The inaugural DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN’S RIDE came to Fremantle on this stunning long weekend morning. Over 50 very well dressed motorcycle riders met at the Fremantle Arts Centre for a parade through the city which ended up at Clancys. It’s another perfect Freo day for rest and relaxation.
By the way, there are some excellent prints well worth seeing at the Fremantle Print Award at the art centre.
Here a few impressions of the good looking blokes and the few token sheilas.
INVITATION to a presentation on The Diary of Mary Anne Friend
On Thursday 4 October 2012. 6:30pm – 8:00pm
at the Santa Maria Lecture Theatre of University of Notre Dame, Mouat Street, Fremantle.
The Board of the State Library of WA Foundation, in partnership with the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend a presentation on The Diary of Mary Anne Friend.
The Diary is of significant documentary heritage to Western Australia, being an account of the early days of the Fremantle colony and containing watercolour depictions of local areas. It is being auctioned by Christie’s, London on 10 October 2012.
This is a fundraising event to bring this historically significant document to Western Australia
Margaret Allen, CEO State Library of WA and State Librarian
Conrad Crisafulli, Chair State Library of WA Foundation
Tim Milson, CEO Fremantle Chamber of Commerce
With a presentation by Associate Professor Dr Deborah Gare
School of Arts & Sciences, University of Notre Dame Australia
I have published so much text about Fremantle issues on this blog the last few days that it is time to have a photo.
This is number two of the series of four photos I am exhibiting during the COLOURIFIC group show at the Greg James Gallery at J Shed. It will open at 4pm on Sunday October 21.
Come along! You are invited.
One of my sources emailed me this message from Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt to the staff at the City of Fremantle. I don’t believe anything needs to be added but to express my disappointment that the Fremantle Herald, a paper I have strongly supported over many years, seems to insist on attacking council and publishing factually incorrect stories. I’s time for the individual journos there to stand up and express they can’t be part of it any longer as it is damaging the reputation of some good scribes and very nice people.
To all City of Fremantle staff
This week the Fremantle Herald ran a rather negative front page story and headline which I strongly believe reflected unfairly on the Fremantle Council and City of Fremantle staff, and certainly didn’t reflect my conversation with them.
Over the last three years in which I have been Mayor, the Fremantle Council has driven an ambitious agenda of change and renewal in Fremantle, and that agenda has been concertedly implemented by officers and staff. I am proud of the progress that we have achieved together in making Fremantle an even better place to live, work and play.
I am very much aware how many of you at the City of Fremantle have gone beyond the call of duty during this time to implement the wide-range programs and projects approved by the Council – often with limited resources, and sometimes in the face of serious challenges and events beyond our control.
As Mayor, and on behalf of all members of Council, let me make it absolutely clear that we recognise and appreciate your efforts, your professionalism, and your commitment to making Fremantle a place of character, innovation, and social and economic vibrancy.
Please take the Herald’s sensationalist headline with the grain of salt it deserves, and continue to do your work in the knowledge that it is a big part of what makes Freo such a special place.
Today is a special day in Australia. It’s AFL Grand Final day. Although I am not a fanatical football or sports fan I always watch the AFL final, as I do the Melbourne Cup horse race and the Boxing Day cricket test match. They are historic and significant days for me where we celebrate Australia.
It made me think of the stand out days in Fremantle for me and I can’t get passed the Blessing of the Fleet as one of my favourites. I used to love St Patricks Day when there was still a parade through Freo, but now it’s only drinking in the pub stuff that does not inspire me much at all.
On the heels of these two events come the Fremantle Festival Parade, The Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta, the Easter weekend Street Art Festival and the Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival. All great events that make Freo special, and so is Australia Day and the fireworks over Bathers Beach.
I am also a huge fan of the free Sunday concerts at the Fremantle Art Centre and of the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra Christmas Proms there, as I am of the Indian Food Festival on the Esplanade.
To paraphrase Freo councillor Rachel Pemberton, if you are bored in Freo it means you are not getting out much. Come join the fun, meet new people, be part of your community!
Tomorrow at 10 am is the start of the Gentlemen’s Vintage Bicycle Ride at the Fremantle Art Centre!
Mary Ann Friend arrived in Fremantle in 1830. The young woman wrote a rather quirky journal observing her fellow ship passengers and early settlers. She also painted the first impressions of the Swan River Colony in her diary. The diary will go on auction at Christies in London in the next two weeks.
The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce and the University of Notre Dame are holding an information evening about Mary Ann Friend this Thursday, October 4 from 6-8 pm at the Santa Maria Lecture Theatre in Mouat Street. It is a FREE EVENT with wine and nibbles.
One of the speakers will be UNDA historian Deborah Gare. I listened to her talking about Mary Ann Friend at Kidogo Arthouse some months ago and became an instant fan of her. Her love for history is infectious and she is such a great speaker that I was disappointed when she stopped. I am very much looking forward to hearing Deborah again on Thursday.
Come along and bring any spare cash you might like to donate to the Western Australian State Library so they can purchase the journal at the auction.