This Sunday, 28th October, Fremantle’s Blessing of the Fleet opens Fremantle’s annual festival. A new book celebrates the 70th anniversary of one of the oldest religious ceremonies in Australia.
The Fishing Fleet Festival Association have published “Blessing of the Fleet” compiled and edited by Susanna Iuliano and Maria Amato-Gorman. The 224 page book has interviews with leading members of the fishing community as well as photographs taken by many people who are an intricate part of the festival.
These are few of my favourite pictures taken in earlier days, from 1976. They are in no particular order but show the varied and distinctive nature of the city’s oldest celebration. The book will be available from New Edition Bookshop and the Maritime Museum.