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FREMANTLE PRISON LIGHTS UP AT NIGHT

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage, historic, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2018

 

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Christmas has started early at Fremantle Prison with the old entrance building now all lit up in different colours at night. It looks great!

Thank you to Ivan Dzeba from Benny’s bar&cafe for making me aware of it!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PRISON CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OPEN

Posted in fremantle, fremantle prison, heritage by freoview on January 23, 2017

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Fremantle Prison will be unlocked tomorrow, Tuesday January 24 from 2-6 pm to celebrate 25 years of being open to the public.

Get a FREE  sneak peek  inside the World Heritage listed old gaol that was built by convicts when the Swan River Colony became a penal colony for England in 1850.

Explore the large main cell block, check out the art exhibition and have a cold drink in the cafe.

Roel Loopers

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HOW TO HAVE FUN AT FREMANTLE PRISON

Posted in fremantle, fremantle prison by freoview on February 20, 2016

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Fremantle Prison is holding a community workshop at 6pm on Tuesday February 23 to gather ideas for new uses of the 160-year-old world heritage listed building.

They are thinking about concerts, festivals and even extreme sports, but recognise there might be better left off field ideas they could take up, so if you are keen to participate contact them on:  functions@fremantleprison.com.au or phone 9336 9205.

The building is already very popular and gets around 200,000 visitors per year. They have been holding art exhibitions and other events and the prison is now also home to a backpackers.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE URBAN ADVENTURE TOUR

Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 23, 2012

As part of ARCHITECTURE MONTH walking tour operators Two Feet & a Heartbeat are organising a Fremantle Urban Adventure Tour on Saturday 4th November

This tour winds its way through Fremantle, which is renowned for its well preserved architectural heritage, including convict built colonial era buildings and one of the most notorious prisons in the British Empire, the World Heritage Listed Fremantle Prison.

You will hear of astounding Irish prisoners escaping, comical British Bushrangers, its impact as a port during World War II and shameful expulsion of aboriginals to Rottnest Island.

Starting at the Fremantle Town Hall, this tour takes a non-traditional route through Freo discovering the factual, irreverent and anecdotal on the way to the vibrant cappuccino strip and the Roundhouse.

For bookings and information go to: http://www.twofeet.com.au/tours-booking/fremantle-urban-adventure

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WARDERS’ COTTAGES DEMAND URGENT CARE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on October 18, 2011

I walked through Henderson Street today and noticed that all the world heritage listed Warders’ Cottages there are now all fenced in, so what is going to happen to them. Will they be like that for many months, even years, and invite vandalism and people illegally occupying them, without any supervision?

Is the Minister for Housing, Troy Buswell, going to spend the money his department committed a few years ago to renovate the important twelve buildings, and if so, how soon will it start?

The cottages I talk about are hugging the Fremantle Markets, one of the most frequented Fremantle destinations by tourists and visitors to the city, so the status quo is not acceptable for a long period. Henderson Street carpark is also very popular and people parking there will walk by the cottages and notice their state of disrepair.

Is anyone at the City of Fremantle talking to Troy Buswell’s staff and putting pressure on, so that we don’t have the cottages looking derelict for much longer?

Interesting to note that ROA, the famous Belgian street artist, will be painting the wall of the Pine Shop opposite the cottages next week, so we’ll have a brand new public art work on one side of the street and neglected heritage cottages opposite it. Talking about priorities hey.

Roel Loopers

PORTRAITS IN PRISON

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 10, 2011

I walked up to the Fremantle Prison to have a look at the 2011 National Photo Portrait Prize, but it did not inspire me at all, in fact I am quite disappointed that there were not more creative and outstanding photos.

While there I took some photos of our World Heritage listed prison.

Roel Loopers

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NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE

Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 10, 2011

The National Photography Portraiture Prize is being shown for the first time in Western Australia at the Fremantle Prison Gallery.

There should be really exciting and creative works there, so if you are interested in photography, or art in general, don’t miss it.

Roel Loopers

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