King dig

WOULD you like to help uncover the long lost secrets of Fremantle’s Kings Square?

During the site’s re-development, North Fremantle-based Archae-aus will undertake an historical excavation, and they want you to help.

“It’s a very exciting project and we want the whole community to share in the thrill of the discovery”, Archae-aus director Fiona Hook says.

“Not only will the public be able to view the excavations as we uncover Fremantle’s history, but people of all ages can also participate in hands-on activities and events including lunchbox excavations, historical object drawing and sustainability workshops, as well as free on-site talks”.

• Fiona Hook

Archae-aus are hoping to unearth remnants of the original St John’s Church, demolished in 1882, as well as materials from the period, like glass bottles, clay pipes and fragments of bowls or plates.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt says he is excited about the dig.

“Kings Square has a lot of stories to tell and we’re really looking forward to seeing what will be uncovered, particularly given an earlier dig in June 1986 identified the foundations of the first church.” he says.

“We want to incorporate the findings into the upcoming Kings Square public space upgrades.

If you want to lend a helping hand, the excavation will be take place between January 15-21. To find out more go to


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