Designed by Colonial Secretary William Ayshford Sanford in 1852, Old Perth Boys School was the first permanent education facility in the Swan River Colony, and one of the oldest buildings still standing in Australia.
"Mr. Stables said that this was probably the last time that the boys would assemble in that building, as it was hoped that the new school in James-street would be ready for the reception of pupils after the Christmas holidays. The new school would have accommodation for 500 boys. A good play-ground and a commodious drill shed would be provided, and he had no doubt that they would be duly appreciated. During the past year the number of children attending the schools in and around Perth had greatly increased, and suburban schools which at the beginning of the year had only 30 or 40 scholars had now a daily attendance of over 200. He hoped that the boys would enjoy their holiday, and that they would always endeavour to uphold the credit and dignity of the school."
-The Inquirer and Commercial News, 25 December 1896, in reference to a speech made by the secretary to the education department Mr O. P. Stables, on 17 December 1896.