Local History

Fremantle Heritage Festival


As part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival, there are several events on at Local History in the Fremantle City Library. All events are free – Call Pam or Kristi on 9432 9739 to book a place.

Display : 90th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Sunday 4th May 1919 is remembered in Western Australian history as “Bloody Sunday”. On that day at Victoria Quay a body of lumpers clashed with a body of heavily armed police. One lumper, Thomas Edwards, was mortally wounded and died several days later. This exhibition will explore the events surrounding this day with the use of documents, photographs and memorabilia from the Local History Collection.
29th May – 5th June 9.30 – 5.00pm

Bloody Sunday : a talk by David Hutchison

David Hutchison lives in Fremantle, is a member of the Fremantle History Society, and has a keen interest in the history of Fremantle. He has written several articles on this event which occurred on the Fremantle Wharf on 4th May 1919
Thursday 4th June 2.00pm

Wendy Lugg – exploring history, place and identity.

Wendy Lugg is currently undertaking an arts residency with the Royal WA Historical Society. Wendy will talk about the family heritage and journey of discovery which eventually led her to the Society’s doorstep. Fremantle Port looms large in this story, witnessing the comings and goings of generations of family members. This event is supported by the Fremantle History Society
Friday 5th June 10.00am

Timetrackers – Stepping Stones to the Past : an introduction to Family History with Mike Murray

An introduction to tracing your own family history using resources available here in Western Australia. The talk covers Getting started; The basics of family history; BDMs (Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates) – the first stepping stones; Census records; Church records; Telling your story
Tuesday 2nd June 10.00 – 11.30am

Researching your House History with Kris Bizzaca

Kristy Bizzaca, a renowned historical researcher, will conduct a workshop explaining the process of how you go about researching your house and its history. Kristy will show you how to use rate books dating back to 1880 to find out when the house was built and who lived and owned the property at any given date. Come along and learn about this fascinating process and watch as your house slowly reveals its secrets.
Wednesday 3rd June 12.00 – 1.30pm