Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre tells the story of Priest & Architect.
The Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral, located next to the new Centre, currently receives at least 20,000 visits a year from tourists. It is an extremely important entry statement to all visitors arriving to Geraldton by road.
The Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre houses an extensive collection of Monsignor Hawes artefacts currently held by the Geraldton Diocese. This includes original architectural plans, models, sketches, artisanal objects, assorted memorabilia and furniture. Previously, these artefacts have been held without an appropriate display and preservation forum.
Hawes designed more than 20 buildings during his time time in Western Australia and information on how to access these buildings can be found at the Heritage Centre or on the Monsignor Hawes website. More information on the Monsignor Hawes heritage trail can be found here.