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St Catherine's School

Item details

Name of item: St Catherine's School
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Education
Category: School - Private
Primary address: Macpherson Street, Waverley, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Macpherson StreetWaverleyWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address
Albion StreetWaverleyWaverley  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

One of the oldest surviving buildings in the Waverley area. Despite alterations and additions appears to retain much of its original fabric. Also continues to exhibit its original Georgian character. Part of the historic school grouping. Associations with Bishop Broughton and early education for senior girls. High local significance.
Date significance updated: 31 Oct 99
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Construction years: 1890-1890
Physical description: Georgian style stone building, quite early, with later second and third storeys. Simple timber verandah to original building, with skillion roofed balcony above. Balcony area now enclosed. Third storey in deep grooved, ashlar coursed render. Concrete tiled roof with cordova tiled ridge capping. Fenestration in traditional Georgian proportions. Enjoys elevated site. Now has new entry stairs and gateway to street. Modern classroom block adjoining, only recently (1993) completed. Was another older building close by, of timber and iron. Was difficult to see from street but clearly pre-1900. Featured some good detailing to visible dormer window.
Current use: School
Former use: School


Historical notes: St Catherine's was originally a school for the daughters of the Anglican clergy. Foundation stone for this building laid by Bishop Barker in 1857. Opened in 1859. Refurbished and added to a number of times since (1886, 1935-6). Third storey was originally face brick. (Dowd pp. 204-5).

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
6. Educating-Educating Education-Activities associated with teaching and learning by children and adults, formally and informally. (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is of historical significance.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of architectural, aesthetic and group value significance.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
This item is of social significance.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact; altered unsympathetically.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  06 Dec 96   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study199013/2 - 0190Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620202

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