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Posted in culture, fremantle, historic, holland, western autralia by freoview on October 16, 2016


There is always a lot of orange when Dutch people get together and today’s Dirk Hartog Festival at B Shed on Fremantle’s Victoria Quay was not different.

There was however not a single bit of cheese to be seen but Linda and Isa-Bo of Treacle Treat were very busy making poffertjes, stroopwafels, kroketten and bitterballen, while the Indonesian stall reminded us of the close connection between that country and the Netherlands.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and State Treasurer Mike Nahan opened the historic day that celebrated the arrival of Dirk Hartog at Shark Bay 400 years ago.

The Dutchies also had a huge party at Little Creatures on the weekend.

But let’s forget about all those so-called important historic Dutchies and their connection to WA. No doubt the most outstanding one of the lot is obnoxious Dutch Fremantle blogger Roel Loopers who was awarded Fremantle Citizen of the Year in 2013 by Premier Colin Barnett.

How popular this choice was was shown with one person complaining to the City of Fremantle CEO that Loopy was not a fit and proper person to receive that award. There is only one very Dutch response to that. Klootzak! ; >)

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, heritage, history, western australia by freoview on October 16, 2016



The Dirk Hartog Festival is on at Fremantle’s Victoria Quay from midday today so come along for a day of entertainment, food and history!

Hartog set foot on WA soil at Shark Bay on October 25 1616, 400 years ago, well before the English, who settled in Fremantle in 1829 and started the Swan River Colony.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, history, multicultural, netherlands, western autralia by freoview on June 27, 2016


I went to the DUTCH JOURNEYS TO THE WESTERN EDGE  exhibition in the State Library in Perth and highly recommend it to anyone interested in WA’s history or our connection with the Netherlands.

Why report this on a Fremantle blog some might ask, but I believe there are a lot of connections to the Dutch history here in Freo. The wreck of the Dirk Hartog’s ship Batavia is at the Shipwreck Museum and the replicas of the Dutch sailing ships Endeavour, Duyfken and Leeuwin were all built in Fremantle.

The exhibition was curated by Dutch born Nonja Peters who migrated here as a three-year-old child in 1945.

On the train on the way back to Freo I reflected on the ‘stopping the boats’ policy by the Liberal and Labor parties here in Australia when I read at the exhibition that during the second world war 170,000 Dutch people found refuge in Australia, 13,000 of them in WA.

But the Dutch of course fitted in well with the White Australia Policy with their blue eyes and blond hair and were considered to be adaptable, unlike those brown, non-Christians we refuse entry into Australia to at present.

In that context it will be interesting to see how many Brexit ‘refugees’ we will be welcoming in WA without anyone claiming they take jobs away from local people

The Duyfken will be sailing from Fremantle in August to be at Shark Bay on October 25 to celebrate the arrival there of Dirk Hartog 400 years ago in 1616. There will be an exhibition in all the ports she visits; Bunbury, Mandurah, Hillaries, Jurien Bay, Dongara, Geraldton, Denham.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, fremantle, history, western australia by freoview on June 12, 2016

DUTCH show June 18 at M&M


The CALL OF THE SEA exhibition at the Fremantle Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Henry Street from June 18 celebrates the arrival of Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog at Shark Bay 400 years ago.

It will be a mix of Australian, some of them Dutch born, and artists from the Netherlands, so it should be an interesting and eclectic show.

The Aussies on show are Theo Koning, Richard Woldendorp, Gera Woltjer, Nien Schwartz, Brian Simmonds, Sandy Mckendrick, Susanne Castleden and Amok Island.

From Holland come Winnifred Bastian, Katinka Krijgersman, Leentje Linders, Ageeth van den Oever and Peter Rijtke.

The exhibition will be on show until July the 24th.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, fremantle ports, western australia by freoview on April 26, 2016
Painterly port pic of cranes in the rain by Roel Loopers

Painterly port pic of cranes in the rain by Roel Loopers


The Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, is considering buying Fremantle Port a report in maritime publication Street Talk claims.

The Dutch port authority has contracted the Melbourne corporate advisers Lighthouse Infrastructure to assist with its bid for the 50-year lease for the Freo port.

The Port of Rotterdam believes it can grab a bigger share of the global shipping movement in Fremantle, the magazine report says, but it would have to team up with other companies for the bid.

The Rotterdam port is owned by the Dutch government.

Roel Loopers


Posted in community, festivals, fremantle by freoview on April 17, 2016



I hope the rain will disappear soon as there are so many outdoor activities in Fremantle today.

The Esplanade Youth Plaza Festival is on from 10-4. It’s a free event so take the kids there, sit on the grass and watch the amazingly skilled young ones.

First things first, of course, so I will traditionally start my Sunday with a stroll at the Growers Green Farmers Market and buy some yummy Dutch bitterballen at Treacle Treat. Linda also sells those delicious fluffy little Dutch pancakes! Hey kids time to take your parents there!

After that I am off to have a look at SAGRA at Kings Square. It’s a traditional Italian cultural community event of food, wine, music and dancing, and of course I’ll be enjoying the traffic free Cappuccino Strip and the alfresco and entertainment there.

And when I have done all that I will go home and  put my feet up and watch the Dockers game. Hopefully that will not spoil the fun day.

Roel Loopers



Posted in community, fremantle, newspaper by freoview on March 21, 2016

Oud Hagenaar



I have been called a do-gooder, bleeding heart, lefty, socialist, Greenie, communist, egomaniac, anti-development, alcoholic, Fremantle Council basher, weirdo, heathen, and so on, so it is nice to feel appreciated with a full page in De Oud Hagenaar community newspaper in the city where I was born 67 long years ago.

They distribute 74,000 copies of the paper around the city and train stations and I have already received a few emails from people in Hague, Netherlands who wanted to get in touch with me.

I left Holland in 1969 to start my career as a media photographer in Nuremberg, West Germany and migrated to Australia in March 1982

If only 10% of those who read the article are inspired to visit Fremantle I have done my job at promoting the city I love.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, hospitality by freoview on February 23, 2016

Good news for Freo’s Dutchies! The Dutch club Neerlandia has closed in Cambridge Street, Wembley and are now sharing the premises of the German Rhein Donau Club in Myaree. To stay with the two-river name the Dutchies have changed the name to Maas en Waal.

On Friday it will be borrel avond for the Dutchies from 5.30 to 9 pm at 110 North Lake Road, Myaree and the kitchen will offer all the Dutch goodies, as well as German food.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle, music by freoview on February 15, 2016


On a day like yesterday it is impossible not to absolutely love and adore Fremantle! The city was full of life and young people who attended the St Jerome Laneway Festival on the Esplanade and the music was all over the west end, no doubt to the chagrin of some of the locals living nearby.

I had such a relaxing day that started at the lovely Growers Green farmers markets where I filled my tummy with delicious Dutch croquettes at the Treacle Treat stall that also sells the yummiest fluffy tiny Dutch pancakes we call poffertjes in Holland.

In the afternoon I went to the free concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre and delighted in the great voice and guitar playing of Rob Snarski. He was brilliant!

I finished my Valentine’s Day with the also free Harbour Sundays concert at the Maritime Museum and a stunning sunset at Victoria Quay. Nice to be together with my love Freo all day on this special day!

Roel Loopers




Posted in fremantle, tourism by freoview on October 20, 2015


People with passion and commitment do make a real difference to the community they live in, no matter what all the negative knockers say about them. Not everything we do to support local businesses and the economy needs to be at a grande scale. Little things matter and some matter more than others.

A few years ago I decided that I could do my bit for tourism in Fremantle and make people all over the country and the world aware of the special places they can visit in Fremantle. I started writing short reviews on Trip Advisor and it shows to have been worth my while and good for Freo.

TripAdvisor reported that 9,898 people read my reviews in August. 74% from Australia and the rest from around the world. 2,349 read my review about the Duyvken. I reckon that is a pretty good contribution to the city I love. What are YOU doing for Fremantle?!

And a big thank you for all the very many supportive emails, Facebook messages and phone calls after Saturday’s local government election. Only two people, I never heard off, thought it was appropriate to slam me for not winning.

And to all those who send comments to my blog just a short note to say I would appreciate many more positive contributions and not just the very negative ones. Freo is a pretty good place to live in and we should not forget to acknowledge that often.

Roel Loopers

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