The Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre is a wonderful complement to St Francis Xavier Cathedral, which is considered one of Monsignor Hawes finest works. The Cathedral is open daily with tours run daily by volunteers.
The cathedral restoration project explores the history of an incredibly complex man, John Hawes, first a church clergyman and later an architect.
The centre portrays his life as an integral part of the region's history. Through an interactive display of video, imagery and a diverse collection of artefacts including original architectural plans, models, sketches, artisanal objects and memorabilia, the centre provides an insight into the life and work of Monsignor Hawes.
Examples of Monsignor's remarkable architecture can be seen throughout the Mid-West region and this centre will provide an opportunity for people to learn about the man responsible for these buildings. The centre aims to showcase the Monsignor Hawes buildings throughout the Mid West, encouraging locals and visitors alike to visit all 23 sites along the Monsignor Hawes heritage trail.
Featuring the Piazza café, the St Francis Xavier Cathedral precinct is complemented by a plaza public open space in front of the centre and cathedrals. Be sure to walk by the precinct at night to see the Centre and the Cathedral lit up.
Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre
56 Cathedral Ave, Geraldton
Centre open daily from 9am to 4pm, entry by donation.
Piazza café open daily 8am to 5pm for breakfast, lunch and coffee.