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Heritage listing for Christian Brothers College

Dec 14, 2016
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  • College hall was designed by former convict Joseph Nunan 

Heritage Minister Albert Jacob has added the landmark Christian Brothers College in Fremantle to the State Register of Heritage Places.

Mr Jacob said the college had significant heritage value as a 19th century Catholic school that was still being used for its original function.

The Christian Brothers established St Patrick's Boys School on the site in 1882 with an enrolment of 30 pupils.

"From 1901 until 2004, the college has been associated with the Christian Brothers who provided educational services to thousands of West Australians," the Minister said.

"The college name and its traditions continue to recognise the long association, even though the teaching staff are no longer from the religious order."

The registered portion of the college campus comprises Edmund Hall, a single-storey rendered limestone building which was the former St Patrick's Boys School; the administration building, the former Christian Brothers' residence; and the classroom block, which was the former high school.

Edmund Hall, named in honour of Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers, was the first building on the site.

The hall was designed by the pardoned Fenian convict and skilled architect, Joseph Nunan, who was convicted for his part in shooting and wounding a constable in Ireland in 1867.

Joseph Nunan was sentenced to seven years penal servitude and arrived in Fremantle aboard the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to travel to Australia in 1868.

"The college is valued by the Fremantle community as one of the first schools in the town and because education is still being provided from these buildings,130 years after the first class was taught here," Mr Jacob said.

The Heritage Council worked closely with the college on a significant extension to the administration building that was sensitive to the heritage values of the place while meeting contemporary requirements.

Read the Register Entry and Assessment Documentation for the Christian Brothers College.

Read more media statements from the Minister for Heritage.

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