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Fremantle Park

Fremantle Park was given in 1879 for the use of the people of Fremantle by Queen Victoria. More than half of it has been taken away by government departments. What's left is bordered by Ellen, Parry and Ord Streets. Tennis and Bowling clubs are in the Parry/Ellen St corner of Fremantle Park, while most of the rest of what is left of the original grant is a playing field (which is also used occasionally for 'events').

From February 2020 the Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre will house the Tennis, Bowls, and Workers Clubs in a new building on Ellen Street. Work began 1 April 2019, with handover now expected 29 January 2020.

Official opening of the Freo Park Centre: Sunday 23 February 2020.

First performance by an overseas artist in the new Centre: Rory McLeod, 8-11pm, Friday 21 February 2020, Fremantle Park.


Photo courtesy of Roel Loopers, featuring the heritage tramlines holding up the lights at the Bowling Club. John Reed's camera can be seen in the top left of the photo.

The progress photo below, taken by the camera above, shows a recent state of the project. Click/tap image for larger size.

park centre

Click/tap here for the video of John Reed's timelapse project, April-September 2019.

John Reed's Timelapse project is supported by the Bendigo Community Bank.

The Management Committee of the Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre is chaired by Lawrence Apps, with Donald Whittington as Deputy, Matthew Ngui, Secretary, and Keith Bowden, Treasurer. Laurie Apps is currently also President of the Tennis Club, Don Whittington President of the Workers Club, and Matthew Ngui and Keith Bowden are respectively President and VP of the Bowling Club. Other members of the committee: Phil Bayley (Tennis), Adele Carles (Workers), Ellis Griffiths (Workers), Tricia Hille (Tennis), Geoff Paganoni (Bowls)

Original boundaries of Fremantle Park - map drawn before 1852 when the cemetery was established in the top right corner. Stirling Street and Asylum Road were not built as shown. The northern part of Stirling Street became Shuffrey Street and Ord Street now follows approximately the southern part of 'Asylum Road'.

The original 45 acre reserve originally included nearly all the land between Ellen, Parry, Quarry, Finnerty, and East Streets (except for the Lunatic Asylum [Arts Centre] and its grounds) and therefore included what is now John Curtin school. The second cemetery (called Skinner Street Cemetery) had been excluded in 1852, the year it was consecrated. The Education Department later took over all the land between Ord and East Street—more than half of the original grant for a people's park.

Fremantle Park - showing also Skinner Street Cemetery and the privatised land with housing on Barnett and Shuffrey Streets. The track shown crossing the 'P' of 'Public' is where Ord Street would later become the western boundary of the present Park.

References, Links, Acknowledgements

Maps from Hutchison.
Time lapse photo by John Reed.

Garry Gillard | New: 21 June, 2016 | Now: 28 January, 2020