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New Norcia

A famous Monastic country town on the Great Northern Highway some 132 kms north of Perth. New Norcia is a unique town in that is it almost entirely comprised of Spanish-style monastic buildings. The locality was founded in 1847 and is named after the ancient Italian town of Norcia. The town was established by the Benedictine monks as a mission. Today Benedictine monks still live here. They are renowned for their manufacture of fine bread and olive oil


New Norcia - Hotel

Driving into town (from the south) this is one of the first buildings to be seen. The very imposing New Norcia hotel was established in 1926 by the Benedictine Monks. It is still owned by the monks today. January 2009. Photos Ref: NNRC001


New Norcia - Hotel

On the hotel front verandah is an excellent place to sit and eat lunch bought from the bar. Visible are some dining tables and chairs. January 2009. Photos Ref: NNRC002


New Norcia - Hotel

A corridor on the hotel first floor showing doors to rooms and antique desks and chairs along the corridor. January 2009. Photos Ref: NNRC003


New Norcia - Hotel

This room is quite sumptuously furnished. It's sort of a lobby room just inside the main entrance on the ground floor. January 2009. Photos Ref: NNRC004


New Norcia - Hotel

The hotel glittering in the dawn sunlight. This early morning thousands of pink and grey galahs were all over the place and so a few are in this picture. November 2014. Photos Ref: NNRC005


New Norcia - Monastery

A look along a side of the Monastery. Building commenced in 1857 with various changes being made in 1930. January 2009. Photos Ref: NNRC006


New Norcia - Old Convent

Anyone travelling through New Norcia will pass this building. You can see the Great Northern Highway passing the door. This is the Old Convent which was subsequently used as a girl's orphanage. Some of this building is now used for the museum and art gallery, the entrance to which is at the rear. This was built in 1880. January 2009. Photos Ref: NNRC007


New Norcia - St Gertrude's College

An end elevation of St Gertrude's College. This was built in 1908. January 2009. Photos Ref: NNRC008


New Norcia - St Gertrude's College

The front of St Gertrude's College showing a grand main entrance complete with its flanking towers. This and the St Ildephonsus college are apparently available for excursions, for example school camps. January 2009. Photos Ref: NNRC009


New Norcia - St Ildephonsus College

St Ildephonsus College constructed in 1909. This was formerly known as St Ildephonsus Boy's School. January 2009. Photos Ref: NNRC010


New Norcia - Flour Mill

The New Norcia Flour Mill. I'm not sure whether this is still in use. Most probably not. Although New Norcia still bakes its own excellent bread. January 2009. Photos Ref: NNRC011


New Norcia - Old Flour Mill

This building is just across the Great Northern Highway from the Flour Mill. This is the 'Old Flour Mill' which was superceded by the new one across the road. January 2009. Photos Ref: NNRC012


New Norcia - Old Police Station

The former Police Station, constructed in 1860, sits by the highway at the north end of the town. The building was also once used as a lock-up and later as a farm employees residence. July 2012. Photos Ref: NNRC013


New Norcia - Blacksmith's Shop

The Blacksmith's Shop was built in 1869 to replace the original which burnt down. The building is made of brick with the mortar finish added as protection. July 2012. Photos Ref: NNRC014


New Norcia - Mission Cottage

This is a Mission Cottage, one of two constructed in the 1850's. This is a two-roomed cottage built for Aboriginal couples. This cottage has seen various uses including its initial purpose, and as an occasional police station, and even as a toilet block. The building has been restored to its original condition. July 2012. Photos Ref: NNRC015


New Norcia - Chapel

A view of the northern aspect of the New Norcia Chapel. You can just make out the bell tower which is located at the front of the chapel. The Chapel was constructed in 1917. July 2012. Photos Ref: NNRC016


New Norcia - Building Shell

Right on the eastern side of town, behind the monastery is this old structure which could have been an earlier chapel although having a brick wall running down the centre would have been odd so probably not a chapel. July 2012. Photos Ref: NNRC017


New Norcia - Olive Workshop

Towards the east side of town sits this fine, brick Olive Workshop. It is adjacent to a grove of olive trees in the paddock. It was constructed in the years 1926 and 1927. July 2012. Photos Ref: NNRC018


New Norcia - Monastery Front

Gleaming white mortar along the front of the monastery and administration centre. The metal gate is the main entry to the building although the rear entry seems to be more commonly used. July 2012. Photos Ref: NNRC019


New Norcia - Satellite Station

Taken from just a little down the Mogumber Road is the New Norcia satellite dish, today positioned vertically. The dish is a moveable deep space radio telescope used for probing the mysteries of the universe. September 2013. Photos Ref: NNRC020


New Norcia - Old Farm Building

On the eastern side of Great Northern Highway just two or three kilometres south of the townsite is this interesting old brick building alas falling into disrepair. This is probably the Canterbury Homestead otherwise known as Clune's Flour Mill which was erected in 1847. In 1890 the upper floor was added. September 2013. Photos Ref: NNRC021


New Norcia - Victoria Plains Hall

What was undoubtedly once a fine old building, the remains of the old Victoria Plains Agricultural Hall stands in a paddock off the eastern side of Great Northern Highway, south of New Norcia. This is near Yarawindah Road. The hall was built in 1906. September 2013. Photos Ref: NNRC022


New Norcia - Victoria Plains Hall

Weather has etched away at this building over the years and the rate of decay appears to be accelerating. This is a side view of mostly what is left. September 2013. Photos Ref: NNRC023


New Norcia - Victoria Plains Hall

This picture provides another perspective. The bricks in the foreground would have been the rear wall of the hall. A lovely crop of wheat is thriving all around and I was extremely careful not to step on a single plant. I felt it important to get these pictures before the hall totally falls down to help preserve a bit of history. September 2013. Photos Ref: NNRC024

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