History Of Mazenod College WA
Mazenod College WA opened on “dollar day” (February 14th 1966), a Catholic College under the direction of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The Oblates are a religious congregation of men founded in Aix-en-Provence in southern France by Eugene de Mazenod in 1816. Eugene was declared a Saint in 1995.
The education of youth has been an important part of the Oblate Ministry throughout the world. Their Australian ministry includes the conduct of two other Colleges; Mazenod College in Victoria, and Iona College Brisbane.
Our Perth campus began on a property given to the Oblates by the state government on a long lease in the early 1960’s on condition that work on the College buildings began with in two years. The Australian Oblates accepted the challenge and opened as above, albeit two tin sheds as the new buildings were not ready.
The official opening by Government minister O’Neil was on May 8th 1966 when the new buildings and grounds were blessed. By Bishop Myles McKeon, assistant Bishop of Perth. The Minister for education, the Hon. E Lewis whose name is on the foundation stone did not attend due to illness!
The College opened with grade 5 and 6 with a combined enrolment of 33 pupils. The staff consisted of Fr Don Hughes OMI, the first Rector and Fr. I Mackintosh OMI.
Fr Don Hughes