A special trip to North Fremantle

Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Visiting the places where you grew up can evoke strong memories. There’s a special bond that forms between you and that place, even years on.

Brightwater Redcliffe resident Ray Carlisle took a sentimental journey through his old stomping grounds of North Fremantle with his family, thanks to Brightwater’s Life’s Possibilities fundraising initiative.

Ray, his daughter Jenny, Care Worker Rochelle and driver/ tour guide Richard embarked on the journey from Redcliffe to North Fremantle to meet up with his son and grandson. En route they detoured past Blackwall Reach along the Swan River where Ray used to swim and jump off the cliffs as a child.  

Next stop, North Fremantle. Ray and his family had morning tea in the park that backed on to his old home and although the original weatherboard house has since been pulled down, the new house still held the same street number close to Ray’s heart, number 16. Ray recognised the surrounding neighbourhood gardens, but didn’t expect a local neighbour to recognise him! Ray and his old neighbour had a good chat, which left Ray sincerely chuffed.

They visited the old Velvet Soap Factory so Ray could show his daughter where he and his friends used to play. Ray also reminisced about Leighton Beach and North Mole, where he used to fish for herring and whiting – usually with great success!

Leaving North Fremantle, the convoy headed home, but not before making a quick stop past the ABC Building in Perth where Ray used to work, and the Perth Concert Hall where he did a number of recordings with the ABC.

Ray’s daughter Jenny said the special trip was something Ray and the family will always treasure.

I would like to express our gratitude and deep appreciation to all involved in the arrangements for Dad’s recent ‘bucket list ‘trip to visit his childhood home and local area of North Fremantle.

Our driver Richard Ayres had done considerable research on the areas of Dad’s interest and was able to provide relevant commentary throughout the tour. During the day he frequently sought Dad’s input on special areas of interest and accommodated his requests accordingly.

We are grateful to the Brightwater staff who made the necessary arrangements to allow Dad’s carer to accompany us on the day. Rochelle has become a treasured member of our family during Dad’s residency at Brightwater. She has always gone beyond the role of her job and invested her personal time, love and care to his needs. 

Thank you to the fellow residents who personally came over to wish Dad well as we set off on the trip. The ongoing friendship and empathy extended by all has made Dad’s time at Brightwater a happy one.

We will treasure the memories always.

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