Vose Seminary

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Vose Seminary, formerly the Baptist Theological College of Western Australia, is a Christian educational institution located in Perth, Western Australia.


In 1957, the Baptist Churches in Western Australia, under the leadership of Noel Vose, prepared plans for the establishment of the seminary.[1] Opening in March 1963, with Vose as founding Principal, the seminary began classes as the Baptist Theological College of Western Australia in temporary accommodation in Nedlands.[2] In November 1967 a permanent, purpose built facility was opened on land purchased in the Collier Pine Plantation opposite what is now Curtin University in the suburb of Bentley.[3]


Vose was the only faculty member until the arrival of John Olley (an Old Testament specialist), in 1978, and Richard Moore (New Testament), in 1979.[4] Upon Vose's retirement in January 1991, John Olley was appointed as the second Principal of the Seminary.[5] In 2004, Brian Harris was appointed Principal.[citation needed]

Academic affiliation[edit]

The seminary associated with Murdoch University in 1985, which allowed the seminary to offer higher degrees up to PhD.[6] In 2003, the seminary transitioned from its affiliation with Murdoch University to being accredited through the Australian College of Theology.[citation needed]

Name change[edit]

In 2008, the seminary became known as Vose Seminary, after its founding Principal.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Moore 225.
  2. ^ Moore 226-227.
  3. ^ Moore 227.
  4. ^ Moore 227-228.
  5. ^ Moore (1996) 208
  6. ^ Moore 135, 228.
  • Hobby, N., J. Olley and M. O'Neil (eds) (2013). Vose Seminary at Fifty: From "Preach the Word" to "Come Grow". Preston, Vic.: Mosaic Press.
  • Moore, R.K. (1991). Baptists of Western Australia: The First Ninety Years (1895-1985). Perth: The Baptist Historical Society of WA.
  • Moore, R.K. (1996). All Western Australia is my Parish: A Centenary History of the Baptist Denomination in Western Australia (1895-1995). Perth: The Baptist Historical Society of WA.

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Coordinates: 32°00′06.73″S 115°53′46.9″E / 32.0018694°S 115.896361°E / -32.0018694; 115.896361