Skip to main content

Please be advised: this website contains the names, images and voices of people who are now deceased.

Collections WA has a responsibility to preserve and make accessible the history and culture of Western Australia in all its various forms. The intention of Collections WA is to support research, and to reveal actions of the past that have impacted upon communities, families, and individuals.

In doing so, Collections WA acknowledges the need to respond sensitively and appropriately in cases when accessing this material may be confronting to Aboriginal visitors and clients.

Please also note: Some historical materials within this portal may include language or opinions that today are considered inappropriate or even offensive. Collections WA does not endorse this language and apologises for any distress caused.

Continue showing cultural advice
Stop showing cultural advice



Sepia photo mounted on card, showing four rows of female students.
Details of attire: dark frocks, white pinafores, black stockings. Varied hairstyles.
Front row: the girls are seated on a woven mat showing the soles of their shoes.
All are situated in front of the wall of the convent building with the staircase to the left of the central window.
Details on rear of photograph show some names and other information in faded pencil.

Historical information

Old Reg No.s TCH83:119 & CH508



Registration number
Contextual Information

In 1884 three Sisters of Mercy came from Perth to take on the responsibility of educating the local Catholic children.
A property in the main street of Newcastle (now 94 Stirling Terrace, Toodyay) was duly purchased. It was double storey brick building with a shingle roof (originally constructed in the early 1870s for William Leeder).
Extensions to the front of the building at the floor level of the upper storey took place in 1884 and the Sisters used the building as a Catholic school until 1902.

Primary significance criteria
Historic significance
Shire of Toodyay

Shire of Toodyay

Organisation Details
View Collection
Item Feedback