WHEN the Fremantle Catholic’s Boys School first opened its doors in 1882, there were just 30 primary school children in attendance.
More than 130 years on, the school, which became the Christian Brothers College from 1901 to 2004 and is now CBC Fremantle, has been added to the State Register of Heritage Places.
Edmund Hall, which was named in honour of Christian Brothers founder Edmund Rice and was the first building on the school site, was designed by pardoned convict Joseph Nunan who was transported to Australia after being convicted for the shooting and wounding of a constable in Ireland in 1867.
Announcing the inclusion today , Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said the school’s administration building, Edmund Hall and the original classroom block had all made the list.
“The college is valued by the Fremantle community as one of the first schools in the town and because education is still being provided from these buildings, 130 years after the first class was taught here,” he said.
It is Fremantle’s second heritage listing this year after the West End was added to the register last month.