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BRILLIANT NEW CATALPA RESCUE BOOK

Posted in book, city of fremantle, convicts, fremantle prison, history, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on April 24, 2019

 

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I highly recommend the just released new book The Catalpa Rescue by famous Australian author Peter FitzSimons.

The very well written and easy to read book is about the historic escape from Fremantle Prison by Irish convicts, who took horse&cart to Rockingham where they boarded the whaling boat Catalpa that had been sent from the USA.

But the book is much more that only the escape, as it also explains The Rising, the rise of the Irish Brotherhood in Ireland and its USA equivalent the Fenian Brotherhood.

I love history and knew very little about the Irish uprising against the English and can’t wait to continue with the book, which I have only read the first 50 pages of so far. I am mesmerised already.

Go and buy it for $ 35.00 at New Edition in High Street! It is well worth it.

The story of the Fenians is also told at Fremantle Prison, so take the kids there!

Roel Loopers

NEW BOOK ABOUT FREMANTLE PRISON’S GREAT CATALPA ESCAPE

Posted in book, city of fremantle, fremantle prison, history, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on April 15, 2019

 

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Famous Australian author Peter FitzSimons has written a new book and it is about the intriguing escape from Fremantle Prison by six Fenian prisoners in 1876.

The Catalpa Rescue tells the story of Fenians in the USA collecting money to buy the whaling boat Catalpa that then sailed to Rockingham to pick up the escapees. There is a great Wild Geese artwork on the Rockingham foreshore about it.

The book will be released on April 23, so make sure to get a copy as this is one of Freo’s great historic stories.

Roel Loopers

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THE EPIC FREMANTLE MOONDYNE WALK

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, culture, festival, heritage, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 25, 2019

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Sunday was a bit of an epic day for me following The Moondyne Walk as part of the Fremantle Fenians Festival. It celebrated the great escape 150 years ago by John Boyle O’Reilly from Fremantle Prison to Rockingham where he and other escaped Fenians boarded the whaling ship Catalpa and sailed to Boston,USA.

Moondyne is probably the first novel ever written about Western Australia.

75 readers each read a part of the book in one of the 16 locations around Fremantle.

I started my day at 8 am the Fremantle Arts Centre and from there the Townhall, the moody Aardvark bar under the Norfolk Hotel, the Hougoumont hotel, B Shed, Maritime Museum, Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Roundhouse, Lionel Samson cellars and Kidogo Arthouse, where the festival finished with a concert with Lucky Oceans and many others, and where I finished my epic journey at 8pm.

What a fantastic way to celebrate Fremantle’s history with multicultural readers of the Moondyne book in some of our city’s great buildings.

Roel Loopers

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JOIN TODAY’S MOONDYNE WALK AROUND FREO

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, culture, festival, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2019

 

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The Moondyne Walk is under way and will be going all day around Fremantle, so all your lovers of history, Fenians, Irish, or prison break-outs, come and join the walk!

The event is part of this year’s Fremantle Fenians Festival where 75 volunteers read from the Moondyne book by John Boyle O’Reilly at 16 locations around Fremantle. See the map and times below!

150 years ago the big Catalpa escape was from Fremantle Prison when a group of Fenians fled to Rockingham, where they were picked up by the whaling boat Catalpa and sailed to Boston. It is a great story well worth reading up on!

I went at 8am to the Fremantle Arts Centre and will be going to a few different locations all day to take some more photos.

Roel Loopers

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JOIN THE HISTORIC FREMANTLE MOONDYNE WALK

Posted in book, city of fremantle, festival, history, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on February 23, 2019

 

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Tomorrow Sunday 24 February from 7am to 7.30pm the Moondyne Walk takes place throughout the streets of Fremantle as part of the Fenians Festival.

This inaugural event is a public reading of the entire novel written by John Boyle O’Reilly about Western Australia. It was first published in Boston in 1878 as a serial in the Boston Post and later published as the novel Moondyne in 1880.

This is possibly the very first novel written about Western Australia and presents a penetrating view of colonial life, Aboriginal culture, and the power dynamics in operation at the time.

The entire book will be read in public over 12 hours at sixteen historic locations throughout Fremantle starting at 7.00am at the Fremantle Prison and finishing at 7.30pm during the Gaelic Gumbo concert on the lawns in front of Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach.

You can register your interest in hearing this amazing story at one or more of the following sixteen locations.

The closing event features a Gaelic Gumbo concert on the lawns of Kidogo Arthouse with Lucky Ocean, The Zydecats, Fiona Rea and Tommy O’Brien.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FENIANS FESTIVAL IS BACK

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, entertainment, festival, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2019

 

 

The Fremantle Fenians Festival is back from February 22-24 with a three-day program of music, literature, film and Irish dancing to commemorate the life and works of Fenian prisoner, writer and journalist John Boyle O’Reilly.

O’Reilly landed in Fremantle in 1868 aboard the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to Australia. He escaped in1869 aboard the whaling ship Gazelle which transported him to the USA. There he was one of the instigators of the famous Catalpa Escape, the daring rescue of the remaining Fenian prisoners in Fremantle Prison.

 The Fenians Festival program starts on Friday 22 February with internationally renowned Irish musician Sharon Shannon and her band, with special guest singer Susan O’Neill, in double bill concert at John Curtin College of the Arts Fremantle.

It concludes on Sunday 24 February when the final passage in the epic 12-hour reading of O’Reilly’s novel Moondyne Joe will be read by His Excellency Mr Breandán Ó Caollaí, Ambassador of Ireland to Australia at 8pm, during Lucky’ Oceans’ Gaelic Gumbo, an outdoor concert on the front lawn of Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach that runs from 6.30pm to 9pm.

 

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HAVE FREO FUN BEFORE THE BIG WET TODAY

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

 

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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.

 

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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

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!

 

Roel Loopers

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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.

 

Roel Loopers

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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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