The Archives of the New Norcia Benedictine Community began even before the monks arrived at New Norcia, beginning 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.

New Norcia’s archives contain voluminous collections of correspondence, especially from Bishop Salvado’s era, 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 Archives is a private archives which exists to serve the monastery and its community. However, given our limited resources, we will attempt to answer queries from the general public on the understanding that staff, time and resources do not allow for full scale in-depth research projects. Enquiries should be targeted and specific and be submitted via email or letter, not by telephone. If you require access to the Archival records of New Norcia, please complete the Permission to Access form and return to the Archivist.

Permission to access form

Archives Access Policy

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 Manager on 0896 548 056 or

The New Norcia Archives has 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 the order form here.