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Hear Ye, Hear Ye - Free Talk on Fremantle Town Hall

"The Fremantle Town Hall is back in its original skin" and the bells will once again toll!

The City of Fremantle has just completed the external conservation of this historic building and it is the most significant heritage project which The City has ever undertaken.

Since the middle of 2016 a large team of specialist stonemasons, plasterers, lead workers and slate roofers have transformed the exterior of the Town Hall building using traditional building methods. They had to fix large cracks, external fittings and more.

The project has also involved huge structural repairs, as well as a new slate roof with improved drainage and the historic clock has been totally cleaned and serviced.

Working on the Town Hall clock

Here is a fascinating video on the Town Hall clock by the man who regularly services it. He explains about the workings of this iconic clock.

The external areas have now undergone this complete restoration and included in this, the paint was removed as it had been there for decades. This was done so that the building could "breathe", absorb and expel moisture naturally as it was originally intended.

Major restorations being undertaken in 2016

This will be the first stage in the transformation of Kings Square into a high-quality community and civic space.

The Fremantle Town Hall is situated at High, William and Adelaide Streets. The official opening on 22 June 1887 coincided with the celebration of Queen Victoria's Jubilee.

It was formally named by the mayor of the time, Mr Daniel Keen Congdon and the then state governor, Sir Frederick Broome, and it was named the "Town and Jubilee Hall".

The building had commenced on 28th May 1885 and the foundation stone was laid on 10th September 1885 by Governor Broome. There was a seven-month delay in the opening which was in order to coincide with the celebration of the Queen's Jubilee.

Fremantle Town Hall on completion in 1988

The ceremony was followed by a day of sports, as well as a ball that evening. At this time, children attending government schools received an extra week's holiday due to the event!

The original intention was for the Town Hall to be a high quality, finely detailed stone building, and it has been brought back to this original concept. It had been unpainted from the opening in 1887 to 1965 and therefore the saying of "its back to its original skin"!

Fremantle Town Hall in 1965

On Friday 26th May at 11.30 am until 12 noon outside the Town Hall, you will be able to see the flag being raised onto a new flagpole on the refurbished tower for the first time in a decade and the Town Hall clock will be restarted as well as the bells sounding after being silent for a year. This event is part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival.

Completed work on the Fremantle Town Hall

There will also be a talk on Wednesday 31st May at 10.00 am, which will focus on the history of the building, the challenges of conservation and re-construction, the unexpected discoveries, trades and materials and the future of this iconic Fremantle building.

There will then be a group photo outside this completed Town Hall and this will officially record this incredibly important event.

You can find more information and photos about this project at this site.
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Why? To hear about the restoration of the Town Hall
When: Friday 26th May 2017 from 11.30 to 12 noon
Where: Fremantle Town Hall
Cost: FREE
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Hi Finy this article is great. Just wondering if you could correct a couple of details please? We don't want people to be confused.
The event on May 26 is a celebration of the works, restarting of the clock / bells and photo.
There is a separate event on May 31 which is the talk.
Thank you.
by commu (score: 0|2) 135 days ago
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