St George’s Cathedral (Anglican) is the principal cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Perth. It is located in the heart of the city.
St George’s Cathedral was designed in 1879 by architect Edmund Blacket and is a fine example of Victorian Gothic Revival. Edmund Blacket also designed the St Stephen’s Church (Sydney), St Andrew’s Cathedral (Sydney), St Mary’s Cathedral (Sydney) and St Philip’s Church (Sydney).
The materials used in construction of St George’s Cathedral include local handmade bricks, jarrah and limestone. The bricks came from Queens Gardens and the stone was quarried at Rottnest Island. The blue-stone columns that support the Clerestory came from Victoria.
The Cathedral was opened and consecrated by Bishop Parry (second Bishop of Perth) on November 15th, 1888. The interior features a jarrah ceiling and memorials to Western Australian pioneers and people who served in the wars. The crenellated bell-tower, designed by J. Talbot Hobbs, was added in 1902 as a memorial to Queen Victoria.
The Memorial chapel was added in 1923 in honour of the men who fought in World War I (1914-1918). The pulpit was carved in England from Caen stone and commemorates Sir Luke Leake (Treasurer and Benefactor).
In 2009, Western Australian artists Marcus Canning and Christian de Vietri were commissioned to create a contemporary sculpture outside the cathedral . They named their work Ascalon, the lance used by St George to slay the dragon.
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St George’s Cathedral was originally to be built on Church Hill (now Victoria Square) however the congregation complained that it was too way far from the city centre for their liking. As a result the land was then handed over to the Roman Catholic Church who eventually built St Mary’s Cathedral.
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