Union Bank, Fremantle

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Union Bank building
Union Bank building, Fremantle, 2016.JPG
The building in 2016
General information
Address 4 High Street, at intersection of Cliff Street
Town or city Fremantle
Country Australia
Coordinates 32°03′20″S 115°44′32″E / 32.055667°S 115.742246°E / -32.055667; 115.742246Coordinates: 32°03′20″S 115°44′32″E / 32.055667°S 115.742246°E / -32.055667; 115.742246
Current tenants Notre Dame University

The site of 4 High Street was purchased by the Union Bank of Australia in 1881 and for several years the bank operated from the existing building, which had been the residence of Captain Daniel Scott. A new building was erected in 1889 with plans prepared by Melbourne architect William Edward Robertson, the construction was supervised by James Wright.

The bank built new premises further along High Street in 1930 and placed the existing building up for auction. It was advertised as having a 119-foot (36 m) frontage along High Street and a 64.5-foot (20 m) frontage along Cliff Street. The ground floor of the brick building had a large banking chamber, a manager's office, strongroom, entrance hall, dining room and kitchen. The first floor contained a drawing room, seven bedrooms, bathrooms and linen closet. There were balconies at both the front and rear of the building.[1]

In 1931 the property was purchased by the Church of England for the Flying Angel Mission to Seamen organisation. In December 1937 plans were approved for the construction of the St Andrew's Mariners Chapel to the west (along High Street) behind the former bank building. It was constructed by Hawkins & Son at a cost of £1,731 and continued to function as a chapel until the late 1960s.

As of 2016 both buildings were owned and used by the University of Notre Dame Australia. The Flying Angel Club had moved to 76 Queen Victoria Street by 1968.[2] It is within the Fremantle West End Heritage area


Information from the City of Fremantle Interpretation Plaques and Panels Research Project was used as the basis of this article. This project was completed in May 2002 by historian Kristy Bizzaca, and is available by visiting the City of Fremantle's History Centre.

  1. ^ "Advertising". The West Australian. XLVI, (8,744). Western Australia. 2 July 1930. p. 2. Retrieved 7 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ Kos, Fritz (1968). Flying Angel Club, 76 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle (acetate negative).