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HISTORY FOR FATHERS DAY

Posted in city of fremantle, dutch, family, fathers, fathers day, history, maritime, seafarers, Uncategorized by freoview on September 1, 2019

 

Shipwrecks 40th

 

HEY KIDS! Take your dad out to the Fremantle Shipwrecks Museum that is celebrating its 40th anniversary and teach dad a bit about the Dutch history of Western Australia.

There is part of the Batavia shipwreck in the gallery and even a ghostly skeleton.

It is a great museum with fantastic displays and just over the railway line from the Fishing Boat Harbour, so buy dad a fish&chips lunch after all that history.

Happy Fathers Day all you bonza dads out there!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SHIPWRECKS MUSEUM 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Posted in city of fremantle, history, maritime, museum, Uncategorized by freoview on August 28, 2019

 

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Come and celebrate the WA Shipwrecks Museum’s 40th Birthday (1979-2019) at a special late night opening event on Friday 6 September.

The Museum will be brought alive for the night with a wonderful range of free entertainment throughout the historic, heritage listed Commissariat building.

Enjoy candlelit tours, roving musicians and performers, children’s giveaways, a series of short and highly interesting curatorial talks, and stay cosy with fire pits and food trucks on the lawn.

Everyone is welcome to this free event—come along and help mark this special occasion. Please RSVP via the website.

The WA Shipwrecks Museum is recognised as the foremost maritime archaeology museum in the southern hemisphere. And it is my favourite one in Fremantle!

Steeped in history, the galleries house hundreds of relics from ships wrecked along WA’s treacherous coastline, including the original timbers from the Batavia (wrecked in 1629), the de Vlamingh Dish, and also countless artefacts from the Dutch shipwrecks Zuytdorp, Zeewijk and Vergulde Draeck.

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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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VISIT FREMANTLE’S HISTORIC MUSEUMS

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fremantle prison, history, maritime, museum, roundhouse, Uncategorized by freoview on September 24, 2018

 

Fremantle Prison

 

 

Not sure what to do on this longs weekend Monday or during the school holidays? Why not visit our great Fremantle museums!

The World Heritage Listed Fremantle Prison conducts tours throughout the day, the display at the Shipwrecks Museum about the Dutch history of WA is fascinating, and at 1pm witnessing the cannon fire behind the Roundhouse is a booming experience.

And at the Maritime Museum is a very good exhibition about the French captains Baudain and Freycinet.

Roel Loopers

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MINDLESS VANDALISM OF HERITAGE BUILDING

Posted in city of fremantle, graffiti, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on September 10, 2018

 

morons

 

What a shame that the moron who sprayed the graffiti on the Fremantle Shipwrecks Gallery did not get run over by a nice heavy container train.

Mindless vandalism of buildings, especially historic ones, is a disgrace, so get a life, whoever you are, you fool!

Roel Loopers

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CARING THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Posted in city of fremantle, photography, social services, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on September 1, 2018

 

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A new photo exhibition at the Fremantle Shipwrecks Museum is well worth viewing

As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition asked young people living in care in Western Australia to express what is important to them through photography.

Participants were given a camera and encouraged to take four photographs of things which hold a special significance for them.

The collection of photographs aims to raise awareness about what it means to live in out-of-home care and provides an insight into the worlds of these young people.

View this free exhibition at the WA Shipwrecks Museum in our their multipurpose community space.

Comment: This reminds me of the very moving Sight Unseen exhibition I curated many years ago at PICA, where I asked blind people to take photos of the three most important things in their life. The participants were then quoted underneath each photo as to why the image was so significant to them. Many visitors on the opening night had tears in their eyes.

Roel Loopers

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