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

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


Heritage Council (n.d.). Seaman’s Rest. Retrieved from


Spinway in Fremantle: Celebrating Cycling the Freo Way

Spinway in Freo

Spinway WA bicycle hire vending machine located at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle.  Spinway WA is a bike hire vending machine business based on the very popular bike share systems currently running around the world.

Due to Western Australian law and our commitment at Spinway WA to bike safety all bike stations are located near a customer service counter so that bike helmets and locks can be borrowed free of charge with each bike.



Bikepacking the Holland Track: The Salsa Mukluk

Holland Track Day 2: Salsa Mukluk at Granite Rock Outcrop

My first bikepacking ride and the first serious outing for my Salsa Mukluk fatbike. This photo was taken on second day of my ride of the Holland Track. It shows a typical trail marker found where the Track crosses a granite outcrop. On one or two occasions these trail markers where missing in action resulting in some interesting riding around in circles to find the most likely egress point. Oh the bike performed well the packing not so much. A few small changes bags are in train before the next bikepacking trip.

The photo was taken with a Panasonic DMC-LX100, f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/1250 and processed in Lightroom CC 2015.10.1


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

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.


Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket Owner Review

Uniqlo Ultra Light Down jacket

The Uniqlo Men’s Ultra Light Down Jacket – Item Code 156558 is a recent addition to my ultralight bikepacking system. It replaces a Outdoor Research Down Jacket which weighs in at 500 grams. The Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket with stuff sack weighs in at 266 grams (size large), a nice saving of 234 grams.  I may save a further 5.5 grams and more compression by swapping out the stuff sack for a Zpacks small cuben stuff sack.

Initially this is my first impressions on the jacket. I will update this post following further use.

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