Learning and Development Programme


The story of St Mary’s Cathedral is now more accessible than ever before.

We warmly invite you to use our education resources.

Cathedral Museum

On 11 September 2019, the Most Reverend Timothy Costelloe SDB launched the Cathedral’s first Museum. The Museum has a series of permanent exhibitions which reveal the rich story of St Mary’s Cathedral and the Catholic people of Western Australia from 1843 to the present day.

The exhibitions are titled: ‘An Ancient Land’, ‘A New Faith Arrives’, ‘Let’s Build a Cathedral’, ‘Settlers, Convicts and Migrants’, ‘Schools and Learning’, ‘Our Community’, ‘Celebrating and Remembering’.

There is also a temporary display area that is professionally curated using items from the Archdiocesan Archives. It is regularly updated to reveal new parts of the story of the local Catholic community.

Learning and Development

Thousands of school students and teachers visit St Mary’s each year. The Very Reverend Father Sean Fernandez has recently chaired a committee which has released a new Learning and Development Programme for primary school students.

The programme provides activities that help students explore the new permanent museum exhibitions and engage with the story of the Archdiocese of Perth. It also offers pre and post visit activities so that students have time to investigate this rich history in greater depth.

The programme has been designed based on the Western Australian State Curriculum and Catholic Education Western Australia’s Faith Story and Witness Module. It can also be used to assist those preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation.

St Mary’s Cathedral Learning and Development Programme [PDF]

Short Histories

The Cathedral welcomes many adult visitors who wish to know more about the Cathedral and Catholic Church in Western Australia and so we have created a series of short histories with interesting stories and historical information.

Fact Sheet 1 Clergy & Religious Orders         Fact Sheet 2 Faith & Worship

Fact Sheet 3 Buildings & Precinct                   Fact Sheet 4 Aboriginal People

Fact Sheet 5 Catholic Education                      Fact Sheet 6 Community Services

Further Information

For further information about these resources please contact Odhran O’Brien, the Archdiocesan Archivist, at archivist@perthcatholic.org.au