Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre

Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre, Geraldton: Hours, Address, Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre

Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Museum tells the story of Monsignor John Hawes as priest and Architect through interpretive panels, audio-visual presentations and artefacts. Come and learn about the extraordinary man behind the buildings! After visiting the Museum, you can book a guided tour through St Francis Xavier Cathedral. During September, the wildflower season in the Mid West, tours every day at 2:30pm, except Friday when its at 4:00pm.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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mjail5
Perth, Australia1,003 contributions
A Must If You Are Visiting The Cathedral
Jan. 2021
This is our 3rd visit to Geraldton in the last 5 years and we never fail to stop by at the cathedral. However, this is the first time we have visited the Museum.
A very friendly lady was manning the centre and the gentleman was very kind to offer to take a pic for us at the statue of John Cyril Hawes and his terrier, Toots which was outside the Museum when they were closing up.
We did not have enough time to read up on everything in our 40mins before the Museum closed but I learnt a lot on the life of the talented Architect/Priest Monsignor Hawes. He even bred and raced horses ! Will have to revisit if we ever visit Geraldton again,
Written 15 January 2021
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Atlas1669
Perth, Australia56 contributions
An amazing man
Jun. 2020
The heritage centre is certainly worth a visit. It acknowledges the life and work of a talented Monsignor John Hawes both as a priest and as an architect. His architectural contribution to the area is remarkable. Called in by chance and glad that we did.
Written 4 July 2020
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So glad you called in! The story of John Hawes is an important part of the history of WA. He was an amazing man and has left an incredible legacy for the people in the Mid-West of WA.
Written 5 August 2020
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Tenterden
Alstonville, Australia15 contributions
Si monumentum requiris circumspice
Jun. 2019 • Couples
Adjacent to the cathedral is this wonderfully presented story of its priest/architect, Monsignor Hawes, from England, of whom, like Sir Christopher Wren, it could be said, “Si monumentum requiris circumspice" (If you seek his monument, look around.)
The story told in the museum is quite remarkable. Hawes was the son of a solicitor, educated in The King's School, Canterbury, Kent. He qualified as an architect, converted from England to Rome, and made his mark in the colonies, sometimes in considerable hardship. The museum tells this part of Hawes' tale and what happened later and elsewhere.
Written 16 July 2019
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Thank you for visiting the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre Museum. We have many monuments to the Priest/Architect John Hawes in the Midwest of Western Australai - not least of which is the remarkable St Francis Xavier Cathedral adjacent to the Museum. I hope you had a chance to visit some of his buildings.
Written 4 March 2020
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_tdobeli
Bendigo, Australia12 contributions
Geraldton Cathedral and Heritage Centre
Jul. 2019 • Couples
What a magnificent building the Cathedral is which is complemented by the heritage centre. Well worth a visit. A great man with a brilliant concept on building things that will last.
Written 12 July 2019
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Thank you for your visit and kind remarks. Yes John Hawes was a remarkable man who achieved great things in his lifetime, here in the Midwest of Western Australia as well as in the UK and The Bahamas where he is now resting beneath his beloved Hermitage on Cat Island.
Written 4 March 2020
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Liz R
Perth, Australia58 contributions
Excellent exhibition
Jan. 2019 • Friends
A visit to the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Geraldton first got me interested in Monsignor Hawes and his work. So I was very pleased to visit this excellent museum dedicated to his life and work. Well worth the visit. The guides were very informative and helpful.
Written 27 January 2019
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Thank you for your visit and kind comments. The guides are all very proud of the wonderful Museum and the Cathedral and are very happy to show them off to visitors.
Written 4 March 2020
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Bob A
Sydney, Australia250 contributions
WONDERFUL EXHIBITION & INCREDIBLE ARCHITECT!!!!
Nov. 2018 • Couples
Having already visited the ST FRANCIS XAVIER(GERALDTON CATHEDRAL) we were told to go over & look at the Heritage Centre.This amazing Priest cum Architect was responsible for many buildings & he had a hands on approach with the actual building of some of them.His original drawings have been kept in draws at the centre & one can open them up & see them. Truly a gifted & well respected man who spent some time in the Bahamas before returning home to W.A.
Written 10 November 2018
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Thanks for your great review Bob. The Heritage Centre is definitely worth a visit. The story of John Hawes is one of the Mid-West of WA's best kept secrets.
Written 8 January 2019
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helenrobinson
Adelaide, Australia5 contributions
Incredible restoration
Sep. 2018 • Solo
This is a great story about Hawes the architect/priest. Amazing information centre telling his life story. Worth doing a tour of the cathedral which has been beautifully restored. Ive seen nothing like it in Australia. if this grabs you visit Mulawa and see where Hawes built the little church and priesthood...worth the trip.
Written 2 October 2018
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Thanks for your great review. A visit to the Museum dedicated to Monsignor Hawes is a must for all who are impressed with the St Francis Xavier Cathedral and his many other works throughout the Mid-West of WA.
Written 8 January 2019
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John R
Perth, Western Australia, Australia12 contributions
friendly staff
Sep. 2018 • Couples
interesting visit to the Heritage Centre, Learnt some things I didn't know about my old home town and the building of the Cathedral.
Written 11 September 2018
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Great that you were able to learn about your home town. The story of John Hawes and the building of the Cathedral is of great interest to locals and tourists alike.
Written 8 January 2019
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Joan E
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
Complete the story
Jun. 2018 • Solo
After visiting some of the churches Monsignor Hawes designed and helped build, this Centre completes the whole picture - from birth to death.
The drawings are outstanding. Make sure you open the drawers.
Well set out and easy to take in all the information.
Some information I was unaware of.
Fascinating man, outstanding life.
Written 6 June 2018
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Joan, what great feedback, thank you. The breadth of Monsignor Hawes' work is quite breath-taking.
Written 6 September 2018
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Mal H
Perth Hills, Australia199 contributions
A must
Mar. 2018 • Couples
In Honour of Monsignor Hawks, a very clever and dedicated man who achieved a lot in his very hard lifetime.A very interesting place to visit even if you have no religious feelings.
Written 29 March 2018
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Thank you for visiting.
Written 30 March 2018
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