Since I’ve settled down a little in life (well – I’m not travelling overseas as much these days since I brought the house and became all content with my dog and my man) I’ve tried to look for ways to ‘live’ my life locally.
Fremantle has always been one of my favourite suburbs in Perth. It is historic, quirky, foody, and hippy-ish. I spent a lot of time there whilst I was studying film at Uni.
Fremantle was founded in 1829 and is located on the edge of the Indian Ocean. It has beautiful ocean and river beaches, a vibrant cafe and restaurant scene, and an eclectic choice of shops and markets. It also has some amazing history, of which I ashamedly wasn’t overly knowledgable about until yesterday when my Mum decided to take me around Fremantle to see some sights, to get a story and to take some pics for this post.
The Round House
The Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia – the state where I live. The Round House ‘opened in January 1831, just 18 months after settlement (of Western Australia), it was built to hold any person convicted of a crime in the settlement and was used until 1886′.
‘After it ceased being used as a gaol it became a Police Lock-up until the late 1890’s and then was used as accommodation for the Water Police, and afterwards as a storage facility for Fremantle Ports. When threatened with demolition in the 1920’s it was saved and later control went to the State Government before it was deeded to the City of Fremantle‘.
Unfortunately for Mum things didn’t end well, as she ended up in the stocks thanks to her love for pigs (she’s always wanted a pet pig):
- Fremantle: A Stop for Historic Architecture & Cafe Culture (australiablog.com)
- Fun and Frolics in Freo – Fremantle, Australia (travelpod.com)
- Monday Photo-Day: Playing with Colour (reflectionsfromaredhead.com)