History and Heritage

The Old Canning RoadRevitalised Town of East Fremantle Heritage Trail

The Municipality of East Fremantle was created in 1897, when it separated from the greater Fremantle area.

The Town has a population of almost 8,000 and is 3.2 square kilometres in area - it is bounded to the north and west by the Swan River, across which many properties enjoy expansive views.

To the east it shares a common boundary with the City of Melville, to the south and west with the City of Fremantle.

Riverside HomesIt is a few kilometres from the centre of Fremantle and other major retail areas and is well served by public transport

The Plympton precinct today consists of charming worker's cottages which were established largely between 1890 and 1910.

The annual East Fremantle Festival is held in historic George Street, the main street of Plympton. Riverside was established by the merchant elite of Fremantle and is perched high on the cliffs overlooking the river. Gracious homes of the goldrush era are dotted along the escarpment.

Further northwards, the Preston Point area was developed in the 1950's with houses typical of this time again enjoying the expansive views of the river.

Fishing on the Swan RiverThe Woodside and Richmond precincts contain many homes dating from 1900 - 1940. Described as 'sweetness and light' this area is characterised by its fine brick and tile bungalows on generous (quarter acre block or similar) sites with mature garden settings.

The town has a rich history. The Whadjuk / Nyoongar people obtained food and drinking water from the river edges and open grassy areas.

The track which linked the fledgling Swan River Colony based in Fremantle to the future city centre of Perth in 1831 is documented traversing along the East Fremantle cliff edge finishing at the river ferry crossing at Preston Point.

Artists from The Royal George Arts & Community CentreEarly settlement of the area consisted of large farm holdings, however as the colony prospered during the 1890's gold rush the nature of the settlement altered dramatically, rapidly changing to a residential area.

The Town of East Fremantle believes the State’s requirement for more housing must be balanced with safeguarding and enhancing the amenity of residential areas so it has strongly challenged the push for infill development as a broad brush approach across the Town, preferring to concentrate on strategically identified sites for higher densities. The community values retaining the suburban density of its neighbourhoods, and this is likely to continue.