Freo's View


Posted in architecture, fremantle, heritage, historic, history, tourism, western australia by freoview on August 21, 2016



Was an absolute delight to see the exteriors of the historic Fremantle Warders Cottages in Henderson Street restored to their old glory.

I have been so frustrated about the disgraceful neglect of these important heritage cottages for many years and I will never forget the early action by the Fremantle Society, under my presidency, when we did our SHAME campaign one early Saturday morning, attaching old socks to the fences spelling out the word Shame a few times.

The future of the cottages is still uncertain as the State Government wants to strata title them, against the wishes of Fremantle Council.

The eyesore next to the Fremantle Markets is now gone and it would be good if the City of Fremantle took the 11 parking bays aways and make the Henderson Street Mall a real mall without car access. There are two large parking areas just a minute walk away and the Parry Street car park is just a three-minute walk from there.

Fremantle is now an even more beautiful place with the Gunners Cottages and old Boys School renovated and soon to be occupied, and work under way at the Townhall as well. We should be proud of our heritage and always look after it as a priority!

Roel Loopers

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  1. martin said, on August 23, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Great, it will only be in shade for 4 months, not 6 months…

    It will be about the same height of the Queensgate Centre. Same outcome – the new Henderson St cliff!

    These beautifully restored cottages deserve more respect

  2. freoview said, on August 22, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    From memory the new Spicers building would be 4 storey at Henderson Street and only at the back go up to five storey at Paddy Troy Lane.


  3. martin said, on August 22, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Ditch the parking and return it to the pedestrians. This mall area is an absolute waste for cars as it has always ruined the area for very little additional parking bays.

    However, I agree with Mark that we should enjoy these cottages while we can as they will very soon be in the permanent shadow of the new building for 6 months of the year. I’m not sure how great this mall will look when the beautifully restored cottages will be sitting directly opposite a modern 6-7 storey building on the Spicer site car park. Another Freo canyon [cliff?] in the making…

    Still, it would appear that many of your readers are fully supportive of the new Henderson St cliff!

    I would prefer to see the mall and the southern half of the Spicer site turned into public open / green space to form a pedestrian link from the markets to Sirona’s Myer / Queensgate Centre development.

  4. Mark said, on August 21, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    With loss of parking coming to freo with councils current direction we may need ever bay we can get.

    They cottages look great certainly doesn’t need the building across from them to be built at the heights that where proposed and the shadow they would cast.

  5. Andrew Priest (Aushiker) said, on August 21, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Great news and thanks for sharing the photos of the restored cottages. I am also with Michael on the car parking bays. Time to activate the area for people not vehicles.

  6. Michael McPhail said, on August 21, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Removal of those car parking bays probably a good idea Roel! (as convenient as they are)
    Would be awesome to see that area blossom even further – it has enough human activity (on weekends) to build upon.

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