western Australia/State Library of Western Australia
Albany Week in 1907.
Camera IconAlbany Week in 1907. Credit: State Library of WA
F.E. Morgan, Bookseller in 1907.
Camera IconF.E. Morgan, Bookseller in 1907. Credit: State Library of WA
Studio portrait of the Albany Ladies Roller Hockey Team in 1907.
Camera IconStudio portrait of the Albany Ladies Roller Hockey Team in 1907. Credit: State Library of WA
Boys with bicycles on Stirling Terrance, 1910-1915.
Camera IconBoys with bicycles on Stirling Terrance, 1910-1915.
Dog Rock on Middleton Rd ca.1880.
Camera IconDog Rock on Middleton Rd ca.1880. Credit: State Library of WA
Circus elephant pulling loaded wagons, with Mount Melville in the background.
Camera IconCircus elephant pulling loaded wagons, with Mount Melville in the background. Credit: State Library of WA

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