Chapel

Worship

Morning Prayer is held daily at 8.15am and Evening Prayer at 4.00pm on weekdays and, during College semesters, there is a Eucharist at 8:45 am on Wednesdays.

All services are open to the public.

The Chapel is open for quiet reflection, meditation or prayer from 8am until 5pm each week day.

Details of other special services will be posted here from time to time.

About the Chapel

The Wollaston College Chapel is a dominant feature on the Wollaston site and has an important part in the history of the Anglican Diocese in Perth.

The Chapel was consecrated by Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, on 2 April, 1965.

Designed by Hungarian-born architect Julius William Elischer, the Chapel has no set place for the altar or for any furniture, to enable the space to be configured in multiple ways.

Its design is a bold departure from traditional church buildings and reflects the revolutionary spirit of the 1960s.

It is a remarkable building. Inspired by the Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp (designed by Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier), the building must have appeared radically, even frighteningly, modern and new in 1965. Unlike some architecture of that period, however, the Chapel still appears remarkably fresh in its design today – no ‘fashionably retro’ here! A pamphlet written to ‘introduce’ the ‘exciting chapel for Wollaston’ to the Diocese and Province, was entitled ‘a glimpse of the future’. At the same time, readers were told, ‘Wollaston’s new chapel will be of the greatest simplicity and dignity, returning to the earliest days of the Church for its inspiration’.

The vision is of a ‘tent of meeting’. The stark white interior (recently repainted) is punctuated by deep-set windows of different coloured glass: the description of Notre Dame du Haut – ‘the glass glows like deep-set rubies, emeralds, amethysts and jewels of all colours’ – is equally appropriate here. The concave ceiling appears to ‘float’ above the building, owing to clear glass panels between the tops of the thick concrete walls and the roof itself. Light ‘flickers’ through the coloured glass and through the ‘clerestory’, suggesting the movement of light through canvas walls and under a canvas roof. The original floor (now restored), laid by students even on the morning of the Consecration, are deliberately earth-coloured bricks: this ‘tent’ rests solidly on God’s good earth. Furthermore, the walls of the Chapel resist any ‘straight lines’, again suggesting the billowing of the canvas.