Fremantle Australia Day fireworks at Arthur Head with one of the heritage Pilot’s cottages in the foreground. It was the last Australia Day where people lived on Arthur Head. After April 6 this year there will be no residents at Captain’s Lane as they will have to move out of their homes to make way for artist’s studios. The other photos are taken at Bathers Beach itself.
(Photos by Roel Loopers & Peter Zuvela)

Photo by Roel Loopers
Photo by Roel Loopers
Photo by Peter Zuvela
Photo by Peter Zuvela
Photo by Peter Zuvela


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.

Roel Loopers


As an individual, I am Fremantle born, however my parents come from Croatia. The Zuvelas have maintained a strong contact with the old country.

One of the positive aspects of Croatia that I have noticed is that along their coast there remains a certain amount of respect for the heritage. There are plenty of buildings, markets, city squares relating  back to their Roman, Venetian and Austrian past. They have important economic value in the present day as tourist attractions.

Why are there plenty of them? Well you see, they haven’t been knocked down or removed? It is a simple concept that works nicely.

One of the most famous cities that remains relatively intact is Dubrovnik. It used to be the capital of the Republic of Ragusa and of course there are many more intact cities along the Croatian coast and on the islands. When I was over there the last time I noticed that it’s an accepted everyday fact of life that the old part of the city remains as it is (and it is mostly maintained, lived in and used). Most of the old cities and towns along the coast of Croatia don’t have high-rise near the old city centre. What we have is a belt of low-rise surrounding the old part of the town.

This urban planning helps retain the unique history of the cities with value placed on maintenance and retention of the old buildings and parks. Maybe we could be looking at something like that happening here in Fremantle. :)

Peter Zuvela

FS Newsletter Out Now

Small image of page 1 of the newsletterThe latest newsletter is out now and available for you to download. Items in this edition include:

  • Shameful heritage neglect in Fremantle
  • Workers Club resurrection confirms that Freo is a special place
  • President’s report
  • The Society and the Heritage Festival
  • Goodbye to heritage architect Agnieshka Kiera
  • Primary school writing contest for Heritage Festival
  • Near miss — State Heritage Awards
  • Bigger isn’t better
  • Round House round-up

Download the July 2012 Fremantle Society Newsletter now (in PDF format, 5.2MB, from the Internet Archive).

Lunchbox Heritage: Fremantle, the way Primary School Kids see it!

Part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Photo of pink and blue lunchboxes.Fremantle is more than just coffee and ice cream. So much more!

Fremantle is its places and its people, its buildings and its neighbourhoods and its rich history and heritage.

As part of this year’s Heritage Festival celebrations the Fremantle Society is sponsoring a competition to give you a chance to have your say about what makes Fremantle so special to you.

Year 4-5 students (Junior)

1st Prize Signed copy of the book Fighting for Fremantle and a $25 voucher;
2nd Prize $20 voucher;
3rd Prize: $15 voucher

Year 6-7 students (Senior)

1st Prize: Signed copy of the book Fighting for Fremantle plus $40 voucher;
2nd Prize: $25 voucher;
3rd Prize: $15 voucher

Write one page telling us about a place, building, person or thing that makes Fremantle special to you or your family. Heritage Week is a time to for thinking about the local places and their special history and heritage and what they mean to the way we feel about where we live.
We want you to be as creative as you can, but remember to include a description of the place or thing you are writing about and an explanation of why it’s special to you.
Because it will help us understand what it is that you value about your community or neighborhood.
Complete your entry by Friday 25 May and hand it to your Principal’s Office, post it to the Fremantle Society or e-mail it to us.
The Winning entries will be displayed at the Town Hall on Sun 3 June and announced in the Fremantle Society newsletter, advertised in the Herald and posted on the Society website
Please contact Henty Farrar on 9335 2672.