Monday, 12th November 2018
25th New Norcia Studies Journal Launch in Subiaco
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 presentationIn 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
Read Justin Bianchini's article about the launch in the Wannaroo Times
Copies of the 2018 Journal "The Bigger Picture" and the reprint of "A Town Like No Other" are available from our online store