Fremantle Stuff > buildings > Vacuum building
7 Pakenham St, 1907; architect: Joseph Allen
A Mrs McCann owned and occupied a house on this site in 1880 and is believed to have extended it to use as a boarding house. She sold it in 1887 to Fay Lawrence who used it until 1904 when the Strelitz brothers purchased it. In 1907 they erected a two-storey office building for the Vacuum Oil Co. In the same year they bought other lots to expand their warehouse premises, which extended through to Henry Street. Food manufacturers Patterson & Co. bought the Vacuum Oil Co. in 1916 and sold the property to Elder Smith & Co. in 1950. Seppelts bought it in 1968 for storage of wine and spirits. (Hutchison)
Only the facade remains. You can see the modern brick building at the top and to the left, immediately behind the facade.
The sign under the pediment says Commonwealth Offices Fremantle, but the signs near the doors indicate that it is now occupied by Notre Dame University's Campus Services and IT. After the Commonwealth Government department moved out, Notre Dame moved in, and it's now where their Campus Services and IT are housed, the former having moved from the Ajax Building, and the latter from the Bank of NSW.
Hutchison, Fremantle Walks.
Garry Gillard | New: 30 March, 2018 | Now: 9 November, 2019