Get the big crowd atmosphere from Moondyne Joe’s stadium feel sports bar. The bar shows all the big events including live AFL action, rugby, boxing, cricket and soccer with fox sports. They have five personal tvs at tables, three large screens and one huge wall screen. For those who like to punt, they have a PubTAB for sports betting and all the races on monitors. Not to mention Setanta overseas sports on a huge screen, if time permitting.
With entertainment most nights of the week, drop into the Gov’s bar where friendly staff will make you feel at home. In winter, the cosy open fire makes Gov’s Bar the perfect spot to enjoy a pint or a glass of red.
Moondyne Joe’s well known Bistro has full table service in a casual dining atmosphere. There is something for everyone with daily chef specials and an extensive a la carte menu available.
THE LEGEND OF MOONDYNE JOE
The legend of Moondyne Joe, alias Joseph Bolitho Johns (born 1831) won fame for his jail-breaking exploits at Toodyay and Fremantle between 1861-69. His name came from the Moondyne Hills. Wearing a kangaroo-skin cape and possum-skin slippers, Joe roamed the valleys and creeks at Moondyne Hills, Toodyay WA.
Moondyne Joe was not known for gunfights or robbing banks, unlike other famous Australian bushrangers. It was Joe’s amazing ability to escape every time he was placed behind bars that won him fame and the affection of early Western Australian settlers.
Johns’ offences seem to have been largely horse stealing and jail breaking.
Police records of 1861 in the Perth Public Library recount how Moondyne Joe broke open his cell at the old Toodyay (then Newcastle) jail, stole a police horse as well as the saddle and bridle of the Resident Magistrate. On another occasion at Fremantle Jail, Moondyne escaped through a hole in the wall. A servant of the head warder gave him a suit and as Moondyne walked out the main gate, the guard innocently saluted him. They finally had to build him a special cell at Fremantle to keep him in.
There was another story that after one of his escapes he was the first man to cross the old Fremantle traffic bridge.
Moondyne’s exploits ended in 1869 when he was captured in the act of stealing wine in a cellar of the Houghton Vineyard on the Middle Swan. He later settled down to a quiet life in the South West.
BIRTHDAYS & FUNCTIONS
Gov’s Bar is available for birthdays, anniversary celebrations or any function you need a great venue for. Please phone the venue for more information.
73 Wray Avenue, Fremantle WA 6160