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The Fremantle Society

The Fremantle Society was established 6 December 1972, with Les Lauder as foundation president, 'to improve the quality of life in Fremantle while seeking to protect the existing unique built and cultural heritage'.

The official website shows only a blog running WordPress.org. There is also a Facebook page, and a Mailchimp email archive (which only shows the most recent twenty posts). On this site I have recovered as many emails as possible since 2016, tho the collection is far from complete. The up-to-date emails are here.

I have scanned all of the printed newsletters, 1973-2016, and written a rudimentary index.

Here are some of the buildings saved through the work of the Fremantle Society, and some of its campaigns, past and present.

At the 2015 AGM John Dowson was re-elected President, having held that office 1999-2004. At the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 AGMs, he continued unopposed as President of the committee.

Links and References

About the Fremantle Society
Fremantle Society constitution
Fremantle Society Facebook page
Fremantle Society Wikipedia page
The Fremantle Society Photographic Survey, 1970s-early 1980s
Many of the documents generated by and for the Society are on this site.

Videos available in Facebook/youtube:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (2016)
Quality Matters (2017)
Parking Freo (2021)

Buchanan, Riley 2019, 'Hard hats, heritage and hope', in Charlie Fox et al. eds, Radical Perth Militant Fremantle, Interventions, Melbourne: 263-273.

Davidson, Ron & Dianne 2010, Fighting for Fremantle: The Fremantle Society Story.

I have scanned the text of the Davidsons' history of the Society, and have been waiting for a couple of years for someone to get the permission of the copyright owner (the authors) to put it on this site. Before his death, Ron said in conversation to a friend that he thought that the 50th anniversary of the Society (2022) might be an appropriate time. I hope I live that long.


Garry Gillard | New: 2 December, 2014 | Now: 26 March, 2021