Photographer's Note

On 1 March 1846, a Benedictine mission to the local aborigines was started led by the two Spanish Benedictines and on 1 March 1847 the foundation stone of the monastery was laid.

The town of New Norcia has buildings in a Spanish style of architecture, along with some other historical sites. Benedictine monks continue to occupy the monastery and are involved with most of the enterprises in the town.

The last Spanish Benedictine monk of New Norcia died on 18 January 2010, aged 99. He continued to prepare the bread for the monks and olive oil almost upon his death.

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