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National Trust Heritage Festival event: The Forgotten Ones

Tuesday 24 July 2018

Now that Montgomery Hall is finished, the Museum has  rescheduled this much awaited event to the date above.

The Town of Claremont’s Freshwater Bay Museum, and Aegis Aged Care, will present a fascinating look at the often hidden history of the Claremont Mental Hospital (1903-1984). Dr Philippa Martyr, author and lecturer from UWA, will discuss her research on the Graylands History Project; in particular assisting relatives to discover the hidden and forgotten members of their family trees. Ian Loftus, historian and author of “The most fearless and gallant soldier I have ever see”, will provide an overview of Victoria Cross recipient Private Martin O’Meara, a resident of CMH in his final days. This is a unique opportunity to see inside the beautifully restored Montgomery Hall, once the administration building of The Claremont Mental Hospital.

RSVP: or or phone 9285 4300




History in a Coffee Cup – Inspiration from the Past: Quilting in WA

Tuesday June 7 – 10:00-11:00am

Claremont Council Chamber, 308 Stirling Hwy, Claremont

Kate Ferguson, Curator of the WA Quilters Association and Pat Forster, from the WA Inspired Art Quilters, joined forces to talk about different aspects of quilting in Western Australia. Kate talked about the 40 year old Quilters network while Pat discussed the Art Quilters recent quilt series inspired by the life of Noongar activist Fanny Balbuk Wooreel. The event drew a large audience who were fascinated by the stories about quilting and quilts. Both speakers engendered a new respect for quilting.

 FREE School Holiday Activity: Painting in the Park

Tuesday 17 April – 10:00am-12.00pm

Mrs Herbert’s Park, 66 Victoria Avenue, Claremont.

Painting in the Park at Mrs Herbert’s Park was a very popular school holiday event. Mrs Herbert and her ladies were at hand to help children learn the skill of handpainting. Children also played olden day games while they waited for their paintings to dry and for the face painting fairy.

History in a Coffee: How to Read a Dress

Thursday 5 April – 10:00-11:00am

Claremont Council Chamber, 308 Stirling Hwy, Claremont

 Lecturer, historian and author Lydia Edwards presented a fascinating talk on the history of fashion between the 16th to the 20th century through her research and new book How to Read a Dress. This event was extremely popular with 85 people attending the venue had to changed to accommodate them all.

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