The Fremantle Society has had its first 2011 full Committee meeting since our AGM and I am delighted to tell you 2 vacancies on Committee are filled.  Pam Hartree is welcomed as Hon Secretary; you may know Pam in her role Head of Local History Section of Fremantle Library she is also an Associate Member of Australian Library and Information Association.  Clearly she will bring a lot of experience and wisdom to the Committee.

Kate House was also co-opted to the Committee.  Kate has worked on the Planning & Heritage committee in 2010 and we welcome her continued involvement in the Society. The several Society members who attended the meeting were welcomed and we encourage more in future.

Other agenda items included Fremantle Heritage Festival programmed for the end of May.  The Society is committed to working with Council and local stakeholders to ensure the continued success of this longstanding local event.  If you or your business wish to be involved contact us, it would be great to have you on board.  The Society will also contribute to the newly announced National Heritage Week in April – with a National focus.

Ongoing planning issues include the US Laundry at FAC, The Old Royal George in East Fremantle, and a new hotel at Little Creatures.

It is great to finally have a home and a wardroom to hold our meetings; the Society has truly come of age.

Jon Strachan

Author: Jon Strachan

Jon is a long term Society member who was President of the Society in 2011. He lives in J.D. Cockhill’s former stables in South Fremantle and is currently working towards a Masters in Sustainability at Curtin University. Jon’s other community work included being a Councillor for Fremantle from 2005 to 2009. “The Society does some great work in Fremantle; as President I intend to promote that work to the broader community. My dream is to see heritage being central in the urban renewal Fremantle needs to have”. Contact Jon at, 0417 901 809, or

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