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Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre, growers green markets, Uncategorized by freoview on January 14, 2018




BOM predicts that it will get very wet for a few days from late this afternoon, so make sure to go and enjoy the outdoors while you can today.

Tripl J UNEARTHED winner Stella Donnelly will be performing her emotive songs at the free Fremantle Arts Centre concerts from 2-4pm, supported by Mei Sarawati.

Stella’s emotive song writing and intriguing stage presence make her performances an unforgettable experience.




The homely Growers Green Farmers Market is back at Lefroy Street from 8am till midday, so head out there for yummy breakfasts, coffee, breads, fresh produce, eggs, organic stuff, etc.

And it is the last day of the Fenians Fremantle Festival, so check out the events on their Facebook page. I hope the Hougoumont Street Dinner tonight will not be too wet.

There is a very good exhibition about the Fenians at the Fremantle Prison.

Roel Loopers


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!


Roel Loopers

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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.


Roel Loopers

Fenians Festival poster


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.

FENIANS festival events calendar


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


FENIANS festival events calendar


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!! (

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.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, culture, history, Uncategorized by freoview on December 16, 2017


FENIANS festival events calendar


The new year is only a fortnight away so here a preview of what will be on at the Fremantle Fenians Festival in January.

Keep up to date with events on their Facebook page and


Roel Loopers



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





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.

Roel Loopers


The Fremantle Heritage Festival is on again this year from May 27 to June 6 and promises to be a big and interesting one.

It starts with the opening night that has three options for the different preferences of community members. One can go listen to famous author Robert Drewe at the Tannock Hall, or Mussorsky’s Picture of an Exhibition played by pianist Simon Tedeschi in St John’s Church, or head off to Mojo’s in North Freo for Patron Saints of Pop.

The big Arthur Grady Day is on again on May 28 at Kings Square with lots of vintage motor bikes, cars, buses, bicycles and prams and it is open day at the Maritime Museum.

Also on May 28 at 6 pm will be Songs of the Sea inside the Whalers Tunnel below the Roundhouse.

Notre Dame University does two lectures, one on the life of May Holman on May 29, the first female Labor parliamentarian, and the second one is about Mary Ann Friend and Fremantle’s first five years on May 30.

The story of John Boyle O’Reilly and the great escape from Fremantle Prison by the Fenians is a great Freo story and will be told on June 1 at the Fremantle Hotel.

Author and Notre Dame uni lecturer Leigh Straw will tell us all about the Dens Of Dirt and Debauchery: Fremantle’s Underbelly 1099-1950 on June 3 at the Fremantle Hotel.

I could go on, but discovery is one of the adventures of life, so grab a printed copy from the Library or check out the program on the City of Fremantle website.

Roel Loopers


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