The Cloisters The Cloisters building is located at 200 St George's Terrace wedged
between towering high rises, in Perth, Western Australia. The building was built in c1850 as a shop. Over the
years it would became the colonel's home, a boys school, a high school, a girls school, a boarding school, a
university hostel, W.A.A.A.F barracks, Dutch Club and a cafe.
Matthew Blagden Hale purchased the Cloister in 1857 after he became the first Anglican Bishop of
Western Australia. The Cloisters was soon opened as the Bishop Hale's Collegiate School for Boys. If you look
closely you will find the Bishops coat-of-arms on the wall, just below the oriel window. The school's most
successful student was John Forrest, who became the State's first Premier and first Australian Member of the House
of Lords. His brother Alexander Forrest , who was later to become a well known explorer and surveyor, also attended.
The Cloister was built in Victorian Tudor style and was constructed of handmade bricks that came
from Queens Gardens.
The name Cloisters was derived from the cloistered verandah on the north of the building and the
smaller one on the south. The building was designed by architect Richard Roach Jewell . The main feature of the building is its diapered diamond design brickwork
completed in Flemish Bond style. The building also features an oriel window. The roof was originally laid with
shingles but was replaced in 1931 after a fire swept through the building.
The site also features a Port Jackson fig tree which was planted in 1887 by a tenant of the
Cloisters. The Port Jackson Fig is registered as a Tree of Significance.
Mt Newman House is set back from The Cloisters. It was the Mt Newman mining company that restored