W D Moore & Co Warehouse

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WD Moore & Co Warehouse
Moore building gnangarra-2.jpg
Alternative names The Moores Building,
The Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery
General information
Address 42-46 Henry Street
Town or city Fremantle
Coordinates 32°3′22.86″S 115°44′41.02″E / 32.0563500°S 115.7447278°E / -32.0563500; 115.7447278
Current tenants Fremantle Arts Centre
Groundbreaking 1844
Construction started c1862
Completed 1899
Renovated 1985-1986
Owner City of Fremantle
Technical details
Floor count 3 backstore
Floor area 24,000 square feet (2,200 m2)

WD Moore & Co Warehouse complex is on Henry Street, Fremantle. It was unified in 1899 behind an ornamental stucco facade.[1] A store was established on the site by Samuel Moore in the 1840s. William Dalgety Moore later established a general merchant business there in 1862. The complex comprises a residence, warehouse, factory stable, offices and shop, built between 1862 and 1899, in addition to a three storey backstore which was built at an unknown date, possibly as early as 1844.[1] The complex was listed on the Register of the National Estate in 1978.[2]

The business had a wide variety of activities including importing, processing, manufacturing and retail, with mail order distribution as well. Moore's product lines included food stuffs, beer, wine, flour, coffee and spices as well as hardware and mining equipment.

At various stages it was threatened by fires.[3]

The Moore family originally attempted to sell in 1952,[4] and eventually sold the premises in 1956 to the Stevenson family, who operated a transport company.

In 1985 the City of Fremantle purchased the property and restored it through 1985/86 with a grant from the Commonwealth Government as part of the preparations for the America's Cup defence.[5] Since then the complex has been used for public events and exhibitions.[6][7][8][9]


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. ^ a b Heritage Council. "Moores Building, Fremantle". Register of Heritage Places-Permanent Entry. Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Place ID 10562". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  3. ^ "Another fire at Fremantle". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 28 April 1915. p. 8. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "WAREHOUSE PASSED IN AT £15,000". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 8 August 1952. p. 4. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Kent, Jack; Dawkins, Jeremy; Kiera, Agnieshka; Fremantle (W.A. : Municipality) (1988), The Moores Buildings : a conservation project, City of Fremantle, ISBN 978-0-7316-3062-2 
  6. ^ Inside out : an exhibition by 25 artists from Denmark, W.A. at the Moore's Building, Fremantle, 23 October to 3 November 1999, Artists Foundation of Western Australia, 1999, retrieved 14 May 2013 
  7. ^ DiCiero, Lyn; Soroptomist International of Fremantle (2003), Remembering : women working for women, The Artist's Chronicle, ISBN 978-0-646-42479-8 
  8. ^ Moores Building : contemporary art gallery, retrieved 14 May 2013 
  9. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/81337/20080206-1637/www.fremantletrails.com.au/postcard8bcf.html