Perth College Heritage Centre, Mount Lawley, Western Australia

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Perth College Heritage Centre, Mount Lawley, Western Australia

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • Educational

Contact area


Heritage Officer



Street address

Myalla House, 31 Lawley Crescent, Mount Lawley, Perth




Western Australia

Country name

Postal code



08 9471 2163



Description area

The Perth College Archives, as it was originally known, was established by volunteers in the 1980s using donations from long-serving staff and Old Girls. Our Heritage Officer, Jessica Marantelli, collects and preserves items of enduring value while also providing informative material for student or community research.

The collection spans the entire history of Perth College, from its beginnings in West Perth in 1902, and includes items related to the Community of the Sisters of the Church, Old Girls, Principals and Council members.

It encompasses academic reports and minutes, architectural drawings, museum items, uniforms, badges, trophies, newspaper clippings, oral histories and photographs. The school’s year book, Myola, was first published in 1913, compiled by the Sisters who recorded events of the preceding year. The complete collection has been scanned and is available for viewing by prior arrangement.

Our uniform collection highlights the changes to the school uniform over the years and includes blazers, academic dress and even a pair of bathers worn when the first swimming pool was opened in 1931.

The photograph collection – physical and digital – covers all facets of Perth College’s history. A selection of digitised photographs is also available on Flickr.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Perth College is an Anglican girls school with students from Kindergarten to Year 12. It was established by the Community of the Sisters of the Church in 1902. The Sisters ran the School until 1968 when it was handed over the Diocese of Perth.

Records management and collecting policies

The aim of the Heritage Centre is to document the history, functions and development of Perth College by way of acquiring records and items of interest from the school, associated bodies, Old Girls and members of the Perth College community.


The Heritage Centre is made up of a small museum display room, a work room and a secondary store/archives room.


  • Complete set of school publications including Myola, Myalla and the Heritage Magazine
  • Council and Foundation minutes and reports, Principal's files
  • School attendance registers
  • Chapel baptism and marriage registers, staff and student records
  • A collection of books including prize books and text books
  • Honour boards, achievement awards, trophies and memorabilia
  • Uniform paraphernalia and textiles including blazers, dresses, skirts, berets, Chapel regalia, sports dress and costumes from College productions
  • Oral history recordings
  • Photographs, slides, negatives, DVDs, movies, audiotapes and videotapes and
  • Maps, architectural drawings and paintings.

Material dates from 1902 to the present day.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Select images from the collection can be found on Flickr.

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday to Thursday 8am-4pm during school term.

Access conditions and requirements

Advanced notice is required for visits to enable Heritage Office to collect requested documents that may be in offsite storage. There are restrictions on viewing certain documents.


Myalla House is located on the North-west corner of Beaufort Street and Lawley Crescent. Limited parking can be found on nearby streets. There is no disabled access to the Heritage Centre as it is located on the second floor. Disabled visitors are invited to make an appointment with the Heritage Officer who can make suitable arrangements.

Services area

Research services

Research requests can be sent to the Heritage Officer by email or by phone.

Reproduction services

Researchers can use their own cameras to photograph certain records after a ‘Permission to Photograph Records Form’ has been completed. The Heritage Officer can scan and email copies of relevant documents.

Public areas

Control area

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Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 26 March 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Recreation / Leisure / Sports (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Myalla House, 31 Lawley Crescent, Mount Lawley, Perth
Perth, Western Australia 6050