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ROUNDHOUSE SEEING THE LIGHT

Posted in Uncategorized, history, aboriginal, city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse by freoview on June 18, 2017

Roundhouse

 

If the State Heritage Office has no objections the Fremantle Roundhouse will finally get electricity so that the volunteer guides can start applying for funding to Lottery West and elsewhere to install the new displays that have been designed by museum designers after community consultation.

This will finally also give us the change to properly recognise the Whadjuk Noongar people and correct incorrect information.

The displays have been looking tired and outdated for some years now and the Roundhouse needs to become even more attractive to international, interstate and local visitors and use modern technology.

Thanks to the hard work of the Roundhouse  committee, the lobbying of Freo’s View, and the personal commitment from Mayor Brad Pettitt the City has now found a way of funding the power into the oldest public building in WA from a maintenance budget.

We are keen to have more evening events in and around the Roundhouse to help activate Arthur Head after hours and already the High Tide Festival in October will be using the Roundhouse and the Irish Festival in January has also put feelers out to do some events in the Roundhouse.

All we need now is substantial financial support to implement the changes!

Roel Looper

ARTHUR HEAD WALL NEEDS REPAIR

Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 11, 2017

 

 

The wall in front of the Fremantle Roundhouse needs some tender loving care as it is falling apart again, and the risk is that rocks will fall down onto the steps where thousands of tourists walk.

The crumbling wall is an ongoing problem that needs long-term maintenance rather than the infrequent patch-up jobs it receives.

Roel Loopers

ROUNDHOUSE IS ABOUT ALL HISTORY

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on June 2, 2017

I am disappointed to read Mayor Brad Pettitt’s comment in the Fremantle Herald today about the Roundhouse.

The Mayor told the Herald that the Roundhouse could talk better about the history, in regard to the indigenous people.

I suggest the Mayor and all Councillors read the proposal for new displays in the Roundhouse that was produced by museum designers two years ago and where one of the four cells would be dedicated to the Whadjuk Noongar history of Fremantle and the Roundhouse.

We have a very thick proposal that the Roundhouse volunteer guides’ president no doubt would be delighted to leave at Freo Council for a couple of weeks so that the Elected Members can see the plans in detail.

But we have not been able to get the City of Fremantle to commit to funding to connect power to the Roundhouse, so we can get started on modern displays.

I for one always talk about the Noongar history, the atrocities, the Rottnest Quod, etc. Especially visitors from Canada and North Ameraica are interested as they see the similarities with their Inuit First Nation People and what displacement did to them; the alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, child abuse.

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre just a stone’s throw from the Roundhouse was a missed opportunity to tell visitors about the Noongar history of Fremantle.

The Roundhouse would love to have a real display about Aboriginal history of Arthur Head and Fremantle, but we need power and financial support to make that work!

Roel Loopers

ROUNDHOUSE CELEBRATES VOLUNTEER WEEK

Posted in fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on May 9, 2017

 

Royndhouse volunteers

 

It is National Volunteer Week and the Fremantle Roundhouse volunteer guides took that as an opportunity to celebrate the commitment of the 40 mainly senior volunteers who open the Roundhouse every day of the year, but for Christmas Day and Good Friday.

They met for breakfast today at the Moore&Moore cafe and moved on for this group photo.

The guides at Western Australia’s oldest public  building welcome over 130,000 visitors through the door every year.

They are there in 40 degree heat and in rain, storm and winter cold and always with a smile on their face and a joke to share with people from all over the world.

Every day at 1 pm the cannon on the gun deck behind the Roundhouse gets fired and they are always looking for a visitor to push the button. Those who do are given a signed certificate to take home.

Tell your visitors about historic Arthur Head, Bathers Beach and the gorgeous West End!

Roel Loopers

 

VOICES FROM OUR HERITAGE

Posted in fremantle, fremantle dockers, heritage, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on April 29, 2017

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The Australian Heritage Festival is on and the Fremantle Volunteer Roundhouse Guides conducted Voices of the Past, talking about specific people who are important to our W.A. history.

Whadjuk Noongar man Greg Nannup was one of five speakers this Saturday morning.

Roel Loopers

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NO CITY SUPPORT FOR FREO TOURIST IKON

Posted in city of fremantle, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 28, 2017

Roundhouse

 

I am very disappointed and extremely annoyed to hear that Fremantle Council has yet again not budgeted to get power into the very popular Roundhouse tourists destination, so that the volunteer guides can move forward with their plans for new and modern displays.

It does not cost the City of Fremantle a cent to keep the Roundhouse open 363 days a year, as it is run by just 40 volunteers, who also open the historic building up after hours for weddings and event.

Fremantle Councillors constantly lament that they want to activate Arthur Head when the Roundhouse receives 130,000+ visitors a year, but they are not willing to support the tourism industry.

I am totally flabbergasted about that when Tourism WA keeps telling us that tourism is a huge growth industry.

It only needs $ 10,000 to run power into the cells for interactive displays, so that the guides can start to get the funding for the $ 200,000 project for which the professionally designed plans are ready.

I often criticise the lack of priorities at Fremantle Council that seems to always be able to find money for greeny projects, but when it comes to support one of the most visited tourist destinations in our city it just can’t be bothered.

No, let’s just donate another $ 14,000 for a tiny parklet in Wray Avenue that only a handful of people use, but stuff a volunteer organisation that looks after 130,000 tourists a year.  It’s pathetic and I am disgusted!

Roel Loopers

SAD HISTORY OF FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, history, roundhouse by freoview on April 6, 2017

 

Today is a sad historic day in Fremantle with the anniversary of the hanging of 15-year-old John Gavin in front of the Roundhouse 173 years ago on April 6, 1844.

Gavin was the first European settler to be executed in Western Australia.

He arrived here as a Parkhurst boy and was convicted of murdering the son of his employer 18-year-old George Pollard.

Gavin was a tiny boy only so that weights were attached to his body to make the execution more humane. He was buried in the dunes south of the Roundhouse but his remains have never been found.

Roel Loopers

 

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WEDDING AT THE FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in arthur head, fremantle, roundhouse, wedding by freoview on March 31, 2017

 

A beautiful wedding next to the historic Fremantle Roundhouse on Friday afternoon.

Power for the music had to be supplied after hours by the Glen Cowans photo gallery because the city has not made provisions to have an easily accessible power point for weddings.

Roel Loopers

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ARTHUR’S HEAD ACTIVATION HAPPENING ALREADY

Posted in abeautifulcity, art, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, roundhouse by freoview on January 29, 2017

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While the City of Fremantle has been contemplating how to activate historic Arthur’s Head, long time occupants are already doing it well and appropriately.

Yesterday we had a huge crowd at the Roundhouse for the Nyoongar smoking ceremony and for the last weeks we had sell-out performances inside the Roundhouse in the evenings for the Out of the Cave Fringe Festival show. See the photo above I took last night at 7.45 pm.

Great also that Glen Cowans opened his underwater photography gallery next to the Roundhouse early at 9 am yesterday during the smoking ceremony!

Down the road at J Shed the number 2, 3 and 4 galleries with Greg James, Janet Nixon, Jina Lee, Lesley Barret, Jenny Dawson, Peter Zuvela, Ross Potter and Ellen McCarthy are all involved in activation. Sculptures are on the reserve, exhibitions are organised, there are programs for school children during the holidays and a real engagement with the community.

Interesting that one Freo Councillor said to me yesterday that when the Roundhouse puts new displays up we need to acknowledge the Nyoongar people, and that is already planned. But we are waiting for the City to put power into the Roundhouse so we can start applying for grants and it would also be a very good idea for the City to allocate a substantial amount of money for that to support the volunteer organisation. We are looking after over 130,000 visitors a year, seven days a week and only close on Good Friday and Christmas Day, so we are a significant tourist destination.

At the smoking ceremony four of the elderly Roundhouse guides came in very early to support the event. Pretty bloody good I reckon, and two of them were on duty every night for the theatre performance!

Roel Loopers

 

MOVING NYOONGAR SMOKING CEREMONY AT ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in aboriginal, australia day, city of fremantle, indigenous, roundhouse, western australia by freoview on January 28, 2017

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The W.A. Nyoongar First Nation people held a major cleansing smoking ceremony at the Fremantle Roundhouse and Bathers Beach this Saturday morning.

The very moving event attracted around 1,300 people to Arthur’s Head and made me quite emotional.

This was an event about Nyoongars and Wadjelas moving forward together and left me with real hope for the future.

This was not anti Australia Day but pro Australia. It was not about victims and perpetrators but about real reconciliation with mutual respect and about considering an alternative day to celebrate Australia.

One Day in Freo continues at the Esplanade today from 2 pm and from 4 pm with a concert with Mama Kin, John Butler and Dan Sultan.

Join in and spread the love!

Non commercial organisations are free to use these photos. Just drop and drag. Credit: Roel Loopers.

Roel Loopers

P.S. Unfortunately I won’t be able to take photos of the Esplanade event as I will be on guide duty at the Roundhouse for the Fringe Festival show there this evening.

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