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Convict-built WA cottages on the market

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016 Rebecca Gredley

The historic convict-built warders' cottages in Fremantle have been restored and are for sale.

There are 15 cottages for sale in three terraces, which were built between 1851 and 1858 by convicts to house Fremantle Prison warders and their families.

Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said the warders' cottages were suitable for residential use but could be adapted into offices or small commercial premises, as long as heritage values were respected.

"This is a rare opportunity to buy into a unique property and become a custodian of a piece of Western Australia's convict history," he said.

After Fremantle Prison closed in 1991, the cottages were bought by the then Labor state government for use as public housing, but were declared unsuitable for tenants in 2011 and fell into disrepair.

The Liberal government announced their $2 million restoration by the State Heritage Office in 2014.

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