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Henry St

North to south. Click on any image to see a larger version.

Henry Street was named after Lt John Henry, of HMS Challenger. Mouat, Henry and Pakenham Sts, in that order, are the 'lieutenant streets' (my coinage) being named respectively after the first, second, and third lieutentants on board Capt Fremantle's ship: J.A. Mouat, John Henry, and H. Pakenham. Mt Henry is also named after John Henry. The street may possibly have been called 'Regent St' in the early days of the Colony:

Charles Smith had Sydney pork, Irish butter and Van Diemen’s Land hams as well as port, sherry and bottles of claret for 25s a dozen. Smith regularly gave his address as Regent Street. As he owned lot 79 on the western side of today’s Henry Street it suggests that Henry Street had an earlier name. Steve Errington 2017, 'Fremantle 1829-1832: an illustrated history', Fremantle Studies, 9: 15-29.


Number 1 Henry St is currently a NDU staff car park. Next to it is this new building of NDU's School of Health Sciences at 35(?) Phillimore St on the corner with Henry St.

2 Henry

At the corner of Phillimore St, no. 2 Henry St still has the curved facade of the Falk Building tho the interior - and that of several other buildings on a large site bounded by Phillimore, Henry, and Pakenham Streets - was completely rebuilt for the occupation of various commonwealth government departments - which have since moved on. At least this part of the building (if not all of 'it') is apparently now called Customs House, as that's what the sign on the building says. The facade is apparently also known as that of the Seppelts and also of the ACTA Building. There is a proposal current for a new building inside the facade.

customs house 2

The next bit of Customs House.

customs house 3

Another bit.

customs house 4

And another. This bit has a date, 1986, and a sign: Australian Customs House Store.

1 henry

The NDU carpark at 1 Henry St, where the magnificent Lodge's Hotel once stood (probably the Castle Hotel before that) until the Fremantle Workers Club had it demolished in 1958 for a carpark for its members. The Club also proposed a new building on the site, but it did not eventuate, and the Club later sold the land to NDU.

3 Henry

The buildings at 3-5 Henry St, collectively known as Quartermaine's Building, 1903 and 1936, are used as Power Labs office, and dwellings. The image shows the lane which is part of 5 Henry St but I'm guessing is shared by both buildings. The site extends at the rear behind part of the Workers Club building.

5 Henry

The building at 5 Henry St is apparently a dwelling.

10 Henry

The Lance Holt School building at 10 Henry St was built in 1892, and later was the Federal Coffee Palace (a hotel without a liquor license). The warehouse and offices were apparently built for Philip Webster, and were later occupied by various tenants until the City bought it in 1972. The School has occupied it since 1974 and owned it since 1985.

9 Henry

The Fremantle Workers Club was at 7-9 Henry St 1956-2015. The site is currently (2016) planned to be a four-storey apartment building, keeping the facade.

18 henry

At let's say 18 Henry St is this empty warehouse in temporary use for parking. All of these buildings are due for redevelopment, and you can see the sign to that effect. This may be part of the development proposed for the Marich Building, qv.


Note that the date is 2004. Parnell's phone number is so old it doesn't have the 9 at the front - and I believe that company has ceased trading. This is part of the development proposed for the Marich Building, qv.

20 henry

The proposed redevelopment applies to all of this and includes the building on the corner with High St, all of which is known as the Marich Building and has the address 36-44 High St. At the moment there's an Asian imports store on that corner, with Rialto Apartments next door. The imports store currently has a closing down sign, so maybe something's going to happen soon. One of those derelict shopfronts in this photo, at 20 and 22 Henry St, was Southside Tattoos—maybe both. After the laneway to the right of the photo, there are two more previous shopfronts, which would have been 24 and 26 Henry St.

24 henry

This building was at 24 Henry St in 1914. (See the photo above for the same part of the street 100 years later.) The photo is #5194 in the Fremantle History Collection. The accompanying text is as follows.

William Tucker and Samuel Thomson, tinsmiths, ironworkers and plumbers, had premises at Henry Street from at least 1895/96 to 1920. They were at 20 Henry Street in 1700 but at 24 in 1914.

40 High

Marich Building, c1897, 36-44 High St, on the northeast corner of High and Henry St, has been proposed for redevelopment since before 2006, when an application to build a 5-storey hotel/apartment complex at the rear was refused. The Rialto Apartments door is at 44, and they presumably occupy all of the upper floor. The Royal Hotel was on this site in 1844. The original town lot numbers were 80/81.


Orient Hotel, on the corner of Henry and High Streets. The earliest hotel on the site, from 1849, was the Commercial, later the Emerald Isle Hotel—where, in 1876, the Catalpa incident was planned: the escape of six Fenians, including John Boyle O'Reilly, from Fremantle Prison. That hotel was demolished in 1903, after which what is now the magnificent Orient Hotel was built. It was renovated in 1995, and was closed in 2014 for further renovations. In 2015 the owners were seeking a new lessee.

36 High

The Orient Hotel looks down on these, the Adelec Buildings, 28-36 High St, originally known as Fothergill's Building.

47 High

On the SE corner of Henry and High Sts is the Union Stores building, designed by architect Herbert Nathaniel Davis for J & W Bateman, and formerly the largest hardware store in Fremantle, Bateman's Hardware. The verandahs were restored in the Americas Cup defence renovation in 1986. It's owned by the City of Fremantle, and has just at the time of writing had more renovations completed. The tenant in the corner store is now the New Editions bookshop, which was previously on the other side of High St.


At 32 Henry St, a modern apartment has been built above and behind a cottage and warehouse from the 1890s, at the rear of the Union Stores building.

32 henry

Plaque on the building above.


NDU School of Medicine offices and St John of God Hall at 21 (21-27?) Henry St, next building to the south after the Orient Hotel. Unknown provenance atm.


This is 25-29 Henry St, shown on the NDU map as part of the School of Medicine, which applies to the two downstairs sections, 25A and 25B. The apartment upstairs at 29 was for sale in 2015 for c. $2mill, and in March 2016 offered for rent @ $1200/week.


This is NDU's main library, known as St Teresa's Library: a modern building, at 35 Henry St. Unknown atm what was there before.

45 henry

Part of the NDU School of Medicine is at 45 Henry St, over the road from Fowler's Warehouse which is now the major part of this School.

Part of the complex of Bateman buildings, 47 Henry St is now part of the NDU School of Law.

34 Henry

Sadlier's Warehouse/Customs Agency, 34 & 36 Henry St; built in 1883 and 1880; converted into residences in 1992 to a Brian Klopper design. In the 1840s a stone building and a pair of semis were on this site. Unit 1/36, including the rooms in the photo at the front of the building on the right, was sold for $1.1 on 1 April 2014.

38 Henry

Fowler's Warehouse, aka the Fremantle Furniture Factory, 1700, 38 Henry St. Fowler established at the site in 1854, then purchased adjoining land (through to Pakenham St) and built the current building between 1899 and 1700. Wikipedia page

42 Henry

Moore's Building, 42-46 Henry St, is now an art gallery and coffee shop (called Moore & Moore). The facade is from about 1900. The City of Fremantle owned and restored the building 1986-7. See: Robyn Taylor 1995, The Moores Project: Conservation of the The Moores Complex of Buildings, Architecture & Heritage Section, City of Fremantle.

48 henry

A modern building now stands at 48 Henry St.

52 Henry

52 Henry St is said to have been the offices of Elias Solomon, and was an auction room in 1880, then Manning's warehouse. At one time it was Pietro Porcelli's workshop. Later it was Greg James's - coincidentally, as it was he who sculpted the bronze of Porcelli in King's Square. The Fremantle City Council owned it 1970-1993; it is now a private residence. (Davidson 2000: 216-7)

54 henry

At 54 Henry St, an old commercial facade has been retained in a modern dwelling complex. The next building to the south is in Marine Terrace.

References and Links

Davidson, Ron 2007, Fremantle Impressions, FACP.

Hutchison, David 2006, Fremantle Walks, Fremantle Arts Centre Press.

Note about the saving of the street in Fremantle, the newsletter of the Fremantle Society: Vol 3 No 2 1975.

Garry Gillard | New: 28 September, 2014 | Now: 17 November, 2018