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New Norcia Benedictine Community
New Norcia Road
New Norcia WA 6509

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Museum & Art Gallery

T: +61 8 9654 8056
E: museum@newnorcia.wa.edu.au

Group Accommodation & Education Centre

T: +61 8 9654 8018
E: groups@newnorcia.wa.edu.au

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E: communications@newnorcia.wa.edu.au

Visit New Norcia

People visit New Norcia for many reasons; for spiritual retreat, to join a tour and see inside the magnificent buildings or sometimes just to walk around the town and enjoy the peace and beautiful scenery.

In this section you will find all the information you need for your visit to New Norcia. Details of places to eat and places to stay, details of the town tours and information about some of our favourite things to do in Australia’s only monastic town.

We recommend your first port of call is the Museum & Art Gallery to speak to one of the staff about all the attractions and experiences New Norcia has to offer. The Museum & Art Gallery is also a Visitor Information Centre and is the point from which the town tours leave.

Stay at New Norcia

There are so many different options for accommodation at New Norcia.

The Hostel, with its comfortable simple rooms, home cooked meals and neo-classical architecture is a perfect place for couples and families. With its scenic deck and heritage veranda it is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset with a New Norcia Abbey Ale or a wine from the Abbey range. The Guesthouse is perfect for a quiet, retreat like experience - a world away from the rigours of modern life. You can join a Benedictine retreat here or be housed in the Hermitage for a silent retreat. Groups of 15 -100 can be accommodated in the Old Convent or the historic boarding school colleges.

Please click on the individual areas for more information.

Eat & Drink

Hospitality is a tenet of the Rule of St Benedict, the Rule by which the monks of New Norcia live, so wherever you choose to eat in town, our aim is for you to experience warm monastic hospitality.

Education & Research

From the earliest days of its foundation New Norcia has been focussed on education. The first Abbot, of New Norcia (Rosendo Salvado) established the Aboriginal girls and boys schools and the second Abbot of New Norcia, Fulgentius Torres built and opened the European girls and boys schools, which closed in 1991.

Since the closing of the schools, New Norcia's school buildings have been utilised for camps and groups and this section contains all the information you need if your group is interested in staying in one of the colleges or undertaking one of the education programmes.

However, New Norcia also has a tradition of research and academia, with its impressive archival records and library collection, and scholars and researchers alike have delighted over the years in the information available in the town's records.

This section also provides information on the archives and library and provides link to forms which will give you access to the records of New Norcia.

Protecting a Unique Heritage

New Norcia is Australia’s only monastic town and has a unique heritage. Founded in 1847 by Spanish Benedictine Monks, the town has had many purposes; a mission, a monastery, a provider of education and now as a place of spiritual retreat.

Delve into the town's unique history, discover the ongoing and completed work necessary for the upkeep and restoration of this special part of Australia.

But it is not only the majestic buildings set amongst the Australian bush that sets New Norcia apart; its history is also encapsulated in the archival records of New Norcia and in the library and museum collections.

In this section we also have information about how you can donate to New Norcia to help the Community restore and maintain this treasure.

What's Happening at New Norcia

We hold a diverse array of events throughout the year at New Norcia.

In 2019 we will be hosting a full programme of retreats, a Writers and Arts Festival and the education programme presented by the Institute for Benedictine Studies, plus the Studies Journal Launch in November and a few other surprises!

So watch this space for all the updated information about "What's on at New Norcia".

Thursday, 21st November 2019

Abbot Placid Scholars Farewelled

The Abbot and the Archives Committee have announced a new scholar for 2020, so we would all like to take this opportunity to give a heartfelt thanks to our outgoing scholars Eugenia Schettino, Judy McGuinness and Andrew Walton.

Eugenia and Judy, both Spanish language experts, have translated the letters of Bishop Salvado’s brother, Santos, during the time before he came to New Norcia, and during his period here. It is an enormous corpus of correspondence, amounting to more than 400 letters, all of which have shed an amazing light on life in Spain and at New Norcia and especially on the relationship between Bishop Salvado and his brother. However, the body of correspondence for the pre-New Norcia years is so copious that not everything was able to be finished during the Scholarship. For this reason, we are all extremely grateful to Judy and Eugenia who have agreed to complete the task so that the letters can be published as part of the Archives’ series of books, probably in two volumes, at a later date.

Andrew has compiled an extraordinary database of several hundred early maps of New Norcia with linking references to correspondence and diaries. The maps have been photographed as part of the process and these too have been linked in to the database. Like the letters mentioned above, this was, and still is, an enormous undertaking and, again, we are very grateful to Andrew who has offered to continue cataloguing the maps on a voluntary basis.

A thousand thanks to all three of you for the wonderful work you have so far done for New Norcia.

Peter Hocking
Archivist