Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Minister for Housing and Works; Indigenous Affairs; Heritage; Land Information

    Minister to welcome two millionth visitor to Fremantle Prison

    24/12/2007 1:00 PM

    Heritage Minister Michelle Roberts will today welcome the two millionth visitor to the historic Fremantle Prison since it opened as a tourist attraction in 1992.

    The Minister will present a gift basket and a certificate to mark the occasion.

    Mrs Roberts said the incredible number of people who had visited the prison since it had opened, made it one of the most important tourism assets in the State.

    “Fremantle Prison is a popular and internationally recognised tourist attraction which provides a number of unique tours, such as day tours of the prison, and the night-time torchlight tour,” she said.

    “It also has the truly remarkable tunnels tour, which has given the tourism industry the term ‘extreme heritage’.

    “These tours give a real insight into the history of the prison and its role in the history of Western Australia.

    “Fremantle Prison has had a great year: the facility won three gold medals in this year’s Western Australian Tourism Awards, won the Fremantle First Tourism Award and was a finalist in The Australian Newspaper’s Travel and Tourism Awards.”

    The Minister said the recent restoration of the stonework on the main cell block was another highlight.

    “It was an 18-month project which saw the western elevation of the Main Cell Block transformed into a heritage icon by restoring it to its original state,” she said.

    Fremantle prison was built by convicts in the 1850s, became a colonial prison in the 1880s and was used up until 1991.

    “Fremantle Prison is an important, intact and fascinating link to the convict era, contributing significantly to the fabric and economic well-being of Fremantle and WA.” Mrs Roberts said.

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