Originally built as a psychiatric hospital - Fremantle Lunatic Asylum - it has seen much overcrowding, abuse and death.
The activity currently experienced likely comes from that history.
Asylum for 'Social Problems'
The building was suitable for fifty inmates (as they were known due to the running of the asylum under prison rules and regulations), but was soon added to, to accomodate larger numbers. It was during the gold rush of the 1890's that the population of the asylum grew greatly. The asylum took in people suffering from a large range of 'social problems' including prostitutes and the elderly. Workers in the minefields, suffering from sunstroke, were also be admitted
A Shocking Death
"Your wife died this afternoon reply re burial" J.W. Hope, acting superintending medical officer
There was quite a bit of a stir over whether the death was a result of the beating days before, or whether she had actually died from falling down some stairs. There was a inquiry held on whether the asylum staff could be held accountable. Conditions of the hospital had been in decline for sometime, and at the time of Mrs Cliffords, death over 200 patients were residents in the asylum, with up to 17-20 occupying one room. Regardless, as a result of this, and one other suspicious death, the Asylum went under review and susequently was set for closure. It took nine years for all the patients to be relocated and the Asylum was marked for demolition.
It was after this time and the refurbishment of the building, that it became what it is today, 'The Fremantle Arts Center'.
One of the more eerie encounters is one of the apparitions that is seen. A woman whose daughter had been kidnapped was admitted to the asylum due to her deep depression. One night she commited suicide by throwing herself through the first floor window. It is said she can be seen about the building as she still searches in hopes of finding her daughter.