Freo’s Warders Cottages Restored and Ready for Sale

Wonderful to have both the Premier Colin Barnett and the Minister for Heritage, Albert Jacobs, in Fremantle this morning to unveil that the historic convict-built warders’ cottages have been restored and are ready for sale.  This was my favourite photo shared on City of Fremantle media with both gentleman, Anne Arneld (Chair of WA Hertiage Council) and some other bloke!


There are 15 cottages for sale in three terraces, which were built between 1851 and 1858 by convicts to house Fremantle Prison warders and their families.

Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said the warders’ cottages are suitable for residential use but can adapted into offices or small commercial premises, as long as heritage values were respected. “This is a rare opportunity to buy into a unique property and become a custodian of a piece of Western Australia’s convict history,” he said.

Fremantle Prison closed in 1991 the cottages were bought by the then Labor state government for use as public housing, but were declared unsuitable for tenants in 2011. They fell under the care of the Heritage Council and were deteriorating until the state government announced their $2 million restoration in 2014.

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2 Responses to Freo’s Warders Cottages Restored and Ready for Sale

  1. Chris Brookes says:

    My Grandfather, Thomas Kitching, was a Fremantle Prison Warden and lived in one of the cottages with his wife and family (my mother and siblings)
    They later moved to the ‘entrance’ of Freo prison (now Arts Council)
    I would love to know details of sale
    Fantastic restoration!
    Kind regards
    Chris Brookes
    (Gary ‘Shady’ Brookes is my Dad’s youngest brother – ex South Freo footy player and Freo Fire Brigade)

  2. juzcroozn says:

    Lived at 23 Henderson st for a few years. The atmosphere of the area, markets, hotel’s, trainee nurses returning home after a night out, the night club’s, the harbour, south beach and oh I could go on.

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