Westpac Bank Building, Fremantle

The former Westpac Building known as the Challenge Bank Building and the Western Australian Bank Building, is a heritage listed building located at 22 High Street on the corner with Mouat Street in the Fremantle West End Heritage area. It was one of many commercial buildings constructed in Fremantle during the gold boom period in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Design of the building commenced by prominent architect, Talbot Hobbs. Construction commenced in 1892 and the building was known as the Western Australian Bank, that bank requiring new premises in Fremantle; the building has two storeys with offices. It was completed in the Federation Academic Classical style of architecture with zero setback from the footpath; the building frontage has an ashlar effect on limestone foundations. The parapet has a pediment with a central decorative arch with "AD 1891" featured in stucco; the front entrance is flanked by pilasters with brackets above. There are engaged low piers below the windows.

Corinthian columns are on the first floor exterior with piers below the windows. The building has a 66.5-foot frontage along Mouat Street. It is built from brick on a Melbourne bluestone base. In March 1892 Hobbs had designed the plans for the building and was calling for tenders to complete the building works; the old premises for the bank were demolished and construction commenced in April 1892, with the building contract being awarded to J. Hurst and Son at a cost of £5,590; the building was completed and opened in January 1893. In 1927 the Western Australian Bank merged with the Bank of New South Wales, the building became known as the Bank of New South Wales building; the branch manager, Lionel Wesley Walker, was found shot at South Beach the same year. In 1982 the Bank of New South Wales merged with the Commercial Bank of Australia to form Westpac Banking Corporation, who retained ownership until 1999; the University of Notre Dame Australia acquired the building in 2000 for A$1.5 million to use it as a health college.

List of heritage places in Fremantle List of buildings designed by Talbot Hobbs

Bay de Verde

Bay de Verde is an incorporated town in Conception Bay on the northern tip of the Bay de Verde Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The first recorded inhabitants at Bay de Verde arrived in 1662. Bay de Verde became an incorporated town in 1950. Bay de Verde is the northernmost community in Conception Bay; the central part of this picturesque fishing village is nestled between two hills, while on both sides the low-lying area slopes towards the ocean. On the southwestern side is the harbour, called the foreside, where fishing boats are moored in the central section away from the land and wharfs and at one time away from the fishing stages; the other side of this low-lying area, called the backside, was once used for fishing stages, called fishing rooms, where boats were moored away from the land. Due to its more treacherous rocks and steep slopes and its exposure to the raging sea and winds of the North Atlantic, backside has long been abandoned as an area for fishing rooms. Bay de Verde and surrounding areas are barren of any trees except for a small grove of rugged spruce trees called the minister's grove.

This is. On the western side of the harbour just below an area called Spring Hill is the section of Torquay, which derives its name from an English town by the same name. Bay de Verde is accessible by Route 70 of the provincial road system; the road down to the heart of the town is steep and can be dangerous in the winter during snow storms. Split Point, a prolific fishing berth in the community, is the boundary line between Conception Bay and Cape St. Francis. Bay de Verde and surrounding areas are dotted by small fishing communities established to be close to the fishing grounds; some of the communities within a 15-minute driving distance from Bay de Verde are: Red Head Cove Grates Cove Daniel's Cove Old Perlican Low Point Caplin Cove The climate of the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent land areas is influenced by the temperatures of the surface waters and water currents as well as the winds blowing across the waters. Because of the oceans' great capacity for retaining heat, the climate of Bay de Verde are moderate and free of extreme seasonal variations.

Precipitation falls on the area both as snow in the moderate rainfall in summer. The Gulf Stream and Labrador Current converge just off the coast of Newfoundland and provide for dense fog that can linger in the area for days. Snow can accumulate with prolonged periods of snowfall, the case in the winter of 2000 - 2001; the attached picture shows the height of snow from the road surface According to D. W. Prowse the earliest documented inhabitant of the'Bay of Arbs' was Isaac Dethick, an English planter, expelled from Placentia in 1662 when the French took over that town. There is no doubt that there were settlers such as the Taverners established at Bay de Verde when he arrived. In 1675 seven families and their servants, numbering close to 150 people, had erected eleven rooms and stages in the harbour; the best record of the period comes from the journal of Abbe Baudoin, dated February 2 to February 6, 1697. Baudoin, who travelled with Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville's raiders, noted that "there were in this harbour fourteen settlers well established and ninety good men."

During King William's War, the village was destroyed in the Avalon Peninsula Campaign. These French raiding parties destroyed the community and killed a number of inhabitants again during Queen Anne's War in 1705. One of the early family names of Bay de Verde is Taverner. According to H. F. Shortis William Taverner was a naval officer and surveyor on a British man-of-war who worked on a Newfoundland map of 1745; the main road in Bay de Verde is Masters Road named after John Masters, apprenticed to William Taverner about 1700–1701. The Taverner family of Poole and Bay de Verde – a moderately well-off group which divided its time between Poole and Newfoundland. Abraham, William Taverner's brother, an obscure figure, was the Newfoundland agent for the London merchant, James Campbell, who had extensive plantations at Bay de Verde. Campbell was financial agent in London for Captain John Moody, commander of the Newfoundland garrison during Major Thomas Lloyd's absence in 1704–1705 and, an avowed adversary of Lloyd.

Although many of the Newfoundland planters tried to keep away from both Lloyd and Moody, William Taverner led a group which, early in 1708, complained about Lloyd's exploitation of the colonists. 1612 - October 1612 Bartholomew Pearson, yeoman of Wollaton, settler in the first English colony in Newfoundland, took part in John Guy's expedition to Trinity Bay and was among those ship-wrecked at Green Bay on the way back. Nine days near starvation, they regained Cuper's Cove, having walked to Carbonear where they had found a boat. Pearson was one of a group of settlers who went to Cuper's Cove in 1612, his task was to assess the agricultural possibilities of Newfoundland to only condemned both the land and the climate after a few months there. This expedition was financed by Sir Percival Willoughby, a prominent member of the Merchant Venturers company formed in 1610 for the plantation of Newfoundland. 1628 - Sir David Kirke Governor of Newfoundland encouraged British settlement in Newfoundland, collected a five per cent tax on all fish and oil taken by foreign fishermen, fortified the choice spots of Ferryland, St. John's and Bay de Verde.

1662 – Isaac Dethick settled at Bay de Verde after being deported from Placentia by the newly arrived French garrison. 1675 – There are seven families and their servants, numbering about 150 people total, occupying 11 rooms and stages in th