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Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on June 2, 2017

I am disappointed to read Mayor Brad Pettitt’s comment in the Fremantle Herald today about the Roundhouse.

The Mayor told the Herald that the Roundhouse could talk better about the history, in regard to the indigenous people.

I suggest the Mayor and all Councillors read the proposal for new displays in the Roundhouse that was produced by museum designers two years ago and where one of the four cells would be dedicated to the Whadjuk Noongar history of Fremantle and the Roundhouse.

We have a very thick proposal that the Roundhouse volunteer guides’ president no doubt would be delighted to leave at Freo Council for a couple of weeks so that the Elected Members can see the plans in detail.

But we have not been able to get the City of Fremantle to commit to funding to connect power to the Roundhouse, so we can get started on modern displays.

I for one always talk about the Noongar history, the atrocities, the Rottnest Quod, etc. Especially visitors from Canada and North Ameraica are interested as they see the similarities with their Inuit First Nation People and what displacement did to them; the alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, child abuse.

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre just a stone’s throw from the Roundhouse was a missed opportunity to tell visitors about the Noongar history of Fremantle.

The Roundhouse would love to have a real display about Aboriginal history of Arthur Head and Fremantle, but we need power and financial support to make that work!

Roel Loopers

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  1. Cheryle
    Thanks for the update and all your and other roundhouse volunteers hard work on this. I am very pleased to here it is progressing well.
    thanks, Brad

  2. Cheryl said, on June 2, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Disappointing that your comments were not quoted in full Brad and that those which were quoted suggested, by omission, that the issue had not already been addressed by the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides.

    The CoF Tech staff have indeed been working on a likely solution and as late as today were coming to visit us to discuss the plan to be submitted to the State Heritage Office for their approval. Unfortunately illness intervened but we are looking to have a meeting early next week to review than plan.

    Finally and hopefully, things are moving forward and once CoF obtain the State Heritage Office approval and the funds required for the power to be installed are ‘earmarked’ in the City budget, work can commence on the installation and we will then be able to progress to the next stage – to obtain funding to enable the interpretative plan to become a reality.

  3. freoview said, on June 2, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    See the Mayor’s comments about this Cheryl.


  4. freoview said, on June 2, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks Brad. That clears it up.


  5. Cheryl said, on June 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    “One of the interesting
    things the Round House
    could do is to talk about that
    history better.”

    “Could do”?
    WANTS TO DO Mr Mayor!

    Electronic copies of the Interpretative Plan for the Fremantle Round Hpuse have been with the City of Fremantle since it was completed early in 2016. An important and integral element of that Plan is to address the lack of indigenous history contained therein. These comments by the Mayor are not surprising given he was unaware that the Volunteer Heritage Guides receive absolutely no funding from the CoF to keep the Round House open to the public 363 days a year and that we even pay the CoF rent for the Gunners’ Cottage for our office administration and Guides amenity! He was appraised of those facts at a meeting he attended at the Gunners’ Cottage on Tuesday 25th October 2016 – what a pity he had obviously not taken the time to read through the Interpretative Plan before he made that statement today.

  6. Roel
    I understand agree with your comments about the “proposal for new displays in the Roundhouse … where one of the four cells would be dedicated to the Whadjuk Noongar history of Fremantle and the Roundhouse”.
    In my phone conversation with Steve Grant I did explain to him that there was a plan to update these displays and that the City of Fremantle was trying to resolve the power issues so this could occur.
    I appreciate that a newspaper can’t print all of my comments but it would have been clearer if this was included so apologies for any confusion there.
    l had been told by tech staff that there was a likely solution to the power issues at the Roundhouse. Is that the guides understanding too?
    thanks, Brad

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