Want to buy some great art for a good cause? Then Freo Town Hall 3.30pm – 8pm Saturday 8 June is for you

Soroptimist International of Fremantle is delighted to present the fourth annual Help the Homeless Art Auction to be held  at Fremantle Town Hall.

Included this year are Warhol, Picasso and Dalí lithographs, and original works by the late Elizabeth Durack, Arthur Russell and Kenneth Jack. Fremantle artists include Geoffrey Wake, Julie Podstolski, Trish and Stewart Scambler, Jo Darvall, Robyn Varpins, and Susie Marwick, fresh from winning the major award at Castaways Sculpture Awards in May.

Included are contemporary Indigenous artists Queenie Nungarrayi Stewart, Nora Nagarra, Jill Jack   Galya Pwerleand Angelina Pwerle, plus an original work by the late Albert Namitjira Junior (1902 – 1959).


Registration from 3.30pm. Performance by The Starlight Hotel Choir 5pm.

Auction 5.30pm. Refreshments provided


Telephone bids available, phone 9440 0669/9384 8492 to arrange

Mastercard, Visa, eftpos only.

Open for viewing 3 – 5pm Fri 7 June, 12 noon – 5pm Sat 8 June

View works online:


Freo Street Doctor mobile health clinic serves the physical and mental needs of homeless, at-risk, marginalised people with low or no income, transients, substance abuse and those with diagnosed and undiagnosed mental illness.

The Sisters’ Place is a project of St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, supported by five congregations of religious women and staffed by Sisters and other volunteers drawn from the community. It provides a safe bed at night to homeless women who sleep in the parks and streets of Fremantle.

The Fremantle Multicultural Centre crisis and short term accommodation program assists migrants and refugees who are homeless or about to become homeless.


OPENING NIGHT RSVP: PH 9440 0669/9384 8492

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The Arthur Grady Ride and Display is on again this year. It is rapidly becoming an extremely popular motorcycling event in Western Australia. Last year saw around 120 bikes from all eras taking part.

The event celebrates the feats of Arthur Grady who in 1924 became the first person to ride a motorcycle around Australia. He set off from the Fremantle Town Hall and returning five months later to a rousing reception and a place in the history books.

The day will feature a running replica of the bike Arthur rode on his epic adventure as well as lots of information and pictures of his ride. The day will also feature a huge display of veteran and vintage bikes courtesy of the Vintage Motorcycle Club of WA.

Saturday 1 June 11am onwards

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For those of you that couldn’t make the launch of Freo 2029 Visioning check out Sunny and Fred from Lance Holt school as they talk Freo futures when they are 28!

Josh’s House – Michael Mobbs & Eco Pop

For those of you that have been following the creation of Josh’s House (the  10 star sustainable and affordable house Josh Byrne is building in Fremantle) you might like this clip where he talks to Michael Mobbs (who probably created Australia’s first sustainable house in Sydney) and I about his house and ecopops.


This week is reconciliation week and this Wednesday there a couple of great Freo events to celebrate.

On the 29th at lunchtime will be the official launch of Students For Reconciliation at Notre Dame on Mouet St Fremantle where they will be putting on a beautiful fair trade BBQ by The Hidden Pantry with choice of either a kangaroo or vegetarian sausage with Shona’s special native tomato chutney all in local bread by Abhi’s bakery!

That evening will be a special Reconciliation at Mojos gig in North Fremantle with One Armed Scissor, Red Engine Caves. Mountain Strangers, Jasmin Campos

$10 entry with all proceeds go to facilitating a Red Dust Healing workshop, for more info check out

West Australian write up on the Freo Heritage Festival today

The West Australian did a nice write up on the Freo Heritage Festival today including a bit on the event I am event running called:
Heritage on Bikes: Mayor’s Cycle Tour of the Big Decisions That Changed Fremantle.

It is on Sunday at 2pm under the town hall clock


Ride down Freo’s memory lane

Phoebe Wearne, The West AustralianMay 24, 2013, 6:01 am
Ride down Freo s memory laneAlex Marshall (City of Fremantle), left, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and George Stevenson (owner of the vintage bikes).

Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian


If a casino had been built next to Fremantle train station and the Esplanade Hotel had been replaced by a multistorey steel tower, for better or for worse, it would have changed the face of Fremantle.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt will reveal just how close the casino and other failed projects came to being a reality when he leads his first cycle tour around the port city on Sunday.

The tour is part of the 20th annual Fremantle Heritage Festival, which runs from today to June 3 and will have vintage prams, about 200 rare motorcycles and traditional dancers take to the streets.

“We’ve got more stories in Fremantle than the rest of Perth put together, so the festival is a great time to celebrate those stories and maybe work out which ones of them are true,” Dr Pettitt said.

The new Freopedia project, which lets people take a virtual tour of Fremantle’s most significant heritage buildings and sites using their smartphones, will be launched as part of the festival.

Next Saturday, the Vintage Motorcycle Club of WA will do a commemorative ride to celebrate Arthur Grady, a local bicycle maker who was the first person to ride a motorbike around Australia, in 1924.

The display will include motorbikes more than 100 years old and a replica of the bike Grady used.

Other highlights include the WA Day pioneers lunch, a Jewish walking tour of the West End and a coach tour of Aboriginal heritage sites. For more information, visit

2013 Fremantle Heritage Festival and Heritage on Bikes

The 2013 Fremantle Heritage Festival kicks off from the 24 May – 3 June and it is a jam packed program. Check out
For the first time I am even going to run an event called:
Heritage on Bikes: Mayor’s Cycle Tour of the Big Decisions That Changed Fremantle
Starting under the Town Hall Clock, I will take you on a journey through the city centre highlighting the big decisions that changed Fremantle or thankfully didn’t. Covering the ages or at least the last 184 years, this is an event for all ages. Just bring your bike, your helmet and any questions you might have as to why Fremantle is the special little city it is today.
DATE 2-3.30pm Sunday 26 May
WHERE Meet at Town Hall Clock, 8 William Street
REGISTER on 9432 9782
Below are some photos from a book my grandparent recently gave me that the City of Fremantle produced way back in 1929 on the first 100years for Fremantle. The book even mentions the ship my relatives came on in October the 12th 1929 the Caroline. It is quite fascinating and I’ll share some stories from it.
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