Dom Salvado – Subiaco

We have moved to a new home in Subiaco and are enjoying discovering many interesting things in our new neighbourhood.

An unassuming tiny pocket of a park on the corner of Hay St and Jersey St is more interesting than it first seems. It is a grove of olive trees planted in memory of Subiaco’s connection with New Norcia, a monastery founded in 1847 by Dom Rosendo Salvado. A Benedictine monk from Spain, Salvado travelled 100km through the bush north of Perth to found a mission to convert Aboriginal people to Christianity.

In 1851, while in Rome, Salvado wrote and published “Memorie Storiche dell’ Australia” which chronicled the beginnings of the mission and his relations with the Aborigines, including a list of Noongar words from the New Norcia area.

Benedictine Monastery Park Jolimont

 

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