Freo's View


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 fremantle by freoview on October 14, 2011

With Sunday temperatures predicted to soar to 33 degrees, and the last few days of school holidays to get through, here a few tips of what to do on the weekend in Fremantle.

* The VILLAGE MARKET will be on at King’s Square all Saturday. Go for a stroll and buy local art and craft.

* The FERRIS WHEEL at the Esplanade will be doing it rounds. Great views all over Freo!

on Sunday you can either stay at home and watch TV and witness the Aussie rugby team being thrashed by the New Zealand All Blacks, or do something uplifing instead like:

* Open Day of the HMB ENDEAVOUR and only gold coin donation entry to the Maritime Museum.

* FREMANTLE ART CENTRE Courtyard Music from 2pm. It’s free!

* PAELLA ON THE BEACH at South Beach is also on that afternoon.

Roel Loopers

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