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Lunch with the team

Join us for a light lunch and inspired conversation.  Notre Dame’s team of historians and archaeologists invite you to spend the lunch hour discussing big ideas, current research, history, archaeology and heritage.  Have you got questions of your own about how best to undertake historical research? This is your opportunity to talk with experienced academic staff, including Deborah Gare, Shane Burke and Leigh Straw, as well as postgraduate researchers, for the best advice.  Places are limited, so please book early. 

Femmes Extraordinaire: Stowaway women of the Enlightenment

The Enlightenment propelled adventurers from European nations to far-flung corners of the globe. In the 18th and 19th centuries, scientific voyages of discovery explored Australia and its region. Some of these vessels were stocked with more than just supplies and scientific instruments.  On board a number of them, including Freycinet’s Uranie, were stowaway women. Their presence was usually forbidden, but a few ‘femmes extraordinaire’ assumed masculine identities and disguises to escape Europe.  In this entertaining talk, Toni Church will introduce you to the wonderful stories of Rose de Freycinet, Jeanne Barat and Louise Girardin.

Finding Truth in Picasso’s Guernica

On 27 April 1937, the journalist George Steer surveyed the ruins of Guernica, a small town in Spain’s Basque region. He arrived just hours after the town was destroyed by the formidable power of Hitler’s Luftwaffe. His reports proclaimed the bombing to be “unparalleled in military history”. Six weeks later, Pablo Picasso exhibited his masterwork, Guernica, at the World Exhibition in Paris. Picasso’s painting was a powerful denunciation of war and its trauma, and soon became an international icon.  Today, our understanding of Guernica is indelibly shaped by Picasso’s artistic interpretation.  Riley Buchanan will explore the connection between truth, myth…

Beer and Creatures: A Brief History

One shared belief when Little Creatures was just a twinkle in the founders’ eyes was that breweries have hardly been the most romantic of places over the years. Hidden behind big brick walls and imposing gates, very little was left to the imagination of the passing community. It was the ambition of Little Creatures to change all of that, and to be an open and transparent brewery that welcomes all walks of life to experience the wonder of brewing. Join us for an evening of history and beer. Learn the story of Little Creatures, get a look at the brewing…

Between Wind and Water

A lively, funny and moving play about Fremantle's history, written from the accounts of a large number of long-term Fremantle residents and eyewitness accounts from history.  Between Wind and Water reminds us what a colourful, brave and diverse city Fremantle is and has always been; an enterprising community living off the ocean, looking out over the water, farewelling its own to faraway destinations, and welcoming people to its shores.  Celebrating the local community, this oral history project is performed by a cast of well-known professional actors, community members and musical theatre students from John Curtin College of the Arts. Produced…

The Middle Tour

To coincide with the release of the first new music from COG since Sharing Space in 2008, we are are hereby announcing a special run of shows for early 2018...New Track, 'The Middle' Out Now

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A full cycle of all your favorite beats from every era. 80s,90s,00s and new, with a little Hip Hop thrown in to help lighten your load. Come air out your Dirty Laundry this Friday night upstairs at Metropolis Fremantle. Check out our Facebook Page for the free entry password!

Fremantle Prison Art Tour

Join one of Fremantle Prison's experienced guides for this exclusive tour showcasing a variety of convict and prisoner artwork. Artistic endeavour is not something you expect to see in a prison.  The cell walls, doors and exercise yard walls of Fremantle Prison are covered with works of art painted by prisoners over the 136 years of the Prison’s history.  Join us on this exclusive tour as we reveal the experiences of prisoners expressed through art.  View convict-drawn frescoes and religious works, European landscapes, Aboriginal landscapes in the renowned Carrolup style, dot paintings, graffiti and tattoo art.  Participants aged 18+ will…

Propagation Knowhow with Sharon Barbera

Why buy when you can propagate? Join plant guru Sharon Barbera for this session covering the basics of plant propagation for common house plants such as devils ivy, ficus, cacti, succulents, and pilea. This seminar will cover how to choose the right indoor plants, what you need to create the ideal environment for propagation and tips for growing in water, soil and air layering. Perfect for the plant obsessed and those wanting to learn a new skill. Sign up and turn your home into a green oasis!  Date and time:   Saturday 2nd of June, 10:00am - 11:00am 10% off plants at the concept store when you…

2hr Yin Yoga Special

Monthly 2hr yin immersions ~1st Sunday of the month 10am – 12pm  A class to get deeply connected with your yin side; a balance for our more active muscular yang activities. Long held, gentle asana to move you inside yourself. Working with the connective tissues and meridians, incorporating pranayama and meditation. Classes rotate through the year to reflect the seasons, associated elements and meridians. A beautiful way to unwind, relax and leave feeling connected to your inner self and the world around. What better way to spend a Sunday morning once a month?   Booking online or pay cash at the centre. $33All…

Here From the Beginning - A Walk into Fremantle's Jewish Past

Fremantle's Jewish connection goes right back to the beginning of the Swan Colony. In this tour through the historic West End, we will explore the lives of some remarkable people who left their mark on Fremantle and beyond. While these people are gone, buildings remain as a reminder of their amazing legacy and our pioneering past.   Join us to find out more about their history.

Make Your Own Ceramic Mugs with Sarana Haeata

Learn to hand build and glaze your very own ceramic mugs with artist Sarana Haeata across two-weekend sessions. In the first session, students will learn a slab technique to create the unique shape of their mugs. By the end of this session each student will have at least four cups ready for firing. In the second session, Sarana will guide the group through glazing techniques that will best achieve each participant’s individual design. Collect your mugs from Stackwood the following week ready for you to sip your morning coffee out of. This skill is easily transferable to your home space so you can keep…

Activists and Agitators: Walking Tour with Paul Reilly and Riley Buchanan

Fremantle has a long history of agitation, dissent and resistance to oppression. It has also witnessed attempted suppression and disenfranchisement. In this new walking tour, Notre Dame’s local historians will guide you through pivotal moments of political, cultural, ideological and industrial upheaval in Fremantle’s history. Witness the sites of waterfront battles, Trades Hall rallies, Ugly Men’s activism and the militancy of radical women. Discover the headquarters of ideological parties, including fascists and communists. Linger on the benches of Paddy Troy, where the unemployed gathered for work, and consider the earliest form of Fremantle activism: violence on the colonial frontier.  Pack…

Celebrate WA Festival

WA Day, the uniquely West Australian day inclusive for all Western Australians, is set to go off with a bang this year in Fishing Boat Harbour. Fireworks will again light up the skies over Fremantle on the eve of the WA Day public holiday on what is hoped will become a new and amazing annual family experience. Fishing Boat Harbour is presenting a two day celebration recognising our Aboriginal history, our early European migrant background and the diverse range of people from all over the world who have made, and continue to make, Freo and WA their home. Local Aboriginal elders will open the event with a Traditional Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country, followed by a range of cultural music and dance events from different ethnic backgrounds. Across the weekend there will be numerous musical performances in and around the harbour in the lead up to and after the Sunday evening fireworks show which will be held at the family friendly time of 6 pm. The harbour will play host to a range of other free activities including kids face painting and bouncy castles, a suitcase market, roving buskers and much more. For more information please visit  Celebrate WA Program Sunday 3 June 2018 Noon, Mews Park Smoking Ceremony, Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country presented by Neville Collard & Festival opening “We are Australian” James Webb and Monique Fitzgerald 12.00- 4.00pm, Piazza Suitcase Art Markets 12.00-2.00pm, Little Creatures Mermaid & Pirate Sandpit Storytelling 12.00-5.00pm, Shipwreck Gallery Museum Grounds, Pirate craft activities 12.30pm-1pm, Mews Park Wadumbah Dance Group 1.00-1.15pm, Mews Park Children’s Fashion Parade featuring Australian made clothing 1.30-1.45pm , Mews Park Children’s Fashion Parade featuring Australian made clothing 1.00- 3.00pm, Mews Park Little Italy by the Sea Italian and Greek Dance Ensemble 3.00pm - 4.00pm, Roving Entertainment Chung Wah Lion Dance Troupe 4.00pm - 7.00pm, Mews Park Cuba de Son Latin Band 4.30- 7.30pm, Creatures NextDoor Live Jazz with Jazzco 5.00pm - 7.00pm, Roving Magnifico Mariachis Trio 6.00pm FIREWORKS over Fishing Boat Harbour   Monday 4 June 2018 11.00- 3.00pm, Mews Park Cicerello’s Bouncy Castle 12.00- 4.00pm, Piazza Suitcase Art Markets 12.00-2.00pm, Little Creatures Fairy Facepainting (Free) 4.30- 7.30pm, Creatures NextDoor Live Music with ‘Basskong’ 5.00- 8.00pm, Mews Park Live Music with ‘The Good Things’


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Rockingsteady Skafest

The Rockingsteady Skafest is a 12 hour musical rush, with entertainment kicking off 12 noon-12 midnight. Special guests from Queensland, Mufussa and featuring The Crucial Rockers, The Unites, Skarper, Special Brew, Chocking Stanley, Little Pedro and Dilip n the Davs. Djs General Justice, Mumma Trees and Upfront and Central will be on the decks throughout the day. This is one of Perth's best live music venues and you wont believe the refurb to the Port Beach Garden Bar. Tickets $25 pp online plus BF ( or $35 pp at the door if available. Kids / youths under 18 are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

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