The time line below provides a brief chronology of key Fremantle events since settlement. For more detailed information visit the Fremantle History Centre located at the Fremantle City Library or the Battye Library.
Captain Charles Fremantle claimed the west coast of Australia for the British crown. First settlers landed.
The Round House built for use as a gaol.
First town plan of Fremantle by Surveyor–General JohnSeptimus Roe.
Two whaling companies operating at Bathers Bay. Construction of small breakwater and tunnel under Round House for transport of goods.
First convicts arrived aboard Scindian.
Construction of Fremantle Prison began.
Construction of Fremantle Lunatic Asylum (now Fremantle Arts Centre) began; building completed 1865.
Last convicts arrived aboard Hougoumont
Six Fenian prisoners escaped aboard American whaler Catalpa.
Reserve land (now Fremantle Park) vested in Fremantle Town Council.
Fremantle Town Hall opened 22 June.
Blasting and dredging commenced to form Fremantle Harbour.
Fremantle Harbour opened with arrival of SS Sultan.
Fremantle Markets built.
Death of C.Y.O’Connor.
Fremantle War Memorial on Monument Hill unveiled Armistice Day, 11 November.
Fremantle proclaimed a city, 3 June.
Beginning of post-war immigration programs bringing migrant ships to Fremantle.
Former Fremantle Lunatic Asylum building restored; re-opened as Fremantle Arts Centre, 13 October.
Fremantle hosted the America’s Cup Defence Series.
Fremantle Prison de-commissioned; building re-opened 1992 as cultural tourism site.
Fremantle Prison placed on new National Heritage List.
Fremantle Prison granted World Heritage Listing.
Fremantle hosts ISAF Sailing World Championships
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