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Situated in a bushland setting between the CBD and the Indian Ocean, Shenton College occupies the site of the former Lemnos Hospital, a facility that provided treatment and support to returned WWI servicemen suffering from war-induced mental health issues. The hospital was opened in 1926, and with its emphasis on care over institutionalisation, its layout and structure embodied contemporary, functional design ideals. When the number of patients increased following WWII, additional wards were constructed, transforming Lemnos into a large complex of striking buildings that are now heritage listed.

Shenton College opened in 2001, and is the product of the amalgamation of Swanbourne and Hollywood Senior High Schools. The legacies of these two celebrated schools form part of our unique identity and reputation today, as we continue to make history as one of Western Australia’s leading public schools.

For more information on our natural, cultural and educational history, please visit:

The Friends of Shenton Bushland

Lemnos Hospital Heritage Information

History of Hollywood SHS by Michael Bosworth