The building took place between 1861 and 1868 and the labourers were all convicts...at one time there was a display of their thick woollen coats and hideous manacles. It was first used as the Fremantle Lunatic Asylum and would have been the perfect setting for a Bronte Sisters novel!
Recent displays have included a wonderful array of Quaker literature, history and belongings and an Exhibition of Immigration over the 200yrs.
This link speaks of the concerts in the garden there...a stellar cast...Joe and I saw "Tin Dog" there one sunny Sunday afternoon...great fun with friends.
So here are my photos from today...they are taken from the side and back as the main road was far too busy to cross to take the front of the building.....you can see that in my links.
|You can park in the side street, Finnerty St and enter through this arched gateway.|
It was in this courtyard that John and Natalie married so long ago, to the tune of a lone Scots Piper.
There is a very lovely but expensive gift shop here....hand crafted goods from all over Western Australia
and finally a pic of the restored section, sadly no pale faces at the windows as legend has it.
This is a beautifully maintained Gothic building with thick stone walls, elegant wooden staircases and lead-paned windows. It has worn many hats in it's history and never fails to delight me.