Last Friday our TAPs and our group from ECC Japan went to the Fremantle Markets to explore some of Perth’s local history.
A city in itself and for those of you that are not familiar with Fremantle, Fremantle is a port city in Western Australia that’s part of the Perth metropolitan area. It’s known for its maritime history, Victorian architecture and remnants from Australia’s days as a British penal colony. Fremantle Prison, which housed convicts from the 1850s to 1991, now features re-created cell-blocks. The 12-sided Round House, a landmark 1831 building, also briefly functioned as a jail. (et al. Wikipedia, 2017).
It was here that we were dropped off at the front of the Fremantle markets and gave the students a couple of hours along with the opportunity to explore and witness all of Fremantle’s vibrant culture and market-life in its fullest. Once the students were done with their shopping, we collected the large group and walked over to the now decommissioned Fremantle Prison.
Each student was given a handheld and portable audio guide (which was programmed to their native language). Jam packed with video and audio information and along with our tour guide Ben, the students could tune in, listen and experience all of the history that the Fremantle Prison had to offer.
We toured the rooms of which all types of convicts and prisoners, reaching from petty thieves to psychopaths and convicted felons. All of which had stayed in the prison from the 1850s until it was finally closed in 1991.
Though eerie, and for some students are rather frightful experience, a lot of the students appreciated the tour, the tour guide Ben made it fun and interactive for all of the students and the teachers, and over-all we had a pleasant and safe time.
After the tour was completed, it was time for a short bus trip back to the Lexis campus, and then back home.