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FREMANTLE PRISON LOOKING FOR HISTORIC ARTEFACTS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, history, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 15, 2018

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The World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison is calling for donations of artefacts to grow the Prison’s collection and encourage the return of objects with a connection to the Fremantle Prison site.

The Fremantle Prison collection holds approximately 12,000 items, including photographs, documents, furnishings, artworks, tools, clothing and textiles, institutional paraphernalia, letters, weapons and archaeological material.

The collection spans the entirety of the Prison’s operational life, from the beginning of construction in 1851 through to 1991 when the Prison was decommissioned and closed.

Fremantle Prison will be holding two ‘open days’ during which people can bring their items and discuss the donation and care of the items with the Prison’s curatorial team.

The first open day is planned for 18 May on International Museum Day, and the second on
26 May, as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival. Both open days are from 10am – 3pm.

Fremantle Prison is visited by around 200,000 people annually, so a big tourist attraction in Fremantle.

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HOTEL FOR FREO’S CONVICT VILLAGE

 

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The Planning Committee of Fremantle Council last night recommended for approval by the WA JDAP the development of a five-storey hotel, restaurant, tavern and shops at the heritage listed Henderson Street Police and Justice complex and Warders Cottages by Fremantle’s Silverleaf Investments.

The Fremantle Society was concerned that five storeys on the site did not fit in with the City’s own criteria, but planning staff and Councillors had a different opinion.

It was agreed that further work needed to be done on dealing with the noise of the future live music venue of the Drillhall, but the overall concept was welcomed by the elected members and officers.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said it was a good outcome and Councillor Dave Hume said it was a really good outcome and good interpretation of the historic site, and the access way through the development from Henderson to Parry streets was excellent.

Councillor Adin Lang said he had given it a lot of consideration and while the sightlines might impact somewhat the development showcases what is inside the old buildings. We are lucky we don’t have the site empty for ten years as was the case with the Warders Cottages, Lang said.

Councillor Ingrid Waltham said it was a fantastic adaptive re-use of the convict precinct and a good outcome.

The City’s heritage architect Alan Kelsall said the additional fifth storey allows the developers to have a minimal impact on the heritage buildings. “The benefit on the heritage buildings out weights the impact of the higher building.”

The deciding authority for the $10 million development is the state’s Joint Development Assessment Panel.

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GOLD MEDAL FOR FREMANTLE PRISON

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on February 26, 2018

 

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Congratulations to Fremantle Prison for receiving the Gold Medal for Cultural Tourism at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards!

Visiting Fremantle Prison is a great experience which I recommend to young and old.

Knowing one’s history is very important to staying connected to our roots.

Have you tried the new CONVICT HISTORY tour there yet?

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NEW CONVICT TOURS AT FREMANTLE PRISON

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 14, 2018

 

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Fremantle Prison’s CONVICT TOURS start today.

Discover the history of Fremantle Prison from its construction in the 1850s until the end of the convict era in 1886.

Find out why almost 10,000 men were transported from Great Britain, how they built their own prison and helped shape the future of Western Australia.

Discover our history through their stories.

Tours are hourly between 10am and 5pm. Duration 1hour and 15 minutes.

Tickets: $ 21 adults, $ 18 concessions, $ 11.50 child, $ 59 family.

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HOUGOUMONT, FENIANS, FREMANTLE, FREEDOM

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, fremantle prison, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2018

 

 

The commemoration of the arrival of the Hougoumont in Fremantle started with a smoking ceremony by Whadjuk Noongar people on Bathers Beach this morning and ended in the convict-built Fremantle Prison with Irish music and good speeches.

The Hougoumont was the last convict ship to Australia, and brought with it over 70 Fenian political prisoners from Ireland.

Fremantle Prison is the largest convict establishment in Australia, and the best kept convict prison in the southern hemisphere, Fremantle Prison director Paula Nelson told the audience, among them acting premier Roger Cook, Irish Consul Marty Kavanagh, Minister Simone McGurk, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and descendants of the Fenians.

Fremantle Prison will have a special Convict Tour from late February, so go and join one.

Also at the prison is a very good exhibition about the Fenians and the remarkable Catalpa escape.

It is time for Screenwest to initiate a feature film about the story of the Wild Geese and the Fenians in Western Australia. It would be a great movie!

 

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LAST CONVICT SHIP EXHIBITION AT FREMANTLE PRISON

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2018

 

A new exhibition opened at the Fremantle Prison to commemorate the arrival 150 years ago, on January 9, of the Hougoumont, the last ship to bring convicts to Fremantle.

Among the prisoners was a large group of Fenians, political prisoners from Ireland, of which some became very (in)famous for the daring escape from Fremantle Prison to Rockingham where they boarded the USA vessel Catalpa.

The Fenians Festival is still on till the 14th so check the Facebook page and website for updates and events.

 

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FENIANS FESTIVAL HIGH AS A KITE

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 6, 2018

 

 

The symbolism that one can get as high as a kite on the lovely Irish beverages of Guinness and whiskey was not lost on me when I photographed these kites at the Fremantle FENIANS FESTIVAL at Bathers Beach.

There will be a lot of Irish dancers and music from 5.30pm today to enjoy the sunset, so go along!

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FREO FENIANS FESTIVAL STARTS

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 5, 2018

 

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The Fremantle FENIANS FESTIVAL starts today so make sure to check out their Facebook page for the dates and times of events, or wander into Kidogo Arthouse at bathers Beach and ask for info.

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FREMANTLE FENIANS FESTIVAL STARTS

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on January 2, 2018

 

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Here a message from Kidogo owner Joanna Robinson about the FENIANS FESTIVAL that will be held from January 4 to 14.

You are all invited to the Exhibition Opening of our Fenians show “89 Days…” and the “Soft Opening” of the “Irish Festival Hub Beach Bar @ Kidogo Arthouse” this Thursday 4th Jan from 4pm onwards. All your friends are welcome!

We are delighted that Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill will be over for the Festival and playing the following eve at JCCA in Fremantle – we have an amazing line up of events in store for you over the following 10 days!! (www.feniansfestival.com.au)

A bit of history: The frigate Hougoumont was the last ship to bring convicts to Fremantle on January 9, 1868.

It had 262 convicts on board, including 62 Irish Fenian political prisoners.

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IRISH FREMANTLE FESTIVAL

Posted in fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on June 9, 2017

 

 

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The Irish festival planned for Fremantle to commemorate the arrival of the Hougoumont in Fremantle on January 9, 1868, the last convict ship to sail to Australia 150 years ago, is attracting interest from the Irish government.

The Ambassador of Ireland Breandan O Caollai visited Kidogo Arthouse with a group of officers from the Canberra embassy this week.

The Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival will be held from January 5-14, 2018 at locations around Fremantle from Bathers Beach through the West End and Fremantle Prison.

On board the Hougoumont was also John Boyle O’Reilly who escaped some years later on the Gazelle and ended up as the editor of The Pilot newspaper in Boston, USA.

Between 1865 and 1867 the British had arrested members and supporters of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and 62 of them were transported to the penal colony of Western Australia.

John Boyle O’Reilly became later involved in getting funding for the Catalpa that sailed to Rockingham to pick up six Fenians who had escaped from Fremantle Prison. This fascinating bit of history is commemorated on the Rockingham foreshore with the impressive Six Wild Geese sculpture just south of the townsite.

An Irish festival will means music, dance, food, beer and lots of fun, so I am looking forward to it.

The Facebook page feniansfestival will keep you up to date over the next six months.

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