The Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, known widely as the 'Trappists', came to Beagle Bay in Western Australia in 1895 to establish a mission. There mission was transferred to the Pallottines by 1901. A Cistercian Abbey continues in Victoria, Australia.
The Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance was founded on the rule of St Benedict in France in 1098.
The parish priest at Broome from 1895, Father Nicholas Maria Emo, was a Trappist.
Daisy Bates' (1863-1951) account of Aboriginal people in Western Australia over a period of 35 years includes an account of the Trappists in the Broome district.
Bates was an anthropologist, journalist, recorder of indigenous culture, and activist for indigenous rights, and her written accounts of indigenous life and culture were widely read during her lifetime.