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Place Number



81-83 High St Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1903

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 1B
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Mar 1978
Classified by the National Trust Classified 28 Oct 1974

Statement of Significance

The place is of historic significance as an example of a commercial building in the Old Port City of Fremantle dating from the gold boom period in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The place is a fine example of a Federation Free Classical style building, with elaborate stucco decoration above the ground floor level, that makes a significant contribution to the streetscape. The place is of social significance for associations with the Fremantle branch of the RSL. The place is of social significance as evidenced by its classification by the National Trust. Awning and shop fronts are not significant.

Physical Description

Two storey rendered building with prominent and decorative parapet and pediment, with a zero setback from the pavement. The parapet has an engaged balustrade and low piers topped with spheres at the corners of the façade; the crowned pediment is tall with highly decorative stucco. The first floor has three stucco arched timber casement windows and fanlights, flanked by engaged ashlar effect pilasters. The ground floor has an awning over the timber and glass façade, which is not original.


High Street was named by Surveyor General Roe - as was customary in English towns, the main street of the town was named High Street. Eastward from William Street the roadway was completed by convict labour after the Town Hall was built in 1887. High Street around the Town Hall closed to traffic in 1966. The High Street Mall was trialled in November 1973 and made a permanent pedestrian mall in 1975. Built 1903 by architect T. Anthoness. Original use was not RSL, which was formed in 1920s. Various changes and restorations were made to the building in 1946 for the Wyola Club and again in 1955 (Allen & Nicholas Architects). Currently (2013), Fremantle RSL Wyola Club Inc.




Name Type Year From Year To
T. Anthoness Architect - -

Other Keywords

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 COMMERCIAL Bank
Present Use COMMERCIAL Shop\Retail Store {single}
Original Use COMMERCIAL Office or Administration Bldg

Architectural Styles

Inter-War Free Classical
Federation Free Classical

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

21 Mar 2019


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