The 1851 Old Gaol was originally a hiring depot for ticket-of-leave convicts, and a civil gaol from 1872. Experience the 'black hole' isolation cell, learn about the Kojonup murder, check out the death mask of murderer Frederick Deemings and come back after dark for a candle-lit ghost tour ($25).

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Nearby Albany attractions

1. Museum of the Great Southern

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Encompassing the Eclipse building, the Residency Museum and Brig Amity, this regional museum is a terrific introduction to Albany's history. The Eclipse…

2. Albany Residency Museum

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Part of the Museum of the Great Southern, and built in the 1850s as the home of the resident magistrate, the museum has displays telling seafaring stories…

3. Brig Amity

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This full-scale replica of the brig that carried Albany's first British settlers from Sydney in 1826 was completed for the city's 150th anniversary. You…

4. Patrick Taylor Cottage

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Believed to be the oldest colonial dwelling in WA, this 1832 wattle-and-daub cottage is packed with antiques, freaky mannequins and displays on its former…

5. Courthouse

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This granite and red-brick building (1898) is part of Albany's historical precinct.

8. Desert Mounted Corps Memorial

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Memorial to WWI soldiers who fought at the Nek in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915. The memorial was originally erected in Port Said, Egypt. However, it was…