Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Top heritage marks for Bunbury SHS

    8/12/2011 12:00 AM
    • South-West Government school entrenched in history
    • Bunbury Senior High School on the State Register of Heritage Places
    One of Western Australia’s oldest Government high schools has been included in the State Heritage Register.

    Heritage Minister John Castrilli said the listing of the Bunbury Senior High School recognised the school’s commitment to providing education to the South-West for nearly 90 years.

    “As a former student myself, it gives me great pleasure to include one of the State’s finest Government schools, in the State Register,” Mr Castrilli said.

    “The Bunbury Senior High School was officially opened in 1923 by Premier Sir James Mitchell and, at that time, was one of only two schools offering secondary Government education in a regional area.

    “The solidly-built, well-designed buildings demonstrate how the Government was committed to providing a high standard facility in this important regional town.”

    The Minister said the Bunbury Senior High School also set the trend for schools to design specialised buildings for individual subjects.

    One of the school’s notable alumni includes Lt-General John M. Sanderson, the 29th Governor of Western Australia.

    Perth Modern School was the only Government secondary school built until the 1920s, after which Northam Senior High School - the first regional high school - and Bunbury Senior High School followed.

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    • Third Government secondary school built in Western Australia
    • The State Register of Heritage Places managed by Heritage Council of WA
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