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BIRTHDAY OF ONE OF FREMANTLE’S GREATEST

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, history, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on January 12, 2019

 

cy o'connor

 

Yesterday, January 11, was the birthday of CY O’Connor, who no doubt was one of Freo’s and Western Australia’s greatest pioneers.

Charles Yelverton O’Connor built the Fremantle harbour and also the 530km long water pipeline from Perth to Kalgoorlie, but sadly he received a lot of criticism from politicians and the Sunday Times and became quite depressed. He killed himself at South Beach on March 10, 1902. A sculpture in the Indian Ocean by Tony Jones reminds us of CY’s sad ending.

CY O’Connor was born in Gravelmouth, Castletown, County Westmead in the Republic of Ireland on January 11, 1843 and migrated to New Zealand as a 21 year-old.

He became Engineer-in-Chief of Western Australia in 1891.

I very often tell the remarkable and sad story of Charles Yelverton to tourists at the Roundhouse, because I consider him to be one of the great pioneers of our state and Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

HANDICAPPED AND HOT

Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 12, 2010

I am a wee bit handicapped after an eye operation yesterday and was very busy early in the week taking photos for the Fremantle Herald and The Perth Voice. Their photographer Jeremy Dixon was having some well deserved R&R in Queensland.

So belated congratulations to Hamilton Hill artist Jean-Marc Rivalland for winning a $ 15,000.00 scholarship for his his stainless steel wave structure at Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe.

Fremantle will be hot this coming weekend with the Araluen Chilli Festival on the Esplanade on Saturday and Sunday. Lovers of these yummy delights should not miss it!

On Saturday at 4 p.m. is a concert by the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra at the Freo town hall. It features the amazing Dutch violinist Rudolf Koelman. I have heard him play live 3 times now and his music creates goose bumps all over. It is great!

On Sunday morning we see the arrival of the largest cruise liner ever to visit Fremantle, the Queen Mary. Unfortunately the arrival has been pushed forward and she now will have pilot on board at 5 a.m. and will turn in the harbour at 6.30. If that is too early for you she departs at 5 p.m. on Sunday and there will be entertainment on Victoria Quay all afternoon, so if you combine that with the Chilli Festival you’ll have a royal hot day.

Have fun!

Jean-Marc Rivalland and his winning sculpture.

PHOTO COPYRIGHT ROEL LOOPERS AND FREMANTLE HERALD.  PROFILE PHOTOGRAPHY

LEEUWIN LIONESSES

Posted in fremantle, photography, western australia by freoview on February 22, 2010

Brave young lionesses climbing up to dizzy making heights on the Sailing Ship Leeuwin in Fremantle harbour this morning.

PHOTO COPYRIGHT ROEL LOOPERS.     PROFILE PHOTOGRAPHY

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