Highgate, Western Australia

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PerthWestern Australia
QueensHotelHighgate gobeirne.jpg
The Queens Hotel, Highgate
Highgate is located in Perth
Location of Highgate (red pin) respecting to the City of Perth (CBD of Perth metropolitan area; shaded in red) and inner suburbs of Perth metropolitan area (area shaded in grey). Note that Highgate is part of City of Vincent, not City of Perth LGA
Coordinates31°56′24″S 115°52′08″E / 31.94°S 115.869°E / -31.94; 115.869Coordinates: 31°56′24″S 115°52′08″E / 31.94°S 115.869°E / -31.94; 115.869
Population2,202 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density5,500/km2 (14,300/sq mi)
Area0.4 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Location2 km (1 mi) NNE of the Perth CBD
LGA(s)City of Vincent
State electorate(s)Perth
Federal Division(s)Perth
Suburbs around Highgate:
North Perth Mount Lawley Mount Lawley
Perth Highgate Perth
Perth Perth Perth

Highgate is an inner metro suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Vincent and north of the central business district of Perth. Highgate was named for the village of Highgate, Hawkhurst in Kent, England. Highgate is the smallest suburb in the Perth metropolitan region, with an area of just 0.4 km2 (0.2 sq mi).

Among the landmarks of the area is the Lincoln Street Vent, a disused Art Deco sewerage vent, designed by Russell Dumas and completed in 1935, alongside the disused Highgate Hill Police Station (which is also the site of a proposed police museum[citation needed]). The vent, which proved to be a "white elephant", was secretly used as an antenna base by the Police Wireless Service during World War II.[citation needed]

The Lincoln Street Vent in Highgate, taken from the Stirling Towers apartment block.

St Mark's International College, an English as a second language (ESL) school operated between 1989 and 2010, at 375 Stirling Street, on the corner of Harold Street.[2] The St Mark's buildings were constructed from 1936, as a Catholic Christian Brothers boys' high school. This was known as CBHS Highgate until 1978, when it merged with St Mark's in Bedford (previously CBHS Bedford) and received that school's students. The name of the school was changed to St Mark's College Highgate in 1982. St Mark's was closed and sold several years later, when all students were transferred to Chisholm College, in Bedford. St Mark's is undergoing re-development as an apartment complex.

The suburb has two primary schools: Sacred Heart, a Catholic school and Highgate Primary School (the second oldest government primary in the state). Highgate Primary School has students from over 50 different nationalities and backgrounds. The school also has a highly successful chess team and rock band. Highgate Primary participates actively in local sporting events and teaches the Indonesian language as a special LOTE.

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Highgate (WA) (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 April 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Welcome to the Highgate Old Boys Association (HOBA); CBHS Highgate (1936–1978); Christian Brothers High School Highgate