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Posted in city of fremantle, tourism by freoview on April 9, 2016


I watched the very disappointing Time Walks episode by Tony Robinson about Fremantle on ABC TV last night.

I realise that it is probably priceless promotion for our heritage port city but I found it excruciatingly superficial.

As a presenter Tony Robinson is all about look at me, look at me, and his ‘reinactment’ of an historic moment at Fremantle Prison was at best bizarre, if not extremely weird.

I wondered what frantic Robinson was on and if maybe a Viagra pill might have gone the wrong way up to his brain.

It looked like one mad rush when in fact the TV crew would have been in Freo for several days, but the ‘doco’ lacked depth and forgot to mention 50,000 years of indigenous history. Ooops!

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, royalty by freoview on February 26, 2016

What! A royal walkway in Fremantle to celebrate that Queen Elizabeth II occupied the throne for 63 years? A walkway at Arthur Head that only a few years ago became the Manjarree Trail to inform people about the Aboriginal history of the area.

Have people conveniently forgotten that British settlement of Western Australia did not happen at the invitation of the Wadjuk Nyoongar people but was forced upon them? Shall we ignore the atrocities at the Quod indigenous prison on Rottnest Island, the massacres and the Stolen Generations and the abuse handed out to Aboriginal children?

And why would we want to celebrate a selfish monarch not willing to step down and make way for her son Charles, who is now almost getting too old to become king,  because mummy does not care about his royal career.

Australia is well on its way to become a republic in the foreseeable future and we don’t need a path to celebrate the archaic institution of royalty.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 2, 2015

I have been thinking about the Committee for Perth suggestion that Fremantle should market itself as Little Italy because we have a high percentage of Italian restaurants and residents with an Italian background. It would be the same kind of  silly real estate marketing that suggests that Mandurah has a resemblance to Venice just because it has some canals.

Fremantle is Freo. It is unique and multicultural and has great character, and we have many Italians living here and many mainly mediocre ‘Italian’ restaurants. Let’s be honest, it is hard to find a true Italian restaurant in Fremantle that would be given more than a 12/20 rating by restaurant reviewers.

Our outstanding heritage architecture in the west end is British rather than Italian, so why should Fremantle pretend it is a little bit like Italy? It isn’t!

Fremantle is a fantastic summer festival city with the, in my opinion, outstanding Street Art Festival at Easter. That is what we should be promoting to overseas and interstate visitors, not the fact that we have a lot of restaurants who sell more or less the same kind of uninspiring pasta dishes.

Fremantle also has a real multicultural feeling with people from all over the earth living here, and making it even more exciting are all the international students at Notre Dame University who add colour and vibrancy to our city.

Fremantle does not look or feel Italian, it feels just like Freo and that is a very good thing and a great brand to promote, so why bother putting it into a drawer and pretend we are more Italian in Fremantle than Croation, English, Greek, German, Macedonian, Dutch, Irish, or whatever.

Freo is a great place to live and tourist who visit love it because it is so different from Perth. Only last week a couple who had just driven around Australia said for them Fremantle was the most beautiful city they had visited on their long journey. That is the stuff we need to be proud off and promote, not just one ethnic group who have made Freo their home.


Posted in fremantle, history by freoview on May 3, 2015

freo 1 freo 2

Yesterday 186 years ago on May 2, 1829 Captain Charles Fremantle announced the beginning of the Swan River Colony, which later became Western Australia. If you walk through the gorgeous heritage West End of Fremantle today just reflect for a moment on our early settlers and the hardship they endured to start this great state we live in.

We often take for granted the things we should feel blessed about, so smile at everyone today in the acknowledgment that Freo is a great place to be!

Roel Loopers



Posted in australia day, fremantle by freoview on January 26, 2015

The heat kept people away from Fremantle Australia Day celebrations and the numbers were well down from last year, but from 5.30 on the crowd started to turn up at Bathers Beach and the Esplanade.

The Citizenship Ceremony was as always relaxed and very enjoyable. Jamie van Egmond was awarded the Fremantle Citizen of the Year and the Fremantle Foundation the Community Group of the Year.

The fireworks are going off just now, so I hope everyone enjoyed them.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, fireworks, pollution by freoview on January 26, 2015

I don’t want to be a party pooper, but when you watch the Australia Day fireworks today live in Fremantle or Perth, or on the TV from around the nation, think about how much better we could have spent the money instead of blowing up explosives in the sky. How often do we hear local governments tell us they don’t have funding for maintenance or new infrastructure and whilst acknowledging the history of the beginning of British settlement is appropriate, I wonder if we are not getting over the top with it and should use the money we spend on fireworks on something more worthwhile, e.g. a memorial on Rottnest Island for the indigenous people who were inhumanely treated there with hundreds of them dying on the island.

It is quite amazing that the carbon neutral, One Planet and ever so environmentally conscious City of Fremantle would organise fireworks because it creates pollution in the ocean and in the air we breath, and it scares the hell out of dogs.

Fireworks, according to experts, create smoke and dust that contains heavy metals, sulphur-coal and compounds and noxious chemicals. Barium creates intense green colours but is poisonous and radioactive, copper gives the brilliant blue colours but contains dioxin which is linked to cancer.

Cadmium, lithium,antimony,rubidum,strontium,lead,potassium nitrate are also commonly used for different fireworks effects.

I wonder what amount the City of Fremantle spent on today’s fireworks and the Council party they always have on the waterfront. Happy Australia Day!

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, roundhouse by freoview on January 18, 2015

Roundhouse cake

The FREMANTLE VOLUNTEER HERITAGE GUIDES  celebrated the 184th birthday of the Roundhouse in style today at the Fremantle Yacht Club and of course a birthday needs to have a birthday cake.

The Roundhouse officially opened on January 18,1831 and is the oldest public building in Western Australia and a purpose-built jail.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in fremantle, roundhouse by freoview on December 12, 2014

The Roundhouse is Western Australia’s first public building. It opened on Fremantle’s Arthur’s Head in 1831 and was the first jail. More than 110,000 people walked through the door of the old heritage gaol last year, so if you have never been there, it is time to visit. it’s open daily from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm and each day at 1 pm the cannon is fired on the gun deck behind the Roundhouse.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, western australia by freoview on August 25, 2014

Former Fremantle Ports CEO Kerry Sanderson has been appointed the new Governor of Western Australia by Premier Colin Barnett on behalf of the Queen of England. She was the CEO of the Ports for 17 years and the Agent General in London after that.

Now bring on the republic so we can get rid of the monarchy in Australia, and these archaic institutions, that cost taxpayers a huge amount of money.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 24, 2014

Round House 1

The Fremantle Round House, the oldest public building in Western Australia now has its own blog!

The Round House was built as a jail and opened in January 1831. It took less than six months to build. Nowadays one can’t even get planning approval in that time.

The Round House blog is keen to get as much information as possible from all of you. Tell us anecdotes, did you get married there, have you got old photos, do you know of any celebrities who visited, movies and documentaries that were made at Arthur Head, etc. Let me know please by email;

Follow the Round House blog!


Roel Loopers


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