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Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2017


Royndhouse volunteers


A City of Fremantle officer told me this morning that on Monday next week electricity will be connected to the Roundhouse goal, Western Australia’s oldest remaining public building.

Having power in the Roundhouse will open up new opportunities for evening events, and also for the planned new displays. That will also assist in getting more people to visit Arthur Head and activate the area.


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  1. Cheryl said, on August 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks in particular to Graham Tattersall who ‘picked up the ball and ran with it’ after all this time and to Jeremy who has been working on the installation plans. The issue of a water cooler for the Guides took a back seat when the CoF apparently proposed a water fountain at the foot of the steps outside Glen Cowans’ Studio (I think you mentioning that previously Roel but it never eventuated). I seem to recall an allowance was made in the Interpretative Plan (despite the limited space) for it in the entrance where the white cupboard is – there is certainly power going in that area which would facilitate it.

    The Round House Guides are currently required to carry water up to the Round House every day to replenish the water filter and it will not only be a huge benefit to them to have chilled water available but also of benefit to the occasional ill-equipped visitors on our hot summer days.


  2. freoview said, on August 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    We have been trying to get a cold water dispenser in the Roundhouse for the guides but there is no space for it.


  3. bigjulie said, on August 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Expect a red Coke machine .. arriving soon!

  4. Rob Fittock said, on August 9, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    great explanation Carl and just a tad plausible particularly the chrissie fruit-cake and whiskey….now for the limitless interpretive designs and displays for this icon

  5. bigjulie said, on August 9, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    I just remember my NBN connection fiasco: the pipes went in after waiting another 6 month after the main cable was run down the street. The house to pavement trench and pipe was laid by Team One. Team 2 arrived a few weeks later and found the first boys had used right angle bends instead of swept curve connectors plus they had forgot to glue the pipes at all at all. Glass cables don’t like doing right angle bends but who was to know that secret?

  6. bigjulie said, on August 9, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    How flash? Electricity.. let there be light. May I also suggest that whilst the trench is open, that an additional pipe with a “pull wire” be laid just in case, in the future, CCTV cameras, internet or wi-fi is deemed appropriate?
    It would add very little to the cost but provide for future modernization.

  7. Carl Payne said, on August 9, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Bloody Horizon Power/Western Power/State Electricity Commission/Swan River Colony Electrical Circus Incorporated. That application went in for processing in December 1830. The story is it got lost somewhere between Freo and Perth, when the postal-pony rider stopped off at Mrs Stirling’s Tea House in Claremont for a pre-Christmas fruit-cake and whiskey. Seems it was just discovered last week under the floorboards of the Claremont Museum, which had been taken up to repair some termite damage. It has now been activated, only some 187 years later. That must be some kind of record.

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