This year is the 150th anniversary of the arrival of 62 Fenians in Fremantle from the “Hougoument”, the last ship to bring convicts to Western Australia. During their 89 day journey from England to Australia, the Irish Fenians, who were political prisoners, produced a weekly newspaper called “The Wild Goose”.
As part of the Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival, the Kidogo Arthhouse has an exhibition of art related to the Fenians, called “89 Days”. This papercut by Anne Gee shows activities aboard the Hougoument, including the printing of the Wild Goose newspaper.
Previous blogs about the Fenians can be found here –
There is still a lot to see in and around Geraldton which is reminiscent of Randolph Stow and his classic novel. You can walk along Gregory Street, where Stow lived and admire the old style houses. And you can look at Geraldton Primary School (below), which both Stow and his fictional hero Rob attended.
Stow attended the University of Western Australia and lectured at universities in Australia and England. He wrote eight novels and three books of poetry, plus a children’s story and several opera libretti, and won the Miles Franklin Award in 1958 for his novel To the Islands. He lived in Britain from 1966 until his death in 2010. The Geraldton Public Library has the Randolph Stowe collection which includes personal items donated by the author.
LA does not have many green spaces, but this secret walk (see previous posts) passes through Hollenbeck Park.
The East Los Angeles Secret Walk (see previous post) took us along Boyle Avenue past some beautiful historic houses. The famous Max Factor who was makeup artist to the Hollywood stars, lived in this house in the 1920s.
We used the LA Secret Walks book (see previous post) to investigate a little known part of the city in East Los Angeles, starting at Mariachi Plaza on the Metro Gold train line.
Mariachi Plaza is at the heart of Mexican culture in LA, and the place where Mariachi band members gather to be hired out to perform at private functions.
At the Last Bookstore (see previous post), we picked up a copy of “Secret Walks – A Walking Guide to the Hidden Trails of Los Angeles”. This is a companion to “Secret Stairs” which we purchased last year.
There is some strange stuff in the Last Bookstore like this sculpture constructed of old books and called “Diagnosis”.
When we are in LA we always try to visit the Last Bookstore which has a vast collection of nearly new books. It’s a good opportunity to purchase inexpensive copies of books by American authors such as Willa Cather or Isaac Asimov.
Public art is everywhere in LA’s Arts District and adjoining Little Tokyo. This mural near the Japanese American Museum celebrates the life of Basho, the famous 17th century Japanese poet.
Despite its car focus, Los Angeles does have some public transport. The Metro system is a network of suburban train lines centred on Union Station. Stations on the Gold Line feature public art like this book related sculpture at Indiana Station