Fremantle Stuff > Buildings > Cold Stores
Queen Victoria Street (formerly Cantonment Road) - site of Plympton House, c. 1880-
This building complex has had multiple identities and various names, and I'm using the one that seems to be most common, tho it's not 'official'. The snap below shows a plaque on one of the walls in Queen Victoria Street, giving quite comprehensive information about the complex.
This site has a rich background. Initially home for early settlers, the Pearses and their North West station connections; and the last for pioneer civil engineer Charles Yelverton O'Connor who had an office on the wharf nearby. The legendary figure rode out from here on his horse on the morning of March 10, 1902, to South Beach, where he took his own life.
Remnants of a tram depot shed, a foundry, powerhouse, and the Fremantle Cold Storage Company can all be linked to the development and growth of Fremantle Inner Harbour.
The final industrial use of this site was for the Fremantle Sardine Company's fish processing, canning and distribution. This office building facade [on which the plaque is fixed] pre-dates 1914 in part and has World War 1 associations.
Government media statement, 1999
Garry Gillard | New: 23 December, 2018 | Now: 9 March, 2020