Freo's View

SO HAPPY I LIVE IN FREO!

Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, heritage, history, tourism by freoview on February 13, 2017

One of the things I very much enjoy is showing people around Fremantle and a few of the hidden treasures they might not otherwise discover, so today I spent two hours with the lovely Italian Elisabetta and Matilda.

Matilda lives in Freo and runs the cute fashion boutique and Birkenstock outlet Creato a Mano at Marine Parade and her husband Roberto runs the equally cute Galleria D’Arte West End just a few metres awy, so go and check them out!

Elisabetta though lives in beautiful Rome, so hence the need for a guided tour.

The Roundhouse and Arthur Head had to be the starting point and soon we walked into Bruce from Replants who is setting up a tree installation on Bathers Beach for the Sculpture@Bathers show which starts on the 24th of this month.

The former long jetty and ocean pool and the mortuary and kerosine store were clearly a must and gave me the opportunity to talk about the horrendous Rottnest Island indigenous Quod prison.

From there we wandered into Notre Dame University territory. We had a few sneak peeks inside some of the gorgeous adaptive reuse heritage buildings, the beautiful library and also the stunning Aboriginal art collection of UNDA. I recommend anyone to take a guided tour of the campus on Friday morning which UNDA organises. Contact them to book it!

The flat where FBI boss J Edgar Hoover lived, which is now part of Kerry Hill architects in Mouat Street, is also largely unknown. Kerry Hill by the way designed the new City of Fremantle Civic Centre at Kings Square.

I showed my guests the PS Art Space and studios upstairs, the former Police Station at Victoria Quay and the historic artworks inside B Shed, even the toilets, and wandered around the Maritime Museum under the watchful eyes of a lone Nankeen heron.

The old submarine, the connection to Gallipoli and the migrant wall were a talking point for us that connected Freo to Europe.

From there past the J Shed art studios and back through the Whalers Tunnel for a nice iced coffee at my friends at Chalkys in the former Trams Building.

What is there not to love about Freo. So happy I live here!

Roel Loopers

 

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  1. freoview said, on February 13, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Thanks Bob! Yes of course you are right and I am an idiot. I blame today’s humidity for it. ; >)

    Roel

  2. Bob said, on February 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Roel you might be confusing Herbert Hoover with J Edgar Hoover. Herbert was the geologist/mining engineer and manager at Sons Of Gwalia mine and other companies of Bewick, Moreing & Co around the State right after the Kalgoorlie gold rush. In later life he was called on to advise and manage among other things, much of the rebuilding of occupied Europe after WWI. He had an interesting history mining in China also. He was elected 31st President of the USA in about 1930. J.Edgar was the FBI bloke …and I don’t recall him ever being linked to Freo…or vacuum cleaners either!


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