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Timeline

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.

1829

Captain Charles Fremantle claimed the west coast of Australia for the British crown. First settlers landed.

1831

The Round House built for use as a gaol.

1833

First town plan of Fremantle by Surveyor–General JohnSeptimus Roe.

1837

Two whaling companies operating at Bathers Bay. Construction of small breakwater and tunnel under Round House for transport of goods.

1850

First convicts arrived aboard Scindian.

1851

Construction of Fremantle Prison began.

1861

Construction of Fremantle Lunatic Asylum (now Fremantle Arts Centre) began; building completed 1865.

1868

Last convicts arrived aboard Hougoumont

1876

Six Fenian prisoners escaped aboard American whaler Catalpa.

1879

Reserve land (now Fremantle Park) vested in Fremantle Town Council.

1887

Fremantle Town Hall opened 22 June.

1892

Blasting and dredging commenced to form Fremantle Harbour.

1897

Fremantle Harbour opened with arrival of SS Sultan.

1898

Fremantle Markets built.

1902

Death of C.Y.O’Connor.

1928

Fremantle War Memorial on Monument Hill unveiled Armistice Day, 11 November.

1929

Fremantle proclaimed a city, 3 June.

1948

Beginning of post-war immigration programs bringing migrant ships to Fremantle.

1972

Former Fremantle Lunatic Asylum building restored; re-opened as Fremantle Arts Centre, 13 October.

1986–87

Fremantle hosted the America’s Cup Defence Series.

1991

Fremantle Prison de-commissioned; building re-opened 1992 as cultural tourism site.

2005

Fremantle Prison placed on new National Heritage List.

2010

Fremantle Prison granted World Heritage Listing.

2011

Fremantle hosts ISAF Sailing World Championships


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