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Catherine McAuley Centre


National Trust of Western Australia

Place Number

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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

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 27 Nov 2018 Town of Cambridge
State Register Registered 03 Aug 2012 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
Register of the National Estate Permanent 28 Sep 1982

Heritage Council
Classified by the National Trust Classified

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 17 Dec 1996

Town of Cambridge
Municipal Inventory Adopted 27 Nov 2018 Category 1

Category 1

Exceptional Significance Essential to the heritage of the locality. Rare or outstanding example. Recommended for inclusion on the State Register of Heritage Places. The place should be retained and conserved unless there is no feasible and prudent alternative to doing otherwise. Any alterations or extensions should reinforce the significance of the place, and be in accordance with a Conservation Plan (if one exists for the place).

Town of Cambridge

Statement of Significance

This is a most important building from and historical point of view, as a relic of the Benedictine community in the area and a link with New Norcia. It is highly regarded by the City of Subiaco which takes its name from this original Benedictine settlement, even though outside its boundaries. The primitive construction, probably the work of members of the community is also of interest.

Physical Description

This is a three roomed building of rubble and stone with a brick chimney at one end and brick surrounds to some doors and windows. It has a shingle roof covered in some sections with CGI.Two of the rooms are unlined with rafters and shingles exposed and interior walls roughly plastered and whitewashed. The room with chimney is lined and has a fireplace with mantlepiece. The condition of the building is not good, though basically sound. Windows are broken, woodwork of doors and windows deteriorated and mortar gone from between the stones.
The building dates from the time when the Benedictines lived on the site and gave the area the name of Subiaco. A three storeyed monastery and chapel were built between 1858 and 1859. A winery and operating theatre were also included. It is thought that the building we are considering would have been the winery. Its subsequent use when first the Christian Brothers and later the Sisters of Mercy were in charge is not known.


Assessment 1980

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

20 Sep 2021


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