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The Cloisters

Episode: 13
Broadcast: 7th June
Presenter: Lee Steele

Richard Offen returns to team up with Lee Steele and explore more of Perth’s rich history.

  • The Cloisters was designed by Richard Roach Jewell for Bishop Mathew Blagden Hale and was constructed in 1858 as a secondary school for boys.
  • The architectural design of the building is heavily inspired by Tudor-Gothic styled buildings. Tudor signifying the power and authority of England, and the Gothic signifying the moral and temporal authority of the Church.
  • The school hosted prominent Western Australians, including John Forrest, who became the first Premier of Western Australia.
  • Plans were made to demolish the Cloisters in the late 1960’s, but they were saved by a business deal. In 1971, the Cloisters was restored and adapted for use as a commercial outlet.

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