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Posted in ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on April 25, 2020




A lot of people got up very early in South Fremantle’s Lilly Street this morning for the driveway ANZAC Day service.

The normal dawn services around the country had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic, so this was a whole new and more intimate way to remember those who fought and those who lost their lives in one of the many wars.

Roel Loopers


Posted in ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on April 25, 2020


ANZAC Day 2020


I took this photo late on Friday afternoon of Monument Hill at sunset.

I will try, but it will be a big challenge, to capture the verge ANZAC Day service that has been suggested, as I have no idea who will participate in it, and where in Fremantle.

But I will be out and about before 6am, so hoping I can take photos of the historic moments.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in anzac, ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, community, peace, Uncategorized, war by freoview on April 24, 2020



It will be a very different ANZAC Day tomorrow, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing the dawn services around Australia to be cancelled, so I won’t be at Freo’s Monument Hill well before 6am and at the parade through the Cappuccino Strip mid morning.

I walked up to Monument Hill on Wednesday morning just to capture some photos there to acknowledge the sacrifices so many people made. Lest we forget!

People are encouraged to stand outside their homes, or on their balconies, with flowers or candles at 6am tomorrow, so let’s hope the rain will stay away.

Roel Loopers


Posted in ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, community, history, peace, Uncategorized, war by freoview on April 21, 2020


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Fremantle residents are being encouraged to commemorate Anzac Day this year by joining people around the nation in holding a candle at the end of their driveway at dawn.

All of the City of Fremantle’s traditional Anzac Day events – including the Dawn Service at Monument Hill and the Anzac Day parade – have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings.

Instead, RSL branches across Australia are inviting people to stay at home and participate in a nationwide show of respect for past and present members of the defence force.

Simply stand at the end of your driveway, or on your balcony, from 5.55am and tune in to ABC Radio to hear The Ode, The Last Post and join in the minute’s silence.

Musicians are invited to play the Last Post and Rouse or Reveille.

There will be no public Anzac Day Dawn Services at either Monument Hill in Fremantle or Kings Park in Perth, and RSLWA is advising against visiting memorials and monuments.

As an alternative to laying a wreath people are encouraged to dress their windows or letterboxes at home.

Roel Loopers


Posted in ANZAC DAY, australia, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on April 25, 2019


click on photos to enlarge!

It was a busy day in Fremantle with ANZAC Day attracting a lot of people.

Fremantle Ports volunteers handed out Australian flags for the 13th year in a row and that is always very popular with young and old.

Here some photos I took of the parade marching through the Cappuccino Strip. I could not stay on for the ceremony on the Esplanade as I was on volunteer tourist guide duty at the Roundhouse, where we welcomed 722 visitors in five hours.

Roel Loppers





Posted in aboriginal, ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 21, 2019


Anzac Day


This year’s Fremantle Anzac Day dawn service at Monument Hull will be different when the Ode of Remembrance will be recited in Noongar language for the first time ever.

The Ode of Remembrance was written in 1914 and recounted at every Anzac Day service around the country.

 Last year Noongar Elder Professor Len Collard from the Australian Research Council and The University of Western Australia’s School of Indigenous Studies translated the Ode into Noongar language,”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said that it will be a significant occasion for Fremantle, and that it furthers the City’s commitment for cultural inclusivity and respecting Aboriginal history and people.

The Dawn Service at Fremantle War Memorial commences at 5.50am, with a second service at North Fremantle’s Fallen Soldiers Memorial Park at 9am.

To assist people attending the Dawn Service, the City has organised designated free parking at Beach Street carparks (CP12A and CP12B) and John Curtin College of the Arts’ carpark (90 Ellen Street) until 12pm.

There will be a free shuttle bus service running from Beach Street and John Curtin College of the Arts to Monument Hill between 5-6am and 6.30-7.30am.

Fremantle’s Anzac Day program – Thursday 25 April 2019
• 5.50 – 6.30am: Dawn Service, Fremantle War Memorial, Monument Hill, Knutsford Street
• 9 – 9.30am: North Fremantle Service, Fallen Soldier Memorial, corner Queen Victoria Street and Harvest Road
• 10.15 – 10.45am: Anzac Day March, Esplanade Reserve, Marine Terrace and surrounds
• 10.45 – 11.30am: Closing Ceremony, Esplanade Reserve, Marine Terrace

Roel Loopers


Posted in ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, flying, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on April 29, 2018


A professional pilot and drone expert told me yesterday that the operator of the drone at the Fremantle ANZAC Day dawn service at Monument Hill would get a big fine if CASA-Civil Aviation Safety Authority prosecutes the photographer.

The drone photography was commissioned by the City of Fremantle and considered a nuisance by many of the spectators as its buzzing sound interrupted the respectful silences at the dawn service.

According to my expert drones can’t fly before sunrise and after sunset, can’t fly within 50 metres of people, and the airspace above Monument Hill would have been restricted for the fly over of the airforce jets, so no other aircrafts were allowed anywhere near it.

The fine could be as high as $ 9,000 according to my expert.

There are a lot of people who have no idea about the rules and regulations of the use of drones. The tiny aircrafts are very popular because they are great tools for photography, aerial surveys, etc. so public education about how, where and when to use them is essential.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, peace, Uncategorized, war by freoview on April 25, 2018




Perfect sunny weather for the Fremantle ANZAC Day parade through the inner city.

Fremantle Ports continued with its tradition of handing out Australian flags, much appreciated by young and old.

Roel Loopers


Posted in ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized, war by freoview on April 25, 2018



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Wow! That was the biggest crowd I have seen on Fremantle’s Monument Hill for the ANZAC Day dawn service.

It is always a very solemn event and so good to see so many young people and families getting up in the dark to pay their respect.

Roel Loopers



Posted in ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on April 24, 2018


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ANZAC DAY in Fremantle will start tomorrow with the dawn service at Monument Hill at 5.50 am. After that there is a lovely service in North Fremantle at 9am just opposite Mojos.

The ANZAC parade through the streets of Fremantle will start at 10.15am from the Esplanade, where it will also finish with a service. There is even two up!

Some cafes, like the Moore&Moore will be closed, but Chalkys and the Attic are open and so will be many others.

“Bill Renton” Two Up Ring, “Jimmy Paton” Bar, AFL Game on TV, Bouncy Castle and Face Painting for the kids and Sausage Sizzle. The Fremantle City RSL Sub Branch, the second oldest RSL Sub Branch in WA (formed in 1923) is holding an ANZAC Day Commemoration in the Park Event at Esplanade Reserve, Marine Terrace, Fremantle from 11:30am to 16:30pm on ANZAC Day the 25th April 2018.
The event will follow the Fremantle ANZAC Day Parade that will begin at 10:15am in Esplanade Reserve directly adjacent to our ANZAC Day Commemorations in the Park event, which will entail;
• The Freedom (Face Painting) Fairies (for the kids);
• A Bouncy Castle and Wacky Wagon (also for the kids);
• The “Jimmy Paton” Bar;
• The “Bill Renton” Two-Up Ring;
• A Sausage Sizzle, and
• The ANZAC Day AFL game on TV.

Roel Loopers


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