Freo's View

THANKS FOR HAVING ME FREO!

Posted in australia, australia day, city of fremantle, immigration, Uncategorized by freoview on March 13, 2018

 

Today March 13 is my personal Australia Day. It is the day I migrated to Australia and arrived in Sydney 36 years ago in 1982.

The promised start at a Sydney newspaper did not eventuate because we happened to arrive when Australia was in a recession, so slogging as kitchenhand, cook and waiter was the start of my Aussie life.

Trying to deal with the culture shock and learning to understand cricket, Aussie Rules and rugby was harder than learning to accept cask wine, blue skies and sunshine.

Looking back it is amazing how much I have achieved in a country where I knew nobody. Coming to Perth in September 1985 and starting my own corporate/industrial photography business without having the support of friends or family, or having the right private school tie, was probably more youthful naivety than sound planning.

But from the very start I felt a real love for this country, even more so in Western Australia and especially Fremantle. When I first drove through the Pilbarra and Kimberley I had a real sense of home coming and that I belonged, and Freo has always been like that for me.

Even in my darkest hours I have never regretted I migrated to Australia and I have always felt a commitment that I need to make a positive contribution to my community and leave Freo an even better place than it is for future generations, when my time is up sooner than later.

I have met so many great people and have made really good friends. I love the Freo passion and that we are all so bloody opinionated, and I love it that most of us don’t take themselves too serious.

Thanks for having me, Freo!

Roel Loopers

BROOME TO BICTON CONCERT

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, concert, culture, entertainment, music, Uncategorized by freoview on February 21, 2018

 

Feb 24 Broome to Bicton

 

The traditional annual Broome to Bicton concert by the Kimberley based Pigram Brothers is on again this coming Saturday, so don’t mis out!

The free concert by the Aboriginal musicians is on from 4.30 pm at Quarantine Park just above the Bicton Bath.

Donations are welcome to keep the tradition going.

Roel Loopers

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KIMBERLEY ART AT KIDOGO ARTHOUSE

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, kidogo arthouse, Uncategorized by freoview on October 20, 2017

 

Oct 20. Kimberley Art Kidogo

 

There is a good exhibition of Aboriginal art from the Kimberley on at Fremantle’s  Kidogo Arthouse at Bathers Beach.

Works by Jimmy Pike, Sonia Kurarra, Mervyn Street, Betty Carrington, Elizabeth Nyumi and others will be on display an for sale.

It starts with an auction this evening at 6.30pm to support artists and the environment.

It will be opened by former WA Premier Carmen Lawrence.

 

Roel Loopers

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HISTORY HAS AT LEAST TWO SIDES

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, Uncategorized by freoview on August 28, 2017

 

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Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt made a good point on his blog and here on Freo’s View about the Mailand Brown monument on the Esplanade, that tells both sides of the Langrange massacre that happened in the Kimberley in 1864.

This came in response to Councillor Sam Wainwright writing, a non council related article, that monuments of early explorers and settlers who committed crimes against Aboriginal people should be removed and street names changed.

The Lagrange history is controversial, as three explorers Frederick Panter, James Harding and William Goldwyer disappeared in the remote Kimberley, and a search party by Maitland Brown found them, allegedly speared and clubbed to death by Aborigines.

The alleged massacre saw some ten Aborigines killed by the search party.

Go and have a look yourself at the monument and read both sides of the story.

I wonder why the monument of Captain Fremantle that used to be on the Esplanade was removed some 20 years ago. There is controversial and contradicting history there as well.

Roel Loopers

KIMBERLEY BAND AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, art, fremantle arts centre, sculpture@bathers by freoview on March 12, 2017

 

Come and celebrate the massive Labor win with great music from the Kimberley at the Fremantle Arts Centre from 2-4 pm.

Family Shoveller Band  draw you into life in Bidyadanga, one of the largest Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley, with their joyous country, rock, ska and reggae party anthems.

First up are stories from deep in the Western Desert from the Irrunytju Band (WA).

 

More info: http://www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/sunday-music-family-shoveller-band/

And there is more Aboriginal culture at the Sculpture@Bathers show at 6 pm when the 35 Jarrah trees will be burnt by Replants artist Bruce Abbott and people of the Noongar community.

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BROOME TO BICTON CONCERT ON SATURDAY

Posted in aboriginal, concert, fremantle by freoview on February 14, 2017

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The annual BROOME TO BICTON  concert with the famous Aboriginal Kimberley band Pigram Brothers is on again this Saturday February 18 from 4.30 pm.

It is at Quarantine Park just above the Bicton Bath on the Swan River.

Bring a picnic for this fun family events that will be held for the 15th time this year, so it has become a great tradition.

Roel Loopers

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KIMBERLEY COMES TO NORTH FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, nature, trees by freoview on October 14, 2016

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There is a bit of competition at Stirling Highway in North Fremantle for the delightful Bruce Abbott of REPLANTS in Wray Avenue, with a new company selling boabs, grasstrees, zamias, kingias and even christmas trees.

Bruce of course has been recycling grasstrees for many years and is a real expert in that particular species.

Buy your XMas tree or boabs on-line at: http://www.margaretrivergrasstrees.com

Roel Loopers

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WA ABORIGINAL ART MARKET AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, art, fremantle, fremantle arts centre by freoview on April 9, 2016

Revealed

 

Don’t miss today’s REVEALED W.A. Aboriginal Art Market at the Fremantle Arts Centre!

It is your chance to connect with indigenous artist from all over Western Australia from some of the most remote parts of our state. Twenty two Aboriginal art centres are represented and this is your chance to meet the artists face to face.

They are here from the Kimberley, Pilbara, Western Desert, Goldfields, Great Southern, Mid-West and metropolitan areas.

Artworks for as little as $ 50,00 will be for sale and many more that will deservedly cost a whole lot more because there is some outstanding art on display.

There is no gallery commission on the works, which means that 100% of the profits from the sales will go direct to the artists.

The art market is on from 10 am to 4 pm, so go support our indigenous artists, have a chat with them and learn more about our amazing Aboriginal history and art.

Roel Loopers

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MASSIVE FREMANTLE FUN WEEKEND AHEAD!

Posted in festivals, fremantle, lifestyle, music by freoview on March 9, 2016

Broom to Bicton on March 12

 

I thought I’d better give you all well-advanced notice of a huge fun Freo weekend ahead so you can plan accordingly.

Friday we have the BIG FREMANTLE SHAVE at the Ball&Chain bar from 5.30 pm and the opening of ANYA BROCK’s exhibitions at PS ART SPACE from 6.30 pm.

On Saturday the all weekend CHILLI FESTIVAL starts on the Esplanade, and there is also the BIKE MUSIC FEST UNCHAINED at Princess May Park next to Clancys from 1 pm. Another bike event is that night at South Beach where LIGHT ME UP BIKES will visit the international food market from 6.30 pm.

The traditional yearly BROOME TO BICTON free concert with the Pigram Brothers is on in Quarantine Park near the Bicton Bath from 5.30 pm on Saturday as well.

On Sunday the gorgeous GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET is on from 8 am till midday, the SUNDAY BBQ session at J Shed is on from midday till 9 pm, the free courtyard Sunday concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre is from 2-4 pm with the VILLAGE VIBES, and at STRANGE COMPANY free music is on from 4-6 pm, while  at Clancys they’ll start the March CRUCIAL ROCKERS free concerts from 7 pm.

What a choice hey. Freo is a great place to have fun. Take part and enjoy it!

Roel Loopers

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GREAT KIMBERLEY ART AT JAPINGKA GALLERY

Posted in aboriginal, art, fremantle by freoview on February 13, 2016

 

Fremantle’s Japingka Gallery in High Street is launching its 2016 Exhibition Program with 2 diverse Exhibitions that go to the very heart of Indigenous Fine Art.  In Gallery 1: Ochre Painters of the Kimberley demonstrate how Kimberley artists have maintained strong links to the ochre painting of their forebears, a tradition that is expressed in rock painting and ceremonial body designs that are embedded in the culture.  Paintings by acclaimed artists Rover Thomas Joolama, Queenie McKenzie and Jack Britten hang side by side with new and emerging Kimberley ochre painters such as Marcia Purdie!

In Gallery 2, Turbo Brown. Exciting and quirky Murray River Artist, Trevor Turbo Brown, paints colourful and joyous images of the wildlife from his childhood and the outdoor world of birds & animals around the outskirts of Mildura,.

Both Exhibitions open 6.30pm Friday February 19, and run daily until 30th March 2016.

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