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CONSERVATION PLAN FOR ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on November 23, 2019

The City of Fremantle is seeking your stories, connection and curiosity about the Round House, to help guide the future conservation and care of this important building.

The City is preparing a conservation management plan for the Round House building. A conservation management plan helps us to understand the place and its heritage values and provides policies to enable its significance to be retained in its future use and development.

We’re seeking your stories, connection and curiosity about the Round House to guide the direction of this work. Your input is an important part of ensuring the heritage values of the Round House are appropriately recognised, assessed and conserved.

The Round House building is located on Manjaree (Arthur Head) and the City will also consult specifically with Traditional Owners as part of our Aboriginal Engagement Plan.

How can I contribute?

Everyone with a connection to, or interest in, the Round House is welcome to contribute. The Round House has had many uses over the years including a gaol for the settlement, a holding point for Aboriginal prisoners being sent to Rottnest, a lock-up, house and for storage. Many workers have also been involved in repairs or works over the years. Today it operates as a significant tourist destination manned by the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides, who are preparing an interpretation project.

Your stories and historical photographs (particularly incidental images) will supplement the City’s History collection or may help identify particular aspects of the building fabric which would assist with management and interpretation. Information on your curiosity will help build a picture of what our community and visitors would like to know more about.

You can:

  • Share your stories or upload information online (below), or
  • Complete a photographic donation form (click here or find in the document library) and drop in to the Fremantle Library 70 Parry Street Fremantle (Fremantle Oval) with your material.

Submit your stories on line at My Say Fremantle, or at Fremantle Library by Sunday 22 December 2019.

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FREMANTLE BIENNALE PAINTING THE TOWN RED

Posted in art, city of fremantle, Fremantle Biennale, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2019

 

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Artists from the Undercurrent Fremantle Biennale have been painting the town red, all the way from South Beach to Fremantle Port.

CY O’Connor is seeing red on Victoria Quay with the lawn below his statue all red and even a red pool ball put on his shoulder.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME CREATES ART SPACE IN CHAPEL

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2019

 

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I bumped into Notre Dame University Pro Vice Chancellor Julian Smith yesterday morning who gave me the good news that the old Mariners Chapel on High Street, that was used as a computer room by NDA, will be converted into a small art gallery for architecture students to show their creations, but it will also be made available to local artists to exhibit once NDA has installed a professional art hanging system and lighting, so stay tuned!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ART PRECINCT NEEDS SOME PICKLE

 

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The report today in the property pages of the West Australian about the new Pickle District art development in the west end of the City of Vincent made me think-again-about how inadequate the City of Fremantle’s concept for the Bathers Beach Art Precinct has been.

While Vincent is encouraging the organic growth of art and culture in the historic warehouses and factories in the Newcastle, Loftus and Charles Street precinct, Fremantle has been disrespectful to the long-established artists at J Shed and have tried to move them on by permitting a tavern and live music venue on the A Class reserve at historic Arthur’s Head. That was only stopped by the WAPC.

The City of Vincent shows that one needs creativity and confidence in artists to just let things happen and grow, with small infrastructure support from the council.

Fremantle Council unfortunately often wants to micro manage development and that has shown to be counter productive at Arthur’s Head because Council lacks good ideas for the area and the unwillingness to invest there.

And while the dedicated artists just want to keep creating Freo City can’t even provide the No 1 studio at J Shed with power, so stone sculptor Jina Lee can’t use power tools and start working on new sculptures. I did not hear that from her by the way as she dedicates all her energy to her art.

It is time for the City to sit down with some really creative people in Fremantle and come up with a good concept for an arts precinct, and ideally that should include lovely Slip Street in Fremantle Port.

Roel Loopers

ABORIGINAL CENTRE UNLIKELY TO BE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 25, 2019

 

The desire by Fremantle Council to build an Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Arthur’s Head is more a pipe dream than reality because the State Government wants the centre to be part of the East Perth power station development.

Treasurer Ben Wyatt prefers an Aboriginal arts and culture centre to be close to Perth, so one has to wonder why Fremantle Council insists on continuing with an expensive feasibility study when the only way the centre could be built here is with the financial backing of the state and federal governments. There is no way the City of Fremantle can afford to build the centre from ratepayers’ money only, so it’s either private sponsorship or government.

While the City is spending $ 50.000 on the feasibility study Arthur’s Head has been a total mess for nearly two years with large sections of it fenced off due to rock fall danger, so why not prioritise the stabilisation of one of our most popular tourist destinations first.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE’S STUNNING WEST END

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on September 21, 2019

 

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High Street in Fremantle’s historic West End is my favourite street, as the beauty of the old Gold Rush Period architecture never disappoints.

Just before 7am this morning, on my way for coffee at Chalkys cafe, I took this reflection in the windows of the Roma Cucina.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE LIBRARY 70TH

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, local government, reading, Uncategorized by freoview on September 2, 2019

 

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The City of Fremantle Library celebrates 70 years of operation in September with an exciting line-up of community events.

The Fremantle Free Lending Library was opened on 5 September 1949 by state librarian Dr James Sykes Battye. Located at 13 South Terrace Fremantle – the cappuccino strip building today occupied by Dome café – the library was on the first floor. Its shelves contained 5000 books and became the first wholly rate–supported public library in Western Australia.

The library had nearly 25,000 members and saw more than 130,000 people walk through the doors last financial year. More than 50,000 people visited the library online, and while books are still the library’s major stock in trade, over 20 per cent of our loans are for digital content.

The library also plays a critical role in supporting community learning and social engagement, and had more than 12,000 people participate in  events and programs last financial year.

Fremantle Library also provides a meeting space for social clubs and start-up businesses, access to the latest technology including 3D printers and robotics.

Kicking off the library’s 70th anniversary event program is Fremantle – A Page Turner, an author panel talk welcoming Alan Carter, Craig Silvey, Amanda Curtin and Leigh Straw to the stage.

It will be held on 4 September at Fremantle Arts Centre, audiences will have the opportunity to get to know these authors who are behind some of Australia’s inspiring works and see how Fremantle has, and continues to, inspire and support literature and the arts.

The Library is also partnering with Fremantle Arts Centre to deliver a book sculpture exhibition, from 19 September–10 November, which takes discarded library books and turns them into vivid pieces of art.

A second author talk on 13 September will see Australia’s funniest and best loved writer for young people Morris Gleitzman pack out Fremantle Town Hall. Audiences will hear Morris talk about his life from being a writer of feature films and live stage material to being the wonderful children’s author everyone knows and loves.

Closing out the celebrations is the big 70th birthday bash at Fremantle Library on 26 September where the whole community is invited. There’ll be music, entertainment, games and, of course, a birthday cake.

Roel Loopers

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HISTORY FOR FATHERS DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, dutch, family, fathers, fathers day, history, maritime, seafarers, Uncategorized by freoview on September 1, 2019

 

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HEY KIDS! Take your dad out to the Fremantle Shipwrecks Museum that is celebrating its 40th anniversary and teach dad a bit about the Dutch history of Western Australia.

There is part of the Batavia shipwreck in the gallery and even a ghostly skeleton.

It is a great museum with fantastic displays and just over the railway line from the Fishing Boat Harbour, so buy dad a fish&chips lunch after all that history.

Happy Fathers Day all you bonza dads out there!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SHIPWRECKS MUSEUM 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Posted in city of fremantle, history, maritime, museum, Uncategorized by freoview on August 28, 2019

 

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Come and celebrate the WA Shipwrecks Museum’s 40th Birthday (1979-2019) at a special late night opening event on Friday 6 September.

The Museum will be brought alive for the night with a wonderful range of free entertainment throughout the historic, heritage listed Commissariat building.

Enjoy candlelit tours, roving musicians and performers, children’s giveaways, a series of short and highly interesting curatorial talks, and stay cosy with fire pits and food trucks on the lawn.

Everyone is welcome to this free event—come along and help mark this special occasion. Please RSVP via the website.

The WA Shipwrecks Museum is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. And it is my favourite one in Fremantle!

Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA’s treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh Dish, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.

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VISIT FREMANTLE’S SUBMARINE

Posted in city of fremantle, maritime, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 7, 2019

 

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Not much news in Fremantle so I went for a leisurely walk on this beautiful morning and noticed the group of visitors on the submarine at the Maritime Museum.

If you have not visited the Owen sub or Maritime Museum put it on your bucket list. Free entry on Tuesdays.

Did you know that Fremantle was the biggest submarine port in the southern hemisphere during WWII?

Roel Loopers

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