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ARCHITECTURE COMMENDATION FOR ROUNDHOUSE FESTIVAL HUB

 

Hub commendation

 

THE HUB next to the Fremantle Roundhouse, created by Fremantle-based Harris Architects, was awarded a commendation at the recent WA architecture awards.

The Hub was created for the High Tide Biennale as the festival hub and has since become very popular for weddings on Arthur Head and school groups on excursions having their lunch break in it.

It is a delightful, light and open structure that mirrors the Roundhouse, so I am one of many who hope and wish that the City of Fremantle will allow The Hub to remain permanently on the Bathers Bay look out.

Roel Loopers

THE ROUNDHOUSE A VERY SPECIAL PLACE TO VOLUNTEER

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, historic, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 3, 2018

 

Roundhouse school holidays

 

School holidays are a busy time for the Fremantle Roundhouse volunteer guides and it shows the dedication of the mainly seniors who come from wide and far to keep the Roundhouse open for visitors every day of the year.

Gino, who is pictured in the photo above, drives 45 minutes from Sorento to Arthur Head to provide his unique Italian charm. Other guides come from Darlington, Kelmscott and Rockingham to provide the invaluable tourist service. Without them the oldest public building in Western Australia might not have become the tourist attraction it is.

The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides are in desperate need of more volunteers to do a day shift a week, or a fortnight. If you like to meet people from all over the world contact: enquiries@fremantleroundhouse.com.au

Roel Loopers

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HEAVY RAIN IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, rain, roundhouse, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on June 27, 2018

 

rain 2

rain 1

 

There has been a lot of rain in Fremantle since yesterday early evening, with some very heavy showers.

The foot and bicycle path near the Roundhouse always gets flooded, and that also effects the  busy railway crossing to the historic tourist destination, so something the City of Fremantle should improve, as it is not great to walk through deep puddles whenever there are showers.

Roel Loopers

PS: My car was parked at the Elizabeth’s bookshop warehouse when I took the top photo.

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FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, GLEN COWANS, maritime, oceans, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on June 19, 2018

 

Arthur Head drone photo

 

My friend and fellow photographer Glen Cowans took this amazing drone photo of the Fremantle Roundhouse and Arthur Head.

Glen has his underwater photography gallery next to the Roundhouse and was testing his new drone for future diving photo trips around the world.

Since Glen gave me permission to publish the photo here on Freo’s View I’d better give him a plug. ; >)

The Glen Cowans Photography Gallery at Captain’s Lane is an amazing insight into the wonderful and mysterious world of the oceans and well worth a visit.

Mounted and block mounted prints, print on canvas, and jewellery are all on display. Check out the pendants, rings and earrings created by Glen’s wife Louise, ladies!

The gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30am till 4pm.

You can also check out all Glen’s work on-line here: http://glencowans.com/?doing_wp_cron=1529366624.0747931003570556640625

Roel Loopers

THE FREO WEATHER IS WELL, WELL, WET

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, roel loopers, roundhouse, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on June 7, 2018

 

storm 3

 

The girls at the PLC-Perth Ladies College are raised the tough way. The wet and cold weather today did not stop them from hopping on the train to Fremantle, where they also visited the historic Roundhouse.

They are looking at the fresh water well here.

and two more wet weather photos from Arthur’s Head.

Roel Loopers

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WHALERS TUNNEL SIGNS ARE WRONG

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, tourism, Uncategorized, whalers tunnel by freoview on June 4, 2018

 

whalers tunnel closure

 

The City of Fremantle need to amend these signs at the Bathers Beach end of the Whalers Tunnel at Arthur’s head because they are confusing.

The Whalers Tunnel is not closed but is open to the public, so why have signs there saying the opposite?

I noticed several people not going into the tunnel yesterday as they were not sure if they were trespassing and that is not good for tourism.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PRISON LEFT OFF NEW FREO TOURIST MAP

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on June 1, 2018

 

map

 

Not all change is good, as the new Fremantle tourist map shows.

For many years we had perfectly good maps to hand out at the Roundhouse, but while on duty yesterday I noticed the new maps and they have one major flaw, that they no longer show Fremantle Prison!

One of the most asked questions by tourists is how to get from the Roundhouse to Fremantle Prison, so we hand out the maps and show them to walk down High Street, turn right into the Cappuccino Strip and then left at the church on the corner of Parry Street, walk past Fremantle Oval and then right up the steps to the former prison.

But now the map stops and cuts Fremantle Oval in half and no longer includes Fremantle’s most popular museum.  It’s a remarkable and unacceptable oversight and needs to be addressed, City of Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

 

ROUNDHOUSE VOLUNTEERS SUPPORT FREMANTLE’S TOURISM

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on May 29, 2018

 

Nan at Roundhouse

 

This is Nan Jackson who today appeared in the Fremantle Gazette and in a Facebook promotional video. Nan has been a volunteer tourist guide at the Fremantle Roundhouse for ten years and deserves to be applauded during National Volunteer Week and the Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Around 150,000 overseas and interstate visitors yearly visit the old building at Arthur’s Head. Many school groups visit to find out about the history of the former jail, so the guides are being kept busy, and Nan’s knowledge about the history of Fremantle is amazing..

The Roundhouse was built by free settlers, not convicts, who came to establish the Swan River Colony in 1829, and because of excessive drunkenness, stealing and disorderly behaviour it was decided in 1830 to build the small eight cell jail, which opened in January 1831.

Every day at 1pm the cannon on the gun deck that overlooks Bathers Bay is being fired by a visitor, who receives a certificate, and the time ball above the deck is lowered. The guides who are in charge of firing the cannon need a dangerous goods and a pyrotechnic license, and that costs the not for profit organisation quite a bit of money

It is quite remarkable that fewer than 30 mainly senior volunteers keep the Roundhouse open every day, but for two, of the year. Only on Good Friday and Christmas Day is the museum closed. Volunteers come from as far away as Darlington, Joondalup, Kelmscott and Rockingham, which shows the real dedication and love for the job of talking one on one with people from all over the world.

The Roundhouse guides are often the first port of call for tourists in Fremantle, so they point them to other attractions, the best cafes, fish&chips, bars, concerts, events, etc. and also give them tips for their travels through WA and Australia.

The building is also used for wedding photography, and it has housed night concerts, functions, theatre plays, movies, art exhibitions and other events, etc.

It is a constant battle to keep the Roundhouse open because of the limited guide numbers, as it is difficult to find new volunteers willing to spend a day a week at the old building from 10am to 3.30pm. It is a very positive experience. Most visitors tell the guides how much they love Fremantle and its character heritage buildings.

The Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides would love to have more volunteers, so go and have a chat with them!

Roel Loopers

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FREO MAYOR’S BAD ARTHUR’S HEAD HERITAGE CALL

Posted in aboriginal, arthur head, city of fremantle, j shed, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2018

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt’s latest blogpost about the changing face of Arthur’s Head: https://cofremantle.wordpress.com is an attempt at trying to justify his support for the Sunset Events tavern proposal at J Shed. This is no doubt in response to the smoking ceremony held at Bathers Beach on Saturday in protest to the tavern proposal.

I am grateful for the historic facts and the fantastic historic photos the Mayor published, but I believe Brad Pettitt is missing the point. His argument that because Arthur’s Head changed so much and the J Shed building was added later, it is less significant than other parts of the area above it is flawed.

It is like arguing that land significant to Aboriginal people is no longer significant because mining and development have changed the area.

Just a few metres south of the proposed tavern was the Whaling Station, and Bathers Bay was where the Swan River Colony started, and sadly also the transport of Aboriginal men and boys to the inhumane Rottnest Island Aboriginal Quod prison.

As a board member of the Heritage Council Mayor Brad Pettitt should be well aware that there is tangible and intangible history. Even the beaches and slaughter fields of all the wars have changed over time, but have never become less significant because changes to the areas were made.

Historic significance of place is not measured in metres or what has been taken away or been added! There is very little tangible evidence left of the WWII bombing of Rotterdam, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Berlin, etc.

The Roundhouse is no longer the same as it was when it was built, so does that make the oldest public building in Western Australia less significant?

I have no issue with the Freo Mayor being a big fan of the tavern at J Shed, but I would expect a more intelligent debate from him to support his position than to try to discredit the heritage significance of parts of Arthur’s Head.

Bad call, Brad!

Roel Loopers

FREO ROUNDHOUSE NEEDS VOLUNTEER TOURIST GUIDES

 

Volunteer Week

 

It is NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK, so the appropriate time to make Fremantle people aware that the Roundhouse volunteer guides are in desperate need of more volunteers to be able to keep WA oldest public building open to the public seven days a week.

I have been a volunteer at the Roundhouse for over seven years and love the one on one interactions with visitors from all over the wold and having talks with large student groups from primary and high schools.

Volunteering at the Roundhouse is a very positive experience and we leave at the end of our shift with a smile on our face because of all the lovely people we meet and the compliments they give us for Fremantle, WA and Australia.

Become a Roundhouse volunteer! It’s fun. Just pop in an sit down one day and watch how we interact with the visitors and sign up for once a week or once a fortnight guide duty!

Roel Loopers

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