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FREEMASONS HOTEL FREMANTLE

FREEMASONS HOTEL FREMANTLE

South Terrace Fremantle, Western Australia. One of the main runs ashore in this lively port. Seen in centre of pic is the old FREEMASONS Hotel possibly known to half our membership as a place for the odd beer or three when in Freo it is now known as the SAIL AND ANCHOR and brews some of its own beer

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It's not a bad spot as the Sail and Anchor either. As I remember you can buy a tray full of 'halfs' of all different kinds of beer for a few bucks!
There are a few restaurants/cafes which are on the opposite (photographers) side of the road and it's very pleasant to sit outside in the afternoons for a bite to eat and some wine. Had to get the civilised bit in before everyone descends on the pub! LOL
Rosie O' Gradys was another favourite spot for the ex pats.
I've been trying to remember the name of another pub which is on a street which runs perpendicular to this one. It had a black signed frontage with Swan logos everywhere, and as well as being a normal pub it had a bottle shop annex. It was down close to the beach/fort side.
Anyone know?
 

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Jim,

Are you thinking of the Swan Hotel, which is on the north side of the Fremantle traffic bridge, as you go towards, Freo. Jeff a very good description of the old Freemasons Hotel, just in that mall on the side, there are few street perfomers, have a look at this lad in all his glory.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qwz6GdhRfKU


Jim.
 

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Hi Jim (Highlander)
Followed the link you sent .............. Makes you proud to be a Scot doesn't it ??!!
Looks as though it could have been shot from across the road outside the Freo Market.
Cheers
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Jeff
 

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Hi James_C
As mentioned in a couple of posts, I'm not a local to the area, I live in Hobart, but I'm sure Jim of the "Highlander" persuasion (above) will lead you in the right direction. Sorry I can't be any better help Jim.
Cheers
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Jeff
 

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Jim,
Not the Swan, the pub I'm referring to was on the south side of river somewhere in the vicinity of the Esplanade and the maritime museum and only a few minutes walk from the Sail & Anchor.
 

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Remember having a very rushed beer here in the days of the 5 o'clock swill, when all bars closed at 6 pm. The streets were deserted during this happy hour.
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John.
 

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High St runs perpendicular to this. There is now only one pub left in High St, the Orient. The others, now closed from the ocean end were: The Fremantle, The P&O, Cleopatra's, The Commercial and The National.
 

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I went into this Pub when I was In Freemantle in January 1949.
I changed some English Pounds into Aussie Pounds at the Bank accross
the road and went and joined some of the crew off the Orontes that I was
on as a passenger at the time. We had one of the female passengers
that we took into the Pub with us which was not allowed at that
time. A good afternoon was had by all, then we went back to the ship
just in time to get on before it sailed.

Geoff Johnson (Lofty)
 

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Like Jeff J I had a couple of jars there whilst staying in Perth earlier this year. Some decent local brews as well rather than the ubiquitous Fosters and XXXX which I personally cannot stand.

Freo is a great place now with excellent, good value restaurants and bars and if you get the chance you should visit if in the area.
 

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Jeff J,

Aye it certainly does make you proud to be a Scot, but that lad was born here, but went to Scotch College. However while there he learned the pipes and at the age of 15 was expelled from the College, as he didnt like the,school rules and regulations. Two years ago he was invited back to play for them and was paid for his time. The video was actually filmed from that side balcony of the Sail and Anchor.
James_C (Jim) The only pub I can think of that has not been mentioned, was the Federal Hotel, which is now the Fremantle Rosie O'Gradys, which is in William Street, over the road from the Fremantle Town Hall.

Jim.
 

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