The Australian Flag

Fly the Bloody Flag!

Today was the Queen's Birthday, and thanks to her we all got a holiday.

But, the Australian flag was not flying from the Fremantle Town Hall.

For years the Fremantle Council, while keen to demolish Australia Day and to consider changing the name of Fremantle, has not flown the Australian flag from the Town Hall because 'it was too dangerous.' A lack of maintenance from 2009 when repairs to the town hall were budgeted until 2017 when $3 million had to be spent instead of $2 million due to the intervening deterioration of the building, means that for years we have not seen our flag flying from our building.

A local government like Fremantle Council needs to reflect the core values of the community in terms of history and heritage and not pursue its own ideological agenda.

Lost in the Forrest

Further to the article last week about the significant connection of Lord Forrest with Fremantle and his descendant's purchase of the Orient Hotel, it is worth noting that there seems to be no commemoration of Forrest in Fremantle. In 1902 Fremantle Council voted to erect a set of wrought iron gates and a drinking fountain in his honour at the entrance to Fremantle Oval, but there appears to be no evidence of that project ever going ahead. Apart from the major works John Forrest initiated that benefitted Fremantle such as the port, he became the owner of the iconic Federal Hotel opposite the Fremantle Town Hall for a time in 1889.

Another key historical figure ignored by Fremantle Council is Charles Fremantle himself, who founded the place. There is nothing physical in Fremantle built to commemorate him, not even a drinking fountain.



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