Roman Catholic Church Group, Toodyay


Shire of Toodyay

Place Number



32-34 Stirling Tce Toodyay

Location Details

Comprises St Aloysius Convent of Mercy (fmr), St Aloysius Convent of Mercy Classrooms and Boys Boarding House, St Aloysius Convent of Mercy Classrooms and Girls Boarding House, Dr Growse’s House (fmr), The Old Presbytery and St John the Baptist Church (1963). Now used by Franscian Monks. Also to include The Committee resolved that the recommended curtilage include all of Lots 44, 45 and 46.

Other Name(s)

Franciscan Monastery
Sisters of Mercy Convent School
St Aloysius Convent

Local Government



Avon Arc

Construction Date

Constructed from 1910, Constructed from 1863

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
State Register Registered 07 Dec 2018 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument, HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Catholic Church Inventory Adopted 01 Jul 1998
Classified by the National Trust Recorded 07 Jun 1977
Classified by the National Trust Classified 08 Jun 2015
Municipal Inventory Adopted 27 Aug 1998 Category 2

Child Places

  • 24525 St Aloysius Convent of Mercy classrooms and boys boarders domitory (fmr)
  • 24459 St Aloysius Convent of mercy classrooms and girls dormitory (fmr)
  • 24403 St Aloysius Convent of Mercy (fmr)

Statement of Significance

The Roman Catholic Church Group has historic value as it demonstrates the contribution of the church to the care and welfare of the Toodyay and wider community. It has significant associations with clergymen and people of the catholic faith between 1863 and 1963. The precinct has aesthetic value as the group of buildings demonstrate a range of building styles and materials that together make a positive contribution specifically to the Stirling Terrace streetscape and to the townscape in general.

Physical Description

Comprises of St Aloysius Convent of Mercy (fmr), St Aloysius Convent of Mercy Classrooms and Boys Boarding House, St Aloysius Convent of Mercy Classrooms and Girls Boarding House, Dr. Growse's House (fmr), The Old Presbytery and St John the Baptist Church.


Several buildings make up this Catholic Precinct built as classrooms and accommodation for the Sisters of Mercy and girl and boy boarders. The first building was erected in 1903 with further buildings added between 1905 and 1929. The sisters were assisted by substantial endowments from Daniel Connor and the Connor family. On 11 October 1987, the Avondown Centre for Catholic Education was blessed by the Archbishop of Perth. Although the Sisters of Mercy have now left Toodyay, there are brothers of the Franciscan order in residence at Avondown. See individual building listings for more information.


Integrity: Medium Authenticity: High



State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
9190 Avondown Centre, Toodyay. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2003

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use RELIGIOUS Housing or Quarters
Original Use EDUCATIONAL Combined School
Present Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel
Original Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel
Present Use VACANT\UNUSED Vacant\Unused

Architectural Styles

Victorian Georgian
Federation Arts and Crafts
Federation Queen Anne
Inter-War Georgian Revival

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Roof TILE Ceramic Tile
Wall BRICK Common Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Education & science
OCCUPATIONS Domestic activities

Creation Date

03 Aug 1995

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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