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FremantleWestern Australia

 Street in Fremantle
Fremantle, or Freo to the locals, is situated on the mouth of the Swan River only 19km from Perth. With a population about 25.000 it's quite a small city, but a very important seaport. Fremantle was founded in 1829 when HMS Challenger, under the command of Captain Charles Fremantle first dropped anchor here. The city was expanded after the arrival of first convicts who were a very cheap labor force. They built most of the town's earliest buildings.

It is very charming city with many beautiful historical building and rich maritime and cultural heritage. There are numerous former warehouses and woolstores. Most of them are located in the west Fremantle that is considered to be the best example of a Victorian port street in the world. A special feature of Freo is its maritime atmosphere. When you go around the Fishing Boat Harbour you may see fresh seafood being unloaded from the boats.

Preparations for the influx of tourists transformed Freo into a modern and expensive city, with many cafes, restaurants and pubs. This charming place has many beautiful historical buildings and a rich maritime and cultural heritage. There are numerous former warehouses and woolstores. Most of them are located in the west Fremantle that is considered to be one of the best examples of the Victorian port streetscape in the world.

A prime attraction is Fremantle Market originally opened in 1892 and reopened in 1975. There are many kinds of things to buy - vegetables, jewelry, antiques, souvenirs and seafood.

 The Round House
The next attraction is the oldest public building in Western Australia, The Round House. It was completed in 1831 and served as the Swan River Colony's first gaol. Later the building was used to hold Aboriginal prisoners before they were taken to prison on Rottnest Island. The site of the Round House is also considered sacred by the Noonhgar people.

If you're a former convict or warden, you may be interested in visiting Old Fremantle Prison. This building was constructed by convicts in the 1850s. This building was in use as a maximum-security prison until 1991.

In Fremantle there are, of course, many other interesting places and buildings and you can spend a very nice day sitting in one of the many restaurants, walking along the city walk track or just standing opposite Fremantle Port Authority building and looking into the eyes of the C.Y.O'Connor statue. This guy, who was born in 1843 near Castretown in Ireland, is one of the most important people in Western Australian history. He arrived in Western Australia in 1891 and was recruited as the Chief engineer for developing a harbour in "Freo". It was opened in 1897 and O'Connor later worked on ports all along the Western Australia coastline, he was also responsible for railways and in 1903 completed a pipeline to Coolgardie.

 
 
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