Scotch College Archive, Perth

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Authorized form of name

Scotch College Archive, Perth

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  • Educational

Contact area


Yasmin McDonald



Street address

76 Shenton Road, Swanbourne




Western Australia

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Postal code



08 9383 6888




Description area


Scotch College is an Independent School for Boys, situated in the western suburbs of Perth. The College was founded in 1897 and has a proud history as a school of the Presbyterian Church, and since 1977, the Uniting Church of Australia. Currently there are approximately 1500 boys enrolled across Kindergarten to Year 12.

In 1896, the Revd D Ross proposed to the Perth Presbytery of Western Australia that a Scotch College be established. The school was officially opened in February 1897 in Beaufort Street, Perth with an initial roll of 28 pupils.

For further history, see

The Scotch College Archive houses the historical records and aims to preserve the history and traditions of the College. The collection dates back to our foundation in 1897 and spans to current day.

Geographical and cultural context

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Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Archivist

Records management and collecting policies

Documentary and photographic records and memorabilia of archival and general interest value, relating to Scotch College and its staff, students and past students.



The Archive comprises of manuscripts, paper records, maps, plans, photographs, drawings, paintings, movies, audio and textiles, including:

  • A complete set of school publications, including Clan (bi-annual) and Reporter (annual), which are available online and in hard copy at the J S Battye Library of West Australian History
  • Perth Provisional Council, Board papers and Head of School records
  • School attendance register and Staff and student records
  • A collection of books specific to the military history of past students and Western Australian local history
  • Honour boards, achievement awards, trophies and memorabilia
  • Uniform paraphernalia and textiles including caps, boaters, blazers, cadet uniforms, kilts and costumes from College productions
  • Oral history recordings
  • Photographs, slides, movies, audiotapes and videotapes
  • Maps, drawings and paintings.

Finding aids, guides and publications

The comprehensive 'A History of Scotch College Building a Tradition' by Jenny Gregory, published in 1996 is available for purchase.

Access area

Opening times

Open Monday to Wednesday by appointment.

Access conditions and requirements

Visits by advance arrangement only.


Services area

Research services

The Archival Collection may be explored in our online catalogue. The catalogue includes all copies of the Clan (Bi-Annually) and the Reporter (Annually). Research enquiries can be made with the College Archivist by email.

The Archivist conducts tours by appointment showing certain parts of the collection. A display and reading room is provided for viewing.

Reproduction services

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 3 January 2021




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Access Points

  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Built Environment (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Environment (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Geography (Thematic area)
  • Indigenous (Thematic area)
  • Recreation / Leisure / Sports (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

76 Shenton Road, Swanbourne
Perth, Western Australia 6010