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Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 15, 2013

Mary Ann Friend was one of the first Europeans to paint images of the Swan River Colony and what is now known as Fremantle. The Western Australian State Library bought her journal during an auction last year for a considerable amount of money. State Library will celebrate the very short life of Mary Ann in a series of lectures at the Shipwreck Galleries, titledĀ  Seven Weeks in the Swan River Colony, that will be well worth attending for those interested in our city’s history. I will for sure.

November 19. 12.30: A Life of Adventure: Mary Ann Friend 1800-1838

November 20. 12.30: At Sea: Mary Ann Friend and the voyage of the Wanstead

November 21. 12.30: The Fremantle Frontier: Mary Ann Friend and early Fremantle

November 26. 12.30: The Picturesque: Mary Ann Friend’s paintings of Fremantle

Roel Loopers

Mary Ann Friend


Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 29, 2012

Mary Ann Friend arrived in Fremantle in 1830. The young woman wrote a rather quirky journal observing her fellow ship passengers and early settlers. She also painted the first impressions of the Swan River Colony in her diary. The diary will go on auction at Christies in London in the next two weeks.

The Fremantle Chamber of Commerce and the University of Notre Dame are holding an information evening about Mary Ann Friend this Thursday, October 4 from 6-8 pm at the Santa Maria Lecture Theatre in Mouat Street. It is a FREE EVENT with wine and nibbles.

One of the speakers will be UNDA historian Deborah Gare. I listened to her talking about Mary Ann Friend at Kidogo Arthouse some months ago and became an instant fan of her. Her love for history is infectious and she is such a great speaker that I was disappointed when she stopped. I am very much looking forward to hearing Deborah again on Thursday.

Come along and bring any spare cash you might like to donate to the Western Australian State Library so they can purchase the journal at the auction.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 26, 2012

The journal of MARY ANN FRIEND who arrived in Fremantle in 1830 and painted the first impressions of Bathers Beach and the Swan River Colony will go on auction at CHRISTIES in London in two weeks.

The Western Australian State Library would love to purchase this very important historic diary but needs financial help, so it’s time for Kerry Stokes, Gina Rinehardt, Janet Holmes aCourt, etc. to go to the ATM and take out some large sums of money to support the Library in their quest to buy Mary Ann’s musings and art.

I listened to Notre Dame University historian Deborah Gare at Kidogo Art House some months ago, when she read from Friend’s journal and it was fascinating. Christies sent over two people to promote the sale of the journal and I believe it should come to Western Australia.

Maybe we can build a less lavish stadium and use some of the money to buy Mary Ann Friend’s journal. Christies expects the diary will sell for around $ 250,000.00

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 29, 2012

Last evening at Kidogo Art House at Fremantle‘s Bathers Beach was very special. Kidogo had two experts talking about Mary Ann Friend, who probably painted the first impressions of Fremantle, the Swan River Colony, in 1830 and included them in her journal. The journal will be auctioned by Christies in London later this year and is expected to sell for a quarter of a million dollars.

The cosy gallery space was packed with people and the talks by Christies director Nicholas Lambourn and Notre Dame University historian Deborah Gare were fascinating, as they transferred us back in time to the lives of the early settlers. It was made even more special when the realisation came that the waves we heard breaking were the waves the early settlers would also have listened to while camping out near Bathers Beach.

Deborah Gare has the amazing talent of making history tangible. It was an absolute delight to listen to her, and walking away feeling we knew so much of Mary Ann Friend when we left the gallery. If your children are not interested in history or think it is boring, let them listen to Deborah for 15 minutes and they will change their mind.

Well done to Kidogo for organising this event. It was great!

Roel Loopers

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