Patrick Taylor Cottage
This eleven-room wattle and daub home is the oldest surviving dwelling in Western Australia.
The cottage is the pride and joy of the Albany Historical Society and a must-see attraction.
Built circa 1832, the cottage consists of an entry, box room, parlour, nursery, bedroom, dining room, family room, sewing room, kitchen, laundry and side verandah. Many beautiful artifacts, covering several eras, are displayed in the various rooms.
The cottage is surrounded by a neat English cottage garden.
Patrick Taylor was born at Montrose in Scotland in 1806 and orphaned as a child. A wealthy young man of very delicate health, it is believed he came to Albany for health reasons and to purchase land for farming.
He arrived at Albany in 1834 on board the 'James Pattison'. During the voyage, he met Miss Mary Yates Bussell and fell in love, over a period of time sending her many beautiful letters and poems. These indicated he was a very sensitive young man, thoughtful, perhaps introverted, philosophical and very religious.
Article updated 02/09/2015