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New Norcia WA 6509

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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 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 town tours leave.

Stay at New Norcia

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

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 can be accommodated in the Old Convent or the historic boarding school colleges. Smaller groups are also able to book the Hostel, with its comfortable rooms, neo-classical architecture, scenic deck and heritage veranda, as well as St Ildephonsus' Cottage.

Please click on the areas on the right 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 and grounds have been utilised by groups undertaking 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, dinners at the New Norcia Hostel and a few other surprises!

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

Wednesday, 6th July 2022

Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial Scholarship for 2023

After a hiatus brought about by the recent pandemic and falling interest rates which adversely affected the scholarship fund, the Abbot and Community together with the Archives and Library Committee are delighted to announce that applications are now being invited for the 2023 Abbot Placid Spearritt Memorial Scholarship.

In 2009, in memory of New Norcia’s late Abbot, Fr Placid Spearritt, the Community founded a scholarship that would bring a scholar on a stipend to New Norcia each year to work in the Archives on a specific project. The results of that research would then be made available to everyone interested in Australian history.

Research to date has seen the transcription, translation and publication of the letters of Théophile Bérengier, a monk of Solesmes in France and friend of Bishop Salvado, and the publication of his previously untranslated history of New Norcia. Other research has resulted in the translation and publication of the letters of Léandre Fonteinne, a French novice who came to New Norcia with Bishop Salvado.

In 2012, the Scholarship was awarded jointly to Dr Stefano Girola, lecturer at the Australian Catholic University and to Dr Joshua Brown, Assistant Professor in Italian Studies at the University of Western Australia. Dr Girola translated Salvado’s 1883 Report to Propaganda Fide, whilst Dr Brown transcribed and translated the letters of Canon Raffaele Martelli. The letters of Canon Martelli were published in 2015 in association with Emeritus Professor John Kinder, also of the University’s Italian Department.

In 2014, the Scholarship was again jointly awarded to Judith McGuinness and Dr Liz Conor who at the time was a lecturer in print history at Monash University; her project examined how the engravings found in Salvado’s Memoirs brought Indigenous Australians into the print workshops of Europe as well as investigating the engravings’ significance in the printing developments and technologies of the time, with particular reference to colonial print culture.

Judith McGuinness is a linguist with expertise in French and Spanish; her project saw the completion of the archives' collections of letters from Théophile Bérengier, mentioned above. The completion of these letters marked a significant milestone in New Norcia's archival research programme (in conjunction with Joshua Brown's completion of the Martelli correspondence). Judith has since been awarded the Scholarship twice more in conjunction with Eugenia Schettino to transcribe and translate the correspondence of Bishop Salvado’s brother, Santos. In 2018, a half scholarship was awarded to Emeritus Professor Bob Reece to finish his research on Santos’ photographs, whilst a full scholarship was awarded to Andrew Walton to research New Norcia’s extensive map collection.

Most recently, Spanish linguist Marta Pérez-Rey has translated the diary of Francisco Marsá, a monk who was at New Norcia during 1849-1853, a critical period when Bishop Salvado was overseas.

For 2023, the Scholarship Committee is primarily seeking scholars with expertise in Spanish, French or Italian but will consider applications from graduates who have an interest or qualification in other disciplines that will help further research in these unique and important Archives. As can be seen from the above, the range of projects that has been undertaken is both broad and eclectic.

For further information concerning available scholarship material, the current value of the scholarship and an application form, please contact Peter Hocking, the Archivist, at archives@newnorcia.com.au. Applications for the 2023 Scholarship will close on August 31st and it is expected that the successful applicant will commence his or her research early in 2023.