Celebrate Freo’s heritage

THERE’S still time to catch Fremantle’s Heritage Festival this three-day weekend.

Find out about good, bad and mad women in professor Deborah Gare’s Divorcing Bridget Taafe, Notre Dame Uni, Sunday June 2. Or if you get your Herald early, Arts Hustle (Friday May 31) is a mix of the West End’s arts venues—and a look at the debaucherous hidden heritage of High Street.

Fremantle has been a centre of left-wing activism since the Fremantle Lumpers Union formed in 1889 and, despite a Greens blip in 2009, remains a Labor stronghold. Take the ALP tram and trace this history, including where union martyr Tom Edwards was fatally wounded and hear stirring stories of war-time Labor PMand Fremantle MP John Curtin. The tour ($10) starts and ends at the Fremantle Workers Club on Henry Street, Sunday June 2, 11.30am.

Check Freo council’s website for the full program.

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