Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre

Monsignor Hawes - discover the man behind the work

This modern and beautifully interpreted display showcases the life and architecture of priest and prolific architect Monsignor John Hawes, who arrived in the Mid West in 1915. Excerpts from Hawes’ diaries, endearing anecdotes and factual information paint a picture not only of Hawes’ extraordinary accomplishments but of the man behind the work. The Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre sits aside one of Hawes’ greatest masterpieces - Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral. The cathedral was one 16 buildings Hawes designed and saw constructed over 24 years in the Mid West, in what was to be remembered as his most prolific design period.


56 Cathedral Ave
Geraldton WA 6530

Opening Hours

7 days 10am - 4pm

Jewel in the crown of architect-priest’s constructions

Famed architect-priest Monsignor John Hawes fashioned this stunningly intricate model of Geraldton’s Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral to guide the design of the cathedral which graces Geraldton’s...

A gift of gratitude in grief

In 1924 12-year-old Mullewa boy Selby Arnolds fell into a railway water supply dam. Monsignor John Hawes was among those who tried to rescue the child, diving repeatedly into the muddy waters in a...

Faithful friend

If any one aspect of the Monsignor Hawes collection best reveals the man himself, perhaps it’s the story of his love for his dog. The fox terrier, Havelock Dominie, became the priest’s constant...

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