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Opera Costumes Display

August 14 to September 8

 Take a look at some of the gorgeous costumes from the WA Opera Company on display in the Claremont Council foyer.

8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

Claremont Council, 308 Stirling Hwy, Claremont

For more information contact

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 50 Years of WA Opera

Thursday September 7 – 10:00-11:00am

Established in 1967 the WA Opera company has been thrilling Perth audiences for 50 years now. Join us to hear of the history of Perth’s only opera company from local resident, and opera guru, Annie Patrick. We will also enjoy a taste of opera singing as two of the ensemble share their tales of what brought them to opera and share their songs.

Zenith Music Auditorium, 309 Stirling Highway, Claremont.

Morning tea provided, bookings essential. RSVP:



All the World’s a Stage in Claremont

Thursday 6 July – 10:00-11:00am

This History in a Coffee Cup at Christ Church was well attended. Richard Offen, the warden of the church gave a brief history of the church. While Hilary Heptinstall entertained the audience with the escapades of the local theatre company, St. Oswald’s Music Hall in Swanbourne. Lastly Tony Howes, original artistic director of the Midnite Youth Theatre Company, which is celebrating its 30th year, gave an account of its origins and history.

Christ Church, corner of Queenslea Drive and Stirling Highway.

Friends of the Freshwater Bay Museum

Annnual General Meeting

Sunday 2 July – 3pm

Claremont Bowling Club, 64 Bay View Terrace, Claremont


  History in a Coffee Cup – Tales of the Terrace

A National Trust Heritage Festival Event

Thursday 4 May- 9.30am to 10.30am

This walking tour of the Claremont town centre was a resounding success. Participants heard from a variety of past and present Bay View Terrace shop owners about the changing face of our long-established town.



Wednesday 19 April – 11am to 2pm


Saturday 1 April – 10am to 4pm

 History in a Coffee Cup – SUMMER OF ’69

Thursday 2 March – 9.30am to 10.30am


Zenith Music was established in the summer of ’69 in Claremont by the Cranfield family. Lionel Cranfield shared many tales of his 48 year career selling specialist instruments and provided some well received musical interludes.


History in a Coffee Cup – NOONGAR BOODJA

Thursday 1 December- 9.30am to 10.30am

Join Mariss from Bindi Bindi Dreaming took us on a journey back thousands of years and we immersed our selves in the life and culture of the Noongar Boodja People. We explored the 6 seasons, learnt about bush tucker, medicinal plants and handled artefacts from this amazing ancient culture.



Saturday 12 November – 11am to 12pm

Join us for an intriguing session on the social history of the Claremont Railway Precinct. Historian, Dr Sue Graham-Taylor will provide the background information and guide audience participation as she build up a picture of the development of the railway precinct and how it was linked to the community.

Free event at the Goods Shed Claremont, Cnr of Shenton Rd and Claremont Cres
Claremont WA 6010.

Bookings at

History in a Coffee Cup – History of Claremont Park

Thursday 6 October 2016 –9.30am to 10.30am

Join us for an intriguing talk on “Merrymaking, Military and Murder – the little known history of Claremont Park”.

Freshwater Bay Museum. Free event, morning tea provided. Bookings on 93406983 or



Thursday 29 September – 10am – 12pm

Join us at the Freshwater Bay Museum for this family friendly event – take part in a variety of fun activities such as badge making and face painting or attend a school lesson with Mrs Herbert.

All events and activities are free and no booking is required.

PLAYGROUP WA – Intergenerational Play Day

Tuesday 6 September 2016 – 10am to 12pm

Come along to the 4th annual Intergenerational Play Day at the Freshwater Bay Museum. All families welcome, especially grandparents and grandchildren. Have fun with the baby animals, Playgroup WA games and the museum’s old fashioned washing and games.

Free event at Freshwater Bay Museum

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History in a Coffee Cup – AUSSIE FOOD CLASSICS

Thursday 4 August  2016 –9.30am to 10.30am

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David Bovell of the Bovell family pie fame and Lesley Lang, President of the CWA joined us for a gastronomic journey of Aussie food culture that was greatly enjoyed by those attending this event.


Children stepped back in time at the Freshwater Bay Museum and took part in a variety of fun activities. They learned how to write with pen and ink, bake biscuits in the wood fired stove and played olden days games. This program was aimed at primary school aged children, and ran from 10:00-12:00.


9.30am to 10.30am

The trip down memory lane with Caremont School of Arts’former teachers Rosemary Hunter and well known sculptor Tony Jone MA recollecting stories from this unique educational institution was very well attended.

MAY IN MAY – SUNDAY 1 MAY – 1pm to 3pm

The rain held off on Sunday and the event was very well atttendend. A talk given by Julie Gibbs about her great aunt, May Gibbs of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie fame had a large audience spell bound.  Face painting, badge making and gumnut craft activities were also extremely popular at this all ages  family friendly event.

History in a Coffee Cup – Teaching the Three Rs: teaching in Western Australia

Thursday 7 April 2016

Join us at the Freshwater Bay Museum for the latest in the series of History in a Coffee Cup Talks. Teachers today do not have the cane or the duster at their disposal; but they do have iPads! Since the opening of the Freshwater Bay School, in 1862, teaching has vastly changed. This session looks at teaching and how it has changed, as we discuss the past and present roles of teachers.

Freshwater Bay Museum – 66 Victoria Avenue, Claremont. For bookings – ph: 9380 6983 or

Morning tea provided. RSVP essential.


History in a Coffee Cup – School Days

Thursday 4th February 2016

A talk given by Dr. Sue Graham Taylor provided members of the public with an introduction to the Freshwater Bay Museum’s new exhibtion, School Days. She talked about the research that was involved and related many interesting and sometimes humourous stories that were uncovered.


Official Opening of School Days

Wednesday 3rd February

The opening of the Museum’s new exhibtion was well attended. The opening address was given by Jock Barker, Mayor of Town of Claremont. While Peta Madelena, archivist for Scotch and Aquinas Colleges, as well as Convenor of the School Archivists Association of Western Australia gave a timely speech on the important role archivists play in preserving school history.

History in a Coffee Cup – The Gallipoli Dead of Western Australia: Claremont Stories

Thursday December 3rd 2015

A large audience attended the talk given by Shannon Lovelady, archivist at PLC and private researcher. Shannon talked firstly about The Gallipoli Dead of Western Australia Project, she’s been engaged in and the process that was used to count and identify those soldiers from Western who were killed at Gallipoli. From this research came a number of emotive stories from the Claremont area that had the audience spellbound.


Freshwater Bay Museum’s 40th Birthday

Thursday 1st October – 10am to 12pm

The Museum’s 40th birthday party was enjoyed by families who attended this event. School holiday activities included fairy face painting, treasure hunts, and arts and crafts. The birthday cake helped make the celebration complete and all events and activities were free.

River Rangers

Wednesday 2 September 2015

The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s River Rangers program held their annual professional development day at the Freshwater Bay Museum. The River Rangers is a program run through schools to engage children in caring for our Swan Canning River catchment. The staff involved in this program were thrilled to conduct their professional development against the backdrop of the Swan River. Museum staff were able to take part in some of their sessions, including a highly engaging and educational session by Noongar representative Belinda Cox about how to conduct appropriate Welcome to Country and Acknowledgment of Traditional Owners at events. Again animals were present at the museum with a session on the rehabilitation of Black Cockatoos!

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Intergenerational Play Day

Tuesday September 1 2015

This 3rd annual event is a joint venture of Playgroup WA and the Town of Claremont and is growing in popularity each year. This year, along with the goats and piglets, more than 70 families came to the Freshwater Bay Museum to take part in some olden day washing, arts and craft, play dough and the draw card of feeding and patting baby animals.

History in a Coffee Cup: Sunset

Thursday August 6 2015

Even the cold weather did not deter at least thrty five people from attending the talk given by Ann Whyntie on the history of the iconic Sunset Hospital located on the banks of the Swan River. Ann, the author of the book about Sunset, regaled the audience with many humorous andecdoes as well as sharing her knowledge of the subject.


History in a Coffee Cup: The Claremont Tigers Football Club

Thursday 4 June 2015

This talk given by the club’s historian, Barry Butterworth and current CEO, Dean Horsington was an event not to be missed. Both speakers gave a sense of the club’s importance as part of the local community both in the past and present.



The Great Ride: The Story of Ned Moriarty

Sunday 3 May 2015

Presented by Carmel Charlton – 3 to 3.40pm

This special Sunday opening of the Western Suburbs at War exhibition with singer, songwriter and musician Carmel Charlton was very well attended. Carmel’s performance was based on a letter from Ned Moriarty of the 10th Light Horse to his sister, Alice, from the deserts of Palestine in 1918.  It was an informative yet entertaining performance enjoyed by all.


Family Open Day

Friday 17 April 2015

This free event from 10am to 12pm at the Freshwater Bay Museum was a great school holiday draw card. The Baby Animals were extremely popular and many visitors took part in the activities on offer such as Treasure Hunts,  Poppy Making and Whizz Bang postcards. These activities tied in with the Museum’s latest exhibition, The Western Suburbs at War, which commmemorates the 101 years since the beginning of World War 1.

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History in a Coffee Cup: The Royal Perth Show

Thursday 9 April 2015

Despite the inclement weather, this event drew a large audience who were intrigued by two speakers from the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS). The first speaker John O’Meehan, past President of the organisation set the context of the Claremont Showgrounds and its historical connection with the RAS. Whilst the second speaker, current President Rob Wilson, discussed the major developments planned for the showgrounds and the updates and reforms to the exhibition displays and educational programs. After the RAS speakers finished, an audience member, Ethel Lucas, regaled the listeners with her childhood memories of living across the road from the Claremont Showgrounds.

History in a Coffee Cup: The Western Suburbs at War 

Thursday 5 February 2015

Interest in the Western Suburbs at War exhibition has been exceedingly high, and was evidenced by the number of people who turned up for this event. Dr Sue Graham- Taylor AM gave a curatorial talk on the exhibition, discussing the research involved in putting the project together and its companion book as well regaling the audience with interesting stories that emerged as a result.

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Official Opening


Wednesday 4 February 2015

The official opening of the Freshwater Bay Museum’s  World War One Exhibition, War in the Western Suburbs was attended by 150 people. Guests included, Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett, Stephanie Vanicek representing Hon. Julie Bishop MP, President of the Returned Services League Western Australia, Graham Edwards, Mayor of Claremont, Jock Barker and the mayors of surrounding Western Suburbs.

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History in a Coffee Cup – The Music of WW1

Thursday 6 November 2014

The event was quite successful with thirty five people turning up to hear Ivan King, archivist for His Majesty’s Theatre share his knowledge about the theatre’s collection of World War 1 objects such as music sheets and photographs and regale the audience with stories about them.

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School Holiday Program 2014

Would your child like to find out about working in a museum, write with pen and ink, make olden days toilet paper and play horseshoes? If so book them in for our program on Tuesday 30th September 9:30-12:00. The cost is $15:00 per child. Please email us at: or phone us on 9340 6983.

History in a Coffee Cup: Royal Show

 Thursday 4 September 2014

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  Despite the fact that the speaker had to suddenly cancel this engagement, those who attended still enjoyed looking at artefacts from the Royal Show and sharing stories 

History in a Coffee Cup: The Passion of Collecting

 Thursday 3 July 2014


This event in the History in a Coffee Cup Series drew a large audience. Claremont Museum’s Inaugural curator Sally Ann Hasluck explained the practice of Museum collecting, while President of the Collectibles Society of WA, Sharon Micenko, talked about the passions of private collecting. An interactive session followed where audience members shared their obsessions about collecting dolls and antique jewelry.



History in a Coffee Cup: Tales in a Travel Trunk

 Thursday 1 May 2014


This event was a huge success as the  introductory talk by Stephen Anstey (Western Australian Museum) and Joan Tocock based on their personal experiences as migrants to Western Australia as Ten Pound Poms set the scene.  Both speakers discussed the importance of some objects that were brought with them on their journey and their significance to their future lives in Australia.

After the talk a number of audience members shared their own migration stories, showing objects they had brought in and discussing their significance in either their own journey or that of a past or present family member. The morning tea that followed allowed visitors and speakers to interact and share further stories.

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History in a Coffee Cup: Dolphin Watch 

Thursday 6 March 2014


The second in the new initiative, History in a Coffee Cup, was held at the museum on the 6th of March. Around 50 local residents came to sit in the glorious Mrs Herbert’s Park under the shade of the trees, looking out at the river as they listened to our Dolphin Watch talk. The Freshwater Bay Museum’s very own historian, Dr Sue Graham-Taylor, presented a fascinating talk on the history of the dolphin in the river. Attendees learnt that in the past dolphins were killed for their hides and that in order to fix the smell of the river for the Queen mother’s visit in 1963 vanilla essence was poured in the drains! Following Sue was Marnie Giroud, from the River Guardians, who entertained the crowd with how to identify a mother dolphin and her calf by how they move through the river. A volunteer from the crowd, holding a soft toy dolphin, role played as the calf, with Marnie and a huge inflatable dolphin as the mother! Information about the Dolphin Watch program and what individuals can do to help maintain the health of the river was also discussed. Many questions were asked and there was a lot of interest in our future talks. Although there were no definite dolphin sightings one local, using binoculars supplied by Marnie, thought she spotted a fin!

A great crowd of 50 local residents came to the second History in a Coffee Cup talk, on dolphins. The Freshwater Bay Museum’s very own historian, Dr Sue Graham-Taylor, presented a fascinating talk on the history of the dolphin in the river. Attendees learnt that in the past dolphins were killed for their hides and that in order to fix the smell of the river for the Queen mother’s visit in 1963 vanilla essence was poured in the drains! Following Sue was the River Guardian’s Marnie Giroud who entertained and informed the crowd about how to identify dolphins and about the Dolphin Watch program.

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Family Open Day

Sunday 2 February 2014

The Freshwater Bay Museum Family Open Day with an historical theme was a great success. Activities included a ratty treasure hunt, mystery objects, baby animal farm and the opportunity to see and do things like they used to – use wash tubs, slate boards and have lessons in the old school room.

An exhibition of paintings of historic buildings and scenes by Western Australian fine artist Helen Playford will be opening on the the Sunday at 2.30pm added to the theme and was well patronised.

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Tango Tango

Sunday 17 November 2013

Thank you to all those who attended this event, which  was held at the Freshwater Bay Museum at 66 Victoria Ave, Claremont from 4pm to 6.30pm. The afternoon was a great success with professionals from Champagne Tango demonstrating their tango techniques and the audience enjoying the opportunity of being able to particpate in tango lessons after the demonstrations.

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Intergenerational Play Day 2013

Thank you for coming!

This morning an inter-generational playgroup gathering was held at the Freshwater Bay Museum. Fortunately the sun was shining down on the many families and baby animals that attended.

Children and their parents and grandparents were able to hold guniea pigs, pat goats, play with wooden tops, scrub the tea towels on the old wash boards, write on slate boards and play with a variety of games.It was lovely to see so many local grandparents with their grandchildren as well as playgroup members from near and far.

Some of the highlights were watching a grandmother explain how she used to do her washing to her grandson, seeing the joy on a little girl’s face as she held a bunny rabbit and having 3 generations of a family in the school room together (the grandmother wore the dunce hat!).
Many thanks to Penny and Sarah from Playgroup WA for their fantastic work in organising the event.

We hope to make it an annual event here at the museum.