On 18th May, Central celebrated its 112th birthday and officially launched its history wall mural, that charts some of the key moments of the Institute’s evolution.Perth Technical School as it was called when it opened in May 1900 is WA’s oldest training organisation. It has been through several revolutions, expansions and identities over the ensuing years. These include periods as Perth Technical College, Central Metropolitan College of TAFE and Central TAFE. Murray Cowper MLA, Parliamentary Secretary representing the Minister for Training Peter Collier, was on hand to officially launch the mural and was joined by another important guest, Mr Fred Harffey.Fred, 99 next month, is perhaps Central’s oldest known graduate, having studied fine art and illustration at Central in the late 1920s. Fred donated some drawing aids to the Institute back in our centenary year which have recently been digitalised as a teaching aid for current students. After graduating, Fred went on to become a renowned artist/illustrator for The Western Mail and country newspapers.Also in attendance at the festivities were previous directors and managing directors from Central’s rich history.Following official speeches from Murray Cowper and current Managing Director Neil Fernandes, Fred was presented with a framed copy of his story that recently featured in the West Australian newspaper. Then all the guests tucked into the specially made 112th birthday cake.
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