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FREO MARITIME MUSEUM IN THE RAIN

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, museum, photography, rain, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2019

 

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A painterly photo of the Fremantle Maritime Museum in the rain, taken from the South Mole.

Heavy rain is expected later today, so drive accordingly.

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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?

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REFLECTION OF FREMANTLE MARITIME MUSEUM

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, photography, Uncategorized, victoria quay by freoview on June 23, 2019

 

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When I bumped into my young mate and passionate hobby photographer Paolo Gumina this morning, who was looking for reflections, I took him to my favourite Fremantle reflection of the Maritime Museum, which I take from different angles and puddles every winter.

The lady in yellow pants fishing and passers by added to the great winter picture.

Roel Loopers

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WELCOME WINTER RAIN FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, rain, Uncategorized, weather, winter by freoview on June 7, 2019

 

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That was a lovely soaking with rain all night in my part of Fremantle. It was so nice to listen to it that I did not get to sleep till 2am.

The sun is out now but the clouds are being pushed fast by the heavy wind and more rain is expected for the weekend and into next week.

I took these three photos about an hour ago.

Roel Loopers

MARITIME MONUMENT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, history, maritime, navy, north mole, Uncategorized by freoview on May 28, 2019

 

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On my daily discovery tours around Fremantle, to see if anything new is happening, I ‘discovered’ this big three-metre high bronze sculpture next to the submarine at the Maritime Museum.

It is stage one of the Australian Sailor Monument, which will be installed on the North Mole at Rouse Head.

It will be the first monument in Australia to recognise all those who discovered, settled, developed and defended our country-“those who go down to the sea in ships.”

The huge artwork, designed by Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith will honour Australia’s maritime history.

I still don’t like the idea of having such a significant monument so far out of Fremantle all the way on the North Mole. It would be much better on Victoria Quay as far more people could see it there.

Roel Loopers

HAZY FREMANTLE MORNING

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle port, pollution, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2019

 

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It’s a bit of a hazy morning in good old Freo so the perfect location to take some photos of the fog is Fremantle Port of course.

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CHANGES FOR FREMANTLE VISITOR CENTRE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on May 7, 2019

 

The City of Fremantle is reviewing the Visitor Centre and the role it should play in the future. A consultant reviewed the operations of the centre and engaged with stakeholders and tourists to find out what is good and what is not working so well.

One recommendation is to cease taking bookings and selling merchandise at the Visitor Centre because of strong on-line competition. Bookings have gone down by 66% between 2012 and 2018.

There was also a lot of feedback about the poor web presence of the Visitor Centre that needs to be more relevant and up to date about what Fremantle has to offer.

It cost $ 460.000 yearly to run the centre which is managed by City staff and supported by many volunteers.

One of the things missing are multilingual fact sheets about what Fremantle has to offer, opening times of tourist attractions, etc.

Also missing, and that should also be the role of the Visitor Centre is connecting with stakeholders, so that everyone is aware what goes on in town. For example, at the Roundhouse the volunteers are not being informed about special exhibitions or events at the Maritime and Shipwreck museums or Fremantle Prison. There are also no flyers to hand out about festivals such as the Winter Festival, Hidden Treasures, Street Arts, etc.etc. and that is not good enough.

The Roundhouse very much plays the role of the second Visitor Centre so information needs to be shared better, so that the volunteers there can direct tourists to whatever is on in Fremantle.

Translations of the historic information about the Roundhouse are very popular with overseas tourists, especially those who speak no English at all, such as many Chinese, Korean and Japanese visitors, so fact sheets in many foreign languages should become a base for Fremantle’s information service to visitors.

The item is on the agenda of this Wednesday’s FPOL Committee, which unfortunately clashes with the Federal election Candidates Debate.

Roel Loopers

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VERY DIFFERENT WINDOWS OF FREMANTLE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 3, 2019

 

 

Very different Fremantle windows. A nice reflection of the Maritime Museum in one of them at Victoria Quay, and some terrible ones with foil stuck to them in a Cliff Street heritage building.

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AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS IGNORE WA’S OLDEST PUBLIC BUILDING

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fremantle prison, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on April 10, 2019

 

 

I just became aware of a new website Cultural Attractions of Australia and of course wanted to find out what this site is all about and how well it promotes Western Australia and Perth, and especially Fremantle.

When I clicked on Perth only two attractions appeared, the Fremantle Prison and the Maritime Museum, no other historic and cultural attractions in Perth or Freo, such as WA’s oldest public building the Roundhouse popped up, so that is not actually giving comprehensive information to all those around the world who are interested.

But it became more clear what the site is all about when I Googled it:

Cultural Attractions of Australia will provide a single point of contact for travellers, trade partners and media to access premium, behind-the-scenes cultural experiences in iconic locations. As a collective, its strength lies in the diversity and iconic nature of the sites and collections represented, as well as the direct connection they hold with the people and cultures of Australia.

The founding members of Cultural Attractions of Australia are: Adelaide Oval, Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian War Memorial, WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle Prison, Melbourne Cricket Ground, MONA, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Opera Australia, Parliament House, Port Arthur Historic Site, Qantas Founders Museum Longreach, Sovereign Hill and Sydney Opera House.

It is just plain self-promotion of certain cultural attractions and is not at all as inclusive as what the name lets us to believe. Very disappointing!

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TWO JEWELS EQUAL GREAT FREMANTLE PORT

 

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It is always an impressive sight to see large cruiseliners enter and depart Fremantle Port and float past the equally impressive Maritime Museum, so I took this photo of the Pacific Jewel leaving Freo just after 4pm on Friday afternoon.

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