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Our History

A heritage to hold with care

Perth College has drawn on more than 119 years of experience and knowledge to create a learning environment that enables girls to become remarkable women and make their mark on history.

Perth College is one of the oldest independent girls’ schools in Western Australia, and one of many schools founded worldwide by the Community of the Sisters of the Church, an Anglican religious order established in 1870. From its original site in West Perth in 1902, Perth College grew rapidly and moved during 1916 to its current location in Mount Lawley.

From the very beginning, Perth College was determined to do things differently. The Sisters’ vision for what women could do challenged the accepted ideas at the time. From this, a strong belief system was born: that women should work hard to make the most of their opportunities and use these advantages to make a difference.

Perth College has continued to go from strength to strength over many generations. Milestone events included the building of our Chapel in 1927, the 1968 handover of the School from the Sisters to the Anglican Province of Western Australia, and our 2002 centenary celebrations.

Today, Perth College boasts a student population exceeding 1,000 girls, including over 100 boarders from regional WA and overseas. Recently, the School has added a number of landmark projects including the purpose-built Founders Centre for Early Learning (Kindergarten to Year 4) and Excelsior House, a facility for Year 12 Students that prepares girls for university and life outside school.

More than 13,000 students have been educated at Perth College since 1902. While much has changed since then, the determination of our girls has never wavered.

Perth College Heritage Centre

The Perth College Heritage Centre provides both the school and wider communities with records covering all aspects of Perth College’s history since it was first founded in 1902.

The Perth College Archives, as it was originally known, was established by volunteers in the 1980s with the help of donations from Old Girls and long-serving staff. Our Heritage Officer, Jessica Marantelli, works to collect and preserve items of enduring value for student and community research.

The collection encompasses academic reports and minutes, architectural drawings, museum items, uniforms, badges, trophies, newspaper clippings, oral histories and photographs. It also includes a uniform collection that highlights the changes and advancement of our uniform over the years.

Our digital and physical photograph collection is another way of illustrating Perth College’s long and prestigious history. A selection of digitised photographs can be found on Flickr.

Would you like to assist in creating an ongoing legacy?

There are several ways you can help us to celebrate and preserve the history of Perth College:

  • Donate: The Heritage Centre accepts donations of photographs, uniforms, badges, prize books, trophies, reports and other memorabilia.
  • Loan: If you’d rather keep hold of your original photographs, we can scan them and send them back to you.
  • Share: You are welcome to add your story to our oral history collection.

Our new Heritage Centre can be found in Myalla House, on the corner of Lawley Crescent and Beaufort Street. Visitors are welcome via appointment.

Email: Heritage@pc.wa.edu.au

Phone: (08) 9471 2163