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NEW BOOK ABOUT FREMANTLE PRISON’S GREAT CATALPA ESCAPE

Posted in book, city of fremantle, fremantle prison, history, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on April 15, 2019

 

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Famous Australian author Peter FitzSimons has written a new book and it is about the intriguing escape from Fremantle Prison by six Fenian prisoners in 1876.

The Catalpa Rescue tells the story of Fenians in the USA collecting money to buy the whaling boat Catalpa that then sailed to Rockingham to pick up the escapees. There is a great Wild Geese artwork on the Rockingham foreshore about it.

The book will be released on April 23, so make sure to get a copy as this is one of Freo’s great historic stories.

Roel Loopers

AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS IGNORE WA’S OLDEST PUBLIC BUILDING

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fremantle prison, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 10, 2019

 

 

I just became aware of a new website Cultural Attractions of Australia and of course wanted to find out what this site is all about and how well it promotes Western Australia and Perth, and especially Fremantle.

When I clicked on Perth only two attractions appeared, the Fremantle Prison and the Maritime Museum, no other historic and cultural attractions in Perth or Freo, such as WA’s oldest public building the Roundhouse popped up, so that is not actually giving comprehensive information to all those around the world who are interested.

But it became more clear what the site is all about when I Googled it:

Cultural Attractions of Australia will provide a single point of contact for travellers, trade partners and media to access premium, behind-the-scenes cultural experiences in iconic locations. As a collective, its strength lies in the diversity and iconic nature of the sites and collections represented, as well as the direct connection they hold with the people and cultures of Australia.

The founding members of Cultural Attractions of Australia are: Adelaide Oval, Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian War Memorial, WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle Prison, Melbourne Cricket Ground, MONA, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Opera Australia, Parliament House, Port Arthur Historic Site, Qantas Founders Museum Longreach, Sovereign Hill and Sydney Opera House.

It is just plain self-promotion of certain cultural attractions and is not at all as inclusive as what the name lets us to believe. Very disappointing!

Roel Loopers

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SPOOKY GHOSTS AT FREMANTLE PRISON

 

 

Genrefonix is back in Fremante with another amazing show in February, after four sold-out Frankestone shows in the Roundhouse late last year.

Ghosts is back at Fremantle Prison on February 9 after sellout Fringe shows in 2018.

Join the outstanding actors and musicians in the atmospheric Fremantle Prison Theatre for a fictional multimedia show featuring original horror music and soundscapes. All performed live alongside compelling imagery of Fremantle’s architecture and its ghosts.

See some of WA’s most haunted buildings brought to life through emotive tunes, eerie sound effects and imaginative ghost portraits.

The original theatre screen used for prisoners will fire up once again, bringing history and imagination to life. Each ghost has a story, each building a unique ambiance. Share in the power and passion of the supernatural landscape of Fremantle. Spooky fun! Rockin’ tunes!

There are three shows on February 9, at 7pm, 8.15pm and 9.30pm so don’t miss out!

Tickets can be booked on the Fringeworld website.

Roel Loopers

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CONVICTS WALKING TO FREMANTLE PRISON ART

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, fremantle prison, heritage, history, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 21, 2018

 

 

A new artwork of cut-out figures of convicts and prison wardens walking up to Fremantle Prison has been installed along the wall of Fremantle Oval.

It looks great, so go and have a look at it, and also at the prison entry building lit up in different colours at night. The kids will love it!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PRISON LIGHTS UP AT NIGHT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, historic, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2018

 

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Christmas has started early at Fremantle Prison with the old entrance building now all lit up in different colours at night. It looks great!

Thank you to Ivan Dzeba from Benny’s bar&cafe for making me aware of it!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PRISON WINS MORE AWARDS!

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, history, Uncategorized by freoview on November 12, 2018

 

 

Congratulations to FREMANTLE PRISON, for being inducted into the Hall of Fame, winning GOLD in the Cultural Tourism category and SILVER in the Major Tourism Attractions category at the 2018 Tourism Awards.

Well done to all the hardworking staff!

Roel Loopers

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VISIT FREMANTLE’S HISTORIC MUSEUMS

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fremantle prison, history, maritime, museum, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on September 24, 2018

 

Fremantle Prison

 

 

Not sure what to do on this longs weekend Monday or during the school holidays? Why not visit our great Fremantle museums!

The World Heritage Listed Fremantle Prison conducts tours throughout the day, the display at the Shipwrecks Museum about the Dutch history of WA is fascinating, and at 1pm witnessing the cannon fire behind the Roundhouse is a booming experience.

And at the Maritime Museum is a very good exhibition about the French captains Baudain and Freycinet.

Roel Loopers

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LIGHT SHOW FOR FREMANTLE PRISON

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 20, 2018

 

I am delighted to hear that Fremantle Prison is considering adding light and projection shows to their already very good and popular offerings.

Fremantle needs a few more tourist attractions to keep visitors in our city longer, and we have not much on during evenings but live music in pubs sometimes.

I am hoping that the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides will also offer light and projections shows inside, and on the exterior of the Roundhouse, as stage two of the project to install new interpretive displays in WA’s oldest public building, so we can activate it at night.

In that context I also welcome the announcement by Premier Mark McGowan to protect Lotterywest and ban Lottoland from operating in our state. Lotterywest contributes so much to our community with grants for amazing projects, heritage conservation, etc. and we can’t really do without their funding.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PRISON LEFT OFF NEW FREO TOURIST MAP

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 1, 2018

 

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Not all change is good, as the new Fremantle tourist map shows.

For many years we had perfectly good maps to hand out at the Roundhouse, but while on duty yesterday I noticed the new maps and they have one major flaw, that they no longer show Fremantle Prison!

One of the most asked questions by tourists is how to get from the Roundhouse to Fremantle Prison, so we hand out the maps and show them to walk down High Street, turn right into the Cappuccino Strip and then left at the church on the corner of Parry Street, walk past Fremantle Oval and then right up the steps to the former prison.

But now the map stops and cuts Fremantle Oval in half and no longer includes Fremantle’s most popular museum.  It’s a remarkable and unacceptable oversight and needs to be addressed, City of Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE PRISON LOOKING FOR HISTORIC ARTEFACTS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, history, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 15, 2018

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The World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison is calling for donations of artefacts to grow the Prison’s collection and encourage the return of objects with a connection to the Fremantle Prison site.

The Fremantle Prison collection holds approximately 12,000 items, including photographs, documents, furnishings, artworks, tools, clothing and textiles, institutional paraphernalia, letters, weapons and archaeological material.

The collection spans the entirety of the Prison’s operational life, from the beginning of construction in 1851 through to 1991 when the Prison was decommissioned and closed.

Fremantle Prison will be holding two ‘open days’ during which people can bring their items and discuss the donation and care of the items with the Prison’s curatorial team.

The first open day is planned for 18 May on International Museum Day, and the second on
26 May, as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival. Both open days are from 10am – 3pm.

Fremantle Prison is visited by around 200,000 people annually, so a big tourist attraction in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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