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SIX STOREY PLANS FOR OLD FREMANTLE COURTHOUSE

Posted in Uncategorized, architecture, city of fremantle, heritage by freoview on November 17, 2017

 

 

Fremantle developers Silverleaf have submitted plans to the City of Fremantle for the development of the Henderson Street Police and Court complex and Warders Cottages.

The mixed-use plans include a six-storey (58 rooms) hotel, changing the former Courthouse into a bar and restaurant and the Warders Cottages and Police Station into assorted shop tenancies and commercial units.

Silverleaf’s proposals for the Manning Building also includes a tavern and micro-brewery and their plans for the Woolstores shopping centre site include a tavern as well, so I am not at all sure that Fremantle needs three new taverns in the CBD.

Check out the plans on Have Your Say on the City of Fremantle website.

 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PRISON WINS TOURISM AWARDS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2017

 

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Congratulations to Fremantle Prison which won two major awards at the 2017 WA Tourism Awards.

The world heritage listed prison won gold for Cultural Tourism and silver in the Major Tourist Attractions category.

Well done!

Roel Loopers

IRISH FREMANTLE FESTIVAL

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

 

 

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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

HISTORIC IRISH FESTIVAL FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, history, kidogo arthouse, western australia by freoview on April 10, 2017

Fremantle Kidogo Arthouse owner Joanna Robinson is organising a big historic, culture and art Irish festival in January next year to commemorate the arrival 150 years ago of the Hougoumont, the last vessel to transport convicts from England to the Swan River Colony.

Among the 279 convicts on board was the famous John Boyle O’Reilly. The majority of the 108 passengers was made up of pensioner guards and their families.

The Hougoumont was the last of 37 convict shipments to Fremantle and arrived on January 9, 1868 after a 89-day journey.

That sounds like a fantastic festival to me which the whole Freo community should get involved in, so put your thinking caps on and come up with ideas for events around that day! Major corporate financial sponsorships would be welcome.

And what a brilliant excuse to drink a lot of Guinness, if we ever needed one. : >)

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PRISON MEMORIES

Posted in fremantle, fremantle prison by freoview on March 28, 2017

 

I used to walk past Fremantle Prison almost daily when I lived in Bellevue Terrace, but that is now many years ago, so when I had to go to a meeting in the old Drillhall late yesterday afternoon I went and had a look at the World Heritage listed building and took this photo.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE CONVICT PHOTOS DISCOVERED

Posted in fremantle, fremantle prison, history, western australia by freoview on March 25, 2017

 

Fremantle people interested in history should go and buy the West Australian today as there is a fascinating article by Ken Acott about historic photos-mug shots-found of convicts.

Seventy-four of them were discovered by the State Record Office, some as old as 130 years-old.

WA  became a penal colony in 1850, 21 years after the first British settled in Fremantle and started the Swan River Colony.

The first convicts who arrived here had to build the Fremantle Prison which has now become a major tourist attraction, backpackers and art gallery.

Roel Loopers

P.S. Not interested in history? Buy the West anyway and read about the GST shambles where our state only gets 34 cents in the dollar. It is an outrage!

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FREMANTLE PRISON CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OPEN

Posted in fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage by freoview on January 23, 2017

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Fremantle Prison will be unlocked tomorrow, Tuesday January 24 from 2-6 pm to celebrate 25 years of being open to the public.

Get a FREE  sneak peek  inside the World Heritage listed old gaol that was built by convicts when the Swan River Colony became a penal colony for England in 1850.

Explore the large main cell block, check out the art exhibition and have a cold drink in the cafe.

Roel Loopers

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PREMIER OPENS FREMANTLE WARDERS COTTAGES

Posted in fremantle, heritage, state government, western australia by freoview on November 3, 2016

 

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WA Premier Colin Barnett accompanied by Heritage Minister Albert Jacob officially opened the renovated historic Warders Cottages next to the Fremantle Markets this morning.

The cottages look very cute inside and have a nice little courtyard, so no doubt there will be plenty of takers for them.

I believe they are ideally suited for B&B but too small for a bar, especially with the very steep steps to the first floor being a challenge to walk down on.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, CEO Phil StJohn, MLA Simone McGurk and MP Josh Wilson were all there, as were Sirona Capital managing director Matthew McNeilly and Silverleaf boss Gerard O’Brien.

It is fantastic to see the cottages restored after far too many years of neglect and vacancy. They are a real attraction in the Henderson Street mall.

Roel Loopers

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DISAPPOINTING TONY ROBINSON FREMANTLE TIME WALKS

Posted in city of fremantle, tourism by freoview on April 9, 2016

 

I watched the very disappointing Time Walks episode by Tony Robinson about Fremantle on ABC TV last night.

I realise that it is probably priceless promotion for our heritage port city but I found it excruciatingly superficial.

As a presenter Tony Robinson is all about look at me, look at me, and his ‘reinactment’ of an historic moment at Fremantle Prison was at best bizarre, if not extremely weird.

I wondered what frantic Robinson was on and if maybe a Viagra pill might have gone the wrong way up to his brain.

It looked like one mad rush when in fact the TV crew would have been in Freo for several days, but the ‘doco’ lacked depth and forgot to mention 50,000 years of indigenous history. Ooops!

Roel Loopers

NO STREET ARTS FESTIVAL INFO FOR TOURISTS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, tourism by freoview on March 25, 2016

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I have blogged about this before, but unfortunately need to do it again as the City of Fremantle’s marketing department does not appear to have got the message.

When I was on volunteer visitor guide duty at the Roundhouse yesterday I noticed we did not have any information there about the big Street Arts Festival for the tourists, so I asked staff to contact the City and ask them to drop off a box with programs, but the FVHG president was told by COF we should go and collect some at cafes if we wanted them.

One would assume that it would be basic common sense to supply the tourist destinations such as the Maritime  and Shipwreck Museum, Fremantle Prison and the Roundhouse with information about what is on at Fremantle as many people do not know what is happening in town.

The West End cafes our staff member diligently went to yesterday also did not have any programs for the big Easter Weekend festival, so I am bewildered that this is not standard practise at the City of Fremantle. Disappointing!

 

Roel Loopers

 

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