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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 Cathedral Avenue today. Using cardboard and wood he transformed the vision in his head into a model of the building to come. Cathedral construction began in 1916 and the building was opened amid great fanfare in 1918. It was to be another eight years before it was finished. The cathedral features the book ‘Cathedrals of the World - A Magnificent Guide to the Greatest Houses of Christian Worship’, which describes its “. . . one of the finest cathedrals of the 20th century.” The cathedral remains one of Geraldton’s most treasured buildings today.

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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’...

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56 Cathedral Ave
Geraldton WA 6530
Australia

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7 days 10am - 4pm

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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...

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