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LEARN ABOUT OUR SHARED HISTORY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, fremantle foundation, history, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2018

 

The Fremantle Foundation is holding a Vital Conversation about Australia’s shared history – opening hearts, opening minds

It is an intensive one day workshop exploring ‘Australia’s Shared History’.

We learnt about Captain Cook, Stirling and Fremantle and the history of British colonisation but most of us know very little about Australia’s history from the Indigenous perspective.

With discussions around Australia Day increasing and the success of One Day in Fremantle, this Vital Conversation offers the chance to take the next step in your personal understanding.

This one day intensive brings knowledge and deep insights into the shared history of Australians. It looks through the eyes of the First Australians and with this Indigenous perspective sheds light on a past we all share.

Specifically it will increase effective and respectful professional and personal relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by:

  • gaining knowledge of our shared history from an Indigenous perspective
  • increasing awareness of the impacts which continue to affect Aboriginal Australians today
  • learning to be comfortable and confident in the third space

It is on at 8.30AM – 4.30PM, Tuesday 27th February in the Big Hall in the Old Boys School, 92 Adelaide St. Fremantle, just opposite the Basilica.

Cost: $80 per person

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

The day is facilitated by Jenny Hunter and Kelly Terry, with guest Aboriginal presenters including respected Aboriginal elder Dr Noel Nannup.

 

Roel Loopers

NEW CONVICT TOURS AT FREMANTLE PRISON

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 14, 2018

 

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Fremantle Prison’s CONVICT TOURS start today.

Discover the history of Fremantle Prison from its construction in the 1850s until the end of the convict era in 1886.

Find out why almost 10,000 men were transported from Great Britain, how they built their own prison and helped shape the future of Western Australia.

Discover our history through their stories.

Tours are hourly between 10am and 5pm. Duration 1hour and 15 minutes.

Tickets: $ 21 adults, $ 18 concessions, $ 11.50 child, $ 59 family.

Roel Loopers

NOONGAR SMOKING CEREMONY FOR SPECIAL ONE DAY IN FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 28, 2018

 

 

KAYA! The ONE DAY Noongar Smoking Ceremony at Bathers Beach in Fremantle/Walyalup this morning at 7 am attracted a lot of Wadjelas, keen to connect with our Aboriginal friends.

The symbolism of these events often overwhelms me and I can’t keep the tears out of my eyes, but at least I can blame the smoke for it and don’t have to admit I am just a softy. ;>)

The event was scaled down from last year’s magnificent event with a lot fewer Aborigines participating, and that was a little disappointing, but I sincerely hope that the smoking ceremony will become an annual tradition in Freo.

From 2-8pm the ONE DAY concert and activities are on at the Esplanade, so make sure to join in and bring all your friends and family.

The Fremantle community can be very proud today about our inclusiveness!

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LET US CELEBRATE FREMANTLE!

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 27, 2018

 

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Tomorrow is a very special day for Fremantle, a day where we celebrate our diverse and inclusive community during two events.

It starts at Bathers Beach at 7am with the important Whadjuk Noongar SMOKING CEREMONY.  It is something not to be missed because it connects us with our significant Aboriginal culture and history.

We cannot change the past but we can make sure that we acknowledge and respect our indigenous history and work together toward a better future for all.

After the smoking ceremony we can all walk down to CHALKYS cafe is High Street for a nice breakfast and cup of coffee and reflect on what we have just witnessed.

One Day poster

 

From 2pm on the ONE DAY event will be held on the Esplanade with a concert and activities for the children. There will be foodstalls and of course the CARRIAGE cafe and Fishing Boat Harbour traders will all be happy to serve us with some great snacks and beverages.

I am really looking forward to the great day, so please bring your family and friends and make people from outside Freo aware of the fantastic Sunday we will be having!

Roel Loopers

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NOONGAR SMOKING CEREMONY AT BATHERS BEACH

Posted in aboriginal, australia day, bathers beach, city of fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 16, 2018

 

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KAYA!

Advance notice that the Aboriginal SMOKING CEREMONY will be held at Bathers Beach on January 28 at 7 am.

It was first held last year as part of the ONE DAY alternative Australia Day celebrations in recognition of Fremantle’s Whadjuk Noongar history.

The smoking ceremony was very moving and attracted a lot of people, so make sure not to miss it. It is a great way to connect with our Noongar people and work toward reconciliation together.

Roel Loopers

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HOUGOUMONT, FENIANS, FREMANTLE, FREEDOM

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, fremantle prison, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2018

 

 

The commemoration of the arrival of the Hougoumont in Fremantle started with a smoking ceremony by Whadjuk Noongar people on Bathers Beach this morning and ended in the convict-built Fremantle Prison with Irish music and good speeches.

The Hougoumont was the last convict ship to Australia, and brought with it over 70 Fenian political prisoners from Ireland.

Fremantle Prison is the largest convict establishment in Australia, and the best kept convict prison in the southern hemisphere, Fremantle Prison director Paula Nelson told the audience, among them acting premier Roger Cook, Irish Consul Marty Kavanagh, Minister Simone McGurk, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and descendants of the Fenians.

Fremantle Prison will have a special Convict Tour from late February, so go and join one.

Also at the prison is a very good exhibition about the Fenians and the remarkable Catalpa escape.

It is time for Screenwest to initiate a feature film about the story of the Wild Geese and the Fenians in Western Australia. It would be a great movie!

 

Roel Loopers

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LAST CONVICT SHIP EXHIBITION AT FREMANTLE PRISON

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2018

 

A new exhibition opened at the Fremantle Prison to commemorate the arrival 150 years ago, on January 9, of the Hougoumont, the last ship to bring convicts to Fremantle.

Among the prisoners was a large group of Fenians, political prisoners from Ireland, of which some became very (in)famous for the daring escape from Fremantle Prison to Rockingham where they boarded the USA vessel Catalpa.

The Fenians Festival is still on till the 14th so check the Facebook page and website for updates and events.

 

Roel Loopers

Fenians Festival poster

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FENIANS FESTIVAL HIGH AS A KITE

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 6, 2018

 

 

The symbolism that one can get as high as a kite on the lovely Irish beverages of Guinness and whiskey was not lost on me when I photographed these kites at the Fremantle FENIANS FESTIVAL at Bathers Beach.

There will be a lot of Irish dancers and music from 5.30pm today to enjoy the sunset, so go along!

Roel Loopers

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FREO FENIANS FESTIVAL STARTS

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 5, 2018

 

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The Fremantle FENIANS FESTIVAL starts today so make sure to check out their Facebook page for the dates and times of events, or wander into Kidogo Arthouse at bathers Beach and ask for info.

FENIANS festival events calendar

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FREMANTLE FENIANS FESTIVAL IN JANUARY

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, history, Uncategorized by freoview on December 16, 2017

 

FENIANS festival events calendar

 

The new year is only a fortnight away so here a preview of what will be on at the Fremantle Fenians Festival in January.

Keep up to date with events on their Facebook page and http://www.feniansfestival.com.au

 

Roel Loopers

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