Key to the City

Past Event



The City of Albany hosts the 17 Construction Squadron Workshop Vietnam Association this October.

All residents are invited to attend a Key to the City ceremony on 16 October at 10:00am.

Key to the City History

The tradition of a Key to the City dates back to medieval times, when many cities were enclosed within walled fortifications.

The ‘key’ symbolised the political relationship between a city and the King, Queen or ruler of the land on which the city was located.

The Key to the City is bestowed upon distinguished persons and honoured guests of the City of Albany. The key symbolises free entry.

The granting of the Key to the City is a symbolic presentation, which represents the highest honour that a City can confer on an individual or an organisation.

Order of Proceedings

The parade will commence outside Alison Hartman Gardens at 10am and proceed down York Street, halting in front of the assembled guests at the Town Square. Here the Key to the City scroll is presented by His Worship the Mayor and the Commanding Officer of 17 Construction Squadron Workshop Vietnam Association responds.

The parade will then march off, led by 10th Light Horse Troop Albany and disperse at the Albany War Memorial for the service.


Road Closures

There will be a rolling road closure in place which will move with the parade. The closure will impact the north bound lane of York St for approximately 45 - 60 minutes between Serpentine Road and Peels Place. Closures will be lifted as quickly as possible. 


Intersections impacted will be as follows:


YORK ST between SERPENTINE ROAD and GREY STREET - 0900hrs and 1000hrs.

YORK ST between GREY STREET and PEELS PLACE – 1000hrs and 1030hrs.


Following the parade, there will be a short ceremony at the Albany War Memorial (Cnr Peels Place & York St). All are welcome to attend both events.


Download the Order of Service here. 


Contact: Simone Klose

Organisation: City of Albany Events

Position: Events Coordinator

Phone: 6820 3036


Event Date(s)

  • Wednesday 16th October 2019

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