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FREMANTLE PORTS SPONSORS ROUNDHOUSE CANNON FIRE

 

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It is personally rewarding for me to see that my call for support for the Fremantle Roundhouse has not been just weeing in the wind, but that Fremantle Ports responded generously and are now official sponsors of the One O’Clock Cannon Fire at the Roundhouse.

That the Fremantle Ports sponsors WA’s oldest public building is special to me since I did 14 years of photography for the Ports, so I very much feel like being part of the crew there.

When I complained in a letter to the West Australian and on this Freo’s View blog a few months ago about lack of support for the Roundhouse Fremantle Ports contacted me and asked how they could support the Roundhouse heritage guides.

The gun deck overlooks the site of the first Fremantle port, the long jetty, and also the current port, so it is very much part of our maritime history.

The cannon was fired and the time ball lowered for the early mariners to adjust their clocks, so that the calculation of longitude would be precise. The Roundhouse volunteers fire the cannon 363 days of the year, unless inclement weather prevents it.

People can book the firing of the cannon on http://www.fremantleroundhouse.com.au and are given a certificate to show they were the honorary gunner of the day. I suggest we reprint the certificates with the Fremantle Ports logo on it.

As part of the Fremantle Ports sponsorship the Roundhouse volunteer guides will participate in this year’s Maritime Day on Victoria Quay. I’ll see you there!

I hope the State and Federal governments will now also financially assist with the Roundhouse maintenance and management and the much needed stabilisation of Arthur’s Head and the Whalers Tunnel.

Roel Loopers

 

ROUND HOUSE CANNON SILENCED

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 22, 2011

Due to the lack of supply of “maroons” from the eastern states the volunteer guides at the Fremantle Round House are no longer able to fire the cannon at 1pm each day. For some reason the blank charges that make the nice boooooom sound each day cannot be transported to Perth, so tourists and school groups will miss out until a solution has been found.

It is a shame as it is a nice tradition to fire the cannon and many visitors come specifically for it. Anyone want to donate some sticks of gelignite? &>)

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE HERITAGE GUIDES

Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 24, 2011

Today I signed up to become one of the FREMANTLE HERITAGE GUIDES, who are keeping watch over the old ROUND HOUSE PRISON on top of Arthur’s Head, overlooking Bather’s Beach.

I believe it will be fun to deal with tourists for a day or two each week and am looking forward to it. Already I told an Adelaide visitor today that the cannon shot fired at 1pm is sponsored by St John ambulances, who collect the people who have heart attacks from getting a shock from the noise, so more or less history will change according to Loopy.

Only kidding! I will seriously read up on the real history of the building and be truthful about the past.

Roel

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