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Events & Festivals

The Left Bank WINE CLUB May 2018

The Left Bank Wine Club, established in 2015, is a monthly club in our upstairs River Bar that brings together people from all over town who have one thing in common – they love wine! They’re keen to learn more about it and drink more of it… Join us for our next Wine Club, featuring Vineyard 28 on Thursday 31st May at 7pm in our upstairs River Bar. Enjoy a range of wine tastings, learn more about the vineyard and simply have an entertaining and interesting evening with friends  Tastings on the night will be presented by wine maker Mark Cumbers and…

The Hard First Days; Resource stress at the Swan River, 1829–1830

Peel Town was one of many coastal camps established by British colonists in 1829 near the Swan River.  Unlike those in Fremantle, Perth and Guildford, Peel’s community collapsed within 11 months. Poor planning, bad luck and dislike of Thomas Peel himself are thought to be the main reasons the settlement failed. However, excavations by Notre Dame’s archaeologists reveal that the community soon exhausted its essential resources, contributing to its failure. In this illuminating discussion, Dr Shane Burke will share results from his research at Peel.

As Long as the Dishes Are Washed; Fremantle’s Lunatic Asylum, 1858–1908

Patient treatment in Fremantle’s Lunatic Asylum during the 19th Century emphasised morality and work as a form of rehabilitation. Female patients, in particular, were told to scrub, launder, sew and wash to demonstrate they could conform to the ideal of womanhood. Their compliance was considered by medical staff to demonstrate a healthy mind—regardless of the patient’s mental state or violent behaviours. By comparison, those women who refused to participate in household tasks were often punished, and their refusal could result in continued incarceration. Using the astonishing patient records of the asylum, Alexandra Wallis will reveal acceptable and unacceptable behaviours of…

Campus tour

They’re back!  Notre Dame’s famous tours of our historic, West End campus are available again to all festival goers in 2018.  We’ll take you on a unique, backstage walk through some of the finest historic buildings in Fremantle. Bring your walking shoes to join Leigh Dawson for an hour on campus. You’ll share in the stories of those who have lived in and loved our town over the past century, and will be given special admission to some of Fremantle’s best-kept secret locations.

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

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…

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…

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Events and festivals

Fremantle has a legendary festival and events scene that stretches across the whole spectrum of music, arts, heritage, food and entertainment from the fantastic Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival and the biennial Sculptures @ Bathers. Plan your next visit to Fremantle by checking out what’s on in Freo today. And don’t forget to look at our eat and drink listings to find a great spot for dinner or a drink when you’re here.