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Seaman’s Rest aka Sailor’s Rest aka Port Lodge – Social History through Waymarking

Seaman's Rest aka Sailor's Rest aka Port Lodge - Dated Buildings and Cornerstones

This photograph continues my social history project documenting both the mundane and the interesting in the City of Fremantle and surrounding areas through the medium of http://waymarking.com.

Seaman’s Rest or Sailor’s Rest (it seems even Heritage Western Australia is not sure of the name) is a place in Fremantle that has social and historic significance as a building erected to provide a rest home for sailors and for associations with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. The place has aesthetic significance as an unusual example of a building in the Federation Arts and Crafts style that has been extensively altered.

The Sailors’ Rest home came about because of the efforts of Mrs T. Smith, a member of the Fremantle branch of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). Land was demanded from the government, and the building was constructed with funds raised by public subscription. The foundation stone was laid by Sir John Forrest on 9 October 1899. W. A. Nelson, Architect, T. Game, Builder.

The building was later owned by the British Sailors’ Society Fremantle Branch.  Today it is part of the University of Notre Dame and is a student accommodation facility, Port Lodge

Reference:

Heritage Council (n.d.). Seaman’s Rest. Retrieved from http://inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au/Public/Inventory/Details/df2baceb-13d0-4624-aec2-f10f1695c176

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Fremantle Visitors Centre: Social History through Waymarking

Fremantle Visitors Centre - Tourist Information Centres - Visitor Centres

A little change in direction for my blog, which has been rather dormant for a long time. I am going to fire it back up, finish off some of the bicycling posts from the past whilst at the same time expanding its focus to include a little bit more photography and particular my interest in documenting social history of the Fremantle area in particular.

This photograph is part of my social history project documenting both the mundane and the interesting in the City of Fremantle and surrounding areas through the medium of http://waymarking.com.

Whilst this is a mundane subject and an even more mundane photo it does capture a slice of social history.  The City of Fremantle is commencing the redevelopment of Kings Square and in the near future this long-standing visitors centre will be no more and so this photo will stand as a reminder of what was once but is no more.

Details of the redevelopment can be found on the City of Fremantle website.

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