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Voices from the West End: stories, people and events that shaped Fremantle

by: Edited by Paul Longley Arthur and Geoffrey Bolton
published by: Western Australian Museum

Fremantle’s heritage district, the West End, is a prime example of a nineteenth-century port city and townscape, and preserves a unique history of colonial settlement.

Surprisingly, there have been relatively few histories of Fremantle, making this liberally illustrated collection of essays published by the Western Australian Museum an important and interesting contribution.

Ranging from the day in May 1829 when Captain Charles Howe Fremantle and his crew landed and set up camp at Arthur Head, through the harsh times of the 1830s and 40s, the convict years of the 1850s and 60s, and the development of a flourishing port and fishing industry, the essays, written by leading Western Australian historians, each present a different perspective on life in Fremantle.

The times are brought to life through the observations of those who were there, and through analysis of important social influences such as religion, the penal system, the bubonic plague of 1900 and the impact of shipping and fishing and tourism on the community.

Throughout, this 300-page book is illustrated with black and white archival and contemporary photography.

RRP: $39.95
Available: Western Australian Museum Shop
Website: http://museum.wa.gov.au/store


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