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Latest additions
Ewers' appendices.
Notes on and genealogies - thanks to Rob Ward - for families of: Wallace Bickley and John Monger.
Robert Hanlin, Scots Church founder.
Yeldham House, Bardrop House & Cottage.
Fremantle History Society summer newsletter.
Pages for the Fishermen's Co-operative and the Fishing Boat Harbour.
Page for Leigh Straw, historian and author.
Notes on and genealogies (researched by Rob Ward) for the families of: Adam Armstrong, Bateman, J.G. Broomhall, John Chipper, J.J. Harwood, Mary Higham, Richard Jones, Thomas Mews, Silas Pearse, Edmund Stirling, Francis Ward, and Richard White.
Local Identity & Design Code: Central Fremantle, City of Fremantle, 2009.
Edmund Stirling, 1894, A Brief History of Western Australia.
Horace Stirling, 1925, 'Recollections of Perth'.
Frederick Bell, WA's first VC.
Richard Honey, James Port, Bunning brothers. Birkdale House.
Powerhouse near Arthur Head.
Carmen Lawrence on Fremantle heritage and density (withdrawn at the request of the © holder).

We have been told by informed and impressively qualified people from outside Fremantle that our city is unique, that it has a remarkable and intensely valuable character and atmosphere that give it a special sense of place. We readily agree, because we who work and live here already know all these things. Yet we are doing nothing to safeguard it ... no efforts to protect it, and none to positively enhance it. As a result we are sitting back and presiding over the certain destruction of this unique place. And the crudest absurdity is that we are doing it in the name of that great sacred cow - PROGRESS. Progress is (thought to be) mindlessly, aimlessly good for Fremantle. Learning nothing from the bitter experience of other cities (and previous generations of this one), we plunge blindly along the same path they followed before us and will inexorably reach the same dismal destination, a dehumanised collection of concrete anonymities. The basic credo is that dollars make us happy. It is a simple creed which helps make it popular. We don’t have to think, it allows us to welcome with gratitude, from a kneeling position, the proposals of any and every developer who condescends to bestow his favours upon Fremantle. How could we possibly say no? There is a dollar involved. ... From the architect, the late Robin McKellar Campbell (2019), citing Murray Edmonds, Deputy Town Clerk (1973).

'Fremantle Stuff is becoming a very reliable fact-checker and throws up a few unexpected nuggets along the way.' Steve Grant, Fremantle Herald.

The first people, Whadjuk Nyoongar, knew this place as Walyalup, possibly for tens of thousands of years. Stirling called it Fremantle less than two hundred years ago.

Garry Gillard | Email me | New: September, 2014 | Now: 2 April, 2020