Catherine McAuley Centre


Heritage Council

Place Number



18 Barrett St Wembley

Location Details

Includes: Benedictine Stables; Olive Trees; Cemetery; Old Chapel; St rochs; Laundry (fmr); St Vincent's Foundling Home (fmr); Kindergarten; Nursery; St Gerard's Hospital.

Other Name(s)

New Subiaco,Benedictine Monstery,St Vincents
Orphanage & Foundling Home,St Joseph's Orph

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1858 to 1990

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
Heritage List Adopted 27 Nov 2018
State Register Registered 03 Aug 2012 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument, HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Register of the National Estate Permanent 28 Sep 1982
Classified by the National Trust Classified
Municipal Inventory Adopted 17 Dec 1996
Municipal Inventory Adopted 27 Nov 2018 Category 1

Child Places

  • 23830 St Vincent's Foundlings Home
  • 23680 Benedictine Stables (fmr)
  • 23830 St Vincent's Foundlings Home
  • 23834 Olive Trees, Barrett Street
  • 23834 Olive Trees, Barrett Street


The Benedictine Monastery was demolished in 1979 and replaced by an administration block which was demolished c. 2006.


Name Type Year From Year To
Sister Martin Kelly Architect - -
Oldham, Boas, Ednie-Brown & Partners Architect - -
Archbishop Clune Architect - -
Andrea Stombuco Architect - -
Cavanagh & Cavanagh Architect - -
George McMullen Architect - -

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
9579 Catherine McAuley Centre, Wembley: conservation plan. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2009
3817 The Benedictine building Catherine McAuley Centre : conservation report. Heritage Study {Other} 1996
9578 Heritage trail: a journey through the history of MercyCare. Book 2008
9466 Signposts: a guide for children and young people in care in WA from 1920. Electronic 2010
67 Stables and chapel, Catherine McAuley Centre : conservation report. Report 1993
5122 The Benedictine building Catherine McAuley Centre : conservation report. Updated 16/6/1998. Heritage Study {Other} 1997
4124 The conservation of a monastry farmbuilding and chapel at Wembley: Catherine McAuley Centre. Heritage Study {Other} 1990

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use HEALTH Housing or Quarters
Original Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel
Original Use HEALTH Hospital
Original Use RELIGIOUS Housing or Quarters
Other Use EDUCATIONAL Combined School
Present Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel
Original Use EDUCATIONAL Pre-primary Centre

Architectural Styles

Inter-War California Bungalow
Federation Queen Anne
Victorian Rustic Gothic
Inter-War Functionalist

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall RENDER Other Render
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall TILE Terracotta Tile

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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