Museum of the Great Southern seeks community volunteers to keep Albany’s iconic Brig Amity open

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Brig Amity volunteer Colin Berry.
Camera IconBrig Amity volunteer Colin Berry. Credit: Supplied

The Brig Amity Replica attraction’s opening hours over winter could be cut back due to a lack of volunteers, the Museum of the Great Southern has warned.

The convict ship reproduction on Princess Royal Drive attracts curious community members and tourists alike and MGS regional manager Catherine Salmaggi said that volunteers were vital to keep the attraction afloat.

“We like to think of our volunteers as ambassadors not only for the Museum of the Great Southern but also for Albany more generally,” she said.

Brig Amity volunteer John Beamon.
Camera IconBrig Amity volunteer John Beamon. Credit: Supplied

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“The Brig is only manned by volunteers, so without them, we cannot open it to visitors. Recently we had to reduce the Replica’s operating hours,” she said.

“Volunteering on the Brig Amity Replica gives you the opportunity to take an active role in your community while promoting and supporting tourism in Albany.”

Volunteer Paul Kightly said that volunteering on the Brig is a great way to meet people from around the world to share with them what makes the ship and Albany special.

The Brig Amity Replica at the Museum of the Great Southern.
Camera IconThe Brig Amity Replica at the Museum of the Great Southern. Credit: Nic Duncan

“The story of the original Amity and our own replica gives a tantalising insight into one part of our local history,” he said.

A single shift a week is asked of Brig volunteers and all salty sea dogs will receive training from museum staff and travel reimbursement.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call the museum on 9841 4844 or send an email to greatsouthern@museum.wa.gov.au.

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