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Fremantle Heritage Festival 2013 at the library

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The Fremantle Heritage Festival is an annual celebration of one the city’s best assets – its historic character, making it a unique place in which to live, work and play. During the festival, Fremantle comes alive with music, events, workshops, tours, activities and awards that connect locals and visitors to the city through its rich history. Come join the library and local history section in celebrating the festival and discover, reacquaint and immerse yourself in the heritage of this unique port city.

Debunking the Myth: CY O’Connor
Did you grow up believing CY O’Connor killed himself because his pipeline failed? The National Trust’s engaging Golden Pipeline expert Diana Frylinck will discuss the myth associated with the death of the engineering genius and some of the theories surrounding it.
Date:  Monday 27 May, 10.30am
Where: Local History, Fremantle City LIbrary
Price: Free
Bookings: 9432 9739

Furphy on Fremantle
Australian author Joseph Furphy lived & worked in Fremantle from 1905 until 1912. He described the town vividly to his mother in letters. The talk will draw from these letters. Furphy’s sons owned the Furphy Foundry in Grey St., Fremantle. In conjunction with the talk, there will be a display of items & books relating to Joseph Furphy (Tom Collins).
Date: Wednesday 29 May, 10.30am – 11.30am
Where: Local History, Fremantle City Library
Price: Free
Bookings: 9384 4771

Researching Your House History
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.
Date: Tuesday 28 May, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Local History, Fremantle City Library
Price: Free
Bookings: 9432 9739

Sights and Sounds of the South Fremantle Power Station
Listen to the voice of workers from the power station as well as viewing historical and contemporary images of the building. A brief outline of the building’s history will also be presented.
Date:Wednesday 29 May, 2pm – 3pm
Where: Local History, Fremantle City Library
Price: Free
Bookings: 9432 9739

Discover the Hidden Treasures at Your Library
Presentation by the Local History Librarian followed by a walk through Local History’s treasure chest of Fremantle and East Fremantle heritage.
Date: Tuesday 28 May, 10am – 11am
Where: One Stop Shop, Kings Square, 8 William Street
Price: Free
Bookings: 9432 9812

Time Honoured Tales – Rediscover some old favourites at a special Heritage Week Storytime for 2-5 year olds. Classic stories, rhymes and songs plus a simple craft activity.
Date: Saturday 26 May, 11am – 12pm
Where: Fremantle City Library, 8 William Street
Price: Free

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