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.

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