Did you ever fancy yourself as Indian Jones? This month’s meeting takes us face to face with the intriguing world of archaeology and its growing role in historical research. In the past the archives were the historian’s second home, but now, the evidence uncovered in an archaeological dig can turn the archival record on its head. Scott Chisholm and his team will give us a special insight into the world of archaeology and tells us tales of recent discoveries and how they have helped us better understand Fremantle’s and indeed Western Australia’s, past.
The meeting is Tuesday 26 March and starts at 6.30pm at Terra Rosa, 346 South Terrace (cnr South Terrace and Scott St), South Fremantle. Looking forward to seeing you there.
The Fremantle Society would like to find out what makes you tick and what it would take to get you involved in community work. There are many unhappy, dissatisfied people in Fremantle who shake their head and tell me they have no idea any more how the City of Fremantle works.
(the shameful neglect of Western Australia’s oldest terrace housing)
John Dowson, Fremantles’ respected historical author also former deputy mayor of the City of Fremantle and president of the Fremantle Society, has written to the premier Colin Barnett concerning the neglect of Western Austalia’s oldest terraced houses. The document was sent via FICRA to the premier urging him to take some action towards saving this historic group of buildings.
I received a letter from the Department of Defence about the future of the historic Married Quarter Cottages near the Fremantle old traffic bridge and Army Museum. Defence wrote they are finalising the sale of the cottages to Defence Housing Australia (DHA) and once the sale is finalised and approved by parliament “renovations in a standard suitable for ADF personnel whilst protecting their heritage values” will be undertaken. The work will start in 2014 and DHA expects occupation of the heritage cottages by 2015.
It is good that the Fremantle Society pressure and that of Fremantle Labor MP Melissa Parke will finally see action to protect, renovate and make use of the cottages, but the time line is still very slow. Does it really have to take all of 2013 to finalise a contract between two government department?
We are still waiting for action by the Western Australian Department of Housing to get some action going on the neglected Warders Cottages in Henderson Street. It is a disgrace that there appears to be no urgency to resolve this. They are an eyesore in the centre of the city next to the popular Fremantle Markets and are falling apart. Why does it take a year to decide to hand them to the National Trust or the City of Fremantle when quick fix promises are made on about everything as prok barreling exercises before the election? The Colin Barnett coalition government obviously cares little for our heritage but has got plenty of money to waste on a sports stadium, Elizabeth Quay, developing beaches, etc.