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FREMANTLE SHIPWRECKS MUSEUM 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Posted in city of fremantle, history, maritime, museum, Uncategorized by freoview on August 28, 2019

 

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Come and celebrate the WA Shipwrecks Museum’s 40th Birthday (1979-2019) at a special late night opening event on Friday 6 September.

The Museum will be brought alive for the night with a wonderful range of free entertainment throughout the historic, heritage listed Commissariat building.

Enjoy candlelit tours, roving musicians and performers, children’s giveaways, a series of short and highly interesting curatorial talks, and stay cosy with fire pits and food trucks on the lawn.

Everyone is welcome to this free event—come along and help mark this special occasion. Please RSVP via the website.

The WA Shipwrecks Museum is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. And it is my favourite one in Fremantle!

Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA’s treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh Dish, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.

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BIBLE MUSEUM FOR FREMANTLE PROPOSED

Posted in city of fremantle, museum, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2019

 

Could Fremantle become the new Mecca for Christians with a new Bible Museum?

I have been told that an application has been lodged with the City of Fremantle for a Bible Museum at Victoria Hall.

In an extensive document the applicants say the Bible Museum revolves around the Reid Family Bible Collection which has collated over 3,000 bibles and other biblical items over the past 40 years.

There would be a guided tour on mobile app and exhibitions in Chinese, Indian and other Asian languages. There are also bible translations in many Aboriginal languages.

The proponents say this would be a unique tourist attraction for Fremantle that would also attract many school groups.

To preserve historic Victoria Hall the displays would be free standing and not attached to the walls.

Some critics of Fremantle might well argue that Freo only will have a future with divine intervention, so a Bible Museum might just be the start.

Roel Loopers

FREO MARITIME MUSEUM IN THE RAIN

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, museum, photography, rain, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2019

 

Maritime rain

 

A painterly photo of the Fremantle Maritime Museum in the rain, taken from the South Mole.

Heavy rain is expected later today, so drive accordingly.

Roel Loopers

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ENJOY THE WA DAY SUNDAY

 

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It is going to be a beautiful mild Sunday so go out and explore gorgeous Fremantle.

The Growers Green Farmers Market is on at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road till midday for fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, pastries, yummy breakfast, lunch and coffee.

All the cafes and restaurants around Freo are open today, but some will be closed tomorrow, so take advantage of that, and the Fremantle Markets and E Shed Markets are open, as are Fremantle Prison, the Roundhouse, Shipwrecks Museum and Maritime Museum.

And at the Fishing Boat Harbour the WA DAY Festival is on all day till 8pm.

There really is no excuse to stay home, so grab the kids, the dog and hubby and head out to be part of our great Freo community.

Have fun!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ARMY MUSEUM SUNSET CONCERT

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, museum, music, Uncategorized by freoview on February 22, 2019

 

Army Museum concert. Feb 24

 

Lovers of big army bands should not miss this Sunday’s Sunset Concert Spectacular at the Fremantle Army Museum from 5.30pm.

Pipes and drums and lots of marching for $ 30 per person. Seats are provided but BYO food and alcohol.

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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GIANT SQUID ON FREO ROOF

Posted in fremantle, museum, Uncategorized by freoview on April 14, 2017

 

Hey kids, drag your parents away from the telly and go and have a look at the giant squid that a huge wave must have thrown onto the roof of the Fremantle Shipwreck Museum!

Roel Loopers

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SEGWAY TOURS STARTING IN FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, museum, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 19, 2016

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Fremantle will have another tourist attraction this summer with SEGWAY Tours starting in front of the Shipwreck Museum.

There are no details if this is going to be restricted to the space in front of the maritime museum or if the tours will actually go through the streets of the city, or along Bathers Beach and the coastal path to J Shed and through the Whalers Tunnel.

Segway will start in Freo later this month.

Roel Loopers

LOCAL NOWLEDGE FOR TOURIST SIGNS

Posted in city of fremantle, museum, tourism, western australia by freoview on August 4, 2016

 

Local knowledge makes a big difference as I discovered this morning when looking at this new way-finding sign near the public toilets at Arthur Head.

There are steps going down from there to J Shed and Bathers Beach, but it is also a great shortcut for tourists to get to the Maritime Museum. They’ll end up at the submarine when walking through the Challenger TAFE courtyard, so why isn’t there an arrow pointing down to the right for the museum?

It might well be because those in charge of the new signs were not aware of it because of lack of local knowledge.

Opportunity lost, but it’s a small sign so maybe it can be replaced with a new one that also got the Maritime Museum on it?

Roel Loopers

 

MARITIME MUSEUM ROOF WORK

Posted in fremantle, museum, tourism, western australia by freoview on July 19, 2016

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More roof work at the Fremantle Maritime Museum at Victoria Quay today. Always makes for an interesting photo.

Roel Loopers

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