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City of Fremantle

City of Fremantle
Western Australia
Population 30,321 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 1,596/km2 (4,133/sq mi)
Established 1871
Area 19.0 km2 (7.3 sq mi)
Mayor Brad Pettitt
Council seat Fremantle
Region South Metropolitan Perth
State electorate(s) Fremantle, Willagee, Cottesloe
Federal Division(s) Fremantle
LGAs around City of Fremantle:
Indian Ocean Mosman Park East Fremantle
Indian Ocean City of Fremantle Melville
Indian Ocean Cockburn Cockburn

The City of Fremantle is a local government area in southern metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. The City covers an area of 19.0 square kilometres (7.3 sq mi), and lies about 19 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of the Perth central business district.


  • History 1
  • Wards 2
  • Mayors of Fremantle 3
  • Suburbs 4
  • Population 5
  • Sister city relations 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


In 1848 a Town Trust was formed comprising a chairman and a committee of five. For the next twenty-three years they set about constructing roads and many fine public buildings with the use of convict labour. By 1870 the population of Fremantle had reached 3,796 and was a moderately flourishing town. There was a move among the colonists to secure greater control of the management of their affairs and in 1871 the Fremantle Town Council was formed, with a chairman and nine councillors. Two of the major achievements of the Town Council were a reliable supply of pure water and a more efficient system of sanitation. By 1928 Fremantle had a population of 22,340 and an annual revenue of £73,354 - enough to warrant a claim for city status. City status was conferred upon Fremantle on the 3 June 1929 as a centenary honour in 1929.[2][3]

North Fremantle, originally part of Fremantle, broke away in October 1895 to become an independent municipality. The first mayor of North Fremantle was Daniel Keen Congdon.[4] The two municipalities were reunited by an order of the Governor in Executive Council as from 1 November 1961.[5]


The City is divided into six wards, each electing two councillors. Each councillor serves a four-year term, and half-elections are held every two years. The mayor is directly elected.

  • North Ward
  • Hilton Ward
  • South Ward
  • Beaconsfield Ward
  • City Ward
  • East Ward

Mayors of Fremantle


Note that East Fremantle has its own town council and is not governed by the City of Fremantle.


City of Fremantle Town hall Centre
Year Population
1911 14,499
1921 17,566
1933 16,998
1947 18,791
1954 22,795
1961 21,980
1966 25,284
1971 26,036
1976 23,497
1981 22,484
1986 22,709
1991 23,687
1996 24,022
2001 24,713
2006 24,835
2011 26,582
  • The 1961 population of the Town of North Fremantle was 2,363.

Sister city relations

Fremantle has sister city relationships with five other cities.[6] They are (in chronological order):

Fremantle also has friendship-city relationships with three cities:


  1. ^ "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 5. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, Western Australia". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "FREMANTLE A CITY.".  
  3. ^ How the council developed 1829-1972. (1972). In Gateway, Vol. 1, No. 1 June 1972, pp. 30-31.
  4. ^ W. B. Kimberly, ed. (1897). History of West Australia. p. 24. 
  5. ^ Ewers, J.K. (1971). The Western Gateway: a history of Fremantle, 2nd Ed. p.179.
  6. ^ "Sister cities and international relations". City of Fremantle website. Archived from the original on 2012-10-15. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 

External links

  • Official website

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