Freo's View


Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on April 20, 2017



There has been speculation in the Fremantle community if the swans on the Townhall would be black or white after the extensive conservation work, but they are neither.

The swans were originally not painted at all, like the rest of the Townhall clocktower, and were only painted black in the 1960s.

The stunning Freo Townhall will be 130 years old on June 22 this year. It was opened on that day in 1887.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, nature, western australia by freoview on August 13, 2016



Spring is in the air with many wildflowers popping up and the sun is finally out as well.

I shot this photo of the swan family at Bibra Lake this morning.

It’s a great time of the year for a walk and to discover some of nature’s beauty. Manning Park just down the road from Fremantle is looking great as well with fantastic views from the lookouts.

Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, photography by freoview on February 18, 2015

The stillness of sunrise is something most people miss out on, especially in summer when it happens just after 5 am. It is well worth getting up for though and even the joggers were taking photos at Point Walter this morning.

I needed a bit of a break from politics, amalgamation mess and Fremantle not doubling in size, so had a very early start of the day after a sleepless night.

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on August 20, 2011

The Public Transport Authority have been restoring the Fremantle Railway Station and are at the moment at stage three of the $ 2.5 million facelift, with revealing the original brick and Donnybrook stonework, re-sheeting of the roof, replacement of coping stones and restoration of wooden windows.

Stage four of the project will involve improving of public facilities and restoring the garden at the front of the building with a courtyard that will have seating and lighting. The PTA estimates that the work will be finished by the end of this year.

The station moved to its present location from the original Cliff Street side in 1907 and is of heritage significance. Why though are the swans on the building white when Western Australian swans are black?

Opposite the train station is a historically interesting fountain, which is also being restored to its original glory. On one side is a drinking fountain for people, while the other side has a trough to let horses drink from. The fountain was built in 1905 by John Taylor of London as a monument to his sons Ernest and Peter who died in the Western Australian bush.

Roel Loopers


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