Heritage Centre

Why our heritage should be protected

History is more than simple chronological milestones. It is the shared memories and experiences behind these dates that create the legacy that lives on today. For more than 125 years St Hilda’s has painstakingly stored and protected photographs, records and memorabilia that provide a unique insight into education and past lives of another era.

Through donations and school archives dating from 1986, St Hilda’s has a phenomenal heritage collection. As one of the State’s oldest school for girls, it is a collection that should be preserved and cherished by past students and families, and by those who are currently part of the School community.

Our history currently has no home. The Heritage Centre campaign is raising $250,000 to refurbish Hope Nicholas House to create a fitting tribute to one of Perth’s leading girls schools and we need your help to create this vision. Learn more about our Heritage Centre concept here.

Ancestors Drawers

Honour your family’s part in St Hilda’s history with a special Ancestors Drawer. Showcase your memorabilia that honours your family’s part in our School’s journey over 125 years.

We can work with you to customise the drawer and ensure it’s a fitting tribute to generations past.

A limited number of Ancestor Drawers will be available in the Heritage Centre. Each drawer will contain a plaque with your family name near its handle. The drawer could contain photographs, books, trophies, dance cards and other interesting memorabilia, together with a synopsis of your family members who attended the school.

A sample of these beautifully crafted drawers is available to view.

To secure your place in St Hilda’s history, contact the Director of School Development and Philanthropy at philanthropy@sthildas.wa.edu.au.

We hear on every side what the boys who have left school have done. Does it ever occur to any of us what the girls have done?

Miss Parnell, 1918 - Extract from We Must Ever Be Friends

St Hilda's Heritage Centre

The St Hilda’s Heritage Centre will be housed in the original farmhouse.

In 1991 it was restored and rededicated as Hope Nicholas House in honour of Hope Nicholas Hancock (1932). Since then it has become the hub for the Old Scholars’ Association and accommodated special events, musical performances and meetings.

Located adjacent to the Chapel and Catherine House, the Heritage Centre will become the centrepiece of St Hilda’s history and will showcase our Old Scholars, past teachers, principals and indeed, Western Australia.

The New Concept Features:

  • The Gallery, which will display our current artefacts and memorabilia
  • A refreshed meeting room for Old Scholars featuring memorabilia, photography and artworks
  • A reading room featuring a modern compactus-style function to store and view publications in chronological order
  • A video / oral history walkway through the spine of the building
  • An archivist office / storage facility
  • Interactive displays that feature searchable video, photography archives

The museum will feature versatile cabinets that can be updated, refreshed and re-themed regularly, ensuring we have opportunities to feature the breadth of our collection.

The cabinets will be specifically designed for children and adults alike to showcase the artefacts and stories. It is intended that the Gallery will be an educational space for teachers, a tribute to Old Scholars and a way of sharing our story with current and prospective parents.