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Gimlet and the Warders' Cottages

This is blatant advertising for a Henderson Street business in one of the earliest terraced houses in Australia.

Gimlet is a magical location for a drink and something to eat. Pictured are four dumplings ($15) and a coffee ($4) in a heritage environment in the heart of Fremantle.

It is a success story worth celebrating and supporting.

Gimlet is part of the somewhat controversial development of 19-29 Henderson Street, the very first warders' cottages to be built, the earliest example of terrace housing in Western Australia, and the only buildings in Western Australia apart from the prison to be heritage listed on the national heritage list. The only ones.

Since 1851 the cottages had always been part of Fremantle Prison, but 140 years later,  in 1991, the Labor Government sold them to the Department of Housing for $2.1 million. They were completely vacated 20 years later, in poor condition, and deteriorated further  through lack of maintenance.

A report by FICRA prepared for Premier Barnett in 2013, saw the Premier visit the cottages and allocate funds for their restoration to a standard suitable for onselling. While the cottages alongside (numbers 7-17) were sold for housing, 19-29 were turned into a hotel, cafe, garden restaurant and bar.

The warders are long gone, but up to 10 people can sit in the tiny front yard of this characterful cottage.


John Dowson
President
The Fremantle Society

0409 223622










 

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