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Trinity College has its origins in the Christian Brothers’ College, St George‘s Terrace, Perth, founded by Bishop Matthew Gibney and Brother Ambrose Treacy in 1894.

From the beginning, both boarders and day students were enrolled, but as the business section of the city expanded, the site became increasingly unsuitable for a boarding school. In 1938, the boarders were transferred to Mount Henry, Manning, to found Aquinas College.

Christian Brothers’ College - 1961
Christian Brothers’ College, Perth on the Terrace in 1961 before Trinity was relocated to the current site in East Perth.

CBC (Perth) continued at the St George‘s Terrace site as a school for day students only. In 1961 this site was purchased by the Perth City Council, and staff and students were transferred to the College‘s present location in 1962 and the school was renamed Trinity College.

In 1968 Trinity became a member of the Public Schools’ Association of Western Australia.

In 1994, after a century of dedicated service by the Brothers to CBC and Trinity, a lay Headmaster, Mr Anthony Curtis, was appointed. The College now operates as a Catholic School for Boys in the Edmund Rice Tradition with an entirely lay staff.


The school owes much of its current success to the tremendous work of the Christian Brothers who have modelled their life and work on their founder Blessed Edmund Rice. Edmund Rice founded the Christian Brothers in 1802 in Waterford, Ireland. He was then 40 years of age. He was a very successful businessman but tragically his young wife had died in an accident some twelve years previously. Their daughter, Mary, whom Edmund cared for, had a disability.

Edmund‘s faith was vital and manifested itself in practical action for the good of others as well as in participation in parish worship and personal prayer. His faith was never a private matter; his love for God and his belief in the Gospel led him to an extraordinary change of life.

Edmund Ignatius Rice
Science CBC Perth 1917

Edmund turned his attention to the uneducated and uncared for street kids of Waterford. He devoted his energy, his business skills, his property and his considerable wealth to develop an education system for those who were discriminated against by the laws and social customs of the time.

Edmund listened to the inspirations of the Spirit coming to him through his personal reflection on life, and especially through the scenes he witnessed daily in the streets of Waterford. His friends thought he was crazy giving up his extremely prosperous business for the sake of neglected children.

His chances of success were slim. Helpers came and went. Edmund faced enormous difficulties and frustrations. He persevered with his vision. He stood by the young people of Waterford. He didn‘t just teach them; he was a brother to them. He gave of himself and not just of his knowledge.

The Christian Brothers’ Tradition

During the 200 years since Edmund Rice began his work, a strong tradition of generosity, of hard work, of dedication to youth, of care for the disadvantaged, of excellence in education, of active interest in all aspects of student life, has developed and has been maintained.

Christian Brother schools and other educational ventures of many kinds are now scattered throughout the world – in Ireland and the UK, in India, in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands, in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, and Tanzania.

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