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11 Cantonment St Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1912

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
RHP - To be assessed Current 10 Oct 2003

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 2

Level 2

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of considerable cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle and its conservation is a priority.

Statement of Significance

House, 11 Cantonment Street (1912), is a substantial single storey brick and iron roof residence constructed in the Federation Bungalow style of architecture and has considerable cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:

the place has aesthetic significance as a rare example of a residential style of building in the town centre of Fremantle dating from the Federation period

the place is of historic significance as the headquarters of the Commercial Travellers’ Association from 1914 and subsequently the Fremantle Commercial Club from 1941, and;

the place has social significance with the Fremantle business community through its history;
The front fence is of little significance.

Physical Description

House, 11 Cantonment Street is a single storey substantial tuck pointed brick and rendered hipped and gable zincalume clad roof former residence building. The steeply pitched roof has one tall face brick chimney and a small timber ventilated gable. The roof extends over the verandah which is supported by collared turned timber posts with decorative timber brackets. There is a recent addition of a loft window on the northern side of the roof

The façade has a rendered band at door height and five sets of French doors; some with highly decorative leadlight glass, the main entrance has an arched recessed. The building has additions to the rear (probably not original).

There is a limestone block and pillared front fence which does not appear original. The house has been converted to commercial and residential apartments and has undergone internal alterations.


Cantonment Street appears on Surveyor-General Roe’s earliest maps, and used to continue as Cantonment Road to Cantonment Hill, until this section was renamed as Queen Victoria Street in 1892 to avoid confusion.
Prior to 1911 there were four cottages on the lot. On 3/12/1912, a foundation stone for a new building was laid by Governor Sir Gerald Strickland. The brick and stone building was designed by Joseph F Allen (Mayor 1909-1914 and 1931-33) and built by F. W. Spurr as the Commercial Travellers' Association, and cost £1950. The association's agenda was to improve working conditions for members, i.e. roads, hotels etc. There was a federal body est. 1895 called the United Commercial Travellers' Association of Australasia (it included New Zealand). The Assoc. was originally located at 27-29 Henry St, then Mouat St (Lot 28) in 1901/2. Supermarkets saw the end of the commercial traveller, as goods could be bought directly from wholesalers.
In 1941 the Assoc. became the Commercial Club (Fremantle) Inc. Plans dated 1972 (No. 6784) show renovations and additions, by architects Colin Rule, Ashbil & Assoc., and builder R D Leith at a cost of $35, 000. The club closed in 1991 due to financial difficulties and a lack of members.
During 2002 the Western Australian Planning Commission granted approval for four survey strata commercial/residential units on the site.




Name Type Year From Year To
Joseph Francis Allen (1869-1933) Architect - -

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The Fremantle MHI management category for this place was amended and adopted by the decision of Council on 28/09/2011.

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Other Use OTHER Other

Architectural Styles

Federation Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Pointed Brick
Other GLASS Glass
Wall RENDER Smooth
Roof METAL Zincalume

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

26 Jul 2002

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Last Update

21 Feb 2020


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