Chron­i­cle in a new lan­guage

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Justin Bian­chini

IT is sim­ply called the Monastery Chron­i­cle.

And the monks of WA’s monas­tic town New Nor­cia have kept it go­ing since their sec­ond ab­bot, Ful­gen­tius Tor­res, ini­ti­ated the daily record in 1901.

Up un­til the mid-1950s the chron­i­cle was in Span­ish, re­flect­ing the Bene­dic­tine com­mu­nity’s roots.

Now a project to trans­late it into English is in full swing.

And a sec­tion of that work – a trans­la­tion of the en­tries for 1911 – has just been pub­lished in the 25th an­niver­sary is­sue of the an­nual New Nor­cia Stud­ies jour­nal.

Jour­nal ed­i­tor Joan Oak­land launched the 2018 edi­tion at a City of Su­bi­a­co­hosted re­cep­tion at The Palms Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at the end of last year.

She de­scribed the 1911 chron­i­cle as a “fas­ci­nat­ing read”.

“It gives you a bite-size look into the day-to-day mi­cro­cosm of life in a monastery, par­tic­u­larly this one, the one we all adore,” she said.

Apart from the 1911 chron­i­cle, there is an ar­ti­cle on “re­mark­able cou­ple” Mary He­len Pang­ieran and Bene­dict Cu­per, some of the first res­i­dents of Sal­vado’s Abo­rig­i­nal cot­tages built in the 1860s.

Of Mary He­len, the first Abo­rig­i­nal post­mistress and New Nor­cia’s first tele­graphist, ar­ti­cle au­thor Lar­rie Straut­ma­nis con­cludes:

“It was an ex­tra­or­di­nary achieve­ment for a young Abo­rig­i­nal fe­male to be ap­pointed to a gov­ern­ment po­si­tion so early in WA’s his­tory. But Mary He­len’s achieve­ment was even more no­table con­sid­er­ing that she had to deal with the emo­tional ef­fects of be­ing re­moved from her fam­ily, un­able to have chil­dren which she so des­per­ately wanted and the phys­i­cal ef­fects of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis.”

The jour­nal also in­cludes a New Nor­cia link to Ire­land’s War of In­de­pen­dence by serv­ing Garda John Reynolds, a look at New Nor­cia’s con­tem­po­rary art and its map col­lec­tion, and a study of renowned com­poser Dom Stephen Moreno’s Adoro Te.

Ms Oak­land said 163 au­thors had writ­ten 259 ar­ti­cles since the New Nor­cia

Stud­ies jour­nal started in 1993, with WA his­to­rian Tom Stan­nage as its found­ing ed­i­tor.

The jour­nal can be or­dered at www.newnor­cia.wa.edu.au.

Pic­ture: Justin Bian­chini

New Nor­cia Ab­bot John Her­bert, Su­bi­aco Free­man Heather Hen­der­son and Joan Oak­land with New Nor­cia Stud­ies 2018 con­trib­u­tors Ge­of­frey Coad, An­drew Wal­ton and Bob Reece.

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