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Posted in culture, fremantle, historic, holland, western autralia by freoview on October 16, 2016


There is always a lot of orange when Dutch people get together and today’s Dirk Hartog Festival at B Shed on Fremantle’s Victoria Quay was not different.

There was however not a single bit of cheese to be seen but Linda and Isa-Bo of Treacle Treat were very busy making poffertjes, stroopwafels, kroketten and bitterballen, while the Indonesian stall reminded us of the close connection between that country and the Netherlands.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and State Treasurer Mike Nahan opened the historic day that celebrated the arrival of Dirk Hartog at Shark Bay 400 years ago.

The Dutchies also had a huge party at Little Creatures on the weekend.

But let’s forget about all those so-called important historic Dutchies and their connection to WA. No doubt the most outstanding one of the lot is obnoxious Dutch Fremantle blogger Roel Loopers who was awarded Fremantle Citizen of the Year in 2013 by Premier Colin Barnett.

How popular this choice was was shown with one person complaining to the City of Fremantle CEO that Loopy was not a fit and proper person to receive that award. There is only one very Dutch response to that. Klootzak! ; >)

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, heritage, history, western australia by freoview on October 16, 2016



The Dirk Hartog Festival is on at Fremantle’s Victoria Quay from midday today so come along for a day of entertainment, food and history!

Hartog set foot on WA soil at Shark Bay on October 25 1616, 400 years ago, well before the English, who settled in Fremantle in 1829 and started the Swan River Colony.

Roel Loopers



Posted in concerts, festivals, fremantle, historic by freoview on October 13, 2016

dirk-hartog-festival-oct-16 folk-festival

There is a big weekend of entertainment, fun and history coming up for Fremantle this weekend, so get ready for it!

On Saturday the first FREMANTLE FOLK FESTIVAL organised by Clancy’s Fish Pub will be held all day at Princess May Park with a great line up, so check out the Facebook page and buy your tickets soon!

On Sunday the Dirk Hartog Festival on Victoria Quay at Fremantle Port will celebrate that the Dutchman set foot on WA land 400 years ago at Shark Bay on October 25.

There will be entertainment, Dutch food, historic displays and talks, etc. so come along and say Goeden middag.

And if there is time left from 2-4 at the Fremantle Arts Centre Wildwood and Elli Schoen will be playing in the courtyard.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, history, maritime, netherlands, western australia by freoview on August 18, 2016



The tiny replica of the historic Dutch sailing ship Duyfken left Fremantle this morning on her journey to Shark Bay where she will take part in the commemorations of Dirk Hartog, the first European man to set foot on land in Western Australia 400 years ago on October 25, 1616.

Minister Bill Marmion, the brand new Netherlands’ Ambassador Erica Schouten, Josh Wilson MP, Mayor Brad Pettitt and Councillor Dave Hume were among the crowd to wish the crew a safe trip.

The replica was built in Fremantle in 1999 for $ 3.6 million and is a gorgeous ship.. The original sailed from the Indonesian island of Banda in 1606 under Captain Willem Janszoon who became the first European to map Australia and explore the norther and eastern coast of Australia.

The Duyfken will be in Bunbury from August 22-September 4, in Mandurah from September 5-14, at Hillarys from 15-27 of September, Jurien Bay from September 29 to October 3, Dongara from 4-7 October, Geraldton from October 8-16 and in Denham from October 19-24.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, history, multicultural, netherlands, western autralia by freoview on June 27, 2016


I went to the DUTCH JOURNEYS TO THE WESTERN EDGE  exhibition in the State Library in Perth and highly recommend it to anyone interested in WA’s history or our connection with the Netherlands.

Why report this on a Fremantle blog some might ask, but I believe there are a lot of connections to the Dutch history here in Freo. The wreck of the Dirk Hartog’s ship Batavia is at the Shipwreck Museum and the replicas of the Dutch sailing ships Endeavour, Duyfken and Leeuwin were all built in Fremantle.

The exhibition was curated by Dutch born Nonja Peters who migrated here as a three-year-old child in 1945.

On the train on the way back to Freo I reflected on the ‘stopping the boats’ policy by the Liberal and Labor parties here in Australia when I read at the exhibition that during the second world war 170,000 Dutch people found refuge in Australia, 13,000 of them in WA.

But the Dutch of course fitted in well with the White Australia Policy with their blue eyes and blond hair and were considered to be adaptable, unlike those brown, non-Christians we refuse entry into Australia to at present.

In that context it will be interesting to see how many Brexit ‘refugees’ we will be welcoming in WA without anyone claiming they take jobs away from local people

The Duyfken will be sailing from Fremantle in August to be at Shark Bay on October 25 to celebrate the arrival there of Dirk Hartog 400 years ago in 1616. There will be an exhibition in all the ports she visits; Bunbury, Mandurah, Hillaries, Jurien Bay, Dongara, Geraldton, Denham.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, fremantle, history, western australia by freoview on June 12, 2016

DUTCH show June 18 at M&M


The CALL OF THE SEA exhibition at the Fremantle Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Henry Street from June 18 celebrates the arrival of Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog at Shark Bay 400 years ago.

It will be a mix of Australian, some of them Dutch born, and artists from the Netherlands, so it should be an interesting and eclectic show.

The Aussies on show are Theo Koning, Richard Woldendorp, Gera Woltjer, Nien Schwartz, Brian Simmonds, Sandy Mckendrick, Susanne Castleden and Amok Island.

From Holland come Winnifred Bastian, Katinka Krijgersman, Leentje Linders, Ageeth van den Oever and Peter Rijtke.

The exhibition will be on show until July the 24th.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, history, seafarers, western australia by freoview on May 23, 2016


I haven’t been to the Fremantle Shipwreck Galleries museum for yonkers, so after eating far too many Dutch beef croquettes the last week I decided to go and have another look.

It is a very impressive little museum that tells the story of the first Dutch seafarers who explored the west and east coast of Australia in the 1600s, about 200 years before the English and French did.

The story of the ship Batavia and the mutiny is fascinating, as are the stories of the other tiny ships that sailed all the way from Europe to trade, pirate and rob.

Put the museum on your to do list when you have visitors from interstate or overseas or spend a nice relaxing hour reading up on the intriguing history.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on December 21, 2015

freo street wise


Fremantle has another small magazine with FREO STREET WISE hitting the cafes and shops around town this weekend. The magazine is published by former West Australian newspaper journalist Carmelo Amalfi who also did a stint at the Fremantle Herald.

It looks very much like an advertorial publication to me but it does not have the flair the one-off promotional George Street and Wray Avenue newspapers had earlier this year.

Go and get a copy and decide for yourselves if Freo Street Wise fills a gap that needed to be filled.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 14, 2012

I am copying an email from the chairman of the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation as the Little Dove is sailing towards Fremantle, where it will be arriving here on September 23. Here it is:

You have probably read that Duyfken is about to return to Fremantle.  Thanks to the support of the Western Australian Government the Little Dove will be home-ported here for the next 10 years.
Duyfken is now off the Kimberley coast and our excellent crew is sailing her south after beginning the return voyage in Sydney earlier this year and sailing over the top.
We are planning for Duyfken to once again become an important part of the local community and we’ll have the ship on exhibition and open for school visits. We’ll also be conducting day sails. In the longer term, we are excited by events such as the 400th anniversary of Hartog’s voyage in 2016.
As you know, the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation is a charitable organisation.  While the State Government support is vital, we also need to generate our own funds to keep the ship in tip-top sailing condition.  Duyfken is more than a decade old and maintenance is a constant challenge and expensive.
We are revitalising the Friends of the Duyfken and the Friends will become the central organisation for regular social functions and for our very important volunteer guides, shipkeepers and crew.
There are many ways you can help Duyfken.  Firstly, by joining the Friends of the Duyfken, and then through the Friends, becoming a volunteer.  Our aim is that everyone who is involved with Duyfken is a Friend of the Duyfken who can contribute skills to the Foundation or simply show support by participating in social functions. Either way, we value your support and your membership will help us keep Duyfken afloat.
In the next few days, our new website will replace the old website. Take a look: will go live and you will be able to become a Friend of the Duyfken by clicking through from the home page.  You can also nominate how you would like to help Duyfken on this page.  As this is the first major update of the Duyfken website for a decade and it will be fine-tuned in the coming weeks, please email Mark at if you have any suggestions.
Thank you for your past support and I appreciate any future support you can provide.  Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you know who has been a part of Duyfken in the past, or may wish to be a part of Duyfken’s future.
I look forward to seeing you at the arrival in Fremantle on Sunday 23 September.
All the best
Graeme Cocks
Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation Inc.


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