|1829||Capt C.H. Fremantle claimed the west coast of Australia for the British crown. First settlers landed.|
|1831||Round House built for use as gaol; first school opened.|
|1833||First town plan of Fremantle by Surveyor-General J.S.Roe.|
|1837||Two whaling companies operating at Bathers Bay.
Construction of small breakwater and tunnel under Round House for transport of goods.
|1848||Fremantle Town Trust established (Capt. Daniel Scott, Chairman).|
|1850||First convicts arrived aboard Scindian (June).|
|1851||Construction of Fremantle Prison began.
Fremantle Literary Institute established.
|1861||Construction of Fremantle Lunatic Asylum began; building completed 1865.|
|1866||Convict labour used to build first bridge over river at Fremantle.|
|1868||Last convicts arrived aboard Hougoumont.|
|1871||Municipal Corporations Act passed; Fremantle Town Council established (W.S.Pearse, Chairman).|
|1876||Six Fenian prisoners escaped aboard American whaler Catalpa.|
|1879||Reserve land (now Fremantle Park) vested in Fremantle Town Council.|
|1881||Perth – Fremantle railway opened.|
|1883||Fremantle Municipal Council established (Barrington Wood, Mayor).
Central Fremantle streets lit by gaslamps.
|1887||Fremantle Town Hall opened 22 June.
Telephone exchange opened in building the following year.
|1895||North Fremantle gazetted as separate municipality.
Fremantle Oval first used for football.
Fremantle Hospital established.
|1897||Fremantle Harbour opened with arrival of SS Sultan.
Four new hotels opened.
High Street (to Adelaide Street) paved with wooden blocks.
East Fremantle gazetted as separate municipality.
|1898||Fremantle Markets built; Mills & Ware opened.|
|1902||Death of C.Y.O’Connor; Princess May School opened.|
|1906||Fremantle Tramways opened. Sea baths built near Long Jetty.|
|1907||Fremantle Railway Station opened adjacent to Fremantle Harbour.
Beginning of South Beach development as holiday destination.
|1914-18||Troops embark from Fremantle for WWI. Port used for naval and military purposes.|
|1919||Bloody Sunday 4 May; lumper Tom Edwards fatally wounded by the butt of a rifle in waterfront industrial dispute.
Spanish Flu epidemic.
|1922||Uglieland fairground opened opposite railway station (later, Pioneer Park site); ran till 1936 raising funds for welfare.|
|1928||Fremantle War Memorial on Monument Hill unveiled Armistice Day, 11 November.|
|1929||Centenary of Fremantle’s foundation.
Fremantle proclaimed a city 3 June; Frank Gibson first mayor.
|1932||Hazel Orme Kindergarten opened: one of first in WA, served as model for future Kindergarten Union preschools.|
|1939||New traffic bridge opened.
Beginning of Fremantle’s involvement as naval port in WWII.
|1948||O’Connor Industrial area established.
Beginning of postwar immigration programmes bringing migrant ships to Fremantle.
|1949||Opening of Evan Davies Civic Library in former Fremantle Literary Institute building in South Tce (first wholly rate-supported library in WA).|
|1952||Closure of Fremantle tram service.|
|1958||Last students from Fremantle Boys’ and Princess May Girls’ Schools transferred to new John Curtin High School.|
|1961||North Fremantle re-joined Fremantle City Council|
|1964||Fremantle Port Authority Building, Fremantle Passenger Terminal and North Fremantle Grain Silos all completed.
New rail bridge (upriver from original bridge) opened.
|1967||Esme Fletcher Day Nursery opened; also South Fremantle High School.|
|1969||Encounter Bay (first container ship at Fremantle) arrived 28 March; official opening of first container berth 29 March.|
|1971||Former Fremantle Boys School building re-opened as Perth Institute of Film and Television (PIFT)|
|1972||Former Fremantle Lunatic Asylum building restored; re-opened as Fremantle Arts Centre, 13 October.
Fremantle Society founded.
|1974||Stirling Traffic bridge opened 17 May.|
|1976||Stan Reilly Frail Aged Lodge opened; Fremantle Arts Centre Press founded.|
|1977||Nunzio Gumina introduced al fresco dining at Papa Luigi’s coffee shop in SouthTerrace, the start of development of the Cappuccino Strip.|
|1979||Perth – Fremantle railway line closed 1 Sept.; re-opened 29 July 1983.|
|1984||Work commenced on Challenger Harbour in preparation for the America’s Cup.|
|1986-87||Fremantle hosted world championship sailing events: World 12 Metre Championships, America’s Cup Defence Series, Tall Ships Race.
Fremantle Town Hall restored and refurbished.
|1989||Film and Television Institute (FTI) opened in former PIFT premises, originally Fremantle Boys School.|
|1991||Closure of Richmond Raceway at East Fremantle; re-developed as residential sites.
Fremantle Prison de-commissioned; building re-opened 1992 as cultural tourism site.
|1993||Endeavour (historic barque replica) built in Fremantle, launched on 16 April.|
|1995||Fremantle Football Club (The Dockers) played first game.|
|1996||Replica of Endeavour left Fremantle 16th October|
|1997||Fremantle Hospital, Fremantle Port Authority and Victoria Pavilion celebrated their centenaries.
Replica of Dufken – Keel laid by Crown prince Willem Alexander of Netherlands 11th January
|2000||Booyeembara Park established on former Montreal Open Space site; designed and named to honour Aboriginal heritage.|
|2001||The Whalers tunnel was renovated and reopened to the public.
Monument Hill listed on West Australian Heritage Register.
|2002||West Australian Maritime Museum on Victoria Quay opens.
Woodside Maternity Hospital closes.
|2003||Old Papa’s on South Terrace closes.|
|2004||Watson’s Butchers on High Street closes after 75 years.
Fremantle Primary School Centenary.
|2005||Fremantle Prison placed on new National Heritage List.
John Curtin Statue in King’s Square unveiled.
|2006||Roma Restaurant closes after 52 years.
Duyfken leaves Fremantle.
|2007||Royal George Hotel in East Fremantle handed over to the National Trust.
Fire gutted National Hotel, which has been sold & will be restored.
First ‘Cracker Night’ held on Australia Day at Fishing Boat Harbour.
|2008||Ban on smoking for outdoor dining areas.|
|2009||City of Fremantle became first Carbon Neutral local government authority in WA.|
|2010||Fremantle Prison granted World Heritage Listing.|