Events / Local History

2015 Fremantle Heritage Festival 8-17 May

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The Fremantle Heritage Festival, an annual community event brought to you by the City of Fremantle, showcases the stories that make up the rich tapestry of Fremantle both in the distant past and our childhoods. The festival honours and explores the settlement and early days of Fremantle, while revelling in the nostalgia of not-so-distant memories.

Come down and delve into the vintage, retro and historical fabric of Fremantle throughout the 10-day festival.

View the full program here.

Below are some highlights presented by the Fremantle History Centre.

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History, Heritage and Bowls

Join us at the Fremantle Bowling Club for an entertaining day of history, heritage and bowls. The Fremantle Bowling Club was established on 1 November 1896 on the site of the present tennis clubs. Come along and find out some of the amazing history of the club and watch the Fremantle Club play the Mount Lawley Bowling Club using bowls from earlier days. There will also be a short presentation on the history of the club as well as viewings of the club’s history in photographs.

Date: 1.pm – 5.00pm, Saturday 9 May

Location: Fremantle Bowling Club, 6 Ellen Street

Price: FREE

Booking info: RSVPs essential. Email lhc@fremantle.wa.gov.au or call 9432 9739.

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Treasures from the Trunk – recording your family history

Looking for inspiration to start your family history? Local writer and documentary film maker , Lyn Dale, shares the story of her grandmother, a 25 year old domestic servant who embarked on the bride ship Banffshire from London. Join Lyn as she shares what she has done to store this history and keep it relevant for future generations

Date: 10.00am – 12.00noon, Tuesday 12 May

Location: Fremantle City Library, 8 William Street

Price: FREE

Booking info: RSVPs essential. Email lhc@fremantle.wa.gov.au or call 9432 9739.

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Catalogue conundrums and website whimsies

Have you ever struggled to find what you are looking for in our catalogue or website? Leonie Hayes and Tricia Fairweather, Family History Subject Specialists at the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA), will introduce some of the family history resources that are made available by SLWA and how you can find them online. Whether it is a blog, Facebook page, subject guides, bookmarks, e-resources, catalogued items or private archives – you are sure to discover resources you were not aware of. You will also learn a few tricks along the way.

Date: 2.30pm – 4.00pm, Tuesday 12 May

Location: Fremantle City Library, 8 William Street

Price: FREE

Booking info: RSVPs essential. Email lhc@fremantle.wa.gov.au or call 9432 9739.

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Fremantle takes shape: 1829 – 1837

Join keen historian, Dr Steve Errington, to see how the development of the Town of Fremantle can be traced from a splendid collection of maps, sketches and watercolour paintings. We have Surveyor-General John Septimus Roe’s original pencil sketch from 1829 showing Cliff Street and High Street as well as formal town plans which show Kings Square moving about, and a series of paintings showing how a straggling village emerged, split in two by swamps. These culminate in Charles Wittenoom’s beautiful topographical watercolour of the West End, captured in 1837 from near the Round House.

Date: 10.30am – 11.30am, Thursday 14 May

Location: Fremantle City Library, 8 William Street

Price: FREE

Booking info: RSVPs essential. Email lhc@fremantle.wa.gov.au or call 9432 9739.

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