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



Freo 2029 is a bold visionary plan designed to ‘unlock the potential of Fremantle as a vibrant and sustainable centre’.

Arising from a community consultation process it aims to link and reinvigorate the various precincts of the port city. But what are the implications for the city’s sometimes vulnerable heritage places? Is there recognition of and support for intangible heritage vital to an ongoing sense of place and sustaining connections to a time before European settlement?

In this presentation, Mayor Brad Pettitt will outline his vision for the City of Fremantle and the place of heritage within it.

Join us at the City of Fremantle Library on Tuesday 23 April at 6PM followed by a light supper.

This meeting is part of the National Trust’s Australian Heritage Festival.

Image LH000543 Courtesy Fremantle History Centre.


The next general meeting of the Fremantle History Society will be held on 26 March at 6pm at the Fremantle Library which is located in the grounds of Fremantle Oval, Just enter through the library entrance.

There will be a presentation by author, Linda Bettenay, please see below for more information.


Linda was born in Roleystone into a pioneering orcharding family who have farmed the land since 1901 and have lived in the area since 1895.

Linda’s stimulus to write her first novel has come from the discovery of an amazing, true story of an event in her husband’s family.
This story was kept secret from the family over the years and was only recently uncovered. Linda’s books are based in our state’s history – steeped in our pioneering past and cover the two world wars. In her talks Linda explains how he uses historical fact to weave historical fiction.

‘Secrets Mothers Keep’, ‘Wishes for Starlight’ and ‘The Apple Core Wars’ make up the ‘Secrets Series’. Linda’s books will be available for sale on the night for $25

Join us Tuesday 26 March at 6pm at the City of Fremantle Library to hear Linda talk about her journey. Meeting to be followed by
our regular convivial supper.

Hope to see you all there.