On 15 November 1888, St George’s Cathedral was consecrated by Bishop Parry, the second Bishop of Perth 1877-93. The Cathedral is a beautiful example of the traditional English Victorian Gothic Revival Style of architecture. It was designed by Sydney architect Edmund Blacket who died in 1883 prior to the building’s completion.
St George’s Cathedral has long been a strong focal point for worship within the Diocese and City of Perth. It is the home of a vibrant worshipping community. It also has served the wider Perth community as the scene of cathedral church services to commemorate important events within the life of Perth and the whole Western Australian community. The Cathedral is one of the principal buildings within the heritage precinct including Government House, Perth Town Hall and the State Buildings. Its architecture, furnishings, fittings, stained glass windows and memorials are an expression of cultural and religious heritage with links dating back to the earliest days of European settlement and beyond.
As with other unique heritage buildings that are more than 100 years old, there is a need for constant care to prevent the Cathedral from deteriorating and to ensure that any renovations are consistent with the character of the original building. This work is both ongoing and expensive. It is important for the Cathedral to remain as a well-maintained building that serves both as a reminder of our past history, and also provides all those facilities required to meet the needs of future generations.