On the 9th October 34 students from the two Year 11 General Geography classes accompanied by Mr Barnes, Miss McCathie and Miss Huang left Canning Vale College for their first stop Fremantle Prison.

At the prison our guide James helped us discover the history of Fremantle Prison from its construction in the 1850s until the end of the convict era in 1886. We found out why almost 10,000 men were transported from Great Britain and Ireland, how they built their own prison and helped shape the future of Western Australia. We visited the cells, library, chapels, exercise yard and the flogging post.

From there we walked past the Fremantle Oval, Fremantle markets, backpackers, Esplanade hotel, Esplanade reserve and Notre Dame University whilst noting down transport options, eateries, types of tourism and how sustainable the tourism activity is to Fremantle.

In class students have been studying Perth and applied the following concepts to Fremantle by examining aspects such as:

  • Characteristics of the natural environment of the region.
  • Characteristics of the cultural environment of the region.
  • The potential of the region to attract increased numbers of people for tourism and/or employment.
  • The impact that increased flows of people for tourism and/or employment may have on sustainable management practices in the region.

We had a delicious lunch at Cicerellos and made our way to the Round House. The Roundhouse is the oldest public building in the State of Western Australia. Opened in January 1831, just 18 months after settlement, it was built to hold any person convicted of a crime in the settlement and was used until 1886.

After it ceased being used as a gaol it became a Police Lock-up until the late 1890s and then was used as accommodation for the Water Police, and afterwards as a storage facility for Fremantle Ports. When threatened with demolition in the 1920s it was saved and later control went to the State Government before it was deeded to the City of Fremantle. At 1pm Lachlan was lucky enough to fire the canon and he has now earned the title of Honorary Gunner.

An enjoyable, fun day was had by all, maybe a little tired from all the walking though. The weather was glorious, the sun was shining and the sea breeze was in to cool us down. The students behavior was exceptional they showed respect at the highest level and did themselves and the school proud. Fremantle is colonial history by the beach so come and visit for yourself sometime.

Miss McCathie - HASS Teacher

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