Help! Where am I?

013636PD Unidentified

Unidentified building c.1910-1920 Dr. Battye’s collection of glass negatives 013636PD


UPDATE: Found! 

A part of the St Andrew’s Convalescent Home for soldiers, Kalamunda which is now St Brigid’s College Lesmurdie.

The western side, and only completed section, of a building originally planned as a school by Herbert Parry and built for Archibald Sanderson MLC on his Lesmurdie Estate. In 1919 the property and some adjacent land was purchased by the Commonwealth Government and converted into a convalescent home for returned soldiers. The original plans were adapted and the entire building completed with the eastern side in the “Dutch Colonial” style and based on Cecil Rhodes home in South Africa. (See photograph, drawings and article published in the Western Mail 11 April 1919, p.24 (p.23 in Trove) and p.29).

See photograph from the 1920s here.


Can anyone assist us with the location of, and any information about, this stone and timber property?

This image is a part of a collection of Dr. J. S. Battye’s glass negatives taken between 1910 and 1920.  Many photographs in this collection were taken by E. L. Mitchell but there is nothing on the negative to identify the photographer or the subject.

We are always delighted to receive further information about the images in the State Library photographic collections.

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14 thoughts on “Help! Where am I?

  1. Perhaps its a picture of the Priory Hotel Dongara when it was originally an inn? The stone and doorways appear to be the same however the building was remodelled a number of times since early 1900s after floods, becoming a convent, a school and then later returning to a hotel.

    • That is what I thought too Fiona! My grandmother went to school there. Unfortunately she is no longer here to ask. It looks very much like it though!

  2. Went to boarding school in Toodyay in the 1950’s. Have a very distant memory of having seen a building somewhere similar in the past. My suggestions are Toodyay, York or maybe Bindoon.

  3. In 1913, this two storey private boarding and day school in Lesmurdie Road Lesmurdie (then Kalamunda) was commissioned by Mr Archibald Sanderson on part of his property and Herbert Parry was the architect. A Mrs and Miss Jones were approached to bring their small school from Swanbourne and three of the Sanderson children and several neighbours were enrolled. The school continued for two years then Mrs Jones died. Part of this original building still exists and forms part of Saint Brigid’s College 200 Lesmurdie Road Lesmurdie. I have a copy of the school under construction.

    • Thank you Paula! We followed Judith’s link to the photo and thought “no” – then looked again and realised that the side wall is identical. The record has now been updated. Please keep your eagle eye out for future “where and what” posts.

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