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BRILLIANT NEW CATALPA RESCUE BOOK

Posted in book, city of fremantle, convicts, fremantle prison, history, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on April 24, 2019

 

Catalpa

 

I highly recommend the just released new book The Catalpa Rescue by famous Australian author Peter FitzSimons.

The very well written and easy to read book is about the historic escape from Fremantle Prison by Irish convicts, who took horse&cart to Rockingham where they boarded the whaling boat Catalpa that had been sent from the USA.

But the book is much more that only the escape, as it also explains The Rising, the rise of the Irish Brotherhood in Ireland and its USA equivalent the Fenian Brotherhood.

I love history and knew very little about the Irish uprising against the English and can’t wait to continue with the book, which I have only read the first 50 pages of so far. I am mesmerised already.

Go and buy it for $ 35.00 at New Edition in High Street! It is well worth it.

The story of the Fenians is also told at Fremantle Prison, so take the kids there!

Roel Loopers

HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, hospitality, multicultural, st patricks day, Uncategorized by freoview on March 17, 2019

 

rooftop bar

 

It is St Patrick’s Day today where all that is Irish comes together for music, dance, fun and drinking Guinness and wear green.

We used to have a St Patrick’s Day parade through Fremantle, but unfortunately that was moved to another part of Perth, but many of our pubs will have something special on today, so go for a wander and check them out.

One great spot to go is the new rooftop bar at the National Hotel with fantastic views to the port and over the historic West End.

Roel Loopers

THE EPIC FREMANTLE MOONDYNE WALK

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, culture, festival, heritage, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 25, 2019

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Sunday was a bit of an epic day for me following The Moondyne Walk as part of the Fremantle Fenians Festival. It celebrated the great escape 150 years ago by John Boyle O’Reilly from Fremantle Prison to Rockingham where he and other escaped Fenians boarded the whaling ship Catalpa and sailed to Boston,USA.

Moondyne is probably the first novel ever written about Western Australia.

75 readers each read a part of the book in one of the 16 locations around Fremantle.

I started my day at 8 am the Fremantle Arts Centre and from there the Townhall, the moody Aardvark bar under the Norfolk Hotel, the Hougoumont hotel, B Shed, Maritime Museum, Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Roundhouse, Lionel Samson cellars and Kidogo Arthouse, where the festival finished with a concert with Lucky Oceans and many others, and where I finished my epic journey at 8pm.

What a fantastic way to celebrate Fremantle’s history with multicultural readers of the Moondyne book in some of our city’s great buildings.

Roel Loopers

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JOIN TODAY’S MOONDYNE WALK AROUND FREO

Posted in BOOKS, city of fremantle, culture, festival, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2019

 

moondyne walk 1

 

The Moondyne Walk is under way and will be going all day around Fremantle, so all your lovers of history, Fenians, Irish, or prison break-outs, come and join the walk!

The event is part of this year’s Fremantle Fenians Festival where 75 volunteers read from the Moondyne book by John Boyle O’Reilly at 16 locations around Fremantle. See the map and times below!

150 years ago the big Catalpa escape was from Fremantle Prison when a group of Fenians fled to Rockingham, where they were picked up by the whaling boat Catalpa and sailed to Boston. It is a great story well worth reading up on!

I went at 8am to the Fremantle Arts Centre and will be going to a few different locations all day to take some more photos.

Roel Loopers

moondyne-walk

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FREMANTLE FENIANS FESTIVAL IS BACK

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, entertainment, festival, history, Uncategorized by freoview on February 11, 2019

 

 

The Fremantle Fenians Festival is back from February 22-24 with a three-day program of music, literature, film and Irish dancing to commemorate the life and works of Fenian prisoner, writer and journalist John Boyle O’Reilly.

O’Reilly landed in Fremantle in 1868 aboard the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to Australia. He escaped in1869 aboard the whaling ship Gazelle which transported him to the USA. There he was one of the instigators of the famous Catalpa Escape, the daring rescue of the remaining Fenian prisoners in Fremantle Prison.

 The Fenians Festival program starts on Friday 22 February with internationally renowned Irish musician Sharon Shannon and her band, with special guest singer Susan O’Neill, in double bill concert at John Curtin College of the Arts Fremantle.

It concludes on Sunday 24 February when the final passage in the epic 12-hour reading of O’Reilly’s novel Moondyne Joe will be read by His Excellency Mr Breandán Ó Caollaí, Ambassador of Ireland to Australia at 8pm, during Lucky’ Oceans’ Gaelic Gumbo, an outdoor concert on the front lawn of Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach that runs from 6.30pm to 9pm.

 

Roel Loopers

 

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HAVE A HAPPY ST PATS FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, drinking, entertainment, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on March 17, 2018

 

St Pats Clancys

 

It is going to be a rather cool 23C degrees today so enjoy your St Patrick’s Day, Fremantle.

The pubs got specials on and Clancy’s have a big music program from midday till late.

Guinness is a great drink as long as it is consumed in moderation, so keep that in mind and don’t drink and drive please.

Roel Loopers

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HAVE A HAPPY ST PAT’S FREO!

Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, multicultural, st patricks day, Uncategorized by freoview on March 13, 2018

 

 

St Pats Clancys

I am sure many in Fremantle are just waiting for St Patrick’s Day, so here a couple of pubs that got something special on this Saturday.

It’s the day that starts off with people wearing green but at the end of the day many of them will look pretty green as well. Oh yes that delicious good old Guinness!

Lots of music at Clancy’s and specials at The Federal, so enjoy the day. The forecast its for Irish weather. Rain.

St Pats March 17

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FENIANS FESTIVAL HIGH AS A KITE

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 6, 2018

 

 

The symbolism that one can get as high as a kite on the lovely Irish beverages of Guinness and whiskey was not lost on me when I photographed these kites at the Fremantle FENIANS FESTIVAL at Bathers Beach.

There will be a lot of Irish dancers and music from 5.30pm today to enjoy the sunset, so go along!

Roel Loopers

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FREO FENIANS FESTIVAL STARTS

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, history, Uncategorized by freoview on January 5, 2018

 

Fenians 1

 

The Fremantle FENIANS FESTIVAL starts today so make sure to check out their Facebook page for the dates and times of events, or wander into Kidogo Arthouse at bathers Beach and ask for info.

FENIANS festival events calendar

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FAMILY DAY AT FENIANS FESTIVAL

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on January 4, 2018

 

Fenians family day. Jan 6

 

It is FAMILY DAY at the Fremantle Fenians Festival this Saturday.

Come to Bathers Beach between 10am and 4pm for kite making, art, music, dance and more.

It’s for young and old, so have some fun!

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