Save the Date!

What : Fremantle Studies Day 2022

Where : Sullivan Hall, 2 Nannine Avenue, White Gum Valley

When : Sunday 30th October 2022, 1 – 5 pm

Dr. Dorothy Erickson – Artists of Fremantle
James Paratore – Fremantle Fishermen Lost at Sea
Bob Gordon – Music in Fremantle
Jan Rodda – Growing up in Freo

It’s an interesting line-up so put the date in your diary. 

Our amazing afternoon tea will also be served.


Julian Rossi Ashton (1851-1942), Fremantle Lighthouse Aug. 18 1887, watercolour on paper, 24 x 34cm. Courtesy private collection.

Tensions on the Waterfront

Tuesday September 27th, 2022

5.00-7.00 pm 

Walyalup Civic Centre – Mardoo Room 

151 High Street, Fremantle, 6160 

Come along to hear local historian, Daniel A Elias, who is writing a thesis on Fremantle’s waterfront history, exploring the relationships and difficulties between the maritime workers, shipping companies and state institutions, and how this has shaped Australia’s maritime sector.

Refreshments will be served before the talk. 

WA State Industrial Disputes Committee 1919
Image LH2770 Fremantle History Centre

This committee was formed by Premier Colebatch on 28.04.1919 to organise negotiations between the Lumpers Union, the shipping employers and the Government over the unloading of the SS Dimboola. The dispute over the Dimboola led to “Bloody Sunday”.

WA Fishers Lost At Sea Memorial Project – ASSISTANCE Required

Fishing Boat Harbour Fremantle 2007 – Image LH005328
Fremantle History Centre

James Paratore ( a FHS member and member of this project) will be presenting a paper on this topic at the Fremantle History Society’s Annual Studies Day on the 30th October 2022 at Sullivan Hall, White Gum Valley. More information will be forthcoming closer to the time.

Please help if you can, see below.

“Lady with the Hurricane Lamp”

(WA Fishers Lost at Sea Memorial – Flat Sea Memorial Project)

What Inspired Us 

“In 1916 two fishing vessels left Port Denison to fish as this was their livelihood. Harold the father and young son Francis in one boat, with elder sons Theodore and Albert in the other. By mid-afternoon with the breeze freshening Harold and young Francis returned to port, leaving brothers Theodore and Albert to do one more drift before heading home. They never returned. For many years their grieving mother Elizabeth each evening would walk to the Port Denison Point and as the sun went down over the horizon, she would light her hurricane lamp in the hope this would one day guide her boys’ home.” They never came home.

Who We Are

We are a committee, formed in late 2021 dedicated to the recognition of the hundreds of fisher men and women who have lost their lives in pursuit of the development and operation of commercial fishing in Western Australia, since early settlement. We are in the process of Incorporating an Association that details out objectives and will call for membership shortly.

We need help

We need help in so many areas. Undertaking the research and writing the stories is an onerous task and we are appreciative of any help and information we can get. Let’s preserve our history and the memory of those who never returned home.

Can you help?

If you can help in any way, we would like to hear from you.

Contact Email: OR

Fremantle Baseball Club – Request for Information

The Fremantle History Society has had a request from someone looking for images and information about the Fremantle Baseball Club. The Fremantle History Centre has some resources and I have uploaded one of three images they have online. Please contact the Secretary at if you can assist.

1938: Standing behind are: from left: Jack Paine; Billy (Cocky) Roach; Arthur Read; …..; Ernie Pass; Jack Monaghan. Kneeling: Bill Sheldrake; …..; Allen Harken. Seated: Hedley D Whitbread; Alby Smith.

Photograph courtesy of the Fremantle History Centre, Image No. LH002452


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