There will be no Studies Day held at New Norcia in 2019, however there will be a Studies Journal launch in Subiaco in November.

The Archives of the New Norcia Benedictine Community began even before the monks arrived at New Norcia, it began when Bishop Brady gave the monks permission to come to Western Australia. Rosendo Salvado, his Prior Bernardo Martinez, and Procurators over time – Venancio Garrido, Santos Salvado, Fulgentius Dominguez – were excellent records managers and their collections now form the nucleus of the Archives.

Researchers at every level will find something of interest in the New Norcia Archives. There are voluminous collections of correspondence, farm management records, parish and mission registers, college and orphanage administration records, maps and photographs. Of particular value are the records of the Nyoongar people. The department does accept volunteers, but there is a strict policy which you can access here. If you are interested please download the Volunteer Registration form and send back to

In 1991, the Community established an Archives, Research and Publications Committee which prepares and oversees the programmes of work for the Archives.

The Committee is chaired by Abbot John Herbert. Its present members are Fr David Barry; Katharine Massam, Professor of Church History at the Uniting Church Theological College, Melbourne; Ms Geraldine Byrne, Historian and Mr Peter Hocking, Archivist for New Norcia and Secretary for the ARP Committee.

If you require access to the Archival records of New Norcia please complete the relevant form and return to the Archivist.

Permission to access form

Archives Access Policy

New Norcia Studies Journal Launch 8th November 2018.

The 25th edition of New Norcia Studies was launched at the Palms Community Centre in Subiaco on Thursday, 8th November. Abbot John opened the proceedings by welcoming nearly 100 guests – the highest attendance we have had in years – to the special 25th Launch. Sadly, Mayor Penny Taylor was not able to attend, but former mayor, Heather Henderson, now a Freeman of the City, very kindly accepted the invitation to come and give us her presentation. In view of the special nature of the evening, it had been decided by the ARP Committee that we needed a different perspective from the Guest Speaker, so the decision was made to invite the editor of the last six or seven journals, Joan Oakland. Joan gave a wonderfully illuminating insight into what is involved in putting a journal together and it was interesting to observe the authors of the articles, none of whom had ever met Joan before, listening - utterly absorbed in what Joan had to say. Joan had also edited A Town Like No Other (even designing a new cover for it), so the third edition of this very popular book was launched alongside the Journal and, as a Launch Night special, everybody who bought a copy of the Journal also received a complimentary copy of the book. As usual, Sandi Found and her predecessor, Kerry Plantinga, from City Of Subiaco did a magnificent job in putting the evening together so we are most grateful to them for that; “that” including the RSVP list, booking the musicians (Très Classique who were excellent as always), and the catering. On behalf of the ARP Committee I would like to thank not only Sandi and Kerry, but also the City of Subiaco who, once again, have very generously hosted this event. And, finally, as the Abbot said on the night, as always, our biggest thanks, though, go to our guests for coming to the Launch and for continuing to support New Norcia and its archival research. Peter Hocking, Archivist

Joan Oakland at The New Norcia Studies Journal Launch

Here is the index of past and present journals available for purchase from the New Norcia Museum shop. If you have any queries or require further information, please contact the Museum Shop Manager on 0896 548 056 or

The New Norcia Archives have digitised the College magazines for storage, research and retrieval purposes. If you attended one of the colleges and would like a souvenir of your time at New Norcia, or have a relative who did, the magazines are available in a searchable format on CD (one year per CD).

St Ildephonsus' College magazines 1913 - 1963. Download order form here.

For post 1963 issues contact the Archivist on 08 96 548 018 or