Curtin University St Georges Terrace history and heritage

Whadjuk country

The area now known as Perth is important for its association with the Whadjuk Nyungar people, who would often meet to trade and feast in Byerbrup (“the high land above the water”), between the modern-day Perth Convention Centre and Parliament House.

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History and heritage

The building is culturally significant, having been home to many prominent organisations, including some of Western Australia’s defining educational institutions. From 1977, the National Trust of Australia (WA) has managed the building on behalf of the community.

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The limestone walled building was constructed in 1854, designed by Colonial Secretary of WA, William Ayshford Sanford and Clerk of Works Richard Roach Jewell to accommodate Perth Boys’ School, one of Australia’s oldest public boys’ schools. Sanford who was affiliated with the Cambridge Camden Society, an English group interested in Gothic Revival and ecclesiastical architecture, influenced the buildings unique appearance, including the steeply pitched roof and narrow gothic-style windows.

Artefact found on site - old Temple Bar tin

The building has since housed several institutions, including WA’s first provider of technical education, Perth Technical Technical School, which was renamed Perth Technical College, a predecessor institution to the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT) and Curtin University.
Curtin’s leasing deal with the National Trust in 2015 allows the building to come full circle. Our acquisition ensures this building – Perth oldest educational landmark – will once again be affiliated with innovation and high-quality education

artefacts found on site

Archaeological remains

Recent archaeological investigations conducted at the building have led to the discover of over 6,000 artefacts, including old clock gears, bullet casings, coins, slate pencils and tablets, toys, tobacco products, newspaper remains and mummified rat. Some of these are on display at CSGT courtesy of the National Trust of Australia (WA).

How to find us...

Map of Perth city showing parking

Visit us in the city

We are located between Mercantile Lane and William Street on St Georges Terrace.  If you are catching a train into the city, disembark at the Elizabeth Quay station.  You can either walk to St Georges Terrace, or catch the green CAT from Elizabeth Quay station and disembark at CAT stop 20.  There are also several other buses which  stop near us.  See Google Maps for more detail.

If you are driving, there are several options for parking nearby.

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Talk to us

If you have any questions, please contact us using the details below:

Curtin St Georges Terrace
139 St Georges Tce
PERTH  WA 6000

Tel: +61 8 9266 5444 or +61 8 9266 5203