Days 166 - 170
Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
169Trip End ??? ??, 2007
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So at the end of my first week Jaap and Chris bought a car together and headed south to Margaret River for more work - this time in the vineyards
I've done a bit of sightseeing round Fremantle too. The prison is from the 1850s and was built by convict labour. The guided tour is a very good way to see it and the guy giving the tour is a west country boy like me! He emigrated several years ago but still has his west country twang. He told us all about riots, the church, the hangings and the general conditions during the time the prison was in use. It closed only 15 years ago. I looked inside some of the cells and I think they were better than some hostels I've been to but overall the place is a pretty grim place to end up.
I also visited the shipwreck museum which was a little less interesting. I did enjoy learning about how the Dutch arrived in Oz first and their influence on the continent. One of the shipwrecks, the Beltavia had a good story and some of the wreckage and cargo were on display. On board was a stone gate to be used for a fort in Jakarta. Since that never arrived, the Dutch built a new one and that did arrive and is still standing today in Jakarta. The salvaged one has been rebuilt in the museum alongside a display of the ships wreckage.
So the last few days have been about getting used to Australia. I've got a sim card and a new phone number, and I've also been talking with a job agency here. Fremantle is a place that many Australians are very fond of and I can see why. It's been a great place to start.