Marist Brothers have been serving people in Western Australia since 1913 when they responded to an invitation to establish St Ildephonsus College at New Norcia, north of Perth. Known for its being the only town owned by a Religious Order in the southern hemisphere, New Norcia, the home of the Benedictines, continues today to offer a wonderful environment for reflection, study and prayer. A community of monks lives there. A warm welcome always awaits those who wish to spend some time at the retreat centre.
In 1948, the Brothers commenced St Paul's High School in Northam, in 1954 two schools - St Francis Xavier's College in Bunbury and St Joseph's Subiaco in Perth. In 1965 the Brothers left New Norcia to commence a College at Churchlands, a northern suburb of Perth. Some New Norcia boarders, who wanted to complete their secondary education at a Marist College, became members of the founding classes at Churchlands that year. Today Newman College Churchlands educates nearly 2000 students in primary and secondary classes.