TELLING STORIES SINCE 1975

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A Town of Claremont Community Facility

Welcome to the Town of Claremont Museum

The historic Freshwater Bay School is home to the Claremont Museum. Originally constructed in 1862 the building functioned as the first school between Perth and Fremantle.  Throughout its history the building has also been a place of religious worship, a boarding house for young men, a police station and police quarters. The Town of Claremont opened the building as Claremont Museum in 1975 after it had been relinquished by the Police Department, making it the first metropolitan council-owned museum. The Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits the cultural heritage of Claremont and the area of Freshwater Bay.

Note: Formerly known as the Freshwater Bay Museum

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TELLING STORIES SINCE 1975

Freshwater Bay

Claremont Museum

The building at 66 Victoria Avenue, now part of the Claremont Museum complex, has functioned since it was built in 1862, as a school, a place of religious worship, a boarding house, police station and residence for police officers. In 1975 it was opened as the Town of Claremont’s Claremont Museum, the first Council initiated museum in Western Australia. A permanent exhibition tells the story of the Noongar connection to the land and to Freshwater Bay and the many uses of the original building.

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Hidden Treasures

1890s

Hidden Treasures

The Sharkey Letters In 2009 the Museum received a large donation of photographs, documents and clothing from a descendant of Raymond John Sharkey. Raymond was originally from Sydney, but moved to Western Australia in 1892 during which time he lived at the ‘Appy ‘Ome boarding house in Claremont, now the Claremont Museum. He then moved down […]

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The Boatshed

The Boat Shed

The historic boat shed on the Freshwater Bay foreshore is a key part of the Claremont Museum. It was donated to the Museum by the Mews family and moved from its Victoria Avenue site to its current location in 1996.

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