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ROTTNEST WANTS NOONGAR RECOGNICTION

Posted in aboriginal, fremantle, history, indigenous, rottnest island, western australia by freoview on December 11, 2016

The Sunday Times reports today that the Rottnest Island Authority wants to make name changes on the island that refer to the cruel, sadistic and violent Henry Vincent, who was the prison supervisor of the indigenous Quod gaol from 1839-1867. Nearly 370 Aboriginal men died on Rottnest Island!

The RIA wants to change the name of Lake Vincent and Vincent Way and add more Aboriginal names to the island to acknowledge the indigenous history of Wadjemup, as Rottnest is known by the Noongar people.

According to the Sunday Times WA Premier Colin Barnett does not like “rewriting of history” but he does “support some recognition of that history.” The Premier told the Sunday newspaper he does not want to see renaming and glossing over history good or bad.

There will no doubt be people who believe the suggestions by the Rottnest Island Authority are just political correctness gone mad but many West Australians believe proper recognition of what happened to the Aboriginal people on the island is long overdue and a memorial for them should be built on Rottnest.

It is not rewriting history to properly acknowledge the atrocities committed to the Noongar people and other indigenous tribes in Western Australia and it is definitely time to adjust the one-sided history written by the Wadjelas.

Roel Loopers

 

 

NEW FREO PORT TO ROTTO PUB SWIM

Posted in fremantle, rottnest island, swimming by freoview on October 10, 2015

There will be competition for the Rottnest Island swim next year when on March 19 the first PORT TO PUB SWIM will be held. Swimmers will leave from Leighton Beach near Bib&Tuckers and arrive at Thompson Bay near the hotel.

Up to 1,200 swimmers can take part in the community race with entry fees of $ 195 per person for teams of four to six people.

There will be two options, a 20km and a 25km swim, so get ready and start training.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

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ROTTNEST ISLAND NO 1 IN AUSTRALIA

Posted in fremantle, rottnest island, tourism by freoview on October 1, 2014

I am not sure how prestigious the EXPERIENCE OZ survey is, but no matter how small, a win is always good, so congratulations to Rottnest Island for having been voted the top destination in Australia!

The top ten were:

1 Rottnest Island-2 Whitsundays-3 Margaret River-4 Gold Coast-5 Uluru-6 Cairns-7 Sunshine Coast-8 Barossa Valley- 9 Ningaloo Reef-10 Kangaroo Island.

One of the major complaints I hear in Fremantle about Rottnest is how expensive the Rottnest Express ferry is to get there. The $ 25 day ticket Carnivale special they had on the weekend attracted huge numbers, so they might want to do that more often. Tuesdays are half price days by the way!

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