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BIG FREMANTLE HERITAGE FESTIVAL COMING UP

The Fremantle Heritage Festival is on again this year from May 27 to June 6 and promises to be a big and interesting one.

It starts with the opening night that has three options for the different preferences of community members. One can go listen to famous author Robert Drewe at the Tannock Hall, or Mussorsky’s Picture of an Exhibition played by pianist Simon Tedeschi in St John’s Church, or head off to Mojo’s in North Freo for Patron Saints of Pop.

The big Arthur Grady Day is on again on May 28 at Kings Square with lots of vintage motor bikes, cars, buses, bicycles and prams and it is open day at the Maritime Museum.

Also on May 28 at 6 pm will be Songs of the Sea inside the Whalers Tunnel below the Roundhouse.

Notre Dame University does two lectures, one on the life of May Holman on May 29, the first female Labor parliamentarian, and the second one is about Mary Ann Friend and Fremantle’s first five years on May 30.

The story of John Boyle O’Reilly and the great escape from Fremantle Prison by the Fenians is a great Freo story and will be told on June 1 at the Fremantle Hotel.

Author and Notre Dame uni lecturer Leigh Straw will tell us all about the Dens Of Dirt and Debauchery: Fremantle’s Underbelly 1099-1950 on June 3 at the Fremantle Hotel.

I could go on, but discovery is one of the adventures of life, so grab a printed copy from the Library or check out the program on the City of Fremantle website.

Roel Loopers

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LOOPY LOCKED IN ROUNDHOUSE PRESIDENCY

Posted in fremantle, heritage, roundhouse by freoview on July 14, 2015

Roel Loopers at Roundhouse

I am not at all sure I needed more community commitment but I was yesterday unopposed elected as the President of the Roundhouse Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides at the AGM.

I am pretty busy already as Vice President of the Fremantle Society and writing this blog but one only lives once and should try to make a difference I believe.

The Fremantle Society has organised with Future Common for Notre Dame University history Professor Deborah Gare to talk this Wednesday July 15 at 1 pm at the teepee of the Winter Garden on the Esplanade about Mary Ann Friend, the first woman to paint Bathers Bay in 1829. It’s a free event and suitable for children, so have your lunch there while listening to this fascinating story.

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THE-TOO SHORT-LIFE OF MARY ANN FRIEND

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, titled  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

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Mary Ann Friend

STATE LIBRARY BUYS MARY ANN FRIEND JOURNAL

Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 12, 2012

It was fantastic to hear last evening that the W.A. State Library managed to buy the journal of Mary Ann Friend at the auction at Christies in London on Wednesday. While Christies estimated to get a quarter of a million dollar, the diary sold for a bit under $ 190,000.

Only ten days ago I had the pleasure of attending a function at Notre Dame University to make people aware that the library needed funds to buy the journal which has the earliest paintings of Fremantle in it. Mary Ann and her husband Matthew visited Fremantle in 1830 for six weeks so it is great this piece of history will now come to Western Australia.

Roel Loopers

 

GETTING TO KNOW THE FRIENDS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 5, 2012

It was disappointing that not more people came to the lecture on Mary Ann Friend at the Notre Dame University last night. They missed out on an excellent and engaging presentation about the young woman and her husband Matthew by the delightful Associate Professor Deborah Gare.

Mary Ann Friend wrote a journal about her travels in which some of the earliest watercolour paintings of Fremantle are published. The diary will be on auction at Christies in London on October 10 and the Western Australian State Library would like to buy it.

It would be fantastic to have the journal in W.A. but whatever the outcome of the auction I hope Deborah Gare will write a book about Mary Ann and Matthew Friend and their time in the Swan River Colony.

Although only 30 people turned up it was nice to see two candidates for next year’s state election attending in Liberal Matthew Hanssen and Greens Andrew Sullivan.

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MARY ANN FRIEND EVENT AT FREO NOTRE DAME UNI

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

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MARY ANN FRIEND NEEDS WEALTHY FRIENDS

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

EARLIEST FREMANTLE PAINTINGS ON SHOW AT KIDOGO

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on June 18, 2012

In a big coup for Kidogo Art House in Fremantle, Christies of London will show three of the earliest paintings of Fremantle on June 28 at 6pm.

The unpublished water colours of Fremantle are possibly the earliest views of the Swan River Colony by Mary Ann Friend, who painted them in her diary.

The journal will be auctioned by Christies in South Kensington on October 9 and is expected to sell

for $ 155,000 – $ 233,000.

Nick Lamboum of Christies will be holding a talk about the journal at Kidogo on June 28.

Roel Loopers

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