Local History

Early photographs of Fremantle – Fremantle Heritage Festival 2016

As part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival, view photographs and the history of convict photographer Stephen Stout at the Fremantle History Centre, Monday – Friday from 27 May 2016 until 10 June 2016.


Stephen Montague Stout, opalotype, 1880s. Photo courtesy R. Williams
William Pearse’s Butcher’s shop & dwelling, 1870s, taken by Stephen Stout. Source: Fremantle History Centre

 Born in 1831, he was transported to WA at the age of 27 in 1858 with three charges of stealing. Stout worked as a Government teacher at Australind, the Perth Barracks School and at Geraldton. He had a career in photography, taking some of the earliest views of Fremantle and Perth. Stout then became a journalist, starting up newspapers in Geraldton before working briefly as editor of the Daily News. He died suddenly in Perth in 1886, leaving six orphaned children.


Display at the Fremantle History Centre