History & Heritage

Inspiring minds since 1894

Trinity College's rich history began in 1894, when Bishop Matthew Gibney and Brother Ambrose Treacy founded Christian Brothers’ College (CBC) at 1 St Georges Terrace in Perth.

Our History

1894: Bishop Matthew Gibney and Brother Ambrose Treacy founded CBC (Perth) at 1 St George‘s Terrace in Perth.

From the beginning, both boarders and day students were enrolled, but as the business section of the city expanded, the site became increasingly unsuitable as a boarding school. 

1938: In 1938, the boarders were transferred to Mount Henry in Manning – the beginning of Aquinas College. CBC (Perth) continued at the St George‘s Terrace site as a school for day students only. 

1962: In 1962 staff and students were transferred to the College‘s present East Perth location, situated on the banks of the Swan River and the school was renamed Trinity College.

1968: In 1968 Trinity became a member of the Public Schools’ Association (PSA) of Western Australia.

1994: In 1994, after a century of dedicated service by the Christian Brothers to CBC (Perth) and Trinity, a lay Headmaster, Mr Anthony Curtis, was appointed. The College now operates with an entirely lay staff.

2019: Trinity College, formerly CBC (Perth), celebrated its 125th anniversary. 125 wonderful and proud years of upholding traditions, providing a holistic quality Catholic education and empowering students to become Men for Others.

Our Heritage

Trinity College 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.

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 at Trinity College.