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Kobeelya, Katanning


Heritage Council

Place Number

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Lot 131 Kobeelya Av Katanning

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Kobeelya Church of England Girls' School
St Michael & All Angels Chapel, Kobeelya Orch

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1902 to 1960

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
State Register Registered 28 May 2019 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation

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
Classified by the National Trust Classified 14 Jun 1999

Art Deco Significant Bldg Survey Completed 30 Jun 1994

Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jan 1996 Category 1

Category 1

• Possible state or national significance. • Highest level of protection appropriate.

Shire of Katanning

Statement of Significance

Constructed for prominent West Australian F Piesse, this complex of buildings is significant in their use as a family home and girl's school. The main building is a rare and substantial Queen Anne style residence in a regional area.

Physical Description

Kobeelya, Katanning comprises Kobeelya House, a substantial two storey residence designed in the Federation Queen Anne style (1902), a Coach House (1902), a Chapel (1939) and associated buildings including classroom blocks, and dining room set in landscaped grounds in a prominent position overlooking the township of Katanning, with an avenue of trees leading up the place.


The place was built in 1902 as the Piesse family residence until 1922, when it was sold to the Anglican Church and re-established as a girl's school. The school closed in 1975 and is currently run by the Bapist Union of WA as a variety of solcial and religious functions.




Name Type Year From Year To
Sir Talbot Hobbs Architect - -
Edwin Summerhayes Architect - -
Oldham, Harold Boas & Ednie Brown Architect - -

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
9775 Kobeelya conference centre Katanning, Western Australia. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 0

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Two storey residence
Present Use EDUCATIONAL Combined School
Other Use RELIGIOUS Other

Architectural Styles

Victorian Italianate
Federation Free Classical

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall BRICK Common Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Education & science
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Community services & utilities

Creation Date

31 Jan 1989

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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