Discalced Carmelites of the Australia Oceania Region


We are in the Perth Archdiocese. Founded; 28th May, 1935, from Dulwich Hill Carmel, Sydney. We are situated in the city of Nedlands, which is a suburb of Perth.

Preparations for the foundation of our Carmel were carried out when Archbishop Clune CSSR was Archbishop of Perth. The seven founding Sisters - all young, the Prioress was only 29 yrs - came from the Carmel of Dulwich Hill, Sydney, travelling by sea on the ‘Manoora’, and arriving on 28th May, 1935, the day of Archbishop Clune’s funeral. They stayed with the Good Shepherd Sisters until their enclosure was erected on 16th June, 1935. Life was very severe in their small buildings, as they worked hard to plant gardens and trees, and to earn their living mostly by baking altar breads and making vestments and altar linens. The return of Archbishop Prendiville from Ireland, where as Coadjutor he had learned of his accession to the Archdiocese of Perth, was the beginning of the constant support of the hierarchy to this day. From the beginning, the Sisters received loving help from priests, religious and laity, enabling them to carry out their vocation, and to build on to the monastery, as circumstances required. In 1937 the first sister to enter this monastery from the West, arrived, and was soon joined by another from Sydney.

Early experiences, such as attempted ‘raids’ upon the sisters in their then isolated position, led to the entrance of a succession of dogs, a feature of this monastery. The greater part of the monastery wall was built in the early forties of bricks made by the Sisters, and laid with the help of two elderly friends of the monastery. This great labour was archetypal for the community efforts made through the years. We treasure their legacy of love for the Church and the Holy Father and our Order.

Our life is essentially a life of prayer for the Church. In the Carmelite tradition, we try to live in the presence of God in a life centred upon Jesus. Daily Mass, the Divine Office in its fullness, hours of silent prayer, spiritual reading, work and recreation and rest form part of our daily schedule.

At this time there are fourteen sisters in the Nedlands Carmel. We have sisters from Irish, British, Burmese, Dutch, Tongan, Jewish, Vietnamese and Australian backgrounds. From our very beneficial contact with our Thai sisters in Gelorup, Western Australia, and from Thailand, we have learned to appreciate the value of other cultural heritages.

We see ourselves as people gifted with a wonderful charism to be lived out for the Church and for all people; we see ourselves as flawed people, dependent upon the loving mercy of God to persevere and grow in our life for Jesus. We are committed, as is the whole Order, to a continual renewal of life and growth in formation. We love our vocation and would be glad to share our insights with you.

Contact us


Carmel of the Most Holy Trinity
Carmelite Monastery
100 Adelma Road
Nedlands WA 6009
Tel: +61 (08) 9386 3672+61 (08) 9386 3672
Fax: +61 (08) 9386 3681
Email: Prioress, Nedlands