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Benedictines, New Norcia (c. 1846 - )

  • The Benedictine Monastery at New Norcia, Western Australia [picture]

    The Benedictine Monastery at New Norcia, Western Australia [picture], 1999, by Ainslie, Trish and Garwood, Roger, courtesy of Part of New Norcia olive oil [picture] collection, National Library of Australia.
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The Benedictines, New Norcia, were a group of Catholic male religious who established a settlement, mission and monastery at New Norcia in 1846. They ran the Subiaco Boys' Orphanage for a few years (1872-1876), but the main institutions they were associated with were St Joseph's Native School and Orphanage and St Mary's Mission at New Norcia, and the Drysdale River Mission and Kalumburu in the north west of Western Australia. Their association with out of home care finished in 1982. In 2014, the Benedictines continued to operate a monastery in New Norcia.

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The area now known as New Norcia in Western Australia, was settled in 1846 by two exiled Spanish monks, Joseph Serra and Rudesind Salvado, from St Martin's Abbey, Compostella. They had volunteered for foreign mission work and were sent to Australia in 1846 and settled in Aboriginal lands in an area approximately seventy miles north of Perth, which they called New Norcia in honour of St Benedict's birthplace. A number of outlying mission stations were established. Dom Serra became coadjutor to the Bishop of Perth in 1848, and Dom Salvado was made Bishop of Port Victoria in 1849, in addition to remaining superior of New Norcia. New Norcia was made an abbey in 1867 with a diocese attached.

The Benedictines, New Norcia ran St Joseph's Native School and Orphanage and St Mary's Mission at New Norcia, and the Drysdale River Mission and Kalumburu in the north west of Western Australia. Their association with out of home care finished in 1982. In 2014, the Benedictines continued to operate a monastery in New Norcia.

Publications

Books

  • Pushong, Lyn, Heritage Trail: A journey through the history of MercyCare, MercyCare, 2008. Details

Book Sections

  • Barry, David, 'New Norcia', in Gregory, Jenny and Jan Gothard [editors] (eds), Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, W.A., 2009. Details

Films

  • The habits of New Norcia, Marcom Projects, Eight Mile Plains, Queensland, 2007c. Details
  • New Norcia voices, 2008. Details

Reports

  • Collection of typed copies of annual and other reports by and to the Chief Protector of Aborigines in Western Australia dated 1910 and 1911, Aborigines Department, Perth, 1910-1911. Details

Resources

Online Resources

Photos

The Benedictine Monastery at New Norcia, Western Australia [picture]
Title
The Benedictine Monastery at New Norcia, Western Australia [picture]
Type
Image
Date
1999
Creator
Ainslie, Trish and Garwood, Roger
Source
Part of New Norcia olive oil [picture] collection, National Library of Australia

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004, http://signposts.cpfs.wa.gov.au/pdf/pdf.aspx; New Advent, The Catholic Encyclopedia, 2009. Also available at http://www.newadvent.org/cathen.

Prepared by: Leanne Howard and Debra Rosser