Shenton House

Shenton House is an historic building within the grounds of the University of Western Australia. It is a two-story Georgian/Edwardian style building with surrounding verandas.

Originally called 'Crawley Park Homestead', it was built in 1846 by Henry Charles Sutherland, a surveyor who became Clerk to the Colonial Treasurer, then Secretary to the Executiveand Legislative Councils, and later Collector of Inland Revenue and Colonial Treasurer.

It was given to the University in 1914 to accommodate the Department of Mining and Engineering who occupied it until 1960. Various alterations were made during this period to accommodate teaching requirements. In 1921, the University formally acquired the roughly convert|200|acre|km2|sing=on property including the house from the family of Sir George Shenton. It was then renamed in his honour. The property forms most of the university grounds today.

Since 1997, the house has been used for the university's chaplaincy.

The building is a heritage listed building of both the National Trust of Australia (1997) and the Australian Heritage Council (1998).

External links

* [http://register.heritage.wa.gov.au/viewplace.html?offset=0&place_seq=2457 heritage Council of Western Australia entry]

Further reading

*Ferguson, R.J. (1993). Crawley Campus. The planning and architecture of the University of Western Australia. Perth: University of Western Australia Press.


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