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TSUNAMI OF VISITORS AT FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, roundhouse, tourism by freoview on December 29, 2016

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Historic Fremantle Roundhouse, the oldest public building in Western Australia, is extremely popular with visitors from all over the world this week.

By 1.30 pm today, so after only three hours of being open, we already had over 900 visitors through the door. Yesterday they had well over 900 visitors and the day before just under 1,000 visitors.

Over 100 people watched the firing of the cannon today.

It is an amazing effort by the mainly elderly volunteer tour guides to keep the Roundhouse open every day of the year but for Christmas day and Good Friday.

Next year the Roundhouse will be part of the Fringe Festival with performances in the old gaol, so stay tuned.

The volunteer tour guides operate on donations from guests only so if there are corporate sponsors out there which would like to donate, don’t be shy and contact the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides!

Roel Loopers

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  1. Cheryl said, on December 29, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Roel

    At 3.30 today, visitor numbers reached 1409 and probably more given we rely on manual recording! Our wonderful volunteer Guides are often willing to remain open for late comers but today they had personal commitments and could not stay late – otherwise we would have reached the 1500 today.

    Unfortunately our pillories are away being restored at the moment but we are hopeful they will be back on site early next week and we will look forward to return visits from those who missed them.

    Thanks to all our fantastic volunteer Guides – yourself included!

  2. Suzanne said, on December 29, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    How wonderful Roel and justifiably deserved. Tourists love it.
    To think this most important West Australian building, the jewel of Fremantle, was endangered with the JShed shenanigans.
    Perhaps the Council could ease off with parklets etc in 2017 and underwrite the marvelous volunteers and the performance initiative.


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