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

2018 New Norcia Studies Day - 25th Anniversary - "The Bigger Picture"

N.B. Studies Day programme change. Bob Reece’s paper on the Santos Salvado years at New Norcia will now be a published paper in this year’s New Norcia Studies Journal, No 25, which will be launched at Subiaco in November. Instead, on Saturday, Judy McGuinness will be presenting Larrie Strautmanis’ paper on Benedict Cuper and Helen Pangieran, New Norcia’s famous Aboriginal telegraphist.

This year is an important Studies Day as it’s the 25th such event so we have decided to celebrate with something a little special.

The Bigger Picture (the title of this year’s event) are Professor Ted Snell from UWA who will start the proceedings with a talk about the Contemporary Religious Art Collection.Then we have a fascinating paper from Dr John Reynolds of the Southern Irish police force – The Garda –who will be telling us about the curious link between New Norcia and Southern Ireland’s battle for independence in the 1920s.After lunch, Andrew Walton will tell us all about the “Maps Project” – the subject of his research as one of this year’s Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial scholars.Finally, Professor Bob Reece will share the results of his research into Bishop Salvado’s brother, Santos, and his contribution to photography, as well as some insights into his life while he was at New Norcia. (Note: John Reynolds advises that he is unable to attend the day, but Odhran OBrien, Archivist for the Perth Catholic Diocesan Archives has very kindly offered to read Dr Reynolds paper on his behalf)

However, this year, after lunch and before the afternoon sessions begin - a little later than usual at 2pm - Fr Robert Nixon has arranged for a special musical extravaganza in the Abbey Church.Grace Feltoe (soprano), Andrew Brown (organ) and Fr Robert Nixon (piano), will present a post-prandial recital. Amongst other items, the programme will include compositions by Salvado, Moreno and other monks of the community. The recital will be an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful ambience of the Abbey Church, as well as to hear the unique sounds of the historic Moser organ.

The cost for the day is $65 (full) and $50 (concession – seniors and students) which includes morning and afternoon teas, a buffet lunch and beverages.Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. Booking can be done via the webshop.

th Anniversary Studies Day is sure to be very popular and, as those of you who have attended before will know, seating is limited in St Joseph’s Hall, so book early to avoid disappointment (as they say)!

See you there!

To secure a ticket go to our webshop the link takes you to the webshop page where there are two separate entries one for Full rate and one for Concessionary rate, no actual tickets are issued but at registration you will be given a name tag.

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9th November 2017

On Thursday 9th November, the 24th edition of New Norcia Studies Journal, entitled More Voices was launched at The Palms Community Centre in Subiaco.This issue continues the theme started in last year’s issue Voices from the Archives.

Associate Professor John Kinder from the Department of Italian at the University of Western Australia gave a wonderful and often humorous speech to an audience of an estimated 85-90 people.John has been a supporter of New Norcia’s archives for many years and has not only contributed to the Journal himself but has managed to coax many of his students into doing the same.John Kinder. Image by Justin Bianchini, Community News

We were delighted that former Mayor of Subiaco, Heather Henderson, very graciously accepted our invitation to say a few words too.We hope that Heather will continue to attend the event that she has done so much to encourage and foster over the years through her extremely generous contribution to New Norcia in the provision of not only The Palms as a venue but also the catering, staffing, music and so much more.

Also launched was Fr Román Rios’ History of the Benedictine Mission and Abbey Nullius of New Norcia.It was originally written in English in 1924 but improved in its English expression by Fr William Gimenez in 1943, and it is this 1943 revision that was launched on the night.Both the History and the Journal sold extremely well at the launch and subsequent comments indicate that Fr Román’s book is enjoying considerable success.

The Archives Research and Publications Committee would like to thank everybody at the City of Subiaco for making this evening the wonderful success that it was, and also all those involved in the publication of both the Journal and the Rios History for two more excellent publications, both of which can be found on the Museum Shop’s website.

Peter Hocking, Archivist.

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