St George's College Perth

St George’s College Perth

St George’s College Perth  is a residential boarding house at the University of Western Australia (UWA), was designed in a grand gothic style in the 1920s, by founders who wanted to emulate Cambridge University.The university was founded in 1913 by Sir John Winthrop Hackett as a free and secular institution, but he was helped a great deal by then-Archbishop of Perth, Charles Riley.

Richard Offen, executive director of Heritage Perth, said when Sir John died in 1916, he bequeathed £425,000 (the equivalent of over $30 million today) to the university.”Sir John stipulated that some of the money be spent on building an Anglican Church residential college for the university,” Mr Offen said.By 1927, the Anglican diocese has approved plans for the college and chapel, designed in the Tudor Gothic style by Perth’s leading architect at the time, J.J. Talbot Hobbs, to be built on a hillside overlooking the river and the university campus.”It is said that Archbishop Riley wanted the buildings to represent Caius College, Cambridge, where he had been educated, but actually, if you look at the building, it looks most like Selwyn College, Cambridge,” Mr Offen said.The college was formally opened on April 23, 1931, and for the first 50 years only accepted male students, before opening its doors to women in 1981.