St George's Cathedral is a unique architectural, historical, and religious jewel in the City of Perth.
Its antecedents - the Church of St George, which was located approximately opposite the current west door of the Cathedral and extended north to Howick Street (Hay Street), together with other locations of the church, including the Burt Law Centre - extend back to the earliest days of the Swan River Colony, when Lieutenant Frederick Irwin, Commander of the Perth Garrison, built a 'Rush Church' in December 1829 (approximately where the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Education and Heritage Centre in the original Perth Central Fire Station is located).
The Cathedral is a Gothic Revival building of considerable beauty and majesty, completed in 1888. Its primary structures are hand-made clay bricks from the clay pits in what is now the Queens Gardens, Victorian bluestone pillars combined with South Fremantle limestone footings, jarrah beams (bent by soaking in the Swan River) and Oregon pine ceilings and infills.
Its fittings include an Italian marble reredos, with English alabaster carved inserts, containing the cathedra (throne) of the Archbishop of Perth, a Caen stone pulpit, hand-made tiled floors and many beautiful stained glass windows. It has a castellated bell tower (now repaired and complete with a new gargoyle) containing a peal of eight bells which are rung every Sunday and on other special days of the year.
This precious building is being restored to its former glory and preserved for future generations.
The Cathedral Precinct
Also undergoing significant restoration work is the Burt Memorial Hall – a memorial to Theodore and Francis Burt – both were killed in France in World War 1. Their father, Septimus Burt, donated this magnificent building in their honour for use by the Cathedral and the community. From 2012 to 2014, a new roof was added and a complete refurbishment undertaken. The restored building was reopened and rededicated at Evensong on Sunday 20 July 2014.
The Old Deanery housed many generations of Deans over the years, but is now the hub of the Cathedral administration. The external restoration work is ongoing and most of the internal fabric has been completed with the facilities at the rear desperately needing an upgrade.
The grounds that link the Old Deanery to the Terrace will also get a facelift – based on the original heritage gardens.
Needless to say all this costs a significant amount of money - $13 million has been raised but a further $2 million is needed to complete the job.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
How to contribute
There are a number of ways that you can help to restore the St George's Cathedral Precinct.
- Speak to the Dean, who can advise you on how best to make your gift.
- Post your donation to St George’s Cathedral Restoration - National Trust, 38 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000.
Gifts may be given in the following ways:
- Pledge a total gift split over three years.
- Donate a single gift.
- Direct Deposit – either as a single deposit or on a regular basis.
All gifts may be given by cheque, cash, credit card or direct deposit.
Contact us if you have any queries:
St George’s Cathedral Restoration Fund
38 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Phone: 9325 5766