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Princess May Reserve


City of Fremantle

Place Number

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92 Adelaide St Fremantle

Location Details

Includes: Princess May Girls’ Schools and Infants’ School; Fremantle Education Centre; Household Management Centre; Clancy’s Tavern; Fremantle Boys School; Film and Television Institute.

Other Name(s)

Community Education Centre
Princess May Girls' School (fmr)

Local Government




Construction Date

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage Area YES 08 Mar 2007
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007
State Register Registered 23 Nov 2001 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

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 17 Jul 1989 Level 1A

Level 1A

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of exceptional cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle. This place is entered onto the Heritage Council of Western Australia’s Register of Heritage Places. All development applications must be referred to the Heritage Council for approval.

Classified by the National Trust Classified 28 Oct 1974

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Mar 1978

Heritage Council
Survey of 20th Ctry Architecture Completed 01 Mar 1988

Heritage Council

Statement of Significance

Princess May Reserve, consisting of the stone boundary wall on the north eastern perimeter, Princess May Girls’ School (fmr), Household Management Centre (fmr), Fremantle Boys’ School (fmr), and surrounding grounds has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:
the place is important for its role in the development of education in Western Australia, for people from Fremantle and its surrounding districts and, in more recent times, for its adaptation for ongoing community uses;
the place contains a very competent, classically derived stone building, with a distinctive belvedere, and a fine example of architecture in the Victoria Tudor manner, with a rich, picturesque roofline and refined details;
Fremantle Boys School (fmr) is rare, being one of a small number of colonial buildings to survive in an urban centre; and one of the few in a Victorian Tudor style;
the place is associated with a number of eminent chief architects from the Public Works Department, including the state’s earliest architect, James Austin. Others include James Manning, John Grainger, William Hardwick and Hillson Beasley. The place is also associated with George Humble, who taught at the school for its first 25 years;
the reserve, and in particular the Fremantle Boys’ School (fmr) and the Princess May Girls’ School (fmr), have high aesthetic values in relation to their design and use of construction materials, as well as being places of high artistic achievement from two separate periods, and, collectively with the Household Management Centre (fmr), they constitute a landmark of significant value to the community;
Fremantle Boys School (fmr) was one of the two earliest government-built education institutions in Western Australia, served continually for over a century, and demonstrates, in a physical way, the rapid growth of Fremantle in the last nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, representing over a century of educational architecture; and,
Princess May Girls’ School (fmr) and Household Management Centre (fmr) reflect the attitudes to infants and girls in the first half of the twentieth century and provide a close examination of gender differences in educational philosophy and the provision of facilities.

(Extracted from the Heritage Council’s Register documentation for the place)

Physical Description

Princess May Reserve includes; Fremantle Education Centre (former Princess May Girls School), the Film and Television Institute (former Fremantle Boys School), Clancy’s Tavern (fmr Household Management Centre) and the surrounding grounds and limestone wall.
Refer to Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places - Register and Assessment Documentation.


Refer to Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places - Register and Assessment Documentation.


High degree of integrity (original intent clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability).
High degree of authenticity with much original fabric remaining.
(These statements based on street survey only).


Condition assessed as good (assessed from streetscape survey only).

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
955 Princess May Reserve Fremantle: conservation plan. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1995
5422 Princess May Reserve conservation plan : Volume 1. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2002

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Other Use SOCIAL\RECREATIONAL Theatre or Cinema
Present Use EDUCATIONAL Primary School
Original Use EDUCATIONAL Secondary School
Original Use EDUCATIONAL Other

Architectural Styles

Federation Romanesque
Victorian Tudor

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Limestone
Wall RENDER Smooth
Roof ASBESTOS Fibrous Cement, corrugated

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Cultural activities
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Workers {incl. Aboriginal, convict}
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Community services & utilities
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Education & science

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

25 Jun 2021


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