Heritage Festival events

For this year’s Heritage Festival the Fremantle Society is sponsoring the events listed below.

This is an interesting cross section — to have fun and celebrate the diversity of our heritage and our people. We hope you will attend as many events as you can!

We do need some help with organising on the first event — registering people and organising result sheers and checking winners. If you can help out on the day, can you let Henty know as soon as possible (on 0438 85129)? Thanks!

  1. Amazing Place Race Saturday 10/05/2014 commencing 1 PM — start and finish at J Shed.
  2. Storytelling Circle. Tuesday 13/05/2014 at 3:30 PM — Chamber of Commerce boardroom — leader: Roel
  3. Club Crawl. Friday 16/05/2014 commencing 5 PM — leader: Don
  4. Fort Knox Discovery Tour. Saturday 17/05/2014 at 1 PM — leader: developer representative.
  5. Freopaedia introduction. Saturday 17/05/2014 at 1 PM — leader: Gideon
  6. Discover Coffee Cycle (you need your bike for this one). Sunday 18/05/2014 commencing 11 AM at Moores Building — leader: Henty.

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).

Joint letter to Editor

Dear Editor

We write in response to “Reece a lone voice against festival plan” (Herald12-2-11) as the Presidents of Fremantle’s community based history and heritage organisations. We represent members with a wide range of ages and professional expertise that have strong connections to the city’s past and who are committed to its sustainable future. Both organisations believe that, through a knowledge and understanding of and commitment to our past, our cultural capital is enhanced and enriched.

We therefore believe it is vital to maintain an independent Heritage Festival that increases understanding of the past and engages in a broader debate that focuses on the future. A well-run heritage festival allows the Fremantle community and visitors to be part of that process.

We dispute the proposition that the Heritage Festival is untenable and believe that it is not only sustainable but, by reviewing its charter and including events that allow opportunities for participants to engage in a broader dialogue, we will enhance its current profile and ensure the Heritage Festival is a highlight of Fremantle’s rich calendar of events.  In retaining and enlivening the Heritage Festival we contribute to the economic, social and environmental benefits enjoyed by our port city.

Bigger is not better. Bigger means one voice is diminished at best, lost at worst. We encourage the council to review and refine the Heritage Festival and to ensure that the international reputation Fremantle enjoys continues to engage and challenge locals and visitors alike.


Jon Strachan, President Fremantle Society and Anne Brake, President, Fremantle History Society