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Fremantle Through the Lens – A Walk with Freddy Samson

Explore the historic films and life and times of Sir Frederick Samson in a unique Walking Tour format hosted by local historians Mike & Joy Lefroy.

Sir Frederick Samson was a successful businessman and was elected to the Fremantle City Council in 1936. This gave him unique access to the comings and goings of the town as the world prepared for war. Through Freddy’s exquisite 16mm lens audiences will witness ordinary people preparing for an extraordinary war, as well as many other scenes of historical interest from the 1930s to 1970s.

Mike Lefroy is well known for exploring stories from his own backyard of Fremantle. He is a descendant of Engineer-in-Chief, CY O’Connor, Surveyor General John Septimus Roe and Premier Henry Bruce Lefroy. Joy was the Head of Education at the National Trust of WA. Mike and Joy are passionate about local history and love to share their knowledge.

Genrefonix and Museums Without Walls are proud to collaborate with the Samson Family History Group and the State Library of Western Australia to present these films and walking tour.

This event has been co-produced by the City of Fremantle.

Event dates

Event Details

8 William Street, Fremantle, Western Australia

The Fremantle Visitor Centre is located in the Fremantle Town Hall in Kings Square, Fremantle.


Sat May 8th: 3.30pm - 5pm
Sun May 9th: 10am- 11:30am
Sat May 15th: 3.30pm - 5pm
Sun May 16th: 10am- 11.30am

Entry fees:
Adults $20, Concession $15
Prebooking requiredmjkrl@iinet.net.au0430381957
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
There is limited parking available at the Fremantle Visitor Centre. Highly recommended patrons may choose to use public transport as Fremantle can be very busy during the times of the tours. Arrive early or make plans for alternative parking areas. Recommended patrons wear comfortable shoes, bring their own water bottle and a light jacket should the Freo Dr. come early.