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Fremantle Workers Club

The Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club began life in the Lodge's Castle Hotel building at 1 Henry Street 2 February 1914. In 1956 it moved to its own purpose-built building 50 metres along at 7-9 Henry St. After 100 years of the club's existence, it closed this building's doors at the end of 2014. The clubhouse was sold at noon Friday 17 April 2015.

From February 2020, the Workers Club became part of the Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre, with the Tennis and Bowls clubs. The Workers Club's regular function is a band and dancing on Sundays. For this purpose, the FWC is to have the use of the main function room in the FreoPark building every Sunday for 42 years. (42 years. That's what Don Whittington told me. He didn't know who thought of the unlikely number 42 - which happens to be the 'meaning of life' in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.)

The key to the continuing existence of the club is, and has been at least since 2011, the persistent energy of one man, Donald Whittington. (The record should, however, also mention his partner, Ruth Belben, without whom it would not have been possible for Don to maintain the organisation.) When Don becomes unable or unwilling to continue with his concept of the 'Workers Club', it will quietly cease to exist.


A four-storey apartment building has been built on the Henry Street site, retaining the facade and the one logostyle plaque that remains. (Two others were stolen.)

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Artist's impression, from a November 2016 advertisement, of the new building, now of four storeys, which is being promoted as The Social on Henry, tho I'm guessing it will be known as The Workers, particularly if they keep the actual words on the building as shown in the sketch. There are now to be 22 apartments.

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The old building in 2017 with advertisements for the new.

References and Links

The Club has a website at freoworkers.org, including much of its history, made, maintained, and donated by Garry Gillard 2012-present. The Workers Club has also become from 2020 part of the Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre.

Dowson, John 2003, Old Fremantle, UWAP: 108, 109.

Gare, Deborah & Jane Davis 2014, The Fremantle Workers Social and Leisure Club 1914-2014, FWSLC.

Parker, David Dare & Ron Davidson 2010, The Clubs, FotoFreo, Fremantle.

Fremantle Workers Club Facebook page.


Garry Gillard | New: 1 October, 2014 | Now: 2 March, 2021