Photographer's Note

Fremantle High Street, from the Round House

The Swan River colony was established as a British colony for free settlers in 1829, and there were no convicts sent out from England until 1850. But the first permanent building in what became Fremantle was a prison, built on a high headland looking out on the Indian Ocean beside the river mouth, in 1830 or thereabouts. It was designed as a 'round house', a two storey circular building, fortress-like, around a courtyard in which stocks were placed in the 1840s. It ceased to be used as a prison in the 1880s, and eventually became the living quarters for a policeman, his wife and eight children! It was opened to the public only in 1982, after having been used by the port authority for many years after 1908 as a defensive big gun emplacement, against which enemy I couldn't imagine (although this country has been involved regularly in wars).

I stood behind what I think must be a bluestone water container and could see the length of Fremantle High Street through the doorway, when the attendant got his silhouette out of the way. The sun, often hidden this day, was already throwing brief but long shadows when I took this shot. One can see crimson autumn leaves too, it being warmer than in the south east of the continent and autumn lingering on. The tower in the distance is that of the Fremantle Town Hall.

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