The Mantle


Freo Today. 28 August 2020. If you find yourself wandering, like Deanna Shanahan did, camera in hand, north along Beach Street, Fremantle, towards the Old Traffic Bridge, you will happen upon The Mantle at the corner with James Street and be able to take a fine snap like this one. Beach Street is easy enough. Once it was on the banks of the Derbarl Yerrigan/Swan River. James Street? Aha. The first British Governor of Western Australia who assumed control of the Colony for the British Crown, including over Walyalup the country of the Whadjuk Noongar people. James Stirling. His name is everywhere. Not so Walyalup.