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Holy Spirit Parish Complex


Town of Cambridge

Place Number

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2 Keaney Pl City Beach

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1965

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 11 Dec 1996

Municipal Inventory Adopted 27 Nov 2018 Category 4

Category 4

Little significance Contributes to the understanding of the history of the Town of Cambridge. Photographically record prior to major development or demolition. Recognise and interpret the site if possible

Statement of Significance

The Holy Spirit Parish Complex has some aesthetic value as a collection of buildings that demonstrate styles from the late 20th century and early 21st century. The Holy Spirit Church is an outstanding example of the Late 20th Century Organic style.

The Parish complex has historic value for its association with the establishment and development of the Catholic community in City Beach from 1960.

The Parish complex has historic and social value for the many members of the community who contributed to the creation of the church, school and parish complex through their donations of time and money.

The Parish complex has social value for the members of the Catholic and wider community as the venue for the provision of education and spiritual services since 1965.

The church is of high aesthetic significance as an example of modern architecture in Perth and as a landmark in the City Beach area.

Physical Description

The Holy Spirit complex includes the Administration Centre, Presbytery and Primary School in addition to the prominent Holy Spirit Church. The Church is the major feature of the site.
The primary school and parish centre are largely brick and tile constructions.


As this part of the metropolitan area developed in the period following World War II, the Roman Catholic Church recognised the need to establish facilities for members of their community. In 1960, Archbishop Prendiville sent Father Thomas Phelan to establish the new Roman Catholic Parish of City Beach and in 1963 this site was purchased.

At the time of the inauguration of the Parish there was a Catholic population of only fifty five families. Infrastructure development was very slow and there was no access to the Church site for a few years. Brompton Road divided two council; Perth City and Stirling but eventually both councils combined to build part of Brompton Road.

Much of the preparatory work for the buildings on the site was done by donation. Holy Spirit Presbytery was built during 1964, having been designed, free of cost, by an architect from the Public Works Department. Survey work for the location of the future buildings was undertaken by new architecture graduate, Mike Fitzhardinge who also designed the school.

In 1965, five classrooms were completed and the Holy Spirit school was opened under the founding Principal Sister Mary Dominica with 33 children. These rooms served the community as a church until the completion of the church in 1974.

Holy Spirit Church was designed by Forbes and Fitzhardinge Architects and its unusual design led to the achievement of awards. The Holy Spirit Church was blessed and opened for worship by Archbishop Goody on Sunday March 31st 1974.

In 1980, the Parish Centre was opened which served until the new Parish Centre was opened in 2007. Also during the 1980s, facilities at the school were increased with the provision of a new pre primary centre, administrative block and library.

In 1995, the school underwent a significant building program with the provision of a new covered assembly area, administration centre and new classrooms. Since then the school continues to be adapted and extended in response to the changing needs of the community and educational standards and practices.

In 2011, the parish complex was assessed with the Holy Spirit Catholic Church by the State Heritage Office, and although part of the Holy Spirit Church documentation, the parish complex was found to be of little significance.


Integrity: High
Authenticity: High


Very Good


Name Type Year From Year To
Mike Fitzhardinge Architect 1964 1965


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Holy Spirit City Beach Website 2017
Aerial photographs, Landgate. Online Reference Documents 1953-2016

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use EDUCATIONAL Combined School
Present Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel
Original Use EDUCATIONAL Combined School
Original Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel

Architectural Styles

Late 20th-Century Organic

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof TILE Ceramic Tile
Wall BRICK Common Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Education & science

Creation Date

17 Jul 1997

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Last Update

24 Nov 2020


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