City of Albany

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City of Albany
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population36,583 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density8.48341/km2 (21.9719/sq mi)
Area4,312.3 km2 (1,665.0 sq mi)
MayorDennis Wellington
Council seatAlbany
RegionGreat Southern
State electorate(s)Albany
Federal Division(s)O'Connor
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WebsiteCity of Albany
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The City of Albany is a local government area in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, about 410 kilometres (255 mi) south-southeast of Perth, the capital of Western Australia. It covers an area of 4,312.3 square kilometres (1,665 sq mi), including the Greater Albany metropolitan area and the Port of Albany, as well as the surrounding agricultural district and some national parks. The City of Albany had a population of over 36,000 at the 2016 census.


The first church was built here in 1848; Reverend John Wollaston was its first clergyman, and in October he was visited by Bishop Augustus Short and Archdeacon Matthew Hale of the new diocese of Adelaide.[2] The first school Camfield House was started in 1852, and by 1856 Henry and Anne Camfield had a purpose built building.[2]

In 1871, the Albany Municipal Council was gazetted, and in 1896 the Albany Road Board followed.

William Finlay was the first mayor of Albany when he was elected in 1885.[3][4] William Grills Knight was elected in 1886[5] and was succeeded by Lancel Victor de Hamel in 1889.[6]

John Moir was elected after De Hamel left to enter state politics later the same year and served until 1890.[7] Robert Andrew Muir was elected in 1891 and retired at the end of his year's term due to ill health.[8] Moir was reelected from 1894 to 1897.[7]

On 1 July 1961, they became respectively the Town and Shire Councils following changes to the Local Government Act.

On 1 July 1998, the two councils amalgamated to form the City of Albany.

A new administration building and Civic Centre was constructed and opened in 2005 on North Road.[9]


See also List of mayors of Albany, Western Australia

Alison Goode was mayor from 1999 until 2007.[10]

Milton Evans was elected mayor in 2007[11] and served until elections in 2011 when he was defeated by Dennis Wellington.[12]

Dennis Wellington is the current mayor, elected for a second time in 2015 to serve until the next election in 2019.[13]


The city has been divided into 7 wards, each of two councillors. Each councillor serves a four-year term, and half-elections are held every two years. The mayor is directly elected.

  • Breaksea
  • Frederickstown (central Albany)
  • Hassell
  • Kalgan
  • Vancouver
  • West
  • Yakamia


National Parks and Reserves[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Albany (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Groves, J. (2006). The Camfields : "The Comforts of Civilisation" in Early Colonial Western Australia. Retrieved from
  3. ^ "William Finlay - Albany's First Mayor". Nabo. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Obituary late Mr. M U Green". Albany Advertiser. 5, (547). Western Australia. 14 January 1932. p. 2. Retrieved 13 March 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "Government Gazette". The Daily News. Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 13 August 1886. p. 3. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Albany". The W.A. Record. Perth, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 24 January 1889. p. 7. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Former Mayor Dead". Albany Advertiser. Albany, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 20 July 1939. p. 1. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Death of Mr Robert Muir". Albany Advertiser. Albany, Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 20 August 1904. p. 3. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  9. ^ "City of Albany New Administration Building & Civic Centre". Wauters Enterprises. 2006. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  10. ^ "Albany Mayor rejects call to resign". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 21 December 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Re-count sees Evans elected as Albany Mayor". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Albany to get new mayor". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  13. ^ "WA council elections: New mayors elected in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder in regional WA". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2016.

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Coordinates: 35°01′22″S 117°52′53″E / 35.0228°S 117.8814°E / -35.0228; 117.8814