Heritage Recognition For Nedlands Loreto Landmark

  • Loreto Convent and Primary School added to State Register of Heritage Places
  • First Loreto school and convent purpose-built for children’s education and religious service
  • Recognised for its distinctive Gothic style and features

Heritage Minister David Templeman has today announced the inclusion of Nedlands landmark Loreto Primary School and Convent in the State Register of Heritage Places.

The inclusion recognises Loreto’s significant aesthetic, historic, and social value to the Nedlands community and the State.

Constructed in two stages in 1930 and 1940, the distinctive convent building was designed by architectural partners Henderson & Gamble in the Inter-War Gothic style.

It was the first convent and school purpose-built for the Loreto Order to educate children and provide spiritual sanctuary for the Loreto Sisters since their arrival in Western Australia in 1897.

The school closed in 2023 following a review by the Loreto Ministries, citing the changing demographic and educational landscape of the catchment area.

As stated by Heritage Minister David Templeman:

“Loreto’s inclusion on the State Register is in recognition of the fact that it has significant physical attributes that are important to the local community, as well as, of course, the social elements behind that facade.

“It is part of our collective story and I am so pleased that it will be preserved for future generations.”

Comments attributed to Nedlands MLA Katrina Stratton:

“The Loreto Convent and Primary School is a unique and much-loved landmark for the Nedlands community.

“For 92 years, the Loreto Sisters walked the halls and classrooms of these beautiful buildings dedicated to the education of generations of Western Australian children.

“I am so pleased to hear that it has been entered on the State Heritage Register.”

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