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Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, historic, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on May 9, 2020




The Timeball above the gun deck of the historic Fremantle Roundhouse had a brother this morning just after sunrise with the full moon joining it.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, community, history, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 7, 2020





People with personal memories of Fremantle’s past are being invited to share their stories on a new online interactive map created by the City of Fremantle.

The Fremantle Map of Memories allows people to place a pin in the online map, provide a short description of what happened at that location and upload a photograph or image to illustrate their experience.

City of Fremantle Arts and Culture Manager Kathryn Taylor said the map would create a collection of stories that provide a unique insight into Fremantle’s colourful history.

“The Fremantle Heritage Festival was due to be held in April and May this year but unfortunately had to be cancelled because of COVID-19,” Ms Taylor said.

“Instead the Festivals Team has developed the Fremantle Map of Memories as an online project to engage the community in sharing stories of Fremantle’s past.

“There are countless written records of the significant events in Fremantle’s history, but few give voice to the community who were there.

“The Fremantle Map of Memories is here to capture the lived experience of Fremantle and share the moments, big and small, that hold in them the heart of this city. From wherever you are in the world we invite you to share your special memory, celebrate your connection to our port city and capture the Freo spirit online.”

To make a contribution to the Map of Memories you simply need to complete the short online form to share a special memory you have of Fremantle. It could be the experience of a significant historical event, or just a special moment from your own life.

You can also a share photograph or image, either from the time or one taken after the event.

Once the submission is completed a new pinpoint will appear on the map.

To explore the map and share your own memories of Fremantle click here.



Posted in art, city of fremantle, history, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 6, 2020





Although my car is parked in a secure carpark, some idiots still went through it the other night and even left the boot wide open. I then realised I had left my old portfolio with pre-digital photos in there, so went for a bit of nostalgia trip and fondly remember the good old days as a professional photographer.

The series of blue sky photos was for my very first exhibition in the late 1980s at the Delaney Galleries in Beaufort Street in Perth. I also took that show to the Lajos Keresztes Gallery in Nuremberg, Germany. It was disappointing that only two works were sold in Perth, but the German show was a sell out on the night, so that was fantastic.

The other image is of two of a series of posters I shot on East Timor for Shell, as part of their rebuilding project.

I absolutely loved being a professional photographer for almost 50 years and never regretted it. Finding beauty in the ordinary was my motto.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, history, maritime by freoview on May 4, 2020



1897 Official Opening of Fremantle Harbour


Today 123 years ago on May 4, 1897 Fremantle Port was opened with the arrival of the steamer Sultan.

Below a few parts of the article that was published in the West Australian a day later.


Yesterday an important ceremony was performed at Fremantle, when the first large ocean-going steamer, the Sultan, under command of Captain F. Pitts, steamed into the river in the smooth water which now lies where quite recently lay the formidable rooky bar of the Swan.

Although the ceremony was not official, it was dignified by the presence of the Premier(Sir John Forrest) and Lady Forrest, Mr. F. H. Piesse (Commissioner of Railways’Und Director of Public Works) and many members of both Houses of Parliament and public officials.

As the river is now practically open to ocean-going steamers it may be assumed that the gathering which assembled on board the Holt liner yesterday morning inaugurated the useful career for which the Fremantle harbour scheme has been designed.

As an omen of the altered state of things that is to be, the main Fremantle pier yesterday was almost bare of shipping. The three vessels alongside indicated by their display that they were, however, fully alive to the importance of the event of which the day was to witness the celebration.

On approaching the entrance the helm was taken by Lady Forrest, under whose guidance the Sultan steamed accurately along the new channel, and amidst the cheers of hundreds of spectators arrived at the south quay at noon.


Posted in ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, community, Uncategorized by freoview on April 25, 2020


ANZAC Day 2020


I took this photo late on Friday afternoon of Monument Hill at sunset.

I will try, but it will be a big challenge, to capture the verge ANZAC Day service that has been suggested, as I have no idea who will participate in it, and where in Fremantle.

But I will be out and about before 6am, so hoping I can take photos of the historic moments.

Roel Loopers

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Posted in anzac, ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, community, peace, Uncategorized, war by freoview on April 24, 2020



It will be a very different ANZAC Day tomorrow, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing the dawn services around Australia to be cancelled, so I won’t be at Freo’s Monument Hill well before 6am and at the parade through the Cappuccino Strip mid morning.

I walked up to Monument Hill on Wednesday morning just to capture some photos there to acknowledge the sacrifices so many people made. Lest we forget!

People are encouraged to stand outside their homes, or on their balconies, with flowers or candles at 6am tomorrow, so let’s hope the rain will stay away.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, health, j shed, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 23, 2020




At a table in front of the Fremantle J Shed at Fleet Street the raindrops on this coronavirus sign made for an interesting photo.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, health, Uncategorized by freoview on April 22, 2020

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Three more historic photos of the Covid-19 period in Fremantle.

A couple having breakfast and reading the papers outside the closed Jungle Bar in High Street, people doing the proper social distancing thing while waiting for take-away coffee at the Mod cafe in Wray Avenue, and a coronavirus sign on a lamp post at Kings Square.

Roel Loopers



Posted in ANZAC DAY, city of fremantle, community, history, peace, Uncategorized, war by freoview on April 21, 2020


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Fremantle residents are being encouraged to commemorate Anzac Day this year by joining people around the nation in holding a candle at the end of their driveway at dawn.

All of the City of Fremantle’s traditional Anzac Day events – including the Dawn Service at Monument Hill and the Anzac Day parade – have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings.

Instead, RSL branches across Australia are inviting people to stay at home and participate in a nationwide show of respect for past and present members of the defence force.

Simply stand at the end of your driveway, or on your balcony, from 5.55am and tune in to ABC Radio to hear The Ode, The Last Post and join in the minute’s silence.

Musicians are invited to play the Last Post and Rouse or Reveille.

There will be no public Anzac Day Dawn Services at either Monument Hill in Fremantle or Kings Park in Perth, and RSLWA is advising against visiting memorials and monuments.

As an alternative to laying a wreath people are encouraged to dress their windows or letterboxes at home.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, fishing boat harbour, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on April 1, 2020




There is something so surreal, but also beautiful about this photo, and even more so in Black&White, that I want to republish it.

I took it just after sunset on Sunday evening at Kailis in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, as many of us did the right thing and engaged in social distancing and isolation, and all the cafes, etc. were forced to close because of the Covid-19 crisis.

This photo will become one of my favourite historic photos of the pandemic crisis in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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