Freo's View


Posted in fremantle, history by freoview on May 18, 2014

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Although there was some heavy rain at the start of Sunday morning, a lot of people attended the Fremantle Heritage Festival events that were on.

At the Moore&Moore Cafe Fremantle Society president Henty Farrar started the Discover.Cafe.Cycle. bicycle tour, taking a group of caffeine enthusiasts around town from Bread in Common, the Attic, XWray, Vespa, Tasty Express, Roasting Place, the Blinco Street Cafe at the Fibonacci, and the Art Centre Cafe, to name a few.

In the West End of town Notre Dame University history professor Deborah Gare and lecturer Dr Shane Burke took a group around to tell the stories of Fremantle from 1829 to 1900.

It has been a very good and diverse Heritage Festival, but events need to be better coordinated so they don’t clash or duplicate each other. The distribution of programs needs to be looked at again as hundreds of programs are wasted because they are not used. They need to be delivered to homes and if that is too costly the program needs to be printed in the local papers, so more people know about events. Only a small percentage of the Freo population visits the City’s website or¬†Facebook pages. We need to do better next year as far as promoting the Heritage Festival goes and that especially applies to schools.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 5, 2012

It was disappointing that not more people came to the lecture on Mary Ann Friend at the Notre Dame University last night. They missed out on an excellent and engaging presentation about the young woman and her husband Matthew by the delightful Associate Professor Deborah Gare.

Mary Ann Friend wrote a journal about her travels in which some of the earliest watercolour paintings of Fremantle are published. The diary will be on auction at Christies in London on October 10 and the Western Australian State Library would like to buy it.

It would be fantastic to have the journal in W.A. but whatever the outcome of the auction I hope Deborah Gare will write a book about Mary Ann and Matthew Friend and their time in the Swan River Colony.

Although only 30 people turned up it was nice to see two candidates for next year’s state election attending in Liberal Matthew Hanssen and Greens Andrew Sullivan.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 29, 2012

Mary Ann Friend arrived in Fremantle in 1830. The young woman wrote a rather quirky journal observing her fellow ship passengers and early settlers. She also painted the first impressions of the Swan River Colony in her diary. The diary will go on auction at Christies in London in the next two weeks.

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce and the University of Notre Dame are holding an information evening about Mary Ann Friend this Thursday, October 4 from 6-8 pm at the Santa Maria Lecture Theatre in Mouat Street. It is a FREE EVENT with wine and nibbles.

One of the speakers will be UNDA historian Deborah Gare. I listened to her talking about Mary Ann Friend at Kidogo Arthouse some months ago and became an instant fan of her. Her love for history is infectious and she is such a great speaker that I was disappointed when she stopped. I am very much looking forward to hearing Deborah again on Thursday.

Come along and bring any spare cash you might like to donate to the Western Australian State Library so they can purchase the journal at the auction.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 26, 2012

The journal of MARY ANN FRIEND who arrived in Fremantle in 1830 and painted the first impressions of Bathers Beach and the Swan River Colony will go on auction at CHRISTIES in London in two weeks.

The Western Australian State Library would love to purchase this very important historic diary but needs financial help, so it’s time for Kerry Stokes, Gina Rinehardt, Janet Holmes aCourt, etc. to go to the ATM and take out some large sums of money to support the Library in their quest to buy Mary Ann’s musings and art.

I listened to Notre Dame University historian Deborah Gare at Kidogo Art House some months ago, when she read from Friend’s journal and it was fascinating. Christies sent over two people to promote the sale of the journal and I believe it should come to Western Australia.

Maybe we can build a less lavish stadium and use some of the money to buy Mary Ann Friend’s journal. Christies expects the diary will sell for around $ 250,000.00

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 29, 2012

Last evening at Kidogo Art House at Fremantle‘s Bathers Beach was very special. Kidogo had two experts talking about Mary Ann Friend, who probably painted the first impressions of Fremantle, the Swan River Colony, in 1830 and included them in her journal. The journal will be auctioned by Christies in London later this year and is expected to sell for a quarter of a million dollars.

The cosy gallery space was packed with people and the talks by Christies director Nicholas Lambourn and Notre Dame University historian Deborah Gare were fascinating, as they transferred us back in time to the lives of the early settlers. It was made even more special when the realisation came that the waves we heard breaking were the waves the early settlers would also have listened to while camping out near Bathers Beach.

Deborah Gare has the amazing talent of making history tangible. It was an absolute delight to listen to her, and walking away feeling we knew so much of Mary Ann Friend when we left the gallery. If your children are not interested in history or think it is boring, let them listen to Deborah for 15 minutes and they will change their mind.

Well done to Kidogo for organising this event. It was great!

Roel Loopers

%d bloggers like this: