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In Fremantle there was only one building called The Barracks. However, there were other buildings that housed related organisations.


This Wray/Manning 1857 plan shows 'buildings erected and in progress also new buildings provided for in Annual Estimate 1857-58 coloured yellow.' Campbell: 7.20 (part): the colouring is unfortunately not available. The street along the top left diagonal is South Terrace; the street on the top right diagonal is Henderson St. North is to the right, not the top.

The Barracks housed the Enrolled Pensioner Force. The building was in South Terrace from 1853 until some time in the 1950s, and was built to house the ex-soldiers who were assigned to guard the convicts on ships when transportation started in 1850.

Sappers and Miners (later Royal Engineers) also had barracks in the same general area, on Henderson St (mainly) and also on South Terrace - where there were three (two?) cottages for the families of 'instructing warders' (sappers who instructed and supervised the work of convicts).

And there was also housing for the 'discipline warders' in the form of the Warders Cottages, most of which still exist in Henderson St. There was another building on the western side of the street, where there is now a multi-storey carpark.

References and Links

Campbell, Robin McKellar 2010, Building the Fremantle Convict Establishment, PhD, UWA (Faculty of Architecture). Available online to download (not from this site) as a 40MB PDF.

Pensioner Barracks
Royal Engineers (Sapper and Miners)
Convict Establishment
Fremantle History Centre

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