We will venture out of Fremantle for the November general meeting, all the way to Cockburn, to Azelia Ley Homestead Museum. The heritage listed residence was built in 1923 and offers a glimpse into the life of a prosperous settler family.The Cockburn Historical Society oversees the running of the museum and will provide us with a guided tour of the museum. Meet inside the park, on the western side of Manning Lake. Members of CHS will join us for Christmas drinks and nibbles in the garden after the tour.


Manning Park Azelia Road, Hamilton Hill

Sunday 28th November 2021

3.30 pm tour of homestead

4.00 pm drinks in the garden

We look forward to seeing you there.

Photograph – Fremantle History Centre LH000993
Davilak Homestead n.d.
(now Azelia Ley Homestead Museum)

Pub Lunch – Fremantle Sailing Club

Fremantle Sailing Club 2007 – Image LH005320 Fremantle History Centre

151 Marine Terrace, Fremantle

Sunday 22 August 11.30 am

Our August meeting will be lunch at the Fremantle Sailing Club. We’re starting at 11.30 am in the State Room, with a presentation by the Club Archivist, Carolyn Jupp, who will give a short, illustrated talk on the history of the club. The State Room is on the first floor and can be accessed by the stairs, or a lift, which is to the left as you enter. There will be time for questions before we go down to the galley/restaurant (which looks out to the marina) for lunch at approximately 12.15pm.

Items on the bar menu will be available for purchase and drinks may be bought over the bar.

If you would like to come to this event, please rsvp to by no later than Wednesday 18 August.

Deck Chair Theatre Poster Auction

No. 16 Krakour

The Deck Chair Theatre operated from 1984 – 2012. During that time it produced over 100 performances. The mounted posters in this collection represent just some of the plays. The Fremantle History Society worked for over 12 years to save the substantial archives of the theatre and the majority of materials are now held by the State Library of WA. Also held are digitised copies of audio visual materials which the Society was able to digitise with the help of a grant from the WA History Foundation. The posters in this collection are duplicates of posters now at the State Library and we are offering them for sale by way of a silent auction.

  1. Bids will be taken from this time forward and can be made up until the close of the Society’s AGM on Sunday 25 July 2021.
  2. Bids will be received by Allen Graham, the Society’s President via a text message, or email message. Text to 0412 933 360, or email to  Messages will be acknowledged and details will remain confidential.
  3. You will need to show your name, the number of the poster, or posters, and the price offered for the respective piece. 
  4. On every Saturday that falls between the opening of the auction and 25 July 2021 the Society will post a list of how many bids have been made for a poster so that you will be able to see how much interest there is in a poster. 
  5. Successful bidders will be notified after the AGM and the winning price per poster will be listed on our social sites. 
  6. Successful bidders will be required to pay for the poster before taking possession of it. Similarly, any cost of postage will also need to be paid by the successful bidder.
  7. Collection details will be provided in the successful bid message.
  8. The Society’s AGM will be held at Sullivan Hall, 2 Nannine Avenue, White Gum Valley on Sunday 25 July 2021at which time the posters will be on display. The posters can be viewed from 2.00 pm and bids can be made up to the time that the President declares the AGM closed. The AGM will commence at 2.30.

Victoria Quay Heritage Listing

View over Victoria Quay 1930s – Photographer George Davidson – Fremantle History Centre Image LH002382

The Fremantle History Society has sent a submission to the Heritage Council of WA regarding the proposed permanent listing of Victoria Quay. The committee consider the site to be of major significance to the history and heritage of Fremantle. A copy of the submission can be accessed at the link below.

Naming of Kings Square

The Fremantle History Society recently sent a submission to the City of Fremantle regarding the naming of Kings Square. It provides an historical perspective on the naming of places and how all facets of the history of the place need to be considered.

See the full document at the link below.

The City of Fremantle also has information about the naming at the link below’s-name-help-us-get-it-right

Kings Square c1960s – Image E000072-01 Fremantle History Centre

Beerporium Event


Be sure not to miss this event, details below

Adaptive reuse in action 


13 South Terrace, First Floor, Fremantle 

Tuesday 27th April 6.00 pm 

The Evan Davies Building was built in 1899 as the Fremantle Literary Institute and was typical of gold boom era buildings. Over the years, the building has housed a number of different uses. Today the upstairs areas are leased and used by Beerpourium: purveyors of craft beers and wood fired tucker. 

At our April meeting Jon Strachan and Alan Kelsall will provide an overview of the history of the building and its various uses while we get the chance to enjoy drinks from the bar and sample some of the wood fired fare. 

The meeting is proud to be part of the Australian Heritage Festival, the theme of which is ‘Our heritage for the future’. What better way to celebrate this topic than by exploring how heritage buildings can continue to have a place in our community today. 

The owner is opening Beerpourium just for us so we will be able to have a good look around the premises and enjoy their wares without the noise and fuss of others. Platters of food from the wood fired ovens will be available. Drinks from the bar. 

Cost $10.00 each to cover the platters. 

Please RSVP to: by Friday 23 April. 

Evan Davies Civic Library – Fremantle History Centre Image LH00736

On this day in July in Fremantle

On the 1st of July 1919 this photograph was taken of 20-year old nurse Ivy Preddy. She worked at the No. 8 Australian General Hospital in South Terrace during WWI.

Have you ever wondered what happened in Fremantle over the years? The link below takes you to snippets of information about people places and events which occurred in the month of July. Some have images relating to the story.

On this day in July

Thanks to Sabrina Bednarski who compiled the list for each month of the year whilst working at the Fremantle History Centre.

Thanks also to the Fremantle History Centre for the information and photographs.

North Fremantle Railway Bridge Collapse 1926 : An accident waiting to happen?

Photograph courtesy of Fremantle History Centre LH003049

In late April 2020 the state government committed $230m for a replacement for the Fremantle Traffic Bridge built as a temporary structure in 1938. Rail options will also be considered as part of the project.

Read about the drama of the collapse of the second railway bridge in this timely piece by Heather Campbell.

North Fremantle Railway Bridge Collapse 1926 An accident waiting to happen?

The Bubonic Plague in Fremantle by Dr Michelle McKeough

This isn’t the first time Western Australia’s isolation has protected it from the worst of a pandemic. The Bubonic Plague killed millions over a 6 year period at the beginning of the last century but WA remained reasonably unscathed. Fremantle was the main point of infection though. Read more about it in Michelle McKeogh’s fascinating piece.

Bubonic Plague