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Maritime Museum

This is a 2002 building on the westernmost end of Victoria Quay, the southern wharf of Fremantle Harbour, designed by architects Cox Howlett and Bailey Woodland.

maritime museum

This museum opened in December 2002 and has already won several awards: Best New Tourist Development and top Significant Tourist Attraction (Western Australian Tourism Awards, 2003); Best Heritage and Cultural Tourism Attraction (Western Australian Tourism Awards, 2004); Australia’s Best New Tourism Development (Australian Tourism Awards, 2004). The building also won the top prize in the 2005 State Architecture Awards, Master Builders Association Awards and Engineering Excellence Awards, and a Fremantle Heritage Award.

The museum has six galleries devoted to particular themes: the lndian Ocean, Fremantle and the Swan River, Fishing (including whaling), Cargoes, Naval Defence and Boats (from a canoe to Australia II). The collection of boats includes two famous yachts: Australia II and Parry Endeavour. Australia II, with its revolutionary ‘winged keel’, won the America’s Cup in 1985. Parry Endeavour is the yacht in which the Western Australian sailor, Jon Sanders, circumnavigated the world three times, nonstop, on his own. He set the record of 657 days for a single solo voyage. Hutchison, 2006.

References and Links

Hutchison, David, 2006, 'Walk 1: Victoria Quay', Fremantle Walks.

Notes about the concept of the Maritime Museum in Fremantle, the newsletter of the Fremantle Society: July 1995August 19982000 Special.


Garry Gillard | New: 9 January, 2019 | Now: 17 February, 2019