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Walk Fremantle West End - Pioneer Park to Moores Building

The designated walk takes only fifteen minutes if you don't stop.


Starting at Pioneer Park (opposite the Fremantle Railway Station) proceed south along Pakenham St.

The walk commences with Pioneer Park on one side, and, on the other, the building at 49 Phillimore St, the former Robert Harper Building, also known as Jebsens, tho it still has Genesis Travel signage.

49 Phillimore

Pakenham St at its north end has the open space of Pioneer Park on one side, and, on the other, the building at 49 Phillimore St, the former Robert Harper Building, later known as Jebsens, tho it still has Genesis Travel signage.

1 Pakenham

The first building with a Pakenham St address is the 1897 Tolley Bond Store, at 1 Pakenham St. The Tolley sign has been restored above the alleyway, despite their having moved out in 1910. The 1897 building was designed by architect Herbert Nathaniel Davis.

5 Pakenham

The present facade of the building at 5 Pakenham St was probably built in 1901 for Tolley & Co, tho the first storey (top level) was built by John Gallop in 1893. The lot was his property from 1880, and was a dwelling. Gallop had a warehouse there from 1893 to 1898. Seppelt bought it in 1912.

7 Pakenham

The building at 7 Pakenham St was built in 1907 by the Strelitz brothers for the Vacuum Oil Company. Patterson sold it to Elder Smith in 1950; then Seppelts took it over in 1968.

9 Pakenham

The Strelitz brothers built this at 9 Pakenham St in 1904. Tenants included the Fremantle Provedoring Shipstores.

Corner of Short St (see also Pioneer Park)

The 1921 two-storey limestone building in Pioneer Park, at 1-9 Short St, was first the State Shipping Service Office, and then the Fremantle Art Gallery, from 1978. It is now the home of the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.

8 Pakenham

The Halco building on the corner of Short St at 8 Pakenham St was a warehouse constructed in 1929. It is the site of Manning's Folly 1858-1928. There is now a 77-apartment building on the site, and the building you see in the photo has been gutted, and only some of the facade retained. The warehouse was designed by architect, Joseph Allen.

Manning's Folly

This was Manning's Folly, which stood at what is now the corner of Short and Pakenham Streets. It was built by C.A. Manning.

Corner of Leake St

18 Pakenham

The Pearlers Hotel, built in 1887 at 18 Pakenham St, on the corner with Leake St, became the Terminus Hotel in 1896 when the Swan Brewery acquired it. Homeswest bought it in 1989.

11 Pakenham

The Victoria Coffee Palace at 11 Pakenham St was built in 1895. A coffee palace was a hotel which did sell not alcoholic beverages. The building was used as a backpackers hostel until 2015 when it changed hands.

Corner of Pakenham and High Streets

70 High

On the northeast corner with Pakenham St, 70 High St is Mason Buildings, also known as a former Commonwealth Bank.

64 High

On the northwestern corner of Pakenham St at 64 High St is the Navy Club, upstairs. The two storey building was built for the Bank of Adelaide in 1910.

central chambers

On the southeast corner with Pakenham St, at 61-3 High St, is Central Chambers, built in 1907, and restored in 1991.


The Ajax Building, 49-59 High St, is on the site where the Stag's Head Inn stood in 1834, on the corner of Pakenham and High Sts.

Proceed west along High St, past the Buffalo Club.

54 High

The Buffalo Club, 54 High St

Corner of Henry and High Sts


The earliest name of the hotel at 39 High St, on the corner of Henry St, from 1849, was the Commercial. In 1876 it was called the Emerald Isle Hotel, where the publican for a time was Frederick Caesar. This is where the Catalpa incident was planned: the escape of six Fenians from Fremantle Prison. From 1888 it was the Club Hotel. The earlier building was demolished in 1903 after which the Orient Hotel was built. It was renovated in 1995, and again in 2014.


Henry St side of the Orient.

36 High

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

Proceed north along Henry St

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.

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.

Turn left into Phillimore St and proceed west, observing the buildings opposite.

33 Phillimore

The Frank Cadd Building at 33 Phillimore St, 1890, known later as Fares House, was built for an importer, J.M. Ferguson. The new part of the NDU School of Health Sciences building is adjoining, on the corner of Henry St. On the other, western side is His Majesty's Hotel, on the corner of Mouat Street.

18 Phillimore

The Old Fire Station, 1908, was the Bengal Restaurant from 1977 until recently; it is now accommodation for backpackers. The current fire station is the next building to the east.

16 Phillimore

The Chamber of Commerce, 16 Phillimore St, 1912, still in use as such.

14 Phillimore

Hudson House, 1922, 14 Phillimore St

10 Phillimore

The McIlwraith Building, 1919, at 10-12 Phillimore St, has also been known as Scottish House and Patrick's Building.

2 Phillimore

The Old Customs House, 1907/8, at 4-8 Phillimore St stands where the first Railway Station and, before that, The Green used to be, on land reclaimed from the river, at the entrance to Victoria Quay. Customs moved into the new Commonwealth offices at 41 Phillimore St before 1987, and the building has since been used by artists, and arts organisations like Deckchair Theatre and the WA Circus School.

Corner of Mouat and Phillimore Streets

2 Mouat

The original hotel on the site at 2-8 Mouat St was called His Lordship's Larder. The current building, from 1890, now part of NDUA, like most of the buildings in these six city blocks of the West End of Fremantle, is His Majesty's Hotel, but it was briefly called by its former name after its Americas Cup renovation.


The horse trough on the corner of Phillimore and Mouat Sts was built in 1924. It was a garden bed for some decades but is now available again for horses tho there is usually no water in it.

17 Phillimore

The P&O Building, 17-19 Phillimore St, dating from 1903, was built for the AUSNC (the Aust Union Steamship Navigation Co), the initials of which can be seen in the pediment.

Proceed south along Mouat St

howard smith

Building of Howard Smith and Sons, from 1700, at 1-3 Mouat St.


The German Consulate, 5 Mouat St, was built in 1903 for William Bacon. The German Consul, Carl Ratazzi, who was also Acting Italian Consul, was interned after the beginning of WW1. Many people remember this building as the Tarantella Nightclub. It's currently a B&B.

12 Mouat

The Adelaide Steamship Company building, at 12 Mouat St since 1700, is now the residence of a former Deputy Mayor of Fremantle, who restored it in 1991.

Corner of Mouat and High Sts

22 High

Western Australian Bank, 1891, 22 High St, aka Bank of NSW, Westpac Building, Challenge Bank. The building at 22 High St is also 18 Mouat St, and was later a branch of the Bank of NSW (/Westpac). The pediment has AD 1891 in stucco. The building to the east in High St is the Cleopatra Hotel. The flag on the left of the picture normally flies over the Adelaide Steamship Company building.

20 High

The Commercial Bank, 1901, at 20 High St, on the NW corner of High and Mouat Sts, was later a branch of the National Bank of Australia. The building was renovated in 1960.

18 High

Bank of Australasia, 1901, 18 High St. The sign suggests it's the offices of winemaker Leeuwin Estate. The Commonwealth of Australia logo near the door indicates/d the tenancy of a Federal Dept.


The P&O Hotel, on the SE corner of Mouat and High, at 25 High St, was completed in 1896. The verandahs were restored in 2002, tho sadly it is still lacking its original turret.

Proceed west along High St


Owston's Buildings, at 9-23, occupy almost all of the space on the southern side of High St from Mouat St to Cliff St. Owston was a shipowner. The Roma Restaurant is still here, having opened in about 1940. It was taken over by Nunzio Gumina when long-term owners the Abrugiata family sold out, and the name changed a little to Villa Roma. Nunzio now has a restaurant in his own name in Essex St, and the Roma has been renovated and opened again by Abrugiata family members. Unfortunately, the Laminex is gone.

8 High

Between Cliff and Mouat, at 8, 10, and 12 High St are these buildings. Tannatt Chambers, 8, 1700, has 'Moorish' elements. The Cellars Building, 10, 1700, aka Craig's Chambers, once housed Paul Rigby's Roo on the Roof restaurant in its cellar. The building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a murdered sailor.

Corner of High and Cliff Sts

nsw bank

The Bank of NSW building, at 7 High St, cnr Cliff St, was built for the Bank on land owned by Pearse and Owston in 1899. The building was fully leased to NDA when it was sold in 2014. See also: Wikipedia page

union bank

On the NW corner of High St, 4 High St, is the former Union Bank building. The first building on the site, on town lot 5, was Captain Daniel Scott's residence. The monogram UB may be seen above the doorway. The Church of England bought the building in 1930 for the Flying Angel Mission to Seamen. It is now Notre Dame building 32: Arts & Sciences. NDU has preserved the name of a previous occupant on top of the door, and on the corner first-floor window: G. S. Murray, Customs Brokers.


The Seamen's Chapel 1937, dominated by the Samson bond store on the left and the (former) Union Bank on the right. Both Chapel and Bank are now part of NDU.

fremantle hotel

Hotel Fremantle, 6 High St, lacking its corner turret and flagpole, like the P&O Hotel. This was built in 1899, and a renovated version was the Kiwi headquarters for the Americas Cup defence in 1987.

Look west down High St


High St begins at the 1831 prison, the so-called Round House (it's dodecagonal), with the Whalers Tunnel (1837) beneath it.


On the left may be seen the Tramways Building, number 1 High St. Next to it to the east is an NDU carpark. Opposite to no. 1 is 2 High St, the other end of the Samson bond store, formerly Dalgety's building (1901), the other end of which may be seen as 1Phillimore St.

Proceed south along Cliff St

wf samson house

On the SW corner with High St is an NDU parking area, with the remnant Liebler Building facade on the Cliff St frontage. The corner was the site of a house which was the residence of Mayor WF Samson 1881-1700. The house apparently dated from about the late 1850s and was demolished by Elders who put a metal shed there for the storage of wool. The story of the site is told by the Fremantle Society in its newsletter for August 1991. Another photo of the house features on the cover of the special newsletter of 2000.

21 Cliff

Facade (only) of the Liebler Building, also known as Reckitt & Colman Building, at 21-29 Cliff St. It was saved from complete demolition in 1967. What's behind it now is a NDU carpark. It is currently decorated with pseudo-religious graffiti and is apparently sometimes called the 'wedding wall' because bridal parties are photographed in front of it - but then they are photographed in front of anything in this part of the West End.

22 Cliff

The McDonald Smith Building, 22-32 Cliff St, has had various owners, including Vincent, James Lilly, and Tompkins and Co. The building was designed, as Cliff Street Chambers, by architect Herbert Nathaniel Davis. To the right: Lilly's Building, 1896, 34-42 Cliff St, also designed by architect Davis, now mostly private dwellings; then NDU's Tannock Hall of Education, named after the first VC. This stands where the Pier Hotel was once.

31 Cliff

Samson Building, 31 Cliff St, offices of the oldest family-held business in all of Australia, whose record currently stands at 185 years of continuous trading, the company having been founded at the settlement of the colony in 1829, as the date on the building's pediment proclaims.

33 Cliff

'Fanny Samson's Cottage'. One of oldest houses in the state and used by the same family for more than a century and a half. The imposing building to the right is the Samson Building which was built in 1892, after a fire destroyed most of the original house and office that had been on the site. However, part of one of the original buildings survives and houses a Samson museum.

37 Cliff

Elder Shenton & Co Building, 37-45 Cliff St, now the home of local paper, The Fremantle Herald, is on the corner of Croke Lane, formerly Dalgety St. At the end of the nineteenth century, the (first) Literary Institute stood on this corner, with the Pier Hotel directly across the road.

34 Cliff

Lilly's Building, 34-42 Cliff St, completed 1896, designed by architect Herbert Nathaniel Davis. James Lilly was a shipping merchant.

Tannock Hall is on the NE corner of Croke St. On the SE corner is yet another of those carparks where once a fine building stood - in this case the Cliff St post office, built 1889, demolished 1955.

47 Cliff

Buildings of the Imperial Convict Establishment, built 1852, 1894, 1896, 1897, occupy all of the space on the west side of Cliff St between Croke Lane and Marine Terrace. The central portion is the oldest. Worth noting are the mail slot under a window to the left of the main entrance, showing the use of this part of the building as a post office, and the flagstones in front of the doorway. These would have been imported as ballast and to use to construct pavement. They were damaged by gas workers in about 2010.

Turn east into Croke St and walk the two blocks east to Henry St, passing the NDU Chapel on the left. Turn north into Henry St.


Holy Spirit Chapel, Croke St


Tho the street frontage, this is the rear of the NDU School of Law building, in Croke St. The entrance is from the other side. Provenance unknown to me atm.

law library

Also the street frontage but the rear of the NDU Law Library, in Croke St. The front entrance is from the north, off the Bateman Courtyard. Provenance unknown to me atm.

52 Henry

52 Henry St 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 residential. (Davidson 2000: 216-7)

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.

End of the walk. Have a coffee.

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Garry Gillard | New: 28 September, 2014 | Now: 22 October, 2017