Round House Conservation Management Plan

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We’re preparing a conservation management plan for the Round House, to help guide the future conservation and care of this important place.


Prior to preparing a CMP we asked for your stories, connection and curiosity about the Round House to guide the direction of this work. Your input was an important part of ensuring the heritage values of the Round House are appropriately recognised, assessed and conserved. The Round House building is located on Manjaree (Arthur Head) and the City also consulted specifically with Traditional Owners.



Images courtesy of Fremantle City Library History Centre


What is in the conservation management plan?

The CMP is a large document and also includes appendices and technical reports. To assist you to navigate a few points of interest are included below:

  • Inclusion of history of the site pre-1829 (see pg 21).
  • A proposed revised Statement of Significance (see pg 159) as the existing Statement does not address the broader cultural heritage values of the place to the Western Australian community.
  • Proposed conservation recommendations (see pg 16).
  • Proposed conservation and maintenance schedule (see pg 184).


How can I contribute my thoughts?

Earlier in the year we called on you to help build on the rich stories and existing research already shared about the Round House. We've now prepared a draft conservation management plan and invite your feedback:

  • You can access the CMP online here or in the document library (large file) and share your feedback below; or
  • You can browse a hard copy at the Round House (10.30am to 3.30pm) and complete a submission; or
  • You can browse a copy at the Fremantle History Centre (Library, Fremantle Oval) and complete a submission.


Submit your feedback below or via a hard copy form (available at the Round House or Fremantle Library) by Sunday 8 November 2020.



We’re preparing a conservation management plan for the Round House, to help guide the future conservation and care of this important place.


Prior to preparing a CMP we asked for your stories, connection and curiosity about the Round House to guide the direction of this work. Your input was an important part of ensuring the heritage values of the Round House are appropriately recognised, assessed and conserved. The Round House building is located on Manjaree (Arthur Head) and the City also consulted specifically with Traditional Owners.



Images courtesy of Fremantle City Library History Centre


What is in the conservation management plan?

The CMP is a large document and also includes appendices and technical reports. To assist you to navigate a few points of interest are included below:

  • Inclusion of history of the site pre-1829 (see pg 21).
  • A proposed revised Statement of Significance (see pg 159) as the existing Statement does not address the broader cultural heritage values of the place to the Western Australian community.
  • Proposed conservation recommendations (see pg 16).
  • Proposed conservation and maintenance schedule (see pg 184).


How can I contribute my thoughts?

Earlier in the year we called on you to help build on the rich stories and existing research already shared about the Round House. We've now prepared a draft conservation management plan and invite your feedback:

  • You can access the CMP online here or in the document library (large file) and share your feedback below; or
  • You can browse a hard copy at the Round House (10.30am to 3.30pm) and complete a submission; or
  • You can browse a copy at the Fremantle History Centre (Library, Fremantle Oval) and complete a submission.


Submit your feedback below or via a hard copy form (available at the Round House or Fremantle Library) by Sunday 8 November 2020.


  • Engagement findings

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    01 Dec 2020

    Thank you for your thoughts and comments on the draft Conservation Management Plan. The engagement findings have now been compiled.

    What we heard - a snapshot

    There was an appreciation for the document and recognition that conservation planning for the Round House is much needed. Some respondents expressed concern with the current state of the building and prior conservation works.

    A number of respondents provided clarifications and additions to the plan including additional historical information. Technical advice on the conservation of the building fabric was also received.

    Please download the Community Engagement Report or visit the document library to find out more about what we heard.

    Next steps

    The detailed feedback received will be reviewed by the project team and the CMP amended as needed, before it is finalised. The completed plan will then be presented to Council for adoption as the basis for future planning and conservation. All respondents will be notified once it has progressed.

    The City is also progressing a concurrent project to seek National Heritage Listing of the Round House. A council item regarding this project will be considered by Council in future and all respondents will be notified.

  • Thank you for your contribution!

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    06 Jan 2020
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    We've compiled the contributions received during phase one of the engagement. These include stories, connections, photographs and other material. These will supplement our existing historical records.

    You can access a snapshot of what we heard by clicking here or visiting the document library.


    Engagement with traditional owners is also ongoing, with an agenda item scheduled for February 2020.

    We look forward to sharing the draft conservation management plan this year and hearing your feedback.


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  • We’re seeking your stories, connection and curiosity about the Round House, to help guide the future conservation and care of this important building.

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    09 Oct 2020

    Your stories and historical photographs (particularly incidental images) will supplement the City's History collection or may help identify particular aspects of the building fabric which would assist with management and interpretation. Information on your curiosity will help build a picture of what our community and visitors would like to know more about.

    You can:

    • Share your stories or upload information online (below), or
    • Complete a photographic donation form (click here or find in the document library) and drop in to the Fremantle Library 70 Parry Street Fremantle (Fremantle Oval) with your material.

    Submit your stories below or at Fremantle Library by Sunday 22 December 2019.