Fremantle Ports Maritime Day 2016
10am - 4pm Saturday 12 November 2016
Victoria Quay, Fremantle Port
Suitable for all ages, free entry
This year’s Fremantle Ports Maritime Day will have a host of new features and exhibitions as well as familiar favourites from past years.
There will be action throughout Victoria Quay, inside historic B Shed and on the water.
It will be a fun-filled day for all ages, with an emphasis on information about the port, the maritime industry and maritime careers.
New features this year:
RAN submarine: The Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean (above) will berth at Victoria Quay for the day.
Taiko On (above), Japanese percussion ensemble: One group that will certainly demand attention will be Japanese percussion ensemble Taiko On, presented by the Consulate-General of Japan. The dynamic troupe will twice perform traditional festival drumming in a variety of styles with synchronised movements, vocalisation, powerful rhythms and energy.
Rolls-Royce thruster (above): Rolls-Royce will be exhibiting a large piece of machinery not normally seen onshore - an underwater thruster weighing about three tonnes.
David Giles and the Freedom School of Art will be artists in residence. You will see artists working at easels along the waterfront and can have painting techniques explained. The art will have a maritime/water theme.
Maritime dress up: Children are encouraged to enjoy the day by dressing in a maritime theme - anything nautical, for example a pirate, a mermaid or a sailor. There will be a children’s fancy dress competition.
Fashion shows: Cruise season fashion show, Metro Modelling Academy and marine-themed fashion show, Comet Bay College
Vintage port messenger bike: A bicycle similar to one used by port messenger boys in the 1960s will be on display courtesy of City of Fremantle, as will the City’s Tiny Park or parklet, which is a moveable public seating and garden area.
Mike Lefroy’s walking tours: To really understand Victoria Quay and its amazing history take a free 40-minute walking tour with historian and storyteller Mike Lefroy. Mike has a passion for the history of Fremantle and the port.
Austal will display a number of scale models of ships the Henderson-based company has built and continues to build in Australia and around the world.
Quiz competition for children about Maritime Day exhibitors - first prize is a laptop!
Coogee Surf Club's Tube Rescue and Board Rescue display
St John Ambulance First Aid Awareness display with ambulance tour, CPR demonstrations, bandage and sling demonstrations, and St John's mascot - Kura the Paramedic Bear
Regular favourite attractions:
• Entry by donation to the Western Australian Maritime Museum for the day, includes 'creating a sea creature' digital animation activity for children, and a free 'Behind the Scenes' look at vintage boats in A Shed.
• The Royal Australian Navy vs Fremantle Ports Cook-off with delicious food available for a gold coin donation to charity.
• Sail Training Ship Leeuwin and a Svitzer tug will be open for visiting.
• Free boat rides (above) on the harbour will be on offer, courtesy of South Metropolitan TAFE and the TAMs Group.
• The Royal Australian Navy will have a number of exhibits and the James Fisher Submarine Rescue Service will have an LR5 submersible open for viewing.
• Australian Border Force will have demonstrations of mobile x-ray and detection units.
• Fremantle Ports will have an exhibition of historic photographs.
• About 40 information booths in historic B Shed will be packed full of maritime-related exhibitions.
• There will be special activities for children, including art with artist Angela Rossen (above) and face painting.
• A full program of entertainment on Victoria Quay will show off the musical talents of students from a number of schools, including Seton College, Hamilton Senior High School, South Fremantle Senior High School, Comet Bay College and Hillman Primary School. The Fremantle Sailing Club’s Pipes and Drums will contribute to the lively program, along with quayside marching displays by students of Ocean Reef Primary School and Australian Navy Cadets.
• Food will be available for purchase at cafes, the E Shed Markets food court and a number of pop-up food stalls.
• The Fremantle Harbour Classic yacht race presented by the Fremantle Sailing Club will get underway in the harbour at 1pm.