Talks

History of Indigenous Incarceration at Fremantle Prison

Uncover the legacy of indigenous incarceration at ‘Walyalup’, a story of sadness and survival.Join Fremantle Prison’s experienced Tour Guides and learn about the confronting history of indigenous incarceration in Fremantle and Western Australia. Aboriginal people have been incarcerated in Western Australian prisons since the early days of the colony, first appearing at Fremantle Prison in 1858 when the convict and colonial prison systems were merged. By 1954, the number of Aboriginal prisoners had increased significantly, with men, women and children incarcerated in great numbers. This was in part due to a legacy of discriminatory legislation that resulted in differential treatment…

Convict History Tour

Step back in time to discover the fascinating convict history of Fremantle Prison, Western Australia’s only World Heritage listed building. Find out why almost 10,000 men were transported, how they built their own prison and helped to shape the future of Western Australia. Join one of our experienced tour guides and step back in time to discover the convict history of Western Australia’s most significant heritage attraction. Arriving in Fremantle in 1850, the job of the first convicts was to build themselves a prison. Construction of Fremantle Prison began in 1852, and by 1855 convicts had moved into the partially completed…


Talks

With a vibrant and diverse community that is passionate about sustainability, visual arts, music, writing, sustainability, heritage and more Fremantle regularly hosts a range of talks by experts in their field. Check our listings for talks presented by the City of Fremantle, University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Arts Centre, The Meeting Place, Fremantle Library and the WA Maritime Museum and keep up with what’s on in Fremantle.