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New Norcia Benedictine Community
New Norcia Road
New Norcia WA 6509

Getting There

Museum & Art Gallery

T: +61 8 9654 8056

Group Accommodation & Education Centre

T: +61 8 9654 8018

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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.

Each year we host a full programme of events including a spiritual retreat programme presented by the Institute for Benedictine Studies, an Archives Library and Collections Study Day in October, and a few other surprises!

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

Thursday, 21st November 2019

New Norcia Studies 26 Launch

New Norcia Studies 26 Launch

The 26th New Norcia Studies Journal was launched at the Palms Community Centre in Subiaco on Thursday November 7th. Now that Archives, Collections and Libraries are all part of the new department called ACL (Archives, Collections and Libraries – what else?), it was thought it would be a symbolic gesture to invite a luminary from this field to do the honours. Dr Kerry Smith (pictured above), former colleague of mine from Curtin Library School who went on to become Associate Professor and Head of School, was approached and we were delighted when she enthusiastically accepted the invitation. We were just as delighted that attendance on the night, at 115 guests, was the best we have ever seen at a launch.

Fr John and Mayor of Subiaco, Penny Taylor, welcomed our guests and introduced Freeman of the City, and former Mayor, Heather Henderson who spoke about the link between New Norcia and Subiaco. Heather was followed by Kerry whose summation of the books being launched was so good that sales that night were probably the best we have ever had too. Kerry did also speak about archives and libraries.

Carmel Murray, Jody Burness and Joyce McKee did a brisk trade in selling our three books to eager guests. The books launched were, of course, the 26th edition of the Studies Journal, and Emeritus Professor Bob Reece’s book, The 1867 Photographs of W W Thwaites. This is the first in what we hope will be an Early New Norcia series; it is also the published result of the work that Bob did as an Abbot Placid Scholar. The Archives Committee hopes that future titles in the series will include Andrew Walton’s scholarship work on New Norcia’s maps, and Liz Conor’s work on the engravers and engravings in Salvado’s Memoirs. Joan Oakland, who launched Journal No 25 last year, was the editor for both publications and is to be complimented on the fabulous job she has done in the layout for both.

The third book was one that has been in the making for over six years – that being Larrie Strautmanis’ New Norcia’s Buildings and their Stories. Larrie, who lives in Adelaide, has made several trips to verify facts for her book over the years and the result, beautifully put together by Natalie Nixon, is superb. Even in draft pre-publication manuscript form it has proved to be an invaluable tool for archival research.

Finally, but by no means least, Fr John announced the new Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial Scholar for 2020. She is Marta Pérez Rey, a nationally accredited Spanish / English translator and lecturer in Spanish at the University of Western Australia. Marta is to transcribe and translate the diary of Br Francisco Marsa, a monk who arrived in 1849 but left in 1853 and whose diary is important as it covers the period when Salvado was in Europe. Marta was at the Launch so it was a great opportunity to meet her and see her obvious delight at being awarded the Scholarship.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the wonderful help given by Carmel, Jody and Joyce on the night; Diane Scott and Esther from City of Subiaco; Très Classique – the musicians; Jolimont Liquor and By-Word-Of-Mouth Catering. Thanks also to our special guests Mayor Penny Taylor, Freeman Heather Henderson and to our guest speaker, Dr Kerry Smith. The City of Subiaco has been wonderful yet again in hosting this event and providing the venue, catering and staff so, once again, a huge thank you to them.

Peter Hocking

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