Detail from the richly decorated and well restored Fremantle Markets building
During the first week of March a team from the National Maritime Museum went to Fremantle to install the War at Sea – The Navy in WWI exhibition at the Western Australian Maritime Museum.
The museum, overlooking the Swan River mouth, is an outstanding example of a maritime museum. It is perched on the edge of the old heart of Fremantle harbour, still surrounded with operational wharves and port authority buildings, as well sheds and equipment displaying the heritage of the working harbour.
Fremantle is a wonderful mix of working port and heritage site.
My first visit to Fremantle was a pleasant surprise. The wonderful mix of working port and well preserved heritage is a rare combination in these days of the gradual loss of the working harbour – and often its heritage.
War at Sea opened on 12 March and runs to 29 May when it will travel to Albany, also in Western Australia.
Tunnel under the signal tower
Dutch shipwreck clay pipes
Pearling lugger in WA Maritime Museum
WA Maritime Museum
Batavia shipwreck skeleton
War at Sea taking shape
Ghoulish uniform display
War at Sea installation team
My favourite object in the exhibition – toy model of HMAS Sydney
The uniforms unveiled
– Dr Stephen Gapps, Curator
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