Site Based Research Trip: Fremantle Roundhouse and Historic Buildings
|Historical facade of the Fremantle Municipal Tramways, building now apartments and cafe.|
|View down High Street to the Town Hall. Note that the historical facades have largely been preserved.|
|The Pilot's Cottages, built 1904, were once used as residences for the Harbour Pilots, but now house artist studios and galleries.|
|This ball was dropped at 1pm every day between 1900 and 1937 to signal the correct time to navigators.|
|View from the Roundhouse (North???)|
I have heaps more photos, so I will be putting these up slowly over the next week or so. Some of the photos are taken by me, and some (the better ones, probably) were taken by my Mum, whose camera we were using. It was a beautiful day in Fremantle, even though it had been slightly overcast all day, but as Mum said, the clouds were playing for the camera. The closer we got to the water, the windier it was. There were at least three weddings going on, and I tried VERY hard not to get these people in my shots because as I kept saying to Mum, they are NOT HISTORICAL.
For those who might not be familiar with the term, site based research is the practise of going to places where your writing is set, and smelling the air, feeling the surfaces, listening for the sounds. So, in Fremantle yesterday, yes, I did sniff flowers and seaweed, lie on the grass with my eyes closed, touch the limestone walls of the cliff at Arthur's Head, take photos and read signs with the other tourists, and in other words, I focussed on being present in the place. Fremantle as a place has been hugely inspirational to me in writing my book and I couldn't imagine setting it anywhere else. It saddens me when people talk about how dodgy Fremantle has become, and I have to say, it's not the place that's dodgy, it's just some of the people who go there. For the most part, Fremantle is artistic, multicultural, it's full of families, and music and beautiful old buildings, and I love it.