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Museum and Arts Centre, Fremantle


Heritage Council

Place Number

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1-21 Finnerty St Fremantle

Location Details

The place is currently known as Fremantle Arts Centre.

Other Name(s)

Lunatic Asylum & Old Women's Home
Asylum for the Criminally Insane

Local Government




Construction Date

1861 to 1886

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Town Planning Scheme YES 08 Mar 2007 City of Fremantle
State Register Permanent 16 Nov 1993 Register Entry

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Mar 1978 NA


Classified by the National Trust Classified 11 Jun 1973 NA


Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 1A

Level 1A

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of exceptional cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle. This place is entered onto the Heritage Council of Western Australia’s Register of Heritage Places. All development applications must be referred to the Heritage Council for approval.

City of Fremantle


Name Association Type Date From Date To
Captain Henderson Architect 18/09/2014 18/09/2014
Jewell Architect 18/09/2014 18/09/2014
US Navy Previous Occupant 18/09/2014 18/09/2014
Thomas Gray, Superintendent of the Convict Establishment Other Association 18/09/2014 18/09/2014
Robert & Arthur Bunning Builder 18/09/2014 18/09/2014
James Manning - Clerk of Works to Convict Establishment & Twentieth Company of Engineers, Builder 18/09/2014 18/09/2014
George Temple Poole Architect 18/09/2014 18/09/2014
Bunning Brothers Builder 18/09/2014 18/09/2014
George Temple Poole, ne wing, facing Finnerty Street (1886) & southern wings (1890 and 1894). Architect 18/09/2014 18/09/2014
Dept Land Administration DOLA Previous Owner 18/09/2014 18/09/2014
Fremantle Arts Centre Other Association 18/09/2014 18/09/2014
Old Women's Home Other Association 18/09/2014 18/09/2014

State Heritage Office library entries

ISBN Number Title Medium Year of Publication
0646445685 Fremantle : beyond the Round House. Book 2005
Fremantle museum and arts centre conservation plan. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2001
ISBN 0646316923 Historical traces. Serial 1997
A preliminary study of convict sites in Western Australia (draft). Heritage Study {Other} 1997
Fremantle museum and arts centre conservation plan: DRAFT 30/6/99. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1999
A report on the restoration of the Fremantle Museum and Art Centre. Report 1987

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Other MILITARY Office or Administration Bldg
Present EDUCATIONAL Technical School
Other MILITARY Other
Original RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Original RESIDENTIAL Institutional Housing
Present EDUCATIONAL Museum
Original HEALTH Asylum

Architectural Styles

Victorian Georgian
Victorian Tudor
Old Colonial Gothick Picturesque

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof TIMBER Shingle
Roof TILE Terracotta Tile
Wall RENDER Smooth
Wall STONE Limestone

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Workers {incl. Aboriginal, convict}
OUTSIDE INFLUENCES World Wars & other wars

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

18 Sep 2014


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