Map captures first 100 years of Fremantle


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Mary Yates with the map. Picture: Jon Hewson ������� d470254

FREMANTLE has one of the most significant histories in WA, but many have found it hard to bring those stories together.

Not so for Mary Yates, who has taken the history surrounding five early Fremantle roads – Cliff, Mouat, Henry, Pakenham and Market streets – and turned them into a hand-drawn, hand-written historical ‘map’ detailing the area’s past.

Having done maps for Mosman Park, Cottesloe and other areas in the past, Ms Yates said she preferred to have an historical and education theme to her illustrations as it gave them purpose and made them more than just pictures.

“Originally I thought I would do the area from the bridge to the Round House and continuing round to South Fremantle, but it was a hopeless idea as it was far too large,” she said.

“This covers the first 100 years of our City; the side panels include many of the important buildings in the surrounding areas with dates and details and all roads are drawn to scale.

“Absolutely everything is hand drawn, even the straight lines, and it is then completed in water colour.”

She said the map took her more than four months to create and Fremantle’s long history sometimes made it difficult to decide which story or fact to include.

“It often came down to details which could actually be drawn, but also ones which I found most interesting,” she said.

“It was impossible to put everything which had ever stood on one block of land, so it was often difficult to decide.”

Smaller copies of the map can be ordered from maryates@gmail.com.

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