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FREMANTLE WILL NOT DISAPPEAR

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2019

 

 

How can we stop the ridiculous claims in the media that Fremantle wants to change its name to Walyalup? The Reconciliation Action Plan, that is out for community consultation, suggests to acknowledge Aboriginal names for our city and its landmarks, that means we add Noongar names to the English names, not replace them.

Already there are many negative comments on social media, as if our Aboriginal history is something we should be ashamed about when we should be proud that we are part of a 50.000 year ancient history.

It is not as if before British settlement this country we now call Australia was a fascist society with a past we’d better not mention. It is a huge island where Aboriginal people lived in relative peace and harmony. They lived respectfully in an often nomadic lifestyle off mother earth, in a society with strong tribal laws which kinship and tribal boundaries that were adhered to.

Men in the communities educated the boys and the women were responsible for bringing up the girls, and food was often shared in the best communal sense of extended families.

It is a proud history of stories and songlines and of sacred sites and of deep respect for nature and the earth.

Why should we not share our Aboriginal history by letting people know the names the traditional owners have for all the landmarks and rivers? It is not as if a Big Bang happened in 1829 on the west coast of this huge continent and suddenly there was population in this terra nullius, or uninhabited land. That disrespectful suggestion was soundly rejected by the High Court of Australia which acknowledged that Aboriginal people have lived here for some 50.000 years. A history of hardship and resilience to be proud of!

What is the big deal to have signs that show Fremantle and underneath it Walyalup to acknowledge that history. What is wrong with pointing out that Arthur’s Head is also known as Manjaree and Rottnest Island as Wadjemup?

The acceptance of Aboriginal names is already widespread around Australia. Most people now call Ayers Rock Uluru, the Olgas are known as Kata Tjuta, the Bungles as Purnululu, and Turkey Creek is better known as Warmun.

The TV reporter who smugly told his viewers last night that Fremantle could not change the name of the Swan River to Derbarl Yerrigan because it would need State Government approval to do so was only starting a fear campaign because all Fremantle Council might do is put some signs along the river to also acknowledge the Aboriginal name and history of the river.

No one’s history is threatened people and Fremantle will not disappear from the map of WA and Australia. Our post settlement history and names will remain and be told next to the pre European settlement history of our Aboriginal people. It is showing respect for our now shared past and future, and in my opinion it is very welcome and a long time overdue.

 

Roel Loopers

MOON CHOW FIRST CHINESE MIGRANT TO FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, history, immigration, Uncategorized by freoview on May 18, 2019

 

Moon Chow

 

At the end of the Australian Heritage Festival it is nice to tell a little bit about Fremantle’s history not many people are aware of.

It is generally assumed that most early migrants/settlers here were English but quite a few came from different countries. For example Chinese man Moon Chow was one of the first to arrive in Fremantle in 1829.

He became a well-known boat builder and carpenter. He died in 1877.

Because of the accident that caused Moon Chow’s death compulsory night lights and vehicular speed limits were introduced in Fremantle for the first time.

Roel Loopers

 

TODAY TONIGHT FILMING ARTHUR’S HEAD NEGLECT

 

 

A team from Channel Seven-Today Tonight spent most of the morning in Fremantle to film a story about the neglect of historic Arthur’s Head and WAs oldest public building the Roundhouse.

They interviewed a structural engineer about stabilisation solutions for the rockfall problem and a Roundhouse tourguide about the historic significance of the area.

It will be screened tomorrow, Wednesday at 6.30pm so make sure to watch it, and hopefully WA State politicians will watch it as well and put their hands in their pockets and fund the essential maintenance and repairs as a priority.

Send an email to Heritage Minister David Templeman, Premier Mark McGowan, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia and Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk, and urge them to preserve one of Western Australia’s most significant historic precincts!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE PORTS SPONSORS ROUNDHOUSE CANNON FIRE

 

cannon-fire

 

It is personally rewarding for me to see that my call for support for the Fremantle Roundhouse has not been just weeing in the wind, but that Fremantle Ports responded generously and are now official sponsors of the One O’Clock Cannon Fire at the Roundhouse.

That the Fremantle Ports sponsors WA’s oldest public building is special to me since I did 14 years of photography for the Ports, so I very much feel like being part of the crew there.

When I complained in a letter to the West Australian and on this Freo’s View blog a few months ago about lack of support for the Roundhouse Fremantle Ports contacted me and asked how they could support the Roundhouse heritage guides.

The gun deck overlooks the site of the first Fremantle port, the long jetty, and also the current port, so it is very much part of our maritime history.

The cannon was fired and the time ball lowered for the early mariners to adjust their clocks, so that the calculation of longitude would be precise. The Roundhouse volunteers fire the cannon 363 days of the year, unless inclement weather prevents it.

People can book the firing of the cannon on http://www.fremantleroundhouse.com.au and are given a certificate to show they were the honorary gunner of the day. I suggest we reprint the certificates with the Fremantle Ports logo on it.

As part of the Fremantle Ports sponsorship the Roundhouse volunteer guides will participate in this year’s Maritime Day on Victoria Quay. I’ll see you there!

I hope the State and Federal governments will now also financially assist with the Roundhouse maintenance and management and the much needed stabilisation of Arthur’s Head and the Whalers Tunnel.

Roel Loopers

 

NEW BOOK ABOUT FREMANTLE PRISON’S GREAT CATALPA ESCAPE

Posted in book, city of fremantle, fremantle prison, history, publishing, Uncategorized by freoview on April 15, 2019

 

Catalpa book

 

Famous Australian author Peter FitzSimons has written a new book and it is about the intriguing escape from Fremantle Prison by six Fenian prisoners in 1876.

The Catalpa Rescue tells the story of Fenians in the USA collecting money to buy the whaling boat Catalpa that then sailed to Rockingham to pick up the escapees. There is a great Wild Geese artwork on the Rockingham foreshore about it.

The book will be released on April 23, so make sure to get a copy as this is one of Freo’s great historic stories.

Roel Loopers

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FANTASTIC FREMANTLE FACADES

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 21, 2019

 

 

I had a walk around the old town this morning and decided to take photos of some of the gorgeous facades of heritage buildings.

It is what makes Fremantle such a very special and beautiful place to live in and visit.

Roel Loopers

 

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CONVICTS WALKING TO FREMANTLE PRISON ART

Posted in city of fremantle, crime, fremantle prison, heritage, history, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on December 21, 2018

 

 

A new artwork of cut-out figures of convicts and prison wardens walking up to Fremantle Prison has been installed along the wall of Fremantle Oval.

It looks great, so go and have a look at it, and also at the prison entry building lit up in different colours at night. The kids will love it!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE ROUNDHOUSE GUIDES 20TH ANNIVERSAY

Posted in arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, history, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized, volunteers by freoview on December 14, 2018

 

RH 3

RH 2

RH 1

 

It’s lucky I had a very quiet start of the day volunteering at the Roundhouse yesterday, as I browsed through some of the information displays on the wall and discovered that the Fremantle Volunteer Heritage Guides, who look after WA’s oldest public building, were established 20 years ago in 1998.

I am no doubt a bit biased, as one of the volunteers, but I still believe it is significant that a small group of mainly seniors for twenty years have opened the Roundhouse every day of the year, but for Good Friday and Christmas Day, for visitors from all over the world, and fire the cannon every day as well.

I have been volunteering for eight years now and loving it, but there are quite a few who have been there much longer. One of them is my good old mate Nan Jackson. I often tell visitors that Nan actually built the old jail. She is the one in the photo close up at the stocks

Happy anniversary FVHG and thank you to everyone who participated in the last two decades. It would not have been possible without you!

Roel Loopers

GOTHIC ROMANTICISM OF SWAN RIVER COLONY EXHIBITION

Posted in art, city of fremantle, history, ps art space, Uncategorized by freoview on September 4, 2018

 

Sept 7 PSAS art

 

The Dark Swan-Contemporary Tales of the Gothic Antipodes exhibition will open at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street in Fremantle this Friday at 6.30-8.30pm.

The exhibition will explore Western Australian gothic romanticism in relation to the real and imagined history, landscape and characters of the early Swan River Colony of WA.

Works by Ross Potter, Aurelio Costarella, Anna Nazzari, Sheree Dornan, Kristie Row, Eva Fernandez, Fran Rhodes, Rebecca Dagnall, Ben Crappsley, Kelsey Ashe Giambazi and will be on display in the stunning warehouse gallery in the historic West End.

There will be a multimedia theatre opening night performance ‘The Ghosts of Fremantle’ by Generefonix.

Roel Loopers

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ENJOY PERFECT FREO WA DAY WEEKEND

 

WA DAY June 3-4

 

The WA DAY long weekend is on with lots of activities today and tomorrow in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. See details below.

Sunday 3 June 2018

Noon, Mews Park Smoking Ceremony, Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country presented by Neville Collard & Festival opening “We are Australian” James Webb and Monique Fitzgerald

12.00- 4.00pm, Piazza Suitcase Art Markets

12.00-2.00pm, Little Creatures Mermaid & Pirate Sandpit Storytelling

12.00-5.00pm, Shipwreck Gallery Museum Grounds, Pirate Craft activities

12.30pm-1pm, Mews Park Wadumbah Dance Group

1.00-1.15pm, Mews Park Children’s Fashion Parade featuring Australian made clothing

1.30-1.45pm , Mews Park Children’s Fashion Parade featuring Australian made clothing

1.00- 3.00pm, Mews Park Little Italy by the Sea Italian and Greek Dance Ensemble

3.00pm – 4.00pm, Roving Entertainment Chung Wah Lion Dance Troupe

4.00pm – 7.00pm, Mews Park Cuba de Son Latin Band

4.30- 7.30pm, Creatures NextDoor Live Jazz with Jazzco

5.00pm – 7.00pm, Roving Magnifico Mariachis Trio

6.00pm FIREWORKS over Fishing Boat Harbour

Firewoks Fishing Boat Harbour

 

Monday 4 June 2018

11.00- 3.00pm, Mews Park Cicerello’s Bouncy Castle

12.00- 4.00pm, Piazza Suitcase Art Markets

12.00-2.00pm, Little Creatures Fairy Facepainting (Free)

4.30- 7.30pm, Creatures NextDoor Live Music with ‘Basskong’

5.00- 8.00pm, Mews Park Live Music with ‘The Good Things’

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