Archive for category: Heritage

Know Your Nation – Join the Conversation

02 Sep 2015
September 2, 2015

Would you like to immortalise the history of Fremantle and those who live there?

A social start-up, Know Your Nation, is setting up a recording booth in the East Room of Fremantle Town Hall over a four day period September 24th, 25, 29th and 30th. If you’d like to get involved here are the details of what will happen over the four days…

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Spotted on the Round House

23 Oct 2014
October 23, 2014

The Blessing of the Fleet: A Bird’s-Eye View

30 Oct 2013
October 30, 2013

The Blessing of the Fleet is the busiest day of the year at Fish Boat Harbour. A procession of mainly Italian* fishermen and their families walk through the streets of Fremantle to the harbour. Many of the fishing enterprises housed at Fremantle are descended from the Italian towns of Molfetta on the Adriatic Sea, and Capo d’Orlando in Sicily. All the boats are adorned with flowers and bunting and it’s fantastically colourful.

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Tall Ships on a Cloudy Day

08 Aug 2013
August 8, 2013

The tall ships that recently sailed into Fremantle for a short stop before heading north to the Abrolhos, then back to Fremantle before making a bold trip through the Southern Ocean to Melbourne.

The festival of sail in the port of Fremantle was the busiest we’ve seen the port for ages. The kids just love their masts and rigging.

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Fremantle Heritage Festival 2013

24 May 2013
May 24, 2013

Just when you though “oh no it’s Winter no more festivals, sigh”.

Not likely the Heritage Festival kicks off today. If you live in Fremantle you’ve probably already got the program in though your letterbox, it has the cover with all the knickers on the front.  If you don’t have it already download a copy right here.

Where Various locations all over Fremantle City
When 24th May 23rd June

Old Skills

19 Jan 2011
January 19, 2011

I like handpainted signs. They have so much more charme with their little imperfections. This sign for Freo’s Harbour Theatre has never been totally completed – you can still see some sketched lettering on the arrow. I’d love to find out who painted the sign and if this person is still working in the trade.

High Street at Haphazard

30 Dec 2010
December 30, 2010

A few random observations I made when strolling down High Street today.

Gold-leaf Lettering

Old hand painted gold-leaf lettering on High Street - these days a rare skill

Pressed Metal Ceiling

Nice pattern in this pressed metal ceiling


If this signwriter ever noticed his spelling mistake?


Good question, B&M!

Port’s Passenger Terminal Turns 50

22 Dec 2010
December 22, 2010

One of my favourite places to swing by of an afternoon is the south side of the Port, there’s always something going on on the dock side, or a ship coming in or heading out, and of course it’s great for sunsets. I also just found out that the grand old passenger terminal just down from the sheds turned 50 years old a couple of weeks ago.

Fremantle Port Authority hostess Carla Visschedyk and Orient Line’s SS Orsova at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal in 1961. Nice hat luv.

Fremantle Port Authority hostess Carla Visschedyk and Orient Line’s SS Orsova at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal in 1961. Nice hat luv.

This year the passenger terminal welcomed its biggest ever ship – the Queen Mary 2 – which will be making a return visit on 17th February, followed by Cunard’s newest wagon – The Queen Elizabeth – later in March. 100,000 people turned out to see the QM2 this year and it’s been estimated that last year, the cruise shipping industry generated approx 95 million bucks of expenditure in Perth, including wages income of about $24.8 million and about 419 full-time jobs*. Sweet indeed. I would like to see more people wearing those panama hats and retro jackets though.

*Pictures and stats courtesy of Fremantle Ports… thanks guys!

Guerrilla Restoration

06 Jul 2010
July 6, 2010

Friend of Freo Reboot recently alerted us to a guerrilla restoration project…

Everyone knows the hand painted boxing kangaroo on the side of The National Hotel you also may have noticed that it’s been defaced fro quite a while.

No more! A band of devilishly handsome young men, to quote Reboot, took it upon themselves to make this wrong a right. The DHYM see their efforts as an interim measure until Fremantle Council get a professional restoration team in to finish the job on the famous heritage sign.

Restoration Station

Restoration Station

Before & After

Before & After

I heart FAC

12 May 2010
May 12, 2010

Today I took some photos at Fremantle Arts Centre and just couldn’t get over the fact how amazing it is to have such a magical space right here in Fremantle. Gosh, we are lucky!