Western Australia's Most Senior Historian on the Hunt for Fremantle

Ruth Marchant James Visits Gnamma

The new civic centre in King's Square has been evacuated due to flooding.

Cost to ratepayers of the damage to the brand new carpets and equipment and building is not known.

According to one Fremantle Society committee member Mark Woodcock, the new building is now known around town as Gnamma (waterhole).

Before the deluge, Western Australia's most senior historian Ruth Marchant James (pictured above yesterday visiting the Fremantle Society) was in the new civic centre yesterday demanding to know where the Captain Charles Fremantle treasures were housed that used to be displayed in the former building. She was told that no-one had a clue.

There is no memorial anywhere to Fremantle's founder Charles Fremantle, no history of the man Fremantle or the town named after him on the council's own website, and as part of the cancel culture infecting council, Cr Pemberton labelled Captain Fremantle a paedophile at a council meeting.

In the photo above, Ruth Marchant Jones is holding part of the correspondence between Mayor Samson from 1959 to the Fremantle family in which he thanked the family for their gifts of silver, noting that "It will be placed in a glass case in the Mayor's Parlour and I can assure you the gift will be greatly appreciated by the Councillors, the Citizens, and myself." Mayor Samson, in another letter,  to Lady Fremantle,  mentioned that there was an autographed photograph of another Fremantle, Admiral Sir Edmund, "hanging in the Mayor's parlour."

Other gifts from the Fremantle family were also made.  Ruth, 92 years of age, though just out of hospital after 6 weeks there, is determined to track down what has become of these important links with the Fremantle family.


John Dowson
The Fremantle Society
0409 223622

photo by John Dowson

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