TELLING STORIES SINCE 1975

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A Town of Claremont Community Facility

Welcome to the Town of Claremont Freshwater Bay Museum

The historic Freshwater Bay School is home to the Freshwater Bay 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.

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Museum Exhibition

School Days

Visit the Freshwater Bay Museum To explore how schooling has changed over the last one hundred years in Claremont and its surrounding areas.

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Object in Focus

1960s

Object in Focus

This packet of powdered ink was found in a store room at the Churchlands Senior High School in 1977 by the Deputy Principal at that time. Churchlands was opened in 1962. Ink was still in use at schools in the 1960s as fountain pens were widely used until the introduction of biro pens. Biros became well established as a writing implement in schools by the 1970s.

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Permanent Displays

Permanent Displays

The historic boat shed on the Freshwater Bay foreshore is a key part of the Freshwater Bay 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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2 December 2016Latest News

2 December 2016
  • Museum Closure to the Public for 2017

    The Museum is now closed due to redevelopment of the site. Please check our website regularly and Town of Claremont publications for events and school holiday programs throughout the year. A reopening date will also be advised on our website.

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