Vale Tommy Grant – Professional Cyclist

Vale Tommy Grant

From The Northern Advertiser, Feb 13, 1953, page 7:

A leading State professional rider, Tommy Grant, died last Saturday morning as a result of injuries he received in a fall in the aces 5-mile scratch race at Midland Junction the previous Saturday night. He had not regained consciousness and, after an operation on Friday, contracted pneumonia.

A gloom was apparent among the cycling fraternity on Saturday at York sports, for which [the] deceased had nominated. Prior to the start of the programme all riders assembled and observed a period of reverent silence for the late rider who; aged 24, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Grant, of Marmion-st., East Fremantle. Riders also wore tokens of mourning.

The memorial as photographed in the Fremantle Cemetery was erected as a tribute to Tommy Grant from his fellow members of the Fremantle Professional Cycling Club. Rest for ever in peace Tommy Grant.


The Lighthouse and the Photographer – Out and About in Fremantle

The Lighthouse and the Photographer

One from March 2016. I was down on South Mole heading to the end of the mole to photograph the departure of the Costa Luminosa when I took this photograph of a photography heading towards me. The South Mole is a great spot for fishing, viewing the harbour and generally chilling out on a beautiful summer evening.

Taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and a Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4.0-5.6 lens – f/5.6 1/320 150.0mm.


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