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Fremantle's Secret Fleets Turn The Tide

Join Commodore Bob Trotter OAM RAN (Ret’d) for a special talk in the NWS Shipping Theatre. Hear how US, British and Dutch Navy Submarines based at Albany and Fremantle turned the tide of the Pacific War and, decades later, the Fremantle area became the centre of Australian Naval force.  Bookings are recommended. For more information call 1300 134 081 or email reception@museum.wa.gov.au 

J Shed Art Tour

Peter Zuvela, the Manager of J Shed Art Studio, will be conducting an hour tour of Fremantle's J Shed. The tour will include the famous Greg James Sculpture Studio Gallery and a history talk about J Shed itself.  Beside its unique history of being moved from the Fremantle Port to its current location then later modified, J Shed has been the home of many successful artists including Greg James, Jenny Dawson and recently Jina Lee and many more. 

Bearing Witness, and the Artist as Historian: free talk by Prof Deborah Gare

The artist, Hans Holbein, engineered the royal wedding between Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves—and doomed it to failure when, in real life, the princess did not live up to the beauty of her portrait.  In another country, and another century, Eugene Delacroix recorded the uprising of the French people in 1830 in his iconic work ‘Liberty Leading the People’.  Can history be read through works of art? In this fascinating talk Notre Dame’s professor of history, Deborah Gare, will reveal how art bears witness to extraordinary events of our past and how, indeed, painters might sometimes be considered historians. …

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The National Hotel History Tour

Join us for a tour of this magnificent hotel dating back to the gold rush era. Recently restored after a devastating fire almost completely destroyed the building, the hotel has a chequered history of murder, violence and fires. The tour culminates with a visit to the stunning rooftop displaying views across Fremantle and the port. Be sure to bring your camera!  Numbers are limited, registrations essential.  Call 9335 6688 or email bookings@nationalhotelfremantle.com.au 

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Researching Your Family History Online

Join local history expert Pam Harris and learn how to uncover your family’s history and place their lives and stories into the context of their time. Find out about available online tools that can assist your research, and how your Fremantle City Library can help you access and use these platforms.

Journalists and the ‘first draft’ of history: free talk by Dr Mignon Shardlow

“Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all.”  Journalists often write the first draft of history and today they are the antidote to the post-truth world, fake news and Trump’s war on media.In this enlightening talk, Notre Dame’s head of Journalism, Mignon Shardlow, will reveal how journalists make history, just as they report it.  Due to the popularity of Notre Dame’s festival talks, this year’s weekday program will be available to both morning and evening audiences.

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Fremantle's Secret Submarine Base - Floor Talk

During World War II Fremantle became an important international submarine base, hosting more than170 Allied submarines.  Some of the submarines were Dutch and British, but the majority were American. Due to the secrecy surrounding its operation, its existence was little known at the time.   Join a floor talk presented by WA Museum Volunteers to find out more. The floor talk includes an opportunity to view fascinating photographs of the Allied submarines in Fremantle.   For more information call 1300 134 081 or email reception@museum.wa.gov.au 

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Fremantle Town Hall External Conservation - the inside story

Listen to an account of the recent conservation works to the Fremantle Town Hall – the history of the building, the challenges of conservation and construction, the unexpected discoveries, the traditional trades and materials and the future of this iconic Fremantle building.

Australia, Trump and the American alliance: a free talk by Dr Daniel Baldino

Since 1951, the ANZUS alliance has been the holy grail of Australian security and defence policy. Our relationship with America has been real and durable. We have, historically, relied on its promise that ANZUS will guarantee Australia’s security in a changing world. Yet many questions remain about American alliance.  On whose terms is it based, and under what conditions will it hold?  Daniel Baldino, Notre Dame’s security and strategy expert, will consider how the American alliance has shaped Australia’s past and—under the Trump presidency—guess how it will shape our future. Due to the popularity of Notre Dame’s festival talks, this…

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Let's meet the neighbours

Let’s meet the neighbours is a podcast series sharing stories from our neighbourhood. In this collection of interviews we hear the stories of South Fremantle.  Podcasts will be released from Friday 26 May via iTunes and SoundCloud The series concludes with an intimate event where you can meet the neighbours in person over drinks and nibbles. Booking essential limited seats available.

Heroes, villains and the 'celebrity' of crime: a free talk by Dr Leigh Straw

What do notorious Australian criminals Ned Kelly, Kate Leigh and Mark 'Chopper' Read all have in common? They are criminal ‘celebrities’. In this lively paper, crime historian and writer, Leigh Straw, will show how criminals make history by engaging the public imagination. Due to the popularity of Notre Dame’s festival talks, this year’s weekday program will be available to both morning and evening audiences.

Behind The Scenes: Fremantle Prison Collection

Fremantle Prison holds a diverse collection of approximately 12,000 objects which span the operational life of the Prison from 1855 through to 1991. Join our Assistant Curator as she takes you behind the scenes into the curatorial work spaces of the Prison’s museum collection, discussing how cultural objects are cared for at Perth’s only World Heritage site. After undergoing cleaning and registration, the objects are stored in one of three on-site storage facilities, including the publically visible storage facility which will be visited during this exclusive behind the scenes tour. Registration for this event is essential as numbers are limited.

Fremantle Prison Conservation Walk

How do you make a heritage building last forever? Historically significant buildings like Fremantle Prison need constant protection to ensure their heritage values survive for future generations. Conservation activity includes maintenance, preservation, restoration, reconstruction, adaptation and interpretation. But how are decisions made about which practice is the most appropriate? Join Fremantle Prison's Heritage Conservation Manager, Luke Donegan, on a walk through the Prison as he discusses the varying conservation practices used by the Prison. Registration for this event is essential as numbers are limited. 

Vintage Adventure Travel Series

Four nights of exotic vintage travel documentaries capturing the spirit of discovery and adventure. These films are a glympses into a world that has faded into history, the people, the places and ways of life from far flung parts of the globe to our own shores long before the age of the jet set. Garanteed to stir your inner traveler.

Vintage Adventure Travel Series - Ella Maillart: Double Journey

Between 1939 and 1945, Ella Maillart travelled East from Geneva, driving across Eastern Europe, the Middle East and India. Made up of the words from her travel diary (read by Irène Jacob), black and white photos and colour images that she shot on her trip, the film questions a taste for the exotic and the search for oneself. A moving work that is truly modern.

Fremantle West End: a methodological approach to conservation and adaptive reuse

“Imbued with a message from the past, the historic monuments of generations of people remain to the present day as living witnesses to their age-old traditions. [...] The common responsibility to safeguard them for future generations is recognized. It is our duty to hand them on in the full richness of their authenticity”. (Venice Charter, IInd International Congress of Architects and Technician of Historic Monument, Venice, 1964.) On 18 November 2016 the Minister for Heritage has entered Fremantle’s West End in the Heritage State Register. In 2016 the UWA Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Art dedicated an Architectural Design…

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