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Posted in city of fremantle, history, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on November 13, 2017


The statue of former Australian Prime Minister John Curtin is prominently visible next to the Town Hall at Fremantle’s Kings Square, so the Curtin Family Home Lecture 2017 by the National Trust WA will interest Freo people.

The lecture is on Thursday November 23 at 6pm by Dr Daniel Baldino of Notre Dame University. The event is hosted by Freo’s Josh Wilson MP.

It is at the Grove Library on Stirling Highway, Cottesloe.

ANZUS – Australian American Alliance at the Cross-roads?

The foundation of Australia’s security relationship with the United States began with John Curtin’s bold stance on foreign policy now fomalised as the ANZUS Treaty. However, in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, speculation surrounds the politics of the management of the alliance and Australia’s ongoing role and obligations as an alliance partner.

Is ANZUS outdated? What are the actual costs and benefits of the treaty? Can Australia continue to depend on ANZUS in the 21st century with American leadership increasingly under challenge? How far could Australia rely on the United States if it was attacked?

This talk will explore current attitudes towards ANZUS, assess the reliability of the United States as an Australian ally and examine the significant concept of ‘great and powerful’ friends as Australia attempts to adapt to ongoing political and strategic change in modern-day global affairs.



Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 14, 2014

Preserving Our Urban Forest
Saturday 15 March, 2014
9am to 12.30pm
The Grove Library
1 Leake Street, Peppermint Grove

Excellent speakers;

·        Dr Paul Hardisty The Value of Urban Ecosystems in a Changing Climate   (9.45am to 10.15am)

·        Peter Ciemitis Thousand Cuts; Land Development and Loss of the Urban Forest   (10.15am to 10.45am)

·        Beyond Gardens Team  Bioscaping at Home is Easy   (11.00am to 12.00noon)

Learn why developers are clearing lots the way they do, the benefits of Perth’s urban forest and how to protect biodiversity and how to plant appropriate species in our drying climate.

To register call 1300 369 833 or the Beyond Garden’s website


Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 8, 2011

The culture shock of traveling north of the Swan river and away from Fremantle always stays with me for a long time, but for obscure reasons my psychiatrists insist I should keep trying it. I had a brave moment today and went to the Grove Library in Cottesloe, and what a remarkable building it is. It is one of those you either hate or like kind of structures, but I am one who was very impressed with the building.

It is totally eco and sustainable and all things modern, but without airconditioning. It’s got windmills outside and yummy fresh clean air inside, and it is so incredibly peaceful and quiet that I almost meditated while reading the newspaper. The cafe also serves some of the best coffee I have had for a long time.

I did not have time to take interior photos, and would need to get permission for it, but want to go back and shoot a whole series of pure tranquility, if they allow me to do so. Go experience it for yourself. It is well worth a trip north.

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Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 8, 2011

While the FREMANTLE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA will be playing at the Freo Town Hall this Sunday at 3pm, the all new Cappuccino Concerts will have their second performance at the Grove Library on the same day at 4.30. A shame really as I would love to attend both. The good news is that the new concerst will be going for another two Sundays, which gives us the option to support the FCO on the 12th, and then the CapCons on the 19th and 26th of this month.

Below some details of the Grove concerts. I was told the acoustics in the stunning Eco library are fantastic, so check it out!

The GROVE Library and CAPPUCCINO CONCERTS are excited to announce a unique series of musical performances to open up classical music to broader audiences, for the enjoyment of
everyone! Grove Classics Concert Series will commence on Sunday 5th June 2011 in the state of the art innovative Grove Library and Community Centre, one of WA’s most environmentally sustainable
public buildings.

This inaugural concert includes two most beloved of all chamber music works: Schumann’s Piano Quintet and Brahms Clarinet Quintet. The four Sunday afternoon concerts throughout June will feature some of Australia’s most talented musicians including Kathryn McKay (viola), Adam Pinto and Irina Vasileva-Thoo (piano), WASO’s Kathryn Shinnick (violin), Kathy Corecig (viola) and Clare Tunney (cello), Christina Katsimbardis (violin), and the ABC Symphony International Young Performers Award Grand Finalist Ashley William Smith (clarinet) The acclaimed Pinnacle String Quartet will also perform, featuring string musicians Rebecca White, Cerys Tooby, Rachael Kirk and Sophie Walker.

The highlight concert of the series will be Anna Sleptsova, described by The Washington Post as “a brilliant pianist”. Anna, who also teaches at WAAPA, will be performing a solo piano recital
featuring the works of Chopin.

Discarding the pomp and ceremony often associated with classical music, Cappuccino Concerts are all about celebrating the musical arts for the appreciation and enjoyment by one
and all. The Grove Classics Concert Series is a great opportunity for people from all walks of life to be introduced to classical music, in the exquisitely designed surrounds of the Grove
When: Sunday June 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th 2011 commencing at 4:30pm
Where: The Grove Library
1 Leake St (cnr Leake St & Stirling Hwy)
Peppermint Grove WA 6011
Tickets and bookings: please contact The Grove Library on (08) 9286 8686
or visit or email
(Tickets: $25/$22, Friends of the Grove Library $20, Standing/student rush $10.
Season tickets (all four concerts) $80).


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